About the Retreat
This is an opportunity for anyone to explore yoga in more depth in a relaxing and revitalizing environment. Daniel will share his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of yoga. We will explore and integrate the layers of Self experienced through our asana, pranayama and meditation practices.
Our morning sessions will begin with chanting and quiet meditation focused on breath and mind-body awareness. Pranayama practice will grow out of this subtle awareness of breath and internal energy currents. We’ll follow this with an expanded explorative style of asana informed by the Ashtanga Vinyasa system building our postures from the breath, bandha and principles of alignment. The essence and subtleties of breath and mind-body awareness will be continued in all practices. You will be guided to look deeply to discover and overcome your own internal knots and boundaries.
During the afternoons we’ll explore ideas relating to yoga and spirituality from a traditional and contemporary perspective to develop understanding and purpose in our practices. This will be open debate structured around various themes. Finishing with a restorative asana session.
You will leave feeling recharged, invigorated and well nourished. Plus it’s a chance to meet and share your experience with other yogis in a beautiful place.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Daniel had numerous influences leading him towards a life in yoga. From disciplined training in judo and martial arts as a child to an introspective education in art. Also learning Qi Gong standing meditation from a friend which he continued daily for two years. After leaving art college he discovered Astanga yoga in 2003 with Christopher Gladwell in Bristol and was immediately devoted to this challenging transformative practice. Even in the early stages, positive developments followed due to personal dedication and support from charismatic people. Practice practice and all is coming! Events unfolded and in 2006 he travelled to India to practice with Shri K. Patthabi Jois, then he moved on to Thailand to participate in the teacher training with Paul Dallaghan, a man who remains his primary teacher. Returning to Samahita every year since 2006 to continue studying asana / pranayama with Paul and O. P. Tiwari and anatomy with Neil Barker. Daniel stayed in Thailand throughout 2007 where he met his wife.
In 2008 he began teaching full time at mYoga in Hong Kong where he currently lives and works.
Daniel is an excellent teacher, his demonstrations are very detailed, it is absolutely amazing to watch and listen to him describing each move and be guided with awareness and care in each Asana. Other than his excellent knowledge in Asanas, Daniel has also been an amazing pranayama & guided meditation teacher. I learned so much about the benefits of yoga physically & psychologically!
Daniel also has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills which he uses efficiently when interacting with his students. He has a very sensitive approach, he truly and honestly addresses each concern with equal attention.
I would say that Daniel has all the qualities of an exceptional teacher. It has been both a remarkable learning experience and privilege for me to have known Daniel and attend his retreat. I would certainly wish him all the best for his future. With the numerous abilities that he has, he is surely an asset for any yoga studio & retreat center that has him.
I look forward to attend his next retreat!
∼ Pascaline, October 2014
I write this review/recommendation in the spirit of being able to give something small back after having received so much. It has been my privilege to have Daniel Stringer as my regular yoga teacher as well as for a retreat at Samahita. When I first started doing yoga, I went to classes with a variety of teachers, but gradually found myself exclusively attending Daniel’s classes, without really understanding why. All I knew was that there was something qualitatively different about his classes and I knew I had to keep going back for more.
Daniel is consistent and reliable in how he conducts the class and manages the time well so that you never feel rushed, but are pushed enough to be challenged, and to have the space to learn something new every time. He keeps a regular, even pace throughout the class, holding a steady rhythm that invites you further into the poses and keeps you focused in your body and in the moment. There is a thoughtful purpose to how he constructs the class with a logical and natural flow from posture to posture.
He is leading us, but he is also among us – he is always attentive to the class, both in the particulars of what people are doing, but also the general mood of the class. He is able to adjust and respond to what the class needs. He cares whether students are doing the poses properly and will take the time and effort to correct and adjust. He is never satisfied – always asking (without asking) you to perfect the pose, advance your pose, go deeper into the pose and gives you just enough guidance with a word or the touch of a finger so that you find the courage and confidence to reach further than you thought possible. He is serious about what he gives as a teacher, but also brings fun and laughter, desiring that we experience the joy of the practice, and always encouraging a sense of humour.
The retreat was an experience that has changed me in ways that I am still working through. Daniel provided an experience of getting deep into the practice of yoga without using words that would only lessen the understanding of it. Beyond learning new poses and improving the old ones, I experienced so many more things about what yoga is about beyond the 60 minute gym session, including meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and long sessions that were physically challenging, but luxurious in the expanse of time afforded to it. I started to feel my body working as one unit instead of disparate arms and legs. Peace and healing flowed as his voice guided us through the various asanas. New neural pathways in my brain are continuing to form as I seek to integrate an experience that was a feast for mind, body and soul. My week at Samahita gave me a fleeting taste of the true potential and beauty of yoga – and I now understand why it is something people will dedicate their life to.
Above all, Daniel has great credibility in who he is. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of yoga from the grounded reality of human anatomy to the metaphysical dimensions that go beyond our five senses. But his integrity goes beyond mere knowledge. He is someone who really walks what he believes and is always true to who he is, with no need to prove who he is.
∼ Sharon, October 2014
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|7.00 am||Meditation and Pranayama|
|8.00 am||Asana (Led Ashtanga/Hatha Vinyasa)|
|10.00 am – 1.00 pm||Brunch Buffet|
|4.00 am – 5.00 am||Discussion/Workshop|
|5.00 am – 6.00 pm||Restorative Asana/Inversions|
|6:00 pm||Dinner Buffet|