What is the Itinerary for Tuscany Yoga Retreat?

ITINERARY JUNE 21-27, 2015

Day 1 – June 21

Afternoon:
IMG_090110:30am Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio (via Cennini 4, 50123, Florence, Italy), Visit Piazza Michelangelo
12:00pm Arrive at Antico Borgo di Tignano
12:30pm Lunch & Brief Logistics Talk
1:30pm Pool time, Tignano Tour, R&R
Evening:
5:00pm Welcome Yoga Practice
7:30pm Sunset Aperitivo
8:00pm Dinner
Post Dinner Solstice Celebration

Day 2 – June 22

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice
9:30am Breakfast
10:30am Depart for Monteriggioni
11:30am Castle Tour
12:30pm Picnic Lunch in Monteriggioni

Afternoon:
IMG_09362:30pm Siena
6:00pm Aperitivo on Il Campo (At Bar Il Palio), Siena

Evening:
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Restorative Yoga Practice

Day 3 – June 23

Morning:
8:00am Yoga Practice
IMG_09669:00am Breakfast

Afternoon:
12:30pm Lunch at the Borgo
1:30pm Depart for Radda in Chianti
2:30pm Radda in Chianti walking tour and wine tasting

Evening:
6:30pm Yoga Practice
8:00pm Dinner

Day 4 – June 24

Morning:
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Yoga Practice

Afternoon:
IMG_0898Bicycle around the Tuscan Hillside

Explore Casole d’Elsa by foot

Evening:
7:00pm Dinner
8:30pm Yin Yoga Practice

Day 5 – June 25

Morning:
7:30am Yoga
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Explore San Gimignano (Market Day)—try World’s Best Gelato

Afternoon:
2:30pm Tasting Sensation (cheese, wine, olive oil…)
Post lunch: Optional Massages & pool time

Evening:
7:00pm Yoga
8:30pm Bruschetta Class & Dinner

Day 6 – June 26

Morning:
7:00am Breakfast
7:30am Depart for Beach Day on the Mediterranean!

Afternoon:
IMG_035711:00am Arrive Fonteblanda
12:00pm Catered lunch at Beach Club
1:30pm Depart for Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa

Evening:
7:00pm Restorative Yoga Practice
8:30pm Final Dinner & Inspiration

Day 7 – June 27

Morning:

8:00am Closing Yoga Practice
10:00am Brunch
11:00am Departures
12:00pm Arrive Florence

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What is Dharma? By Silvia Mordini

What-Is-Dharma-733x440This idea of dharma—‘knowing why we are here’—requires action to move us forward. Literally translated, the word karma means ‘action.’ It comes from the Sanskrit root ‘kr,’ which means ‘to act.’
 
The action of karma includes the movement of our bodies and the movement of our thoughts. However, the paradox is that we will never know for sure what our purpose is without at least testing the choices that drive our karma.
 
Every day, we have opportunities to take action. Fiery situations arise that help us burn off some karma. Our actions can prompt better questions to ask ourselves regarding our true dharma.

Read the full article here at DoYouYoga.com

Where is Thailand

WHERE IS THAILAND

Thailand, formerly Siam, is located in the center of Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma, Laos, Malyasia and Cambodia that contribute to its diverse culture.

The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king of Thailand is titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of religions.

Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country in terms of total area, with an area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), and is the 20th-most-populous country, with around 64 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. About 75–85% of the population is ethnically Tai, which includes the four major regional groups, consisting of Central Thai (Khon Pak Klang): 30%; Northeastern Thai (Khon [Lao] Isan): 22%, Northern Thai (Khon Lanna): 9%; and Southern Thai (Khon Tai): 7%. Thai Chinese, those of significant Chinese heritage, 651_ware 14% of the population and up to 40% possess part-Chinese ancestry. Thai Malays represent 3% of the population and the rest belong to minority groups, including Mons, Khmers and various “hill tribes”. The country’s official language is Thai and the primary religion is Buddhism, which is practised by around 95% of the population. (Wikipedia)

The Island of Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, is located in the Gulf of Thailand. For centuries it has been considered a safe haven because of the thriving, self-sufficient communities that have little contact with mainland Thailand.  It is the perfect place to find a peaceful haven of serenity.

VISAS AND SHOTS

• Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

Passport holders of the United States, Australia, and most European countries do not require a visa if staying less than 30 days. If you are planning on staying longer, you should get a tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your resident country, which will allow you to remain in the Kingdom for a longer period. You can also extend your visa while in Thailand. For visa information, please go to http://www.thaiembdc.org/wp/ for the United States; http://www.thaivisa.com for all other countries

• Do I need any inoculations

Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. Thailand is a clean, healthy place to visit. No
immunization shots are required. we recommend you take precautions to keep your immune system strong. Drink bottled water, wash your hands regularly, eat clean, healthy foods (do not eat street food), and take vitamin supplements if necessary.

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Useful Thai Phrases Travel Tips

USEFUL THAI PHRASES

Hello: Sa-was-dee

Good morning: A-roon-sa-was

Good evening: sa-yan-da-was

Yes: Chai

No: Mai Chai

Nevermind, You’re welcome: Mai pen rai

How are you? Sabai Dee Mai?

I am fine: Sabai dee krab/kha

Thank you: Khorb khun

Excuse me, Sorry: khor to

I do not speak Thai: Pom (chan) poos paa-saa tai mai bpen (dai)

I don’t understand: Pom (chan) mai khao jai

I don’t want: mai ao

What time is it: kee mo: hng?

Where is …: Yoo (tee) nai?

Where is the toilet? Ho:ng naam yoo nai

 

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Best Things to Do Koh Samui Thailand

We have done the work for you to find the best excursions on Koh Samui. These are included in your Yoga Retreat.

Boat Trip to Snorkel at nearby coral reefs and secret, hidden islands

IMG_1504During the course of the day you will encounter the best snorkeling sites to be found whilst staying on Koh Samui. Our tour consists of a private boat trip to nearby deserted coastlines.  We’ve researched the best coral and snorkeling, on the island, and soon, you’ll be immersed in the amazing, underwater life just below the surface.

We will also trek through the nearby jungle to find the perfect secluded vista. The water is clean, calm and the perfect temperature. Join us as we explore the conservation island’s hidden treasures that exude a primordial beauty.

This excursion is the perfect experience for anyone looking for a great day on and in the water only 15 minutes from Samahita Retreat Center, Koh Samui!

Guided Temple Hike to Laem Sor Pagoda, Sleeping Buddha and Bang Kao Beach

On this excursion, we will see many beautiful, and historic things.  The Laem Sor Pagoda is at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui at the end of Bang Kao Beach. Its golden hue makes for an astonishingly beautiful contrast to the blue skies and the turquoise sea behind it. The entrance is guarded by two ‘Yak’ (meaning giant) warrior statues with immense swords, colourful clothing and scary faces. The Buddha stands in the doorway to the rear of the statues. This is a great photo opportunity as there is absolutely nothing obstructing your view.

Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. For some visitors, having a dead man in full view might be a shocking sight, but for Thais it is something to reflect upon and revere.

From here, we will hike up the hill to the very southernmost part of the island, which offers commanding views of the Gulf of Thailand.  There are also countless Buddhas, including a giant, sleeping Buddha, as well as Pagodas and various places of worship.  This is a very special place on the island, and we will learn about the significance of this to the locals and to visiting Buddhists, who come from afar to visit this sacred place.

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Samahita Wellness Center Thailand

SAMAHITA WELLNESS CENTER

Herbal Steam Room: There are complimentary Steam Room Sessions daily from 6-8 pm

Close to the pool and with windows looking out to the beach is an herbal steam room, which uses a combination of thirty Thai herbs, plants, and spices. Here you can relax, detoxify, and rejuvenate yourself. With its special healing properties, we use Thai “Samonpi”, the herbal mixture, to be beneficial to the practice.

The best time for steam is later in the day, while enjoying the sunset and the early part of the night. To get the most out of it, you can alternate between dips in the sea or pool and five to ten minute sessions in the steam room.

Detox and Wellness at Samahita

The Detox & Wellness Center is housed at the heart of Samahita Retreat. It aims to guide you toward ‘Balanced Living’, through therapeutic

thaimassageand educational offerings. There are a number of holistic detox and wellness programs that can be added onto our Alchemy Tours retreat, and you can personalize these to to suit your needs and goals. Born out of a need to support the health & wellbeing of yoga practitioners, Samahita Wellness specializes in Ayurvedic as well as traditional Thai therapies.

The Wellness Center is the place where guests may seek holistic health advice, take a la carte therapies & workshops, purchase health products, browse through our Wellness Library or simply relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of cool, lemongrass tea.

The Detox Center is a hub of activity where all detox herbs, supplements, foods & juices are served. Detox guests come together here for the daily Detox Support Meeting (led by an experienced member of our Wellness Team) where they can meet fellow detoxers and share experiences. We invite you to spend time in our Detox & Wellness Center soaking up the warm, healing atmosphere and listening to the relaxing music while reading a book on wellbeing, enjoying a healing therapy or learning more about Balanced Living. We welcome you to enjoy Detox and wellness Thailand at our dedicated wellness resort.

At Samahita Wellness Detox Center we have taken every care to ensure that our treatment rooms provide the perfect space for relaxation. As is fitting for a yoga and wellness retreat, they are situated in tranquil surroundings, each room is well-appointed to take care of your every comfort, with music specially selected to enhance your experience. We have four treatment rooms both with natural air or with air con options, one detox treatment colon hydrotherapy room and one Far Infrared Sauna room.

Ayurveda Spa Therapy and Treatment

Samahita Retreat has a specially appointed room for Abhyanga and Shirodhara, which are Ayurveda treatments designed to bring all elements of your being into balance. This relaxing room houses the traditional Indian equipment used in our Ayurvedic healing treatments and is our Ayurvedic center. They take great care to ensure maximum comfort during your therapy session from soothing background music and lighting to ideal temperature. It really is a most soothing Ayurvedic Spa setting.

Colon Hydrotherapy

The Colon Hydrotherapy room offers a serene, therapeutic environment conducive to a healing treatment.  A comfortable, adjustable treatment couch, soothing music, qualified nurse plus experienced therapists and state of the art technology combine to create the perfect conditions for an effective Colon Hydrotherapy experience. Using the most advanced Colon Hydrotherapy equipment available on the market today, there are many unique, superior features to assure your comfort, hygiene and safety.

The Colon Hydrotherapy Equipment is operated and administered by a fully trained and qualified nurse with mild abdominal stimulation to encourage the movement. Additional abdominal massage therapy can be requested during the session by one of our therapists. Some of our detox programs and detox retreats include colon hydrotherapy in the package. Alternatively you can sign up for individual sessions.

Wellness Infrared Sauna Detox Therapy

Fitted with a number of Far Infrared heaters, the system emits Infrared energy which can be likened to the rays of the sun without the harmful UV element. Infrared radiant heat is absorbed directly by the body without having to heat the surrounding air, as with traditional saunas; the lower temperature of the Far Infrared sauna allows for more comfortable, longer session times and therefore deeper detoxification for detox wellness.

American research has shown that users of Far Infrared Saunas excrete up to 20% more toxins than users of conventional saunas. The toxins excreted in a Far Infrared Sauna therapy include cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid; these toxins are not released in sweat from normal exercise.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy is an integral part of our Detox Programs and Wellness Spa Programs

The Finnish pine sauna comfortably accommodates two people so you can share a session with a friend or just relax with some soothing music while you sweat your toxins away as part of your detox therapy programs.

Guests are welcome to use the steam room at no charge; however, we do require that you sign up in advance. The best time to use our herbal steam room is later in the day, while enjoying the sunset and the early part of the night. To get the most out of it, you can alternate between dips in the sea or pool and five- to ten- minute sessions in the steam room.

Wellness Spa Therapies

The Samahita Wellness Centre has been created to allow us to focus on your health and wellbeing. Staff at the centre promote relaxation and healing through integrity, quality and professionalism. We maintain the integrity of the healing arts, just as we do the yoga by combining ancient wisdom with modern techniques to bring you the best of today’s therapeutic intelligence. Our caring approach means we use only the finest natural products for all of our therapies, such as organic, cold pressed oils for massage and fresh herbal ingredients in our home-made all natural body scrubs.

Our Wellness Team of dedicated highly skilled therapists and expert Visiting Practitioners cover a broad range of treatments and therapies. Each therapy session is tailored to your individual needs, assuring you of a comfortable, therapeutic, enjoyable experience.

The Samahita Wellness Centre offers the following to help you experience your Balanced Living.

• A dedicated team for your health and wellness

• Highly trained and specialized therapists

• Expert visiting practitioners

• Individual consultations and needs

• Therapeutic treatments

• Detoxification therapies

• A variety of natural health products

• Home made and natural ingredients

• Organic cold pressed massage oils

• Dedicated private therapy rooms

Please browse through our Wellness Menu for information on individual therapies:

Body & Soul Therapies

Ayurvedic Therapies

Remedial Therapies

Radiance Treatments

Wellbeing Collection

Detoxifying Therapies

A Touch of Ayurveda (1-1.5 hours)

Ayurveda, ‘The Science of Life”, the ancient Indian system of Natural Healing that follows Nature’s Laws to achieve a balanced state of health. Applying our hand blended, natural Ayurvedic oil to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas, in your choice of Swedish or Therapeutic massage. “A Touch of Ayurveda’ is a harmonizing treatment to bring equilibrium to your whole being whatever your constitution.

Therapeutic Massage (1-1.5 hours)

Our therapeutic massage is tailored to each individual’s needs, as well as promoting overall relaxation. You can discuss any concerns or areas of pain/tension with our therapist before the session begins. The sequence of massage will restore balance to body and mind. Extra attention will be paid to specific problem areas. This treatment is ideal for reducing muscular aches and pains, stress, anxiety and is for sports conditioning as well as relaxation.

Aromatherapy Massage (1-1.5 hours)

Special treatment oils combined with expert therapeutic techniques will awaken your senses as well as harmonize your body and mind.

Swedish Massage (1-1.5 hours)

This unique massage will melt away your tension leaving you feeling fresh and energized.

Sabai Massage (1 hour)

“Sabai” means “comfort” or “relax” in Thai. Our Sabai massage concentrates on pressure points along the spine and back to relieve tension, rebalance your nervous system and improve circulation.

Traditional Thai Massage (1-1.5 hours)

Originated in India, traditional Thai massage combines the art of thumb, elbow and palm pressure with full yoga stretches and along the meridian lines. It is unique in its energetic and physical reputation based on Ayurveda and yoga. Optional Herbal Compress.

Foot Reflexology Massage (1 hour)

This ancient method of healing is based on the theory that every organ, muscle and gland of your body is reflected in the ‘reflex points’ of your feet. The foot is divided into reflex points which are massaged during the treatment to clear the energy channels of the body, improving circulation and relieving tension. Optional Thai Herbal Compress.

Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a therapy that involves applying ayurvedic medicated oil to the body with a light to medium touch. Different from a regular massage, the oil is applied for its therapeutic benefits including grounding, relaxing and softening the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. The heated oil causes the tissues to release built up toxins. Repeated applications of oil dissolves the sticky toxins, which build up in the tissues, and helps to revive the metabolism and reopen the channels, removing obstructions in the tissues. Abhyanga is one of the best treatments for balancing Vata dosha.

Galvanic Facial Treatment

Combine our relaxing facial massage with Nu Skin Galvanic treatment. This device uses a low level galvanic (electric) current to facilitate the transport of key ingredients into your skin for improved cleansing, hydration, circulation, and radiance.

The pre-treatment facial gels contain TEA Cocoyl Glutamate to purify your skin and allow your pores to breathe and soothing extracts of marigold, sea kelp, and vanilla. The treatment facial gels contain magnesium to promote cellular energy, arginine (amino acid) to facilitate recovery from stress. Aspartate (proteinogenic amino acids) helps to naturally balance your skin’s PH and pure vitamin E to help moisturize, condition and provide antioxidant protection.

Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

This ancient Chinese holistic treatment focuses on “internal organ chi transformation”. Chi Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs”. This frees the blockages in the abdomen and guides the healing energy through the entire body, by massaging a series of points in the navel area with deep, soft and gentle touches. This detoxifying massage is excellent for those who have digestive and constipation problems, back pain and stress. It is particularly recommended on the days prior to and following a Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment.

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Useful Thai Phrases

Hello: Sa-was-dee

Good morning: A-roon-sa-was

Good evening: sa-yan-da-was

Yes: Chai

No: Mai Chai

Nevermind, You’re welcome: Mai pen rai

How are you? Sabai Dee Mai?

I am fine: Sabai dee krab/kha

Thank you: Khorb khun

Excuse me, Sorry: khor to

I do not speak Thai: Pom (chan) poos paa-saa tai mai bpen (dai)

I don’t understand: Pom (chan) mai khao jai

I don’t want: mai ao

What time is it: kee mo: hng?

Where is …: Yoo (tee) nai?

Where is the toilet? Ho:ng naam yoo nai

 

USEFUL THAI PHRASES: Great to use on our upcoming Thailand Yoga Retreat October 11-18, 2015! Join us. Pricing starts $1185 for double, 8 days all included

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