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Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Special Continuing Education

Hatha Pradipika Chapters 1 – 3

(chapters 4 – 5 will be continued in 2015)

July 13 – 26, 2014

Sri O. P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan

About the Training

Hatha pradipika is considered the most authoritative and available text on the methods and process of Hatha Yoga. It is a collection of many verses coming from other key yogis and their writings that subsequently got lost or destroyed. As such, this text played a key role in preserving the teachings of Hatha in one source document. Many call it the Hatha yoga pradipika but the author, Swatmarama, himself titles it Hatha pradipika, which means light on hatha.

The text is more of a manual than a work of philosophy. It helps the student, through the teacher, navigate the way and understand practice, its process, and eventual transformations resulting from practice. The Hatha approach has tantric origins but exists as a method appropriate for both those of us living in the world with jobs and families as well as for someone secluded and devoted to practice in an ashram or monastery. Many of the descriptions are relevant to an advanced practitioner and this is why a teacher is needed to explain what is meant by each verse so it can be better understood by you, the student, at different levels of development.

In the tradition of the yogi, Swami Kuvalyananda to Tiwariji, the work of Patanjali and this Hatha text are key. Patanjali’s yoga sutras can be seen as a psychological explanation on life and how to deal with it, especially through the mental level. Hatha yoga, explained well in the Hatha pradipika, is a practical approach, initially using the body but ultimately the mental faculties, to experiencing growth and development into the realm of meditation and eventual liberation. The steps of hatha are offered as the method to develop awareness and experience true meditation. Work on the body and breath are integral to this through asanas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), kumbhakas (the various pranayama techniques) and mudras (a combination of asana and kumbhaka). At their culmination comes a change, a shift, so unique that the individual is transformed. This is the passing of kundalini, as it is termed, into the inner yoga, as Patanjali described it, to the experience of withdrawn, absorbed meditation and beyond.

Tiwariji has been considered an expert in both this entire method through direct experience as well as scholarly knowledge of the actual text. As such, it is a rare opportunity today to experience a clear and practical explanation of such often obscure and esoteric lines by an experienced yogi for us in real and practical language to enhance both our practice and learning. In short, Tiwariji won’t be around forever so make the most to learn.

Sri O.P. Tiwari

Yoga training teacher, Sri O.P. Tiwari Sri O.P. Tiwari (Tiwariji) has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. For the past almost fifty years he has been head of The Kaivalyadham, a yogic research institute near Bombay, India. Established by his master, Swami Kuvalayananda, in 1924, the institute has been a pioneer in scientific research related to yoga.

Tiwariji was taught in depth by his master, and he accomplished all the practices. This puts him in the rare position of having practical experience as well as deep philosophical and scientific understanding. He is one of the few remaining masters of Pranayama in the world today.

He wears no badge, waves no flag, and is not interested in propagating his name. He joins us here to pass on the teachings to those sincerely interested. Besides these sessions, he remains in private practice in India, quiet and humble.

Paul is one of three senior students of Tiwariji. He is honored to host his teacher every year, and as a result share this knowledge and experience with many others. Paul will lead the asana portion and assist Tiwariji in all the Pranayama practices, pulse observations and philosophy sessions.

Paul Dallaghan

(Available during specific Retreats and Trainings only)

Paul Paul Dallaghan VDO Bio Paul is a well-known world-class yogi, scientist and teacher with 30 years of experience in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and the meditative techniques. His dedication to the path of yoga has come from a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand. He was one of the dedicated few to put in many years with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Further, his dedication to the practice of pranayama for over 20 years leaves him in a unique position as the senior student to carry forth these teachings from his teacher O.P. Tiwari and the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda and Sri Madhavadas. In addition, he was accepted into one of the top PhD programs in the U.S. to conduct scientific research on yoga and its effects. He is still a student and loves to share and learn. Sincerity, not seriousness, is the key to enjoying this path of yoga and meditation. He has led workshops and trainings all over the world, and founded the retreat center, Samahita, in Thailand, that offers teachings to students from all backgrounds and all levels of physical and mental readiness in Centered Yoga—an open-minded method to encourage inner awareness.

Paul is also the happy father of two lovely boys. For more please see his full bio.

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.

6:15 am Fire ceremony
6:45 am Pranayama and pulse analysis with Tiwariji
8:15 am Asana Practice: Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style or your self practice
10 am – 1 pm Brunch buffet
3 – 3:30 pm Snack and refreshment
3:30 pm Satsang with Tiwariji – covering the teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and Tiwariji’s unique wisdom, followed by Mantra recitation.
5 pm Pranayama with Tiwariji
6 pm Dinner buffet
6 – 8 pm Steam room available
7:30 pm Evening program – video, tratak, meditation, free time
9:30 pm Quiet personal time

Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on

Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.

Retreat Rates

Share two bedroom loft      € 1,590 per person
Semi private room € 1,790 per person
Private room € 1,990 per person

Friend / Family Room & Board Rates

These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite

We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

  • 2,100 per day
  • 13,440 for one week
  • 26,040 for two weeks
  • 37,800 for three weeks
  • 46,200 for four weeks

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:

  • Full yoga and fitness program
  • Fully equipped accommodation with AC
  • Full brunch and dinner buffets
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Wi Fi internet
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

Reserve your place on this program.

If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.


Right balance in teacher, friend, entertainer and sharer of wisdom. He opened our eyes to a new world . . . giving us hope for a safe and healthy journey ahead.
∼ Kirsten, Hong Kong, 2013

I learned an incredible amount from Paul. He is very inspiring. I could have spent hours listening to him discuss philosophy, pranayama and asana. He was very funny too!
∼ Kate, UK 2013

Paul is a teacher and guide. He makes yoga accessible to everyone, and he is also entertaining :-)
∼ Nada, Egypt, 2013

Paul’s knowledge, experience and presence is phenomenal, and his communication style and approachability were wonderful.
∼ Anne, Nepal, 2013

It exceeded my expectations. It was great to learn from Paul and really appreciate him sharing his knowledge about pranayama and help me to improve my practice. Also the performances and singing of/with Jack Harrison were great!
∼ Guest, January 2013

I was doing my meditation and holding you in gratitude this morning, so dropping you a line. I did a drop in to a workshop last night, to take a look see, and for the first time that i can ever remember, i looked at the clock wondering, when this idiot would release me and stop wasting my time, (the only time i have ever looked at the clock with you, is when i need the bathroom and wondering if i can hold it, because i really dont want to miss anything!!!), and i remembered something you said the very first time i met you, you had been talking about starting Retreat, and that you and jutima, wanted to create a space of “authentic yoga”, so now i wanted to thank you both for doing just that. For the “clean and clear”, for not hooking into the mainstream because it is easier, for always giving me a foundation and strength to maintain an “authentic” practice, and for always keeping and holding the authentic corner, where we can come to you and be in the essence of pure yoga, and for your protection, i realised last night how much you protect us from the idiots and impurity that is out there, through you guidance and through the lessons of discernment that you have offered and somehow along the line i have imbibed.
∼ Vanessa

Paul and all the teachers are not only knowledgable but are also very giving, I learned so much. Food was really yummy. General Manager is a nice guy, he knows his stuff. Truly appreciate everything.
∼ Yvonne C

Dear Paul, 
I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to say this to you in person before you left, but I sincerely wanted to thank-you for all your time, effort and expertise that you offered during the past 3 weeks of workshops you held at Samahita Retreat. You have truly created an environment that is so easy to completely focus on yoga and how it relates to more than just the asanas. And I really enjoyed your down-to-earth approach and explanations. Personally, this experience was exactly what I needed and I feel so inspired to continue to learn more and grow in my practice – However, I must admit that it feels a little daunting to do so in conjunction with work, and in my very tiny village where no one else practices – but I’m optimistic. (If you ever post a sound recording of one of your lead classes, can you please let me know?). I do wish I could have stayed longer and I hope to return in the near future if I can save enough money again. I really just wanted to say that I truly respect and appreciate what you have dedicated yourself to and shared with others.
Again, Thank-you.
Kindest Regards,
∼ Sarah

Dear Paul, 
We left Samahita Retreat very early the last day, but my parents, brother and I wanted to thank you very much for the delightful moments we have spent in your retreat. Everything was so well organised, your team so professional but so kind also. The place is a real paradise and peace sanctuary.
We are looking forward already to come back.
Sincerely yours,
∼ Helene TYACK, Maryvonne TYACK, Roger TYACK, Fabrice TYACK

Paul, I didn’t get a chance to say thank you for our amazing month at Yoga Thailand. I learned so much, both about yoga and myself. The pranayama is relatively new to me, but so helpful and strengthening – I already feel and difference and will continue my practice on and off the ship.
Thanks again for your time and help. Safe travels!
∼ Becky

Dear Paul and staff of Samahita Retreat, 
Just a quick note of thanks for the wonderful 3 days I spent at your centre last week. It was truly restful and rejuvenating and just what I needed. I only wish I could have stayed longer. I was also appreciative to have the attention of teacher trainers to support me with my asanas.
Many thanks again and all the best,
∼ Holly, Switzerland


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