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“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.” ∼ Leslie Grimutter

Applied Anatomy. Action, Alignment and Adjusting as Teaching Tools

October 25 – November 1, 2014

with Arielle Nash

* This course qualifies for 50 hours continuing-education credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training certification. Anatomy is a required course towards a continuing education credit.

About the Retreat

This course goes beyond the basic functions of muscles and bones into movement mechanics including the fascial network.  Exploring movement as a chain of events, both controlled and automatic will guide a deeper understanding of anatomy and how the body functions as a whole. These principles will guide us to dissect the actions involved in asana practice, how to identify correct alignment, then learn how to both hands-on adjust students as well as self-adjust.  Education sessions will be a combination of learning theory and practical application, with a focus on “doing”.
Teachers will leave feeling confident in adjusting students and practitioners will gain insight into their own body and practice.

Topics include:

Introduction to Movement Mechanics

  • How movement is learned & created
  • The kinetic chain
  • Cueing Movement vs. direction in teaching
  • Basic Exercise Physiology: stretching, strength and balance
  • The pathway to injury

Support & Strength

  • The fascial network and fascial lines
  • The principles of Tensegrity and the fluid body
  • Assessing Alignment and Load
  • Identifying stress & strain in the body

Actions of Asana

  • Breathing & Bandhas
  • Entering, exiting and being in asana
  • Forward Bending
  • Hip Internal & External Rotation
  • Twisting
  • Back Bending
  • Inverting

Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle Arielle Nash

Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois.

Arielle is Centered Yoga's lead anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita. Arielle takes yoga off the mat at home as a proud mother of twin toddlers. For more please see her full see full bio.


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 Day Opening, Pranayama
8:00 am Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Style
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch Buffet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Anatomy & Physiology Education Session
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Q&A and Applied Practical Session/Restorative Practice
6:00 pm Dinner Buffet
7:30 pm Optional Evening Program –Video, Tratak or Mediation


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


Share two bedroom loft     € 940 per person
Semi-Private room     € 1,040 per person
Private room     € 1,140 per person
Add On:  Optional addition to retreat rate
Basic Detox Treatment Package:     € 160 per person
Complete Detox Treatment Package     € 370 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.



I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class.
~ Karen, Switzerland, 2014

Arielle is straight-forward, very warm and loving charisma, has the ability to make anatomy exciting.
~ Josephine, Austria 2014

Arielle, against all odds I actually know something about anatomy! You deserve a medal and you are a star when one needs a notary!
~ John, Hong Kong, 2014

Arielle and Elonne’s adjustments and advice in the Mysore space were invaluable. The amount of time and energy they gave to adjustments and teaching during Mysore was incredible!”
~ Erica, Canada, 2014

Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable.
∼ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto

Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle.
∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City


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