Call Us:    +66 (0) 77 920 090
Koh Samui, Thailand


Slide background
“If you can sense it, you can control it.” ∼ Martha Peterson

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training:

Practical Anatomy & Physiology

Somatic Movement and Fascial Integration in Teaching and Adjustments

June 17 – 30, 2018

with Arielle Nash-Degagne 

This course qualifies as 100hr towards Yoga Alliance RYT-300 and RYT-500

About the Training

This course continues to dive deeper into understanding movement by exploring subtle biomechanics, fascial sensation and somatics. Hands-on adjusting experience will occur in a live setting. The Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate Series’ will be used as base for asana application along with specific restorative and therapeutic applications.  There is no pre-requisite for this course, however students are encouraged to refresh their basic understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and movement principles.


Teaching Techniques:

  • It is through the personal experience of somatofascial movement and feeling where movement is coming from in the body that students can understand how to apply this directly to their personal practice or teaching, regardless of the “style”
  • learn verbal cues to assist students in accessing somatic sensation
  • hands on experience and exploration of adjustments that promote a response in soft tissue
  • become proficient at helping students get into their body with sensation cues well beyond stretching
  • Apply the principles to practice to understand the foundations of Vinyasa
  • Explore movement by harnessing the guiding potential of fascia
  • Learn quick and simple self-myofascial release techniques that can be integrated into private sessions or classes
  • A deeper understanding of fascial lines and movement will assist in effective sequencing
  • Apply an understanding of somatics and fasica to different paces of movement and mobility techniques


Somatic Education:

  • A brief review of the nervous system and intro to neuromuscular physiology and motor control
  • training the somatosensory system
  • introduction to the theory of pandiculation
  • posture and somatics – pain reduction
  • Following the flow – listening to the body and freeform movement


Fascia Education:

  • explore the history of fascia and review the latest research on it’s make up, structure and function
  • examine the principles of biotensegrity and how they affect movement
  • How to keep fascia healthy and why It’s important
  • The esoteric link – discuss fascia’s role in body intelligence and the nature of being human
  • “feelings in my fascia” – another look at psychosomatics
  • make the link between what we know about fascia and how different types of movement affect it


Sample Day:

7:00     Seated Practices including contemplation and pranayama

8:30     Asana –  Self Practice Mysore style (some days will be guided)

3-6       Anatomy & Movement Theory Lectures

Practical movement sessions / Somatic Yoga

The morning session will be devoted to practice with a 60-minute Pranayama practice and sitting meditation and mantra practice. This will be followed by Asana practice. Most asana will be Mysore/ Self-Practice with some applied led classes. If your practice is other than Ashtanga you are still welcome. If you do not have a dedicated Asana practice then you may join a daily led class with one of our other teachers. The afternoon will focus on asana study, practical sequencing, movement workshops and restorative practice. Within this time will be the lecture focus for the day coupled with your questions and answers to the best of the teacher’s ability.

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 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 am Morning tea
7 am Seated Practice: Day Opening, Mantra, Pranayama
8 am Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Style / Led Class
10 am – 1 pm Brunch buffet
3 – 5 pm Practical Anatomy Education Sessions
5 – 6 pm Q&A and Applied Practical Session/Restorative Practice
6 – 8 pm Dinner buffet
6 – 8 pm Steam room available
7:30 pm Optional Evening Program –Video, Tratak, Kirtan, or Meditation


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.

Add-On Programs

Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.

Wellness Spa Add-On Program

Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.

3 days 5 days 7 days
Wellness Spa Program 4,770 THB 7,560 THB 10,530 THB

Health Add-On Program

Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.

3 days 5 days 7 days 10 days
Detox 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB
Candida Detox 20,250 THB 29,460 THB 34,930 THB 45,850 THB
De-Stress 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB

We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.

Retreat Rates (THB)

Private room        89,070 THB per person
Semi Private room 80,670 THB per person
Share two bedroom loft 72,270 THB per person

*Please note if you book 2 / 3 consecutive advanced training courses you will not be charged for the additional day in between.

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 have attended a number of the Advanced Anatomy modules taught by Arielle. It is from knowledge gained in these courses that I found the confidence to open my own Mysore room. Every year, she brings something new and exciting to the anatomy table. This is a testament to her own search for knowledge and understanding of the human form through her personal and academic study of biomechanics, fascia, somatics and the interrelationships between our physical bodies and emotion. From learning student specific adjustments in the Mysore room to lectures and experiential afternoon classes, Arielle’s teaching style supports all styles of learning. I can’t help but be excited about the 2018 installment!”

~ Kerril, Yoga Teacher, Hong Kong, 2017

“I participated in Arielle’s Advanced Anatomy 2017 at Samahita Retreat.
The course provided an inspiring intimate context to go deep within one’s Mysore practice, to assist with integrity and to also teach with somatic experience and awareness.
My teaching was greatly influenced by the progressions Arielle offered to the traditional Ashtanga Primary sequence. Different bodies and experience were taken in account with the communication of anatomical foundations creating an inclusive process of learning in a constant sense of revelation and trust.
The group dynamic was very nurtured and whilst I felt I could  express myself individually I also felt a strong sense of connection with other students. Consequently the course provided opportunities for growth, sharing and healing.
I look forward to studying with Arielle again going forward. I know that in whatever framework Arielle provides in her teaching there are always layers of learning that are felt as well as understood. The whole approach to the course was directed with a strong recognition of being present and in this context I believe there are huge potentials for anyone to discover an informative approach to practice, teaching and simply being.”

~ Jane, Australia, 2017

“Not only did I gain a lot more theoretical knowledge about anatomy and physiology but this course was a major factor in getting my Ashtanga practice to the next level. Arielle is a great teacher who is able to share her knowledge in a very comprehensive and fun way. During the course I was able to incorporate that knowledge into my own practice by better understanding how to use my body which in turn led to a healthier practice and noticeable progress in multiple areas. I was most impressed by Arielle’s ability to teach in a very broad spectrum tailored to each student individually rather than just using a general approach. I know several people who took this course more than once and I will be back next year as well.”

~Patric, Switzerland, 2017

“ The Practical Anatomy: The Next Step in Teaching and Adjusting was hugely beneficial to me as a teacher and yoga student. The course was packed with useful, comprehensive and practical content and it was a privilege to be able to learn from Elonne and Arielle’s excellent and extensive knowledge. There was plenty of time to practice adjustments, observe fellow practitioners and learn from each other. The course was also very beneficial to my own practice. I would highly recommend this course to all teachers who wish to gain more knowledge and confidence in applied anatomy and the art of adjusting. “

~ Karen from Switzerland, 2015

“This course in all aspects from content, practical experience, application of theory from student and teacher perspective and the manner is which it was presented, exceeded my expectations. Arielle and Elonne, highly experienced in their own fields, work really well together as a team. Each complementing the other in a manner which makes it a highly satisfying experience.”

~ Hanlie from Singapore, 2015

“Practical Anatomy: The Next Step in Teaching and Adjusting” is a very well structured course with focus on adjustments of deep floor poses, very useful anatomy that directly relates to asana, new chants and asana study. It is very helpful if you want to teach flow or yin classes as we learned a practical approach to how to teach that too. I have learned so much in 2 weeks!”

~Natalia from Denmark/ Bangledesh, 2015


Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.

~ Kaitlyn, USA, 2014

Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.

~ Kaitlyn, USA, 2014

Arielle knows so much about anatomy! She explains it all very well and gave us the passion to know our own bodies.
~ Paola, France, 2014

Arielle was amazing! I am now so excited to learn more about anatomy.
~ Tabbi, UK, 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

Yoga Alliance certification

Fill out my online form.

/* */