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“You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.” ∼ Henry David Thoreau
Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome.

Meet Senior Yoga Teacher Arielle Nash – Degagne

Wellness Director

Yoga Teacher at Samahita RetreatArielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. After obtaining her degree in Kinesiology, along with being an athlete herself, Arielle devoted more than a decade to training professional and other elite athletes. Compiling her experience and knowledge in coaching, sport, physiology and biomechanics, and presenting, Arielle began to teach other professional coaches and trainers how to train. During this time, she found Ashtanga yoga, and in 2005 ventured to Thailand to complete Centered Yoga’s teacher training with Paul Dallghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari.

Having already spent over a year living in Europe and Central America, Arielle coupled her teacher training with exploration through South East Asia and China. She returned to Asia every year afterwards to continue studying with Paul and Tiwariji, while her career at home progressed to involve business development and executive management. Then, in 2011, Arielle and her husband decided to leave life in Canada behind and set out on an adventure with no set end date. Their travels took them through South America, Antarctica and India until arriving them back on Koh Samui – their current home.

Arielle integrates her experience in yoga, functional movement, and business, into her role as Wellness Director at Samahita Retreat. Along with her degree, Arielle holds certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. She has also conducted a global research study involving over 1100 practitioners, on gender difference & Ashtanga yoga practice, focusing on women’s health matters. Arielle is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact and guide Samahita guests toward optimal wellness.

Arielle is also a Yoga Teacher at Samahita Retreat. In addition, she teaches anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita and other centres. Back home in Canada, she could often be found in the West Coast mountains, climbing up in summer for a decent run down, or in the winter, improving her snowboarding skills. Either that, or shoe shopping.