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“Factors that unite us should be the goal of spirituality” ∼ Tiwariji

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training:

Classical Pranayama & Philosophy*

July 15 – 28, 2018

Sri O. P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan

accompanied by live music with Daphne Tse

This is a unique opportunity to learn direct with Tiwariji, the world’s leading authority and practitioner on pranayama. However, this program is not for students new to pranayama. If new, it is best to first take the course with Paul on July 1-14, which is more technical and will explain how to practice. For those with experience, this program with Tiwariji and Paul is most beneficial, covering the art and joy of practice while helping people reconnect with or deepen their practices.

*This course qualifies for 100 hours towards Yoga Alliance 300—and Centered Yoga 1100 hour—training certification. If you have already completed 200 hours in teacher training and hope to complete the additional 300-hour level of Yoga Alliance certification, please fill in the application form.

About the Training Course


This training is focused on the practice of pranayama and will also encourage those ready to further their practice of kriyas. For most, this means getting into the other dhautis and basti. Various options for asana practice are offered. The afternoon lecture sessions will focus on Gorakhnath’s Siddha Siddhantapaddhati followed by open discussion and Q&A.

The Text

Gorakhnath is considered the preeminent hatha yogi, supposed to have lived about 1,000 years ago as the famed disciple of the great yogi master Matsyendranath. A few texts are attributed to Gorakhnath. This current rendition of his classic on the body and its secrets is about to be published in English by Kaivalyadham’s philosophico-literary department. It is considered to be the only English translation available. This text goes into great detail on events and happenings in the body, seen esoterically; however, it’s sure to fascinate anyone with a modern understanding of physiology.

It’s more of a manual than a work of philosophy, helping 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, and 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.

Hatha and the body, explained well here, is a practical approach, initially using the body but ultimately working deeper into the mental faculties, to experiencing growth and development toward the realms 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.

It is a rare opportunity today to experience a clear explanation of such often obscure and esoteric lines by an experienced yogi in practical language in order to enhance both our practice and learning. In short, Tiwariji won’t be around forever, so make the most to learn.

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 training with a group welcome. Check out is by 12pm on your last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.

6:00 am Deva Yajna – Fire Ceremony: on first and last mornings of the program only
6:30 – 7:00 am
7:00 – 7:30 am
7:30 – 8:30 am
Sitting practice: Mantra (Gayatri and Tryambhakam) and Pranava (Om) Japa into silence
Silent sitting (or savasana) practice while pulse analysis is taken by Tiwariji and Paul
Focused Pranayama practice
8:30 am -
till finished Asana and physical activity options
Dynamic Core Vinyasa Flow, Teacher-assisted Self Practice, Lite asana class.
Combination Core (TRX) or silent cycle classes followed by dynamic asana flow class
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch buffet
2.30 – 3:00 pm
2:30 – 3:00 pm
Snack and refreshment
Traditional Sanskrit chanting – of the chosen text, yoga sutras, and other favorite chants
3:00 – 3:30 pm Nidra meditation with Gong play and bija mantra chants
3:30 – 4:00 pm Read through of the selected text Gorakhnath’s Siddha siddhantapadhati
4:00 – 5:00 pm Traditional Satsang with Tiwariji – your questions and comments for discussion on the text, pranayama, yoga in general
5:00 – 6:00 pm Pranayama practice and Pranava Japa
6:00 – 8:00 pm Bonus Fun Cycle or Core TRX workout class followed by post-workout asana class (20 + 20 min’s max)
Complimentary herbal steam room available – great after class with a swim and a beach walk
8:00 pm Evening program – music with Daphne, meditation practice, tratak, private time

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.

Private Room: 89,070 THB
Semi-Private Room: 80,670 THB
Shared Two Bedroom Loft: 72,270 THB


Samahita Retreat is the perfect location for your yoga training and personal development. The staff are well trained, intuitive and attentive, the location is beautiful and the yoga training with Tiwariji, Paul and team is second to none. ~ Rowena

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

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

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

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

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. ∼ Guest

Dear Paul,..I sincerely wanted to thank-you for all your time, effort and expertise…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…I feel so inspired to continue to learn more and grow in my practice…I truly respect and appreciate what you have dedicated yourself to and shared with others. Again, Thank-you.  ∼ Sarah

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.  ∼ Becky

This was my 6th or 7th time at Samahita, for a 2-week yoga retreat/workshop with Paul Dallaghan, and as always it was absolutely amazing! Excellent yoga teachings and practice, offered by very experienced yoga teachers. ∼ Kitty

In 2010 I took the yoga teacher training course, and this year I came back for the Pranayama & Buddhist Philosophy with Tiwari & Paul. The main reason I keep coming back is the quality and sincerity of the teachings that I receive. Everything has been carefully thought after, from the amazing food to the wonderful wellness centre, all the staff are highly trained and happy to help. I can full heartily recommend Samahita for relaxation, self growth, study, health and to nurture your mind and soul. I feel very lucky to have found this retreat as there are so many now to choose from on the web. ~ Guest

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