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“It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.” ∼ Thich Nhat Hanh

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training:

Pranayama & Your Yoga Practice – Tradition, Science and Detail*

July 1 – 14, 2018

With Paul Dallaghan

This course is ideal for those who wish to establish their pranayama practice, with clear detail and correct method of practice, either as newer students or those aiming to deepen practice. It is both practical and technical. (If new to pranayama this course is a prerequisite for for joining the Tiwariji course.)

*This course qualifies for 100 hours towards Yoga Alliance 300—and Centered Yoga 1100 hour—training certification. It also completes the anatomy and physiology requirement for our 300-hour course. 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

Pranayama Detail and PracticeThis practice of pranayama is part of a living tradition. Paul has learnt the full practice in a special one-to-one capacity over the past 20 years with Tiwariji. Tiwariji learnt directly from his teacher, Swami Kuvalayananda, who was an adept and highly accomplished in Pranayama and the science of yoga. He was also a devotee and spent time with his teacher, Madhavadas, on the banks of the Narmada river, also being taught this exact practice of Pranayama. In this way it has been passed on very personally and effectively. Such a tradition survives all books, as it is only experience that ultimately counts. Over the years of study and introspection in this practice Paul has had the opportunity to better understand it from direct experience and how to help pass it on and help others to practice and teach it better. This course is designed to help you practice more effectively and understand Pranayama techniques to a deeper degree from both the information given and the depth of practice being done in this purpose-built, dedicated environment. Based on this, you can improve as a practitioner and teacher.

This course does not claim to develop Pranayama teachers but rather to stimulate and increase the foundation and understanding of practice.


A synthesis of practice, techniques, physiology and philosophy, this course aims to combine traditional practice and wisdom with scientific and psychological understanding. This year, Paul will introduce numerous findings on the breath and physiology based on his research on the scientific side, along with continuing to offer insight on the nature of pranayama practice and what happens in the process. It is a program that is part-practice/lecture/discussion based on your questions.

1. Breath regulation
2. Posture and sitting for pranayama
3. A Pranayama history and in the texts
4. Preparatory practices for Pranayama
5. Nadi Shodhana through Breath and Shatkarma Kriyas
6. Kapalabhati correct method and in detail
7. Pranayama methods in detail and explained
8. Nostril breathing and current scientific findings
9. Obstacles to growth and elements for success in dedicated (yoga) practice
10. How the breath works in terms of both anatomy and physiology, and some latest findings
11. Some scientific findings relating to pranayama and yoga
12. How to continue and grow your practice


Pranayama Detail and Practice
The key focus is on your practice and gaining experience. The morning session will be devoted to a 90-minute Kriya and Pranayama practice preceded by 45-minutes sitting meditation covering contemplation, mantra japa, pranava japa, and annapannasati (silent awareness on the breath). This will be followed by Asana practice. Asana will be a mix of guided sessions and self-practice. The afternoon will focus on Pranayama practice along with nidra style meditation to help still the mental activity and trigger a shift in the autonomic nervous system thereby enabling one to get more internally connected and really touch something inside that leads to real transformation. 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. In the evening will be a mixture of personal time, related videos, further practice and chanting. Typically, Paul is not present for the evening programs, but one of the team leads them.

Through repeated practice and greater understanding this practice can grow within. Pranayama is a true gift and holds a power to really transform one’s state and behavior if practiced with sincerity and dedication over time. This program is created to encourage that in you. It is recommended you continue into the next two-week program with Tiwariji and Paul to further your pranayama.

Paul Dallaghan

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.

5:30 am Deva Yajna – Fire Ceremony (only middle Sunday and last Friday – optional to attend)
6:00 – 6:40 am
6:40 – 7:10 am
7:10 – 8:30 am
Sitting practice: Contemplation & Mantra (Gayatri and Tryambhakam) & Pranava (Om) Japa into silence
Silent sitting (or savasana) practice while pulse analysis is taken by Paul
Focused Pranayama practice
8:30 am -
till finished Asana and physical activity options:
Dynamic Core Vinyasa Flow, Mysore & More 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 Snack and refreshment
3:00 – 3:30 pm Nidra meditation practice with Gong play and bija mantra chants
3:30 – 4.30 pm Lecture on Pranayama from both tradition (experience) base and scientific information
4.30 – 5:00 pm Q&A – your questions and comments for discussion following the presentation
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 – video, meditation, 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 

Yoga Alliance certification

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