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“Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of what
you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ∼ Rumi

Strengthen & Balance Yoga Retreat

Oct 11-18, 2014

with Amy Arman

About the Retreat

This Week’s Focus: Strengthen & Balance

An asana is a pose that is both stable and comfortable. With inner and outer support and strength comes a space that is free, uplifted and light. Learn how the practice trains, fortifies, refines and balances the body and the nervous system, enabling us to live more fully in the present. Together we will discover how taking the time to develop this helps us to realize our potential for health, joy and happiness in our own lives.

For those new to yoga this will be a chance to build a strong foundation, leading to a sustainable (and realistic) self-practice. For those with more experience we will be working closely to bring awareness to any areas of the practice where there is potential for greater integration and alignment.

During the yoga retreat week we will grow our capacity and understanding of the breath through pranayama and asana classes, which will include both led and self practice. Afternoon sessions will give us the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and space through a slowly developing meditation, followed by technique and study workshops, Q&A and relaxing, restorative yoga.

Each Samahita Yoga Retreat week consists of the following:

  • A full week to work with one of Centered Yoga’s experienced teachers. All of our teachers have been trained extensively renowned teachers Paul Dallaghan and O.P. Tiwariji.
  • Morning intention work, followed by breath work and pranayama from the Kaivalyadhama/O.P. Tiwariji tradition and asana/poses and vinyasa/movement with breath based on a liberal approach to the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition.
  • Modifications as needed for different asanas/poses (both seated poses and training poses). We teach students to use props in order to accommodate everyone — all ages and levels of students, regardless of the limitation, are welcome and encouraged to join.
  • A chance for students either to begin to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, or to improve on and expand their existing practice and experience. Again, all levels are welcome.
  • Restorative asana practice in the afternoon – a relaxing way to finish the day.
  • Extra time in the afternoon to workshop a specific aspect of the practice, answer questions and help students come to a greater understanding of Yoga in its entirety. This extra time is invaluable, as it puts the entire practice into a larger framework.

Although each week has all of the above listed offerings, there is a specific focus for each retreat, taught by a particular teacher who will share their individual expertise and knowledge.

Throughout the week you will be working with Amy, building on the different yogic practices each day, so that you leave with some essential groundwork, a more profound understanding and a solid practice to take home with you. Those with a pre-existing practice will expand on their knowledge and foundation, leaving with greater clarity and a more refined practice.

Samahita Yoga Retreats are for everyone, all ages and levels, sincerely looking to learn and build a stronger foundation for practice. You have a great opportunity to go deeper into the practice and put the entire practice into a larger context. It is the perfect balance between the Yoga Daily Program and one of our Centered Yoga courses. Although you have extra time with one teacher, there is still plenty of free time in the afternoons to relax, enjoy the beach and the quiet retreat environment.

About the Teacher

Amy Arman

Amy Sharp

Amy has been teaching at Samahita Retreat since 2011, where she continues to work closely with students from around the world. Her intention is to empower students to create their own sustainable practice built on the foundations developed by Paul Dallaghan and Sri. O.P. Tiwari. Amy combines teaching with her role as Assistant Managing Director.

Amy studied acting and theatre in London and has been living in Thailand for seven years, working as a freelance writer for magazines, focused on wellness and travel. She has two young daughters. Amy lives her life immersed in raising children, teaching and the biggest practice of all; learning how to live yoga. finding balance and joy through all of life's many adventures. For more please see her full bio

The Daily Schedule

7:30 am Day Opening, Breathwork- Pranayama with Amy
8:00 am Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Led and Self-Practice Classes with Amy
10 am – 1 pm Brunch buffet
4 – 6 pm Strengthen & Balance Workshops with Amy, Q&A & Restorative Yoga
6 – 8 pm Complimentary herbal steam room available
6 – 8 pm Dinner buffet
7:45 pm Optional Evening Program, Meditation or quiet time.


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

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 range of 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.

Add-On a Wellness Spa Program

Wellness Spa Add-On Program

Relax and enjoy our range of 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
Simple Balanced Living
€ 77
€ 126
€ 176
Radiant Balanced Living
€ 122
€ 198
€ 275
Pure Balanced Living
€ 202
€ 328
€ 450

Add-On a De-stress, Detox or Healthy Weight Program

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.


Share two bedroom loft     € 890 per person
Semi-Private room     € 990 per person
Single superior room     € 1,090 per person

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:

  • € 50 per day
  • € 320 for one week
  • € 620 for two weeks
  • € 900 for three weeks
  • € 1100 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 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



Thank you again Amy for being such a wonderful and encouraging teacher and I sincerely hope we will meet again!
∼ Anke, Germany, ’14

I spent a fantastic week at Samahita in October 2013 attending the Strengthen & Balance retreat. In just six days I learnt so much and felt so strong and relaxed by the end of the week. I especially appreciated Amy’s kind and patient instructions and her compassionate and understanding ways. Hoping to come back to Koh Samui very soon!
∼ Danielle, ’13

My 10 days at Samahita were the best “me” time I have taken in my adult life. As a complete beginner to Yoga I was worried about my abilities. I was nurtured and extremely well guided by the teachers, which increased my confidence tenfold.  Amy’s especially gentle and knowledgeable approach made each Yoga lesson very rewarding for me. I returned to the UK able to carry on the self-practice almost daily by adapting it to my lifestyle in making it a shorter version. I gained much needed strength, self worth and clarity.
∼ Marie-Elisabeth, London, ’13

Dear Rachel and Amy,
Thank you for a wonderful week. I learned so much!
∼ Rayna, ’13


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