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Yoga Teacher Training with Centered Yoga

A leader in the field of yoga education, Centered Yoga has been offering thorough and professional yoga training programs since its founding in 1999. Paul started Centered Yoga in New York City, and moved to Thailand toward the end of 2001. He resumed teaching the courses the following year, and out of this grew what came to be known as Yoga Thailand- now Samahita Retreat, the venue for our yoga retreats, training courses, and wellness programs. Over the years Centered Yoga has helped train more than seven hundred students, many of whom have gone on to teach. For all, even those who decide not to teach, the training programs are a time for deep practice and growth in the understanding of yoga.

Many esteemed teachers have also come to share their knowledge; among them Tiwariji, who continues to be Centered Yoga’s primary teacher and yoga master. He believes in the programs and recognizes the need for an advanced level of training, practice, and learning by students, especially those that go on to teach others. Others include Richard Freeman, Prof Jayashree, Prof Nagaraja Rao and other anatomical and ayurvedic specialists.

Centered Yoga makes its home in Samahita Retreat- a center established specifically to practice yoga and learn healthy and positive living habits. This, in itself, is a unique advantage. Samahita Retreat provides an ideal environment in which to learn, experience, and practice the lessons imparted in our courses. Few such places exist in the modern world.

The fact that we are one of the first schools to become a member of Yoga Alliance is attractive to many students, especially those who take our yoga certification courses as a platform from which to teach. We offer 200- and 500-hour level qualifications. Furthermore, Centered Yoga has its own high standard of qualification that a student reaches at the 1100-hour level, whereby they qualify as a Distinguished Advanced-Level Teacher. Our purpose is not to churn out teachers but to guide, inspire, and uplift students of yoga. We therefore look for sincerity as a primary qualification, the inner quality that allows a student to approach his or her personal development and the practices in an earnest and mature way.

Our Education in Yoga programs fall under two categories:
Foundation and Continuing Education

The yoga teacher training foundation course runs over a month’s period and is the program that we’ve become known for. Graduates of it have found it to be a uniquely immersive and transforming course, and it is well respected for its integrity and depth. Upon successful completion of this program, students receive a 200-hour-level certificate, by which they can register with Yoga Alliance.

The foundation course covers Asana, Pranayama, anatomy, philosophy, teaching techniques, and other topics, to give a well rounded learning experience.

Upcoming Foundation Trainings:

May 2 - 30, 2015 : 200hr Foundation

Education in Yoga: Foundation Course

May’s Training will be led by Paul Dallaghan and senior teachers Elonne Stockton and Arielle Nash, with further assistance from Amy Arman and the rest of the Centered Yoga team.

Our training takes place at Samahita Retreat, a facility developed specifically by Paul Dallaghan of Centered Yoga for the teachings in the classical lineages of yoga and meditative practice. Opened in 2003, it is dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga, health and well-being.


Jul 25 - Aug 22, 2015 : 200hr Foundation

Education in Yoga: Foundation Course

August will be led by Paul and senior teachers Elonne and Arielle,with further assistance the rest of the Centered Yoga team.

Read on to discover more about our in depth training which features Asana, Pranayama, Philosophy, Anatomy and much more.


Oct 31 – Nov 28, 2015 : 200hr Foundation

Education in Yoga: Foundation Course

November will be led by the Centered Yoga teaching team.

We look forward to welcoming you to go deeper into practice at our beach front center designed specifically for yoga and wellness.


For full details on our Foundation Yoga Teacher Training please visit our Centered Yoga Site

To Apply please click here

Upcoming Continuing Education Trainings:

June 13 – 27, 2015 Practical Anatomy with Integrity Arielle Nash and Elonne Stockton

Continuing Education Practical Anatomy: The Next Step in Teaching and Adjusting with Integrity

Continuing Education Practical Anatomy: The Next Step in Teaching and Adjusting with Integrity

Education sessions will be a combination of theoretical learning and practical application, with a focus on “doing”. In addition to learning about movement mechanics and actions involved in asana, we will explore and apply what it means to adjust adhering to ahimsa and integrity.

Through understanding proper alignment we can encourage practitioners to go beyond the body and find the internal practice. Additionally, we will learn about sequencing, verbal cues and use of silence in class. 



June 28 – July 11 Pranayama Detail and Practice (Continuing) Paul Dallaghan

Pranayama Detail and Practice (Continuing)

This course is inspired and blessed by Tiwariji, Paul’s direct teacher and one of the few living knowledgeable authorities on Pranayama and its place in the field of yoga today. It is a living tradition. Paul has learnt the full practice in a special one-to-one capacity over the past 15+ 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 his years in practice and training 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.



July 12 – 25 Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Hatha Pradipika Chapters 4 – 5 Sri O. P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan

Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Special Continuing Education Hatha Pradipika Chapters 4 – 5

Hatha pradipika is considered the most authoritative and available text on the methods and process of Hatha Yoga. It is a collection of many verses coming from other key yogis and their writings that subsequently got lost or destroyed.

As such, this text played a key role in preserving the teachings of Hatha in one source document. Many call it the Hatha Yoga Pradipika but the author, Swatmarama, himself titles it Hatha pradipika, which means light on hatha.



December 5 – 19 Continuing Education: Prenatal Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training with Arielle Nash-Degagne

Continuing Education: Prenatal Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training

This course is appropriate for expectant mothers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, midwives, doulas and birth coaches. The content of this course is drawn both from scientific knowledge and the personal experiences of pregnant yoga practitioners.

Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, the relationship between mother and baby begins long before birth. Yoga can play an integral role in the quality of this relationship as mom connects with baby and takes care of her body and mind through practice.




For full details on our Continuing Education Training please visit our Centered Yoga Site