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“Never let someone else's happiness become more important than your own.” ∼ Rumi
Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome.

Guest Teacher Retreats

Yoga, Pranayama & Ayurveda Retreat

February 18 – 25, 2017

With Lana Lavanina

About the Retreat

yoga teacher, ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle therapistHow to bring harmony, awareness and joy into our lives through yoga practice, right nutrition and lifestyle!


During this retreat we will explore how yoga asana, pranayama (breath work), ayurveda (holistic medicine), nutrition, meditation are connected to each other. We will learn how to apply these methods to our daily lives to bring more happiness and joy to a stress free lifestyle. By using these methods we take responsibility of our health and wellbeing and begin creating an integrated holistic approach to keep our body and mind in balance.

During the retreat we will go deeper into our practice with the help of pranayama (breath work). Ayurveda, yoga asana, pranayama and nutrition can bring balance to our lives. Yoga asana helps us bring balance to our body and mind, but we should find a right way to practice yoga. Through the breath we calm the nerves and the mind and we may find a deeper connection with our being. When breath flows freely through our practice we may find space to stay connected, aware and centered. Yoga is not only about physical asana – it is about finding peace within and accepting ourselves as we are. Through correct method we make our body strong, steady and at peace. And the mind follows the body.

Afternoon sessions will contain restorative yoga classes and talks on nutrition, lifestyle and yoga philosophy. We will discuss the importance of right nutrition to maintaining a steady body and mind, and how to stay happy, calm and centered.

About the Teacher

Lana Lavanina (yoga teacher, ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle therapist)

yoga teacher, ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle therapist

After graduating from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland in 2001 life took me to Seoul, South Korea. This is where my path of yoga began. Already after the first class I realized what an impact yoga would have on me.

I have always felt drawn towards a spiritual path. In 2003 I completed a formal training in Raja Yoga, (Raja Yoga means royal yoga which focuses on meditation as the means of transformation). However I wanted to take these studies further and I was encouraged by my friends and students to pursue it. So in 2004 I discovered Yoga Thailand. Through their Centered Yoga Training Program I was trained in all aspects of ashtanga yoga. The founder and my teacher Paul Dallaghan inspired me through his extensive knowledge to continue to cultivate physical, mental and spiritual health. I was truly honored when Paul invited me to assist with him at Yoga Thailand. Being under his guidance for a few years has been an invaluable experience. I also studied ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath at the source of ashtanga yoga in Mysore, India.

During my time with Paul I was also introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari one of the last remaining masters of pranayama and philosophy. His deep knowledge has taught me humility and devotion. I have studied pranayama many times with Tiwariji at the Kaivalyadham Institute in Lonavla, India.

Whilst in Mysore I began my studies into ayurveda. Ayurveda is the science of life that helps the body and mind return to its natural state of balance through diet, lifestyle and herbs. Ayurveda as well as yoga asana is a way of life that brings us closer to mother nature and to be in harmony with her. These practices have given me an even greater understanding of the holistic approach that the yogic practices can have on our bodies and minds. My main teacher is doctor Atreya Smith and I received the status of Ayurvedic Practitioner under his tutelage in 2011. I also studied with the well known ayurvedic doctor Sunil V. Joshi M.D. (Ayu) at the Vinayak Panchakarma Chikitsalaya in Nagpur, India. Upon completing the Ayurvedic Practitioners Program 2010-2012 (550hrs in basic training and 200hrs in clinical studies training) I was awarded the certificate for Ayurvedic Nutrition and Life-Style Therapist in 2012. I also study a Western clinical nutrition in Helsinki, Finland at Salus institute.

Lana Lavanina in Finland:

At the present moment I am living and working in Helsinki, Finland both teaching yoga and ayurveda as well as giving ayurvedic consultations. I regularly give retreats in e.g. Finland and Italy. Yoga has certainly transformed my life and I continue to grow spiritually through both studying and teaching. I feel that by transforming my inner world through my own practices I can be of greater service to others. I am truly blessed to pass on this wonderful tradition of Yoga, Pranayama and Ayurveda.

The Daily Schedule


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.

Retreat Rates (THB)

Private room            49,980 per person
Semi Private room     45,780 per person
Share two bedroom loft     41,580 per person

*Early bird massage promo: Complimentary 60 minute body & soul treatment of your choice when you book at least 60 days in advance! Booking must be confirmed and deposit paid at least 60 days before and balance settled at least 1 month before retreat start date.

Friend / Family Room & Board Rates

These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

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:

  • 2,100 per day
  • 13,440 for one week
  • 26,040 for two weeks
  • 37,800 for three weeks
  • 46,200 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 and fitness 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

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.



From Lana’s 2015 Retreat at Samahita:

Lana is a wonderful teacher. So positive, happy, but also serious and in to details. I have learned so much. I feel much stronger, more in balance and a bit happier. She is so strong both in pranayama and the asana.


Thank you Lana for your sharp observations, dedication, humour and willingness to share. I have gained new insight into my practice and posture of my body. Chanting and pranayama will grow slowly. Om Shanti.

Thank you the wonderful week in Samahita Retreat. Perfect place to concentrate in yoga practice, prayanama and ayurveda. Peaceful, functional, good dervice and teaching.


Lovely environment, serious yoga practice, great teacher, high quality accommodation, friendly and helpful staff. Quiet and peaceful.

It is nice to do yoga and have many treatments at the same place. I feel myself almost different person because yoga and treatments have done so much for me. Food was excellent and it was variable. Room was comfortable.

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