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“The very purpose of spirituality is to control yourself, not to criticize others. How much am I doing about my anger?
About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy?” ∼ Dalai Lama
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Our Yoga Instructors

Meet our team of Samahita Retreat Yoga Instructors.

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.

Manuel Molina de la Torre


Manuel I was born in a beautiful Andalucian village called Begíjar, Spain. When I was fifteen years old, my family and I moved to the North of Spain and since then I have been travelling and living in different places around the world. I practiced yoga for the first time back in 2004 in the Spanish Pyrenees. I fell in love with it and since then I knew I wanted to teach yoga. That was just the beginning of a journey and my research would take me to other places like Ireland and Italy, where I lived and practiced yoga for a few years. I travelled to India in 2010 and Thailand in 2014 where I completed my Centered Yoga teacher training at Samahita Retreat with Paul Dallaghan. I have been involved with nutrition, organic food, vegan and vegetarian food for the last few years, working and collaborating as a cook with yoga retreats in Europe. I believe that the combination of a healthy diet and yoga practice are great tools for reaching our full potential as human beings. For more, please read full bio

Sara Pierroz

Sara Pierroz Sarah has travelled the world, and she is grateful to have found Samahita Retreat and Centered Yoga along the way. She completed her Centered Yoga teacher training in 2011 and has returned regularly for continuing education in asana, pranayama, and philosophy with Paul Dallaghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari.

Sarah is an accomplished artist. She has spent the past decade teaching Art, Photography, and Environmental Science in Egypt and Italy, at a United World College.


Currently a yoga teacher at Samahita Retreat, with certification in Schwinn Spinning and TRX Suspension Training, Sarah looks forward to helping others find new ways to consider how nutrition, fitness, yoga, and the arts can be integrated to support a joy-filled and healthy life.

For more, please read full bio

Gill Breetzke

gill-bio-2016-2 Gill Breetzke Gill has been coming to Samahita since 2011 participating yearly in the Continued Education Courses with Paul Dallaghan and Sri.O.P Tiwari and in 2015 received her 1100hour Centered Yoga Certification. Samahita has always been a welcoming, transformative space for her and in early 2016 she was grateful to fully embrace this magical place and call it home.

She is one of the performers on the Samahita Live album and has regularly had the pleasure of adding her harmonies to the angelic music of Daphne Tse.


Originally from South Africa, born into a family of educators she studied Primary Education and has lived and taught in schools in London, Dublin and Yangon working, learning and growing with so many wonderful children uncovering the joys and mysteries of life. In 2004 friends in Dublin lead her to her first Ashtanga yoga class in a drafty prefab classroom and it was there that her yoga journey began. Gill combines yoga teaching with her job as Samahita Retreat Reservations Specialist.

For more, please read full bio

Emily Alp

Emily Alp has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2009. She met Paul Dallaghan in 2010 and decided to retake her teacher training under his guidance and has been a student of his teachings, particularly in the area of deepening pranayama, each year, ever since. A widely-published science and lifestyle journalist of 12 years, she appreciates the opportunity to share the powerful effects of practices with a wider community through communications and teaching. Diagnosed with celiac, Emily has long been passionate about personalized nutritionand is certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a health coach. Overall, she is on a path of continuous transformation, and is refining how to channel and manage this human life in an empowered (centered, kind and compassionate) and empowering (caring and sharing) way.

For more, please read full bio

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