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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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Paul Dallaghan

Paul Paul is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student since the late 1990s of both Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of Pranayama, and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. Both of these great teachers have personally certified Paul in these practices, a unique position as the only one to receive this double honor. Paul continues with Mantra practice from the yoga lineage and meditative approaches, influenced by the Thai Forest tradition. This combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has helped him gain some understanding of practice and to apply this appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra recitation and Meditation for the different level of students he has the privilege to share the teaching with. He continues his studies in health, philosophy, anatomy and physiology. Paul is also conducting PhD research on the yoga practices at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. One of his main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.

Paul is the happy father of two lovely boys and the founder of Centered Yoga and Samahita Retreat. For more please see his full bio.

Elonne Stockton

Elonne

Elonne has been a committed yoga practitioner and devotee since the early age of 14. She has lived and taught in the Bahamas, Canada, India, the United States, and Taiwan where she has taught asana, pranayama, and meditation at yoga studios, ashrams, resorts, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics.

In 2006, Elonne moved to Asia, where she met her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, O.P. Tiwari, and Richard Freeman.

As Elonne's understanding of the practice grows, she feels more and more like a beginner, and she is excited to continue this journey. She feels blessed by the opportunity to teach at Samahita Retreat, and she is extremely grateful for the chance to help others while she continues her own studies. For more see her full bio.

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 Samahita Retreat Marketing 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

Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle

Arielle has been interested in human movement since she was a competitive teenage athlete, which led her to pursue her degree in Kinesiology. After her degree and years of competitive sports, she recognized the healing and balancing effects that a committed Ashtanga practice created within her own body. In 2005, Ariellecompleted the Centered Yoga Teacher Training, with Paul Dallaghan, where she was fortunate to be introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari and the study of pranayama. In addition to travelling through Europe, South America, Central America, India, China and Southeast Asia, she returned to Thailand annually to grow in her practice,prior to making it her home in 2013.

Arielle teaches with humility and aims to guide students toward a better understanding of their physicality. Arielle also teaches anatomy in teacher trainings and continuing education courses, at Samahita and other yoga studios. She is grateful to her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, Tiwariji and R. Sharath Jois who have shared a part of themselves to guide her along this path. For more please see her full see full bio.

Summer Dien

Summer

Summer started her yoga journey in Doha, Qatar in 2010, where she was teaching English to kindergarteners at an international school. After attending her first yoga class, she immediately fell in love and has been dedicated to her asana practice ever since. She discovered Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in 2012 and was blessed to study with two excellent teachers who gave her a strong foundation in her practice: Prem Carlisi and Radha Duplex in beautiful Bali. Also during this same year, Summer started Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. She spent time in Myanmar in early 2013 visiting various temples and holy sites with other Vipassana meditators.

At Centered Yoga in June 2013, Summer received her yoga teacher training certification with Paul Dallaghan. It was during this time that she was also introduced to Pranayama in the Kaivalyadhama tradition and was fortunate to study with Paul’s teacher, Sri O. P. Tiwari.

Summer is grateful for the amazing opportunity to work at Samahita, teaching yoga and meditation, continuing to grow in her own asana and pranayama practice, and continuing to learn from her teacher Paul Dallaghan, her fellow Samahitians, and the students and guests here.

She firmly believes in taking her yoga off the mat by practicing kindness (ahimsa) towards herself and others, and spreading love through smiles and hugs. For more please see her full see full bio.

Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald

Tracy is passionate about helping people to re-ignite their vibrancy, radiant health and well-being through nutrition, yoga and mind-body holistic therapies. She believes in daily practice to evolve greater self-awareness, love and acceptance. She believes in the healing power of foods and natural herbal supplements, having seen and experienced the miracle of food-as-medicine when taken with right consciousness.

Tracy is a mind-body-spirit integrative therapist, practicing and teaching cranial-sacral and polarity therapy for several years. She is blessed to have a personal Ashtanga yoga practice since 2004 and pranayama since 2011. She has completed 600 hours of training at Samahita Retreat, finished Natalia Rose's PhDetox program, is a Certified Nutritionist Consultant, and is completing The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts' Holistic Nutrition program.

For more please see her full bio

Anthea Grimason

Anthea

Anthea joined Samahita Retreat in 2013. She initially connected with the center in 2008 on her very first yoga retreat, again for teacher training in 2010 and for many continued education courses in between. Anthea was also fortunate to have been able to study with Paul Dallaghan on his trips home to Dublin where she is also from. Although Ireland is dear to her heart, Anthea was always a person of the world and spent almost two years prior to joining the team between Bali, Thailand and India, studying, practicing and delving deeper into yoga practices. Her curiosity for ancient cultures, love for the yoga practices and also for tropical climates, pulled her time and time again to Asia.

Since 2007 Anthea's practice has been predominantly Ashtanga Yoga, later to include Pranayama in the Kaivalyadhama tradition, mantra, meditation and most recently Yin Yoga. Teaching came naturally to Anthea, purely out of a desire to share what she was learning herself and the benefits she was experiencing. She loves to work with people on all aspects of yoga, health and wellbeing. Anthea previously tried on many roles in the corporate world and is grateful to have been given the opportunity at Samahita to combine her skills in both business and yoga teaching, in a place she already considered a second home. bio