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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.  Some of us are resident here in Samui and others are visiting yoga instructors off sharing yoga and education throughout the world who come back to share our knowledge at Samahita.

Paul Dallaghan

Paul Paul Dallaghan VDO Bio 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

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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 yogastudios, 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

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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 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

Tracy McDonald

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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

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

David Tilston

David Tilston David has always had a passion for fitness and movement joining the Royal Marines at aged 18, where he served for over four years, seeing active service in Afghanistan during 2007/8. He then became a Firefighter in 2009, using his spare time to gain further qualifications as a Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. David has spent the past six years studying Filipino Kyusho Martial Arts under Grand Master Angelo Baldissone, earning his black belt in 2014. He is also a proponent of functional movement, bodyweight calisthenics and yoga – practicing diligently 6-7 days a week. All these disciplines help to compliment David’s understanding of movement and drive his enthusiasm to constantly learn more about the mind and body. This desire led him to Samahita in May 2015 to continue his development in Asana and an introduction into Pranayama with Paul. As the Fitness Manager, David is keen to bring out the best in people sharing his enthusiasm for movement through fitness and yoga at Samahita. For more, please read full bio

Ellie Brickell


After taking her first yoga class aged 15, Ellie discovered Ashtanga yoga is where her heart lies. Over the last few years she has continued to develop her practice and in May 2015 came to Samahita to complete her 200 hour Centered Yoga Teaching Training with Paul. It is here where she gained the knowledge on the philosophy of yoga, pranayama and the key elements of each pose within the physical practice.

Since joining the team at Samahita in November 2015, Ellie hopes to help people discover and connect with their own practice, whether they are new to yoga or have been practising for years. She understands the importance of practising with a positive energy and having the support of a great teacher.

In December 2015 she completed her pre and post natal yoga teacher training, and looks to continue her development and education of the practice while being part of the Samahita team!

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