Know-the-Breath 1: Essentials of Yoga
Breath-Prānāyāma, Āsana-Vinyāsa, Meditation-Mantra
June 30 – July 13, 2024
Led by senior advanced yoga teachers Gill Breetzke and Daniel Stringer
This is an excellent program to immerse in the essentials of yoga practice, build and develop your breath-to-prānāyāma practice, get into the detail of āsana practice (body posture), both dynamic with vinyāsa and restorative, and cultivate a meditation practice.
This course can be used as one of the 100-hour modules of the Advanced TT 300-hours certification. It also serves as a Yoga Alliance 100-hour Continuing Education Credit. Its real purpose is to serve your practice and understanding of yoga, whether teacher or an interested student of yoga.
Program Detail & Approach:
The aim of this program to help you raise your level of yoga practice without having to consider teaching options. Focus is placed on taking your yoga practice from its current level to one that has been developed and cultivated as a mature practice that you can do yourself, anywhere, with an emphasis on learning the techniques of breath and prānāyāma, establishing a meditation practice, and going further with both dynamic and restorative approaches to āsana so your body-yoga practice and understanding really improves.
Theoretical and practice training times are held each afternoon and will cover:
- Āsana detail and related vinyasa, for both restorative and dynamic approaches
- Detail on the principles and keys of body-āsana and the Hatha Zone and Stress Response Zone
- Understand the breath and get clear on the regulated breath at the base of all practice
- Specific details on certain prep kriya techniques
- Meditative technique practice and understanding with the inclusion of mantra
- Coverage of your questions relating to all aspects of yoga practice
A Typical Day:
Morning practice includes meditation into breath practice and basic Prānāyāma methods following the classical method outlined in Psycho-Physical (Hatha-Rāja) Yoga, as taught by Centered Yoga at Samahita. Yoga practice continues with Engaged Dynamic Āsana, alternating between guided class with instruction by the teacher to self-practice, so that the collection of āsanas detailed in the afternoon workshops can be both taught in practice and developed in one’s own time. The afternoon program will be divided into breath and meditation practice, followed by practical exploration on breath, prānāyāma, āsana and vinyāsa, and ending with breath and restorative practice.
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the training with a group welcome. Check out is by 12pm on your last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|Beach sunrise silent watch or walk (optional way to start the day)
|7.00 – 8.30 am
|MEDITATION, BREATH & PRANAYAMA:
Opening kriyas that lead into sitting Centered meditative internal practices and silence followed by Breath practice and basic Prānāyāma methods.
|8.30 – 10.30 am
GUIDED EDA: Engaged Dynamic Asana – Guided sequence options
To Build Your
SELF – Teacher Assisted Self-Practice
|10.30 am – 1.30 pm
|2.30 – 2:50 pm
|Snack and refreshment
|3.00 – 3.45 pm
|BREATH & MEDITATION: Breath regulation and inner meditative mantra practice
|3.45 – 5.15 pm
|PRACTICAL: Explorative detail on breath, prānāyāma practice, advancing āsana and vinyāsa
|5.15 – 6.00 pm
|BREATH & RESTORATIVE: Restorative āsana yoga poses & prānāyāma practice
|6.00 – 8.00 pm
|Complimentary herbal steam room available – great after class with a swim and a beach walk, just before ……
|Your own private time
Gill was born in South Africa, and has lived abroad in the UK, Ireland and Asia. She began her international teaching career, working in Inner city London schools, supporting children from challenging backgrounds, then on to Dublin and Yangon. Koh Samui is now her home where she combines her love of yoga and music in this unique transformational place. She began her daily practice of yoga in 2004, training with Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman, and is Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and 1100 hour Centered Yoga Certified teacher. 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.
Daniel has been a student of yoga since discovering the practice in his home country England in 2003. In 2006 he completed his first training with Paul Dallaghan and subsequently taught yoga in Hong Kong for 10 years. Initially a guest teacher at Samahita since 2014 and joining Samahita full time in 2018.
A senior teacher based on a long term commitment to training, practice, study, and teaching, rising to the most advanced level over the years at Samahita. A core member of the Centered Yoga team, having spent time to learn the practices within the tradition, update with modern and scientific understanding, and deliver a lived approach in an experienced and informative way.
After years of study, practice and training in India and Thailand and being immersed in the depth of material delivered through Centered Yoga, Daniel has been a long serving senior teacher with Centered Yoga teaching team, responsible for fundamental teaching on the foundational 200-hour courses and delivering this specialty through specific modules of the ATT-300 courses.
After experience teaching thousands of different individuals while in the role of Senior Teacher at Samahita Retreat, and as a teacher in numerous Hong Kong studios, this pragmatic aspect is translated into teaching skills as part of the different Teacher Training courses offered as part of the Centered Yoga Teaching Team.
Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of your chosen room, all buffet meals, use of full facilities, and all training and practices for the duration of the program dates.
“Inhale” Beachfront Rooms
|“Exhale” Gardenview Rooms
|Garden Shared Loft
If you plan to book two or more ATT courses in a row, please email reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your room for the full length of your stay.
Want to extend your stay?
Want to extend your stay?
|Length of Training
|Rate per Extra Night for YogaCoreCycle
|Shared Two-Bedroom Loft
|$118 / night
|$98 / night
|$78 / night
|$108 / night
|$88 / night
|$68 / night
|$98 / night
|$78 / night
|$58 / night
*These discounts also apply to an extended stay on a wellness program.
- Offer valid to a max of 7 nights
- Subject to room availability
- No refunds, changes, or transfers – based on original program booking of 2, 4 or 6 weeks
Confirm your rate and book all extended stays directly with reservations email@example.com
Need to bring a friend, partner or family member?
Subject to availability, we have Friends & Family rates for 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 guest rooms, food, and the facilities are open to them. If they prefer to engage in the selection of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day then a separate booking under YogaCoreCycle is advised
Guest RoomsSamahita Retreat
The Heart of Samahita is found in its impressive mix of facilities that provide the space for your experience, as well as through the food where tasty and healthy merge powerfully, and in our quality mix of guest rooms, where you can stay in the highest of standards right at the beach or find rooms to suit all budgets from beach to garden. And when here you can also paddle board, kayak and snorkel, amongst other activities. Feel free to take a tour and find out where Samahita is located.