Samahita means centered and is purposely set up to transform lives, to bring a balance of vitality and peace through our offerings and space: world-class expertise in the practice of yoga, meditation, health and fitness, in a uniquely dedicated mind-body supportive environment.
Samahita’s Unique Qualities
We were not interested in setting up a hotel or another resort. Thousands exist already. Our focus, unlike the hotel model, is not purely business. We believe some things are more important than just prioritizing the earning of revenue and making a profit. We believe in, and are excited about, offering you value and quality in space, place and activity – a truly healthy and clean choice of food, an environment where you can personally transform, and a set of tools and practices you can learn, bring home, and keep up that help your life and well-being. Ashrams and meditation retreats can offer this but there is usually an excessive amount of rules, wearing specific clothes, and often following a particular doctrine. At the same time, many hotels and resorts are jumping on the bandwagon to offer yoga without any expertise in the area. Who can trust that?
As a result of our extensive experiences in all these areas, our effort has been to help pioneer the retreat center that gives clean, modern conveniences at high standards of hospitality and deliver authentic and genuine practices that help to both empower and transform people without any attached dogma.
This is the Backbone of Our Uniqueness
Practice & Teaching
Whether you call it yoga, meditation or spiritual practice, or working on yourself, self-development, biohacking, or more, our approach covers several practices that involve the body, breath, heart and mind, as the following graphic displays.
We offer group classes, teacher assisted self-practice and one-on-one private sessions. Paul Dallaghan, founder and main teacher of Samahita and Centered Yoga, has spent over 20 years refining the practice of asana (body), pranayama (breath), meditative techniques (mind), mantra (sound), chanting and mindful compassion (heart) as well as body optimizing practices (core strength and cardio) that also enhance the mind. Combined, the effect is to help one live a more empowered life, full of energy, kind to others, and clear in mind.
Samahita, the Sanskrit for Centered, has its origins in New York in the 1990s where Paul had established Centered Yoga and was exploring all elements of yoga, meditation, spirituality, health, nutrition, alternative living and more. This journey continued through India and Thailand with the early Samahita, well known simply as Yoga Thailand, being set up as a physical retreat space in 2003. The journey has continued until now.
Respect & Gratitude
The teachings, our practice, the creation of Samahita Retreat, is all due to grace, passed on through many Masters and yoga teachers, some direct and others indirect. We honor them with full thanks and respect.
Jai MA ! the force that pervades all.
Samodhana is the Sanskrit word referring to giving of one’s labor, physical work, for a cause beyond yourself. The aim of Centered Foundation is to serve our community through such karma yoga activity in the community we live in. We hope to provide more than just monetary means to bring positive changes to those less fortunate. We provide the opportunity for our students to connect with the local community in ways they would not normally get to do. During every Foundation Training course, and at other times throughout the year, we find opportunities for karma yoga projects.
Our main work on Koh Samui has been renovating local schools and temples, beach clean-up projects and now has expanded into supporting our charity work in other countries.
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