FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yoga

Yoga is interpreted in many different ways, and all practitioners apply it as it fits into their own lives. It is both an ancient ascetic discipline and a modern means to physical, spiritual, and psychological peace. While we normally live in a state of constant dissatisfaction, always striving for something external that seems just out of reach, yoga teaches us to look inward, redirecting our energy toward establishing inner peace.

With a grounded sense of self and trust in our ability to take life as it comes, we can then focus on building more authentic connections with the world around us. Yoga incorporates many different methods, from poses to breath control, all of which work together to center us and create a place of safety and security from which we can interact with others.

Perfect. We welcome students of all levels. We teach different focused classes from dynamic to restorative, and from breath to mindful, offering modifications and different levels of intensity appropriate for the level of practice and physical condition you are in. Our teaching approach is set up to work with individuals based on their level of experience. Please read more on our YogaCoreCycle detailed class descriptions.

For Group Yoga Retreats, as we host a range of teachers with varying backgrounds, each one has their own specific entry level requirements. You can find this information in each retreat description. Please look up the retreat that interests you. If you require additional, specific information you can contact either our reservations team or the group leader.

A dynamic set of classes that both challenge and condition the body, breath and mind. We have developed different sequences to target separate areas of the body in practice while always emphasizing the use of the breath and the point of awareness through directed attention. These sequences are spread across the week so you experience an overall holistic effect on your body. Skilled teaching makes sure modifications and degrees of intensity are offered for the various capacities of each person in class. You can expect to cover a variety of asanas across standing, seated, forward and back bends, twists and inversions, as well as a movement-with-breath base from sun salutations, plus a variety of targeted (optional) core exercises.

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Restorative yoga has an aim to put minimal stress on the body while still respecting the needs for support and opening in the body. The goal is to align the mind and body by practicing intentional stillness and slow, gentle, purposeful movement. It can be a time for deep, meditative relaxation. It can also take mindfulness to the next level, and prepares the body for deep, high-quality sleep. At Samahita we have four different sequences of Restorative yoga that cover a range of classical poses, slow movements, relaxed comforting positons, and supine restorative relief. A center support of the body remains especially if one stays in the pose longer. Without it students can cause injury to the body while, ironically, doing a completely relaxing position.

Pranayama, in one sense, is the art of controlling the breath, which is the key to the universal life energy that flows through everyone. In another sense it is applying control of the breath as part of the meditative experience. Pranayama can free the breath, unlocking the constriction that occurs during times of stress. There are various techniques to learn and then repeat on a regular basis. You, when doing, control the breath with an internal focus. In so doing there is a physiological response that, when done well and repeatedly, can amplify how your autonomic nervous system responds to situations and how clear your thinking can function, and improve endocrine function, so your inner state is more stable and aware of what is going on around you. As a result an outcome that arises over time is a more robust emotional response to situations and a greater understanding of life and the daily drama that unfolds. For you that means inner peace, greater clarity and, quite simply, joy.

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A yoga retreat is, at its heart, a purposeful deepening of collective yoga practice. You and your fellow attendees will follow a schedule of activities, classes, and healthy meals, under the guidance of an experienced teacher. In this scenario you follow the same teacher for a fixed period of time and have a chance to progress under such guidance over the duration of the retreat.

Ultimately, one of yoga’s primary goals is to connect authentically with yourself and the world around you. Yet it can be tough to do this when you are surrounded by the pressures of daily life. On a retreat you are removed from your typical daily life and its patterns and pressures and so more mental and physical energy is available to get absorbed in a new learning and, if already doing, refining a practice. This setting, coupled with experienced guidance, is a time-honored and proven approach to help you go deeper and learn better. The time you spend on retreat to learn something new is valuable investment in oneself so when you return home you have learnt what to do and can do within your routine without the pressure of trying to figure it out at home in a limited time in the morning or evening when you practice.

YES. Our YogaCoreCycle Program features seated contemplation meditation as well as breathwork and pranayama classes. Our teachers will guide you into a comfortable seated position using the help of props such as cushions and blocks, and in specific cases the student may sit on a chair.

If a student needs a break during these sessions they are welcome to lay down on their back for a few minutes to relieve tension, and then sit up again to join the group, slowly building up. You can find a detailed description of the morning meditation and breath work practices in our YogaCoreCycleMeditation & Breathwork section

This depends on the program you sign up for. The typical range falls between 10 and 25 for classes under YogaCoreCycle. The main yoga shala accommodates up to 64 people at maximum. We only fill on specific dedicated programs. It can also be subdivided into three sections depending on what programs are on o accommodate for smaller groups.

We have outdoor beach shala’s, which are also available for smaller groups. The peaceful, seaview setting makes them quite a popular yoga space with our guests seeking some relaxation and connection to nature.

During our single peak-season retreats, such as over Christmas and New Year we use the entire indoor shala space for the one retreat.

Retreats can be led by one or two main teachers along with an assistant or two. The set up depends on the retreat teacher and the number of students that have signed up.

In our YogaCoreCycle Program we have one or two teachers for our guided Dynamic Core Vinyasa class with an assistant for larger groups, and one teacher for the evening restorative classes.

Yes, both. You can borrow a mat for the duration of your stay. Please sign it out at the reception. You can also buy a good quality mat from our eco-life shop

This is your choice! Our Yoga Core Cycle Program allows you to choose which classes suit your interest and energy level. If you want to focus exclusively on your own yoga practice, you can. We invite you to see how our different classes can help to create balance for body, spirit and mind and support your yoga and meditation practices.

Fitness

Yoga with meditation can take care of the whole body with a focus on spiritual development. But yoga practice does not replace the body’s need for a certain amount of strength and cardio work. The physical elements can be enhanced through greater and more complete fitness training, that involves cardio activity and more core and muscular strength work. Read these two articles to find out more:

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For those who are committed yoga practitioners, fitness is a compliment to their practice. For those who are not “yogis”, Yoga Core Cycle is a well-rounded, all inclusive program where the guest has the opportunity to choose classes, depending on interest and energy level.

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Functional fitness builds core strength, improves cardiovascular health, and trains your body’s muscles to work together safely and efficiently. Therefore, the exercises that are included focus on meeting these goals.

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Spinning is a trademarked name, and is what you might think of as the traditional bike class you’d take at the gym (more common a few years ago). Indoor cycling, a more generic name, is based on outdoor cycling on a stationary bike and focused on heart rates as well as set interval patterns. Music is used to motivate and cause the cyclist to push that bit harder, also influencing the tempo at which they will cycle. Each day will have a different focus whether its strength, endurance, hills etc. At Samahita Retreat we run two different types of cycle which would fall under the “indoor cycling’ category

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With an average of two cycle classes per day most days, programmed in with our core and yoga classes the YCC program has been designed to optimize your health and allow for ample recovery.

The bikes here are part of a supervised group class offering and not individual gym equipment. When class is not in session we keep the cycle room closed and off limits to preserve health and safety.

Thank you for your understanding, should you wish to use the facilities outside of class hours please ask at the Wellness desk for a private session with one of our fitness instructors.

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Please wear comfortable, lightweight clothing which allows you to move freely. Please bring trainers/running shoes/sneakers/Vibram 5-toes/tennis shoes and socks.

We recommend you bring a water bottle and a small towel. (Both available from our shop if you prefer to purchase on site). Towels are provided in both core and cycle classes.

YES. Our classes are designed to suit all levels. The teachers are trained to offer modifications and different levels dependent on student capacity and energy levels.

If you have a specific injury, please email our fitness team in advance of your visit to confirm the suitability of the YogaCoreCycle for you. Our team can help to modify and offer suggestions but we are not a medical facility. Please consult with your doctor before booking your program.

Our team is trained to offer modifications and guidance for pre- and post-natal women. It will be important that you take care of your own energy levels and stay hydrated. Please consult with your doctor first if you are unsure.

YES. It is natural to be concerned, shy, or anxious about joining classes, especially if fitness is new to you. Our team is standing by to help you increase your functional fitness, whatever “condition” you are in when you arrive.

Our weekly schedule has been designed so classes stand alone but are offered in a combined way for your optimal health and well-being. You choose whether to go to certain classes or go to every class. Each person has a different need. And you will have different needs on different days. So we have built-in flexibility with plenty of choice to the program. We are also non-dogmatic and favor an intelligent approach that considers you and how you are today. Sometimes you need to blast it and sometimes you just need to rest. Our team will be standing by to help you. (The Yoga Core Cycle Program includes food, accommodation, meditation, fitness, yoga and breath work – it’s not possible to only pay for only one of these options).

This is your choice! Our Yoga Core Cycle Program allows you to choose which classes suit your interest and energy level. If you want to focus exclusively on your own yoga practice, you can. We invite you to see how our different classes can help to create balance for body, spirit and mind and support your yoga and meditation practices.

During your training, there will be an option to join a limited number of specific classes from the overall YogaCoreCycle offering which is timed to fit in with the training schedule of your program. At the meet and greet of your program, the schedule shall be reviewed.

During your Group Yoga Retreat, there will be an option to join a limited number of specific classes from the overall YogaCoreCycle offering which is timed to fit in with your schedule. If you would like to do more fitness, we would recommend you join instead the YogaCoreCycle program or a dedicated Group Fitness Retreat when offered on the annual schedule. However, our offering of classes is open to all students and guests at Samahita. We do not exclude anyone that may come for a yoga, a core, or a cycle class that is also signed up on another program, Retreats and trainings however have specific schedules and signed up attendees.

During your Private Yoga Retreat, there will be an option to join a limited number of specific classes from the overall YogaCoreCycle offering which is timed to fit in with your teacher’s schedule. However, our offering of classes is open to all students and guests at Samahita. We do not exclude anyone that may come for a yoga, a core, or a cycle class that is also signed up on another program, Retreats and trainings, however, have specific schedules and signed up attendees.

Teacher Training

Normally we ask that the student has at least 2 years of experience practicing. But it depends on the individual student. The most important qualification for this course is the call from within. But the call is not enough on its own. For it to be true and sincere, it also needs to be based on a certain level of practice (i.e., so many times per week over so many years). Your interest level will reveal itself in the desire to read more on the topic, to study and practice more, and in the absorption of your thoughts in the subject.

The manuals are included in the training price. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the books on the reading list.

Yes, our trainings are all-inclusive of training, food and accommodation.

We are schooled in and teach from classical traditions of Patanjali “Raja” Yoga and the field of tantric to Hatha Yoga, which includes asana, pranayama, kriya, bandha, and mantra.

No, we are not an Ashtanga Vinyasa training. You will leave with the ability to teach both Dynamic Core Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga classes.

The average is 20-24 but it depends on the course. We cap the course at 38, so there are never more than that.

We have all ages attend, from 18-year-olds to 70-year-olds. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. The most represented range is from 28 to 51.

Just a sincere interest to learn.

In special deserving cases we give out partial scholarships. To complete the course you must teach two classes at Samahita though it is to your peers on the training. To gain further experience in teaching it is advised to apply for the Yoga Teacher Apprenticeship ProgramOtherwise, there is no facility for work exchange as we follow Thai labor laws.

Currently it is comprised of attending yoga classes, which is good to do anyway, and to complete certain readings. Readings can of course be crammed into a shorter time. However, to get the most from both the classes and readings then a 3-month time period is always good.

You will have the tools you need to start the process of teaching, which is ongoing. We assume students will continue to learn and grow.

Everyone’s experience during their time with us will be different. It should be that way. Everyone comes with their own background and yoga experience/training, and that will shape what they are able to take in. We also get students into self-practice, where we are able to individualize the practice for them.

Yes, and many people do! Our aim is not to turn out asana teachers but to guide people deeper into practice and understanding of yoga.

If students are present in class, and (for the 200-hour) turn in all of the assignments and pass all of the oral, written and practical exams, we then award them with the graduating certificate.

There are no exams for the 300-hour courses. For the 200-hour there is a practical teaching exam in both Restorative Yoga and Dynamic Core Vinyasa, an oral exam, and written philosophy and anatomy exams.

We currently have both 200 and 300 level courses. The 200-hour course is considered as foundational for teaching. The 300-hour level course is made up of continuing education modules that are typically 100 hours each. These can be done back-to-back or spread out over 1 to 3 years. You do not need to have gone through our 200-hour level course to take our 300 level course. With your 200 and 300 level certificates, you may then apply for Yoga Alliance’s 500 level certification.

Some people choose to take the courses all at once, while others choose to wait. The 200-hour training is a one month residential program. Our 300-hour consists of 3 consecutive or separate 100-hour/two-week residential trainings. The 300-hour courses must be completed within 3 years of the first 100-hour training.

You can apply for the courses via Reservations and complete the application form for either 200-hours or 300-hours.

Our 300-hour must be completed within 3 years. You can then apply through Yoga Alliance for your 500-hour certificate. The whole process, meaning 200 and 300, should be done within 5 years.

If you have another 200-hour training you can attend our 300-hour. You then use your 200 and our 300 to apply for Yoga Alliance 500.

We have a full staff of teachers and professionals who are available for students.

Typically three (3) 200-hour trainings and up to four (4) 100-hour individual modules, per year.

The sooner you apply the better, so you can prepare for the course and to ensure you get the accommodation you want. Take note of the dates of courses that fit your schedule.

You do not need to attend our 200 level course to apply for our 300 level course. You just need to have gone through an accredited program elsewhere.

It is a self-appointed governing organization, out of the US, meant to police and organize how trainings are run. Some countries have their own organizations.

We do not have a specific placement system, but we are always willing to help with advice, as well as referrals when appropriate. You can also apply for the Yoga Teacher Apprenticeship Program

We do have an offsite option, but staying offsite is not likely to be cheaper for you. And you might need to rent a car or scooter/motorbike for transportation. There is no public transportation.

To secure your place you will need to settle a non-refundable $2000 deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • The deposit of $2,000 USD is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel between 60 to 90 days before the course starts 40% is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel between 30 to 59 days before the course starts 50% is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel between 7 to 29 days before the course starts 75% is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel between 1 to 6 days before the course starts 90% is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel after the course has started, then the full program cost is non-refundable.

It is not our preference to implement timelines or policies but we have found it necessary to standardize it so there is a clear line between the student and teaching body. We are aware that certain cases are unavoidable and always aim to work with the sincere student in that respect. It is not about holding on to one’s money but rather to completely discourage fickleness and have the student come with a full sense of commitment and responsibility. This is what yoga is about and leads to the most positive growth while on the course.

POSTPONEMENT POLICY

In cases where the student cannot make the course they have booked on it is possible to postpone your attendance to a course that takes place at a later date based on the following conditions:

  • If it is before the pre-course assignments have begun there is no charge with all monies paid transferable
  • If the pre-course assignments have begun and up to 90 days before then 15% is non-transferable
  • If between 60 to 90 days before the course starts 25% is non-transferable
  • If between 30 to 59 days before the course starts 35% is non-transferable
  • If between 7 to 29 days before the course starts 45% is non-transferable
  • If between 1 to 6 days before the course starts 60% is non-transferable If after the course has started, but within week one, then 75% is non-transferable

We have various payment options:

Room Type Regular Early Bird Early Bird Prime
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft $4,994 USD $4,554 USD $4,114 USD
Semi-Private Room $5,414 USD $4,974 USD $4,534 USD
Private Room $5,834 USD $5,394 USD $4,954 USD
One-Bedroom Suite $6,394 USD $5,954 USD $5,514 USD

Early Bird Prime rates expire exactly 108 days before the course start date

Early Bird rates expire exactly 60 days before the course start date

Payment must be received in full by the early bird expiry date to qualify, or it automatically defaults to the next fee level. Due to the nature of these offers we must strictly adhere to these dates so that all applicants are treated equally. If your application with payment arrives after the promoted date, we are unable to change the offer.

Please take clear note on the expiry dates below.

Yes, Paul Dallaghan and the team often work with local studios whose student base are non-English speakers. We’ve partnered with Space Yoga in Taipei for many years to offer a Chinese language training along with an interpreter. Elonne Stockton, a senior faculty teacher, is also capable of leading sessions in Chinese.

Yes. Not all courses are created equal !!! There is no real standard in the marketplace. The closest is Yoga Alliance’s but one will find a supposed 200-hour course squeezed into two or almost three weeks by some groups. Technically this is impossible to do and the supposed make-up of hours are conveniently in a non-contact form.

To be discerning you need to look for, ask questions about, the real experience of the teacher, their exposure to time in practice and tradition, the genuine length of time teaching and running courses. Even then it is hard to be sure. You may also like a particular approach or style.

Yes, we include a boat trip to the neighboring islands as part of the training. There are some other activities and sites close by that you may like to explore with your fellow teacher training students on your weekly rest day.

Wellness

Our Total Self-Care Program is designed to nurture, nourish and revitalize the body. When booking a program, you receive a bigger discount for all wellness therapies and treatments. We have tailored the program to include our pure NIR (near Infrared) and Full Spectrum Infrared sauna therapy clinically-backed natural therapy, that both work on a cellular level. The infrared sauna compliments any of the Total Self-Care Therapies that you will choose from when you arrive, to create your own package. The program also offers world class float therapy in our state-of-the-art Dreampod.

No. These treatments have been discounted for advanced purchase. Refunds cannot be given.

Yes. You can add on other treatments in addition to those on your chosen program. One particular treatment may have the desired result and additional treatments can be of benefit to a health-focused and well-being setting. Book at our wellness reception.

Yes. You can add on a Total Self-Care Program to your current yoga retreat or continuing education training reservation. See rates.

If you decide after your arrival that you would like to add on a Total Self-Care Program it is still possible, subject to availability. However, the best rates exist when booked online before your arrival.

Samahita’s Brain Health Upgrade Program is here to help you care for and improve the state of your brain and how it works is through organic ancient practices from yoga and meditation as well modern technology and biohacks. In our busy daily lives we often we neglect to care for our body and mind. This program is combination of mitochondrial enhancement through light therapy, brainwave modulation through Audio-Visual Entrainment, EEG biofeedback meditation, float sessions and all the yoga, workouts, breathwork, nutrition, meditation, nature and more that is part of your Samahita stay.

Stay

Being on a Group Yoga Retreat would mean spending 7, sometimes 14 days, with a dedicated teacher, either one of our own, or a Guest teacher. Yoga, food, and accommodation are all included in the program. Some retreats have 10 guests and others have larger groups of 60 people, all joining together to learn and grow.

Our YogaCoreCycle Program is suitable for all levels and it includes integrated fitness meditation and pranayama classes, including self-practice and guided options. As a YogaCoreCycle guest, you still have the all-inclusive component along with flexible dates, This Program has a 3-day minimum stay, no maximum and features yoga, core, cycle, food and accommodation.

Yes, though it will depend on booking levels for your chosen dates.

Friend / Family Rates
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 accommodation, 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.

You can also take advantage of the special value package.

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We prefer to give priority booking to those who can stay a whole week; however, if you can come for only part of the time, the retreat rate will be prorated. The minimum stay for a retreat, in any event, is five days.

You can always join our YogaCoreCycle program instead – the minimum number of days for this program is 3 days

Non-Residential Guests
Samahita Retreat is a residential retreat center. All our Yoga and Wellness Programs, Group Yoga Retreats and Teacher Trainings are inclusive of accommodation, food and yoga. In special cases or when our center is fully booked, we have a Non-Residential Rate.

Please contact our reservations team for more details.

We are family friendly, and children are welcome. We only ask that you help us maintain the serenity of our center, particularly at practice times, early in the morning and in the evenings. The retreat is generally quiet after dinner 9pm on, and conducive to rest. Children age 12 and under can stay free with one paid adult. If you are bringing a child, you must book a Private Room. Children from 13 to 17 pay half, and those 18 and above must pay full adult rate. Please email reservations for rates.

Yes, we can arrange a babysitter for you. Usually one of our staff members can babysit in their free time, though we cannot guarantee their competence in English. We also have a kid’s center or extra recreation, play and zoned space to hang out in.

NO. We are a place of health and well-being. We are a smoke- and alcohol-free facility.

No, we are not set up for this. Our approach is to work with individual students over a long period of time and treat all cases on an individual basis.

Yes, we have WiFi throughout the property. You can use your iPad or equivalent in your room for work and leisure. Though we encourage you time to just switch off, even go for a digital detox. You won’t miss your devices. Rather the opposite will happen. You’ll feel free.

Yes, the schedule on different programs allows for several hours in the middle of the day, between sessions, to wander and visit different spots.

The retreat schedules vary depending on the teacher and are detailed in each retreat description. Many retreats take Wednesday afternoon off and a boat ride is offered, when permissible, to a couple of beautiful islands with snorkeling.

Our reception staff will gladly help you organize sight-seeing trips of your own. You can hire taxis from the retreat center and also a number of tourist destinations on the island offer pick up and drop off services where you can visit local sights and night markets.

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Food

We serve mainly vegetarian food with fish and dairy options as well as specifically vegan and raw dishes. Eggs are available to order and are included in the brunch offering every day. Please order them at the juice bar on the days you would like to have some.

For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative protein option available.

Milk is available as well as home-made rice, coconut and soya milks.

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If you are allergic to certain foods, please email our reservations team with details. You can also inform the kitchen/wellness staff upon arrival. The kitchen staff can make special meals for you. We can accommodate vegan and raw-food diets.

Every single menu served at our buffet is detailed on the blackboard just outside the dining area. On it you will find clearly noted symbols stating if the dish is vegan, contains wheat or eggs and a host of other allergens that we have come across over the past 15 years serving thousands of people.

Absolutely. We have self-service herbal tea (ginger, lime and mint) as well as black tea at the side juice bar from 6:45am to 1pm, and then again at dinner time from 6-8pm. Coffee is also available in the morning to lunch buffet, 6:45am to 1pm. These tea and coffee offerings are complementary. The coffee is sourced from Northern Thailand, ethically produced and organic.

If you prefer, you can order espressos, cappuccinos and other barista delights, including keto bulletproof coffee options, at the coffee & juice bar. These orders just need to be signed for and are automatically added to your room bill.

Payments

Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard for items and services purchased on site and in Thai currency.

No. Our policy is clear – 50% deposit when you book. This helps us limit no-shows and ensures spaces for others. The remaining balance is due prior to the start of your stay. Please see payment and cancellation policy

There is a VAT charge of 7% (tax) on items you buy from a shop, as well as on taxis and massages. At Samahita Retreat the VAT and service on your accommodation is included in your booking rate. We have a staff tip box at reception for you to leave a gratuity if you like. This gesture is usually made when checking out, 320 baht (USD 10-) a week is typically appropriate and shared between the entire staff.