An Education in Yoga : Yoga Teacher Training

200-Hour Programs

Since 1999 Centered Yoga’s 200-hour Education in Yoga offers the depth of practice and tradition with modern understanding and scientific knowledge.
It stands out as the only clear, science-based PLUS tradition-grounded authentic training on the market:

A teaching team with a combined experience of 75+ years in yoga practices and philosophy, health, meditation, science, fitness and body mechanics. Delivering scientifically designed and researched protocols in asana, breath and meditative practice methods.

Led by Paul Dallaghan:

  • 20 years one-to-one (guru-shishya) learning in the authentic tradition of yoga
  • Positioned to carry on the tradition of pranayama from the legacy of Swami Kuvalayananda in to the next generation
  • Only yogi PhD scientific researcher in the world to research the full effect of yoga practices (upcoming publications 2020)
  • Acknowledged expert in the breath, pranayama practice, asana practice, and the science of stress and aging in relation to yoga for modern living
  • Highest level certification by Indian classical schools of Pranayama and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga
  • Genuinely dedicated and committed to practice and teaching

With senior teacher, Arielle Nash, a leading yoga teacher and specialist in somatics and body mechanics.

Plus advanced senior teachers Gill Breetzke and Daniel Stringer in asana, pranayama, meditation and how yoga relates to the real world.

Centered Yoga exhibits professional standards of education in yoga with the highest integrity in an animated, fun and relatable way, set on its own tropical beach.

200 Hour Course Date

November 9 – December 7, 2019

(Early bird $400 savings end September 10 – apply by September 3)
Led by Arielle Nash & Centered Yoga team with Paul Dallaghan

May 9 – June 6, 2020

(Early bird $400 savings end March 10 – apply by March 3)
Led by Arielle Nash & Centered Yoga team with Paul Dallaghan

August 1 – 29, 2020

(Early bird $400 savings end June 4 – apply by May 28)
Led by Paul Dallaghan & Centered Yoga team with Arielle Nash

200 Hour Course Details

Centered Yoga’s Education in Yoga Foundation Level 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course delivers almost 300 hours of training that encompasses methods and teaching from classical Raja and Hatha Yoga, across modern vinyasa and asana, to traditional pranayama and meditation, with modern science and research to guide the way forward:

Dynamic Core Vinyasa Asana practice and teaching

Various vinyasa class sequences that include the regular linear ashtanga sequence and more creative expressive vinyasa forms.

Restorative Asana practice and teaching

Various forms of gentle, yin, flow and restorative classes from both classical old style hatha yoga as well as modern restorative forms.

How to Breathe and Breath Regulation

Clear techniques and practices in regulating and training the breath, to be used in all practices as well as benefit daily life. Know and understand it well so it can be shared and taught to others.

Cleansing Kriyas

Traditional hatha yoga methods to take care of and rejuvenate internal organs, open the body, and improve the breath.

Classical Pranayama practice

Being one of the world’s leading authorities and knowledge bases in pranayama you will be taught in detail and, most importantly, correctly, in pranayama methods to further engage you in practice and the world of yoga and meditation.

Meditation Practice and Techniques

Daily practice and growth internally incorporating a few approaches across yogic and Buddhist traditions.

Yoga Philosophy and Psychology

The classic texts and teachings on yoga presented in terms of our lives today, with most attention on Patanjali Yoga Sutra, and reference to the Gita, Sankhya Karika, and Hatha Pradipika

Anatomy and Physiology

Up to date science and research on the body and its systems and movement forms within the yoga practice.

Chanting and Mantra

Be introduced to this ancient practice of mantra and Pranava (Om) recitation along with the enhanced learning of key Sanskrit terms and names through chanting.

How to Teach

Clear guidelines and instructions on how to teach to different levels of students a few different approaches to asana class as well as breathwork.

Yoga in Daily Life

Instruction for the practical application of these tools in going about teaching in the modern world and keeping it in life.

Full Residential Experience

Eat, live and breathe in one of the world’s most dedicated yoga practice settings, designed for the yoga approach and to aid your own practice and growth.

Strength and Fitness

Functional fitness core strength work coupled with indoor cycling cardio workouts on the world’s best Schwinn bikes serve to complement and augment your training as part of our YogaCoreCycle programming.

Teacher Training Curriculum

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Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. As your awareness and understanding deepen in other areas, your asana and how you teach it will develop. The poses have the capacity to open up energy channels, build strength and flexibility, rearrange the nervous system, and detoxify the body’s inner organs.

The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas found in classical texts and expanded upon in modern times. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.

The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice, as we often will break into guided small groups and offer support for you to work into your edges and your own sticking points.

All types of asana are covered: standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, twists, and inversions. Sun salutations are a major component of the practice, and both the vinyasa (jump back) and twelve-point approaches will be studied.

Breath & Pranayama

In Patanjali’s eight-limb life-system (Ashtanga), Pranayama is the fourth limb, after asana. Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, though today it is typically misunderstood and taught badly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. First though it is important to regulate the breath, train it through various techniques that help you use the different parts of the respiratory system for inhale and exhale so it becomes smooth yet powerful.

The training in this course is grounded in the classical teaching of Sw. Kuvalayananda and his primary student, Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama. You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms.

Physical Anatomy

We take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.


Yoga is summed up in the Bhagavad Gita and laid down in the sutras of Patanjali. Understanding these texts will open your practice and give you the basis to teach. Other classical texts, such as the Hatha Pradipika, from which Hatha yoga has grown, the Gheranda Samhita, and the Upanishads will be referred to as well. To elucidate the material further, we will also refer to other philosophies, in particular the teachings of Buddha.


This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. The first two weeks you will work with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. From the third week onward, there will be other (non-trainee) students in the morning asana class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.

Your Practice

As your practice is your foundation, you will practice daily Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. The other elements of the course will gradually be added to your practice. What you build as your practice you will understand and then be able to teach. Your practice will be deepened, cleaned up, and encouraged. What you ultimately practice integrates your personality, develops your mind, and eventually leads to higher states of awareness.

Yogic Anatomy

Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.


In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice. Usually a yoga class begins with a chant. There are some classic chants you will learn, some standard slokas you will become familiar with, and also a few bhajans you could enjoy during any lively kirtans. The differences between all these will be explained.

Diet, Food and Yoga

When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much. We will focus on this controversial topic from the vantage point of its effect on the body and mind, both in the gross and the subtle.

Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind.

With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat. The food at Samahita Retreat is healthy, nutritious, and tasty. All meals are vegetarian, but fish and eggs will also be served from time to time.

Shatkarma Kriyas

Shatkarma Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper practice. All six kriyas will be presented; five will be practiced and learned.

Concentration and Meditation

These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation.

Meditation cannot be “done”; it just happens. But when is that? You will have your own experience.

To help the process along, you will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. Your growth in this area will reveal itself in your practice of the other seven limbs. Progress in Asana and Pranayama is essential, and directly affects concentration. Observing Yama and Niyama (i.e., living yoga) aligns our being, which can then bring about meditation.

Going on to Teach

How to put together a class, what classes to teach, how students will find you, where to teach, and the difference between privates and group classes.

Teaching Special Cases

Not everyone falls under the category of average health. Different approaches, as well as compassion and patience, are needed for children, people with disabilities and overweight cases. Simple approaches will be taught and where possible even practiced. Some cases will also be simulated.


The language of yoga is Sanskrit. It is the oldest language still in use today, and it is the basis of many other languages. All language is simply vibration, and Sanskrit possesses the highest vibration and the best organized. Hearing and chanting Sanskrit has an extremely positive effect on the state of your mind. You will learn the alphabet, numbers, pronunciation, and the chanting of all pose names, kriyas and pranayamas, slokas, and sutras-all taught in a light and enjoyable way.

Karma Yoga

Translates as the yoga of action but typically taken to mean selfless service. We typically have a program to work on for each course under the work of Centered Foundation. In the past we have worked as a group on some of the local schools for young children here that do not receive enough care or financial support. It is a great task for the group and causes a lot of positive change in these young kids lives. It’s amazing to see the school change as we go to paint it, add new grass, clear up their play frames and more. On occasion we also get out and help Mother Nature by cleaning the beach.

Why Study at Centered Yoga?

Experience – Longevity – Quality

Long-running, consistent, and highly experienced in yoga practice, science and philosophy More than 55 yoga teacher training 200-hour certification courses and counting Over 1400 graduates worldwide

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Upon Completion You Will Have

Upon successful completion of this training course you will be equipped with:

  • The ability to teach a dynamic, vinyasa style asana class
  • The ability to teach a gentle, restorative style asana class
  • Basic understanding and direction to sequence your own classes
  • Your own personalized asana practice
  • Your own personalized seated practice (based in breathing awareness, classical pranayama, and mantra meditation techniques)
  • A greater context for, and understanding of, Yoga in its entirety, beyond the physical approach to asana, so caring & sharing and love of this planet can be interpreted to others.

Apply Now

Complete the application form. Its questions are designed to help you think more about doing a training and studying here. We review them within 48 hours and inform you of a space or not.

Daily Schedule

The full schedule will be presented to you at the Meet and Greet on your first day of training. The outline of the schedule
is that there are classes throughout the day, starting at 7am and ending at 6.30pm with breaks in-between.

On some evenings there will be meditation classes and study films.  Saturdays are generally rest days or time for study. There is an optional
boat trip and scheduled trips to local markets for those interested in seeing more of Samui.

We look forward to welcoming you to go deeper into practice at our beach front center designed specifically for yoga and wellness.

All-Inclusive Rates – Full Training, Accommodation & Food

Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, practices, and the full 4 weeks of training across the duration of the program dates

Early Bird Date Ends 60 days exactly before the start of the course

We offer a One Week Grace on the Early Bird at less of a savings

These dates are strictly adhered to to the exact day. Please take note to take advantage of

Room Type Regular Grace Bird Early Bird
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft $4,994 USD $4,774 USD $4,554 USD
Semi-Private Room $5,414 USD $5,194 USD $4,974 USD
Private Room $5,834 USD $5,614 USD $5,394 USD
One-Bedroom Suite $6,394 USD $6,174 USD $5,954 USD

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 accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to them.

Want to extend your stay?

Length of Training Rate per Extra Night for YogaCoreCycle
 Private Room  Semi-Private Room Shared Two-Bedroom Loft
2 weeks $118 / night  $98 / night  $78 / night
4 weeks $108 / night  $88 / night  $68 / night
6 weeks $98 / night  $78 / night $58 / night

*These discounts of between US$80 – $100 per day apply also to all Detox and Wellness Programs. Please contact reservations for the specific discounted rate for your booking:

  • Valid for 1 to 7 nights of stay, or stay 8 nights and only pay for 7
  • Offer valid to a max of 8 nights
  • Subject to room availability
  • No refunds, changes, or transfers – based on original program booking of 2, 4 or 6 weeks

Book all extended stays directly with reservations

Training Instructors


Paul Dallaghan

Centered Yoga Founder and Director

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Arille Nash

Lead Anatomy Teacher

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Gill Breetzke

Senior Teacher

Daniel Stringer

Senior Teacher

Yoga Teacher Apprentice Program

If you aspire to teach yoga and want to further your education and get more hands-on experience then you be eligible for one of the few spots to apprentice that follow a 200-hour Education in Yoga teacher training program


It was one of the best things I ever did for myself. This course give you a great opportunity to connect with yourself, to learn and understand what Yoga really means.  Thank you so much for building the structure that has led me to make one of the best trips of my life, the journey inside. The teachers are incredible. They will lead and support you in this personal journey. All the team, the whole family of Samahita had made this possible.


A truly incredible month of Yoga Teacher Training at Samahita. Such a wonderfully valuable and profound experience and certainly one of the best things I have ever done. The program is well structured and led by exceptionally talented and inspirational teachers; pranayama, asana, chanting, meditation, anatomy or philosophy. The course is challenging yet rewarding and has so deepened my practice and understanding of yoga. Back at home now and still inspired every day!


I have spent a wonderful time at Samahita and I am very grateful for this outstanding experience and the fact that I have found this peaceful paradise in Koh Samui. The whole Samahita-Team was always very helpful and supportive and they all made our stay during the 200hrs TT like heaven on earth. Always friendly, helpful, efficient and caring – I really felt like home during the time I spent there.


Apply Now

Complete the application form. Its questions are designed to help you think more about doing a training and studying here. We review them within 48 hours and inform you of a space or not.

Add-On a Detox Program

Enhance your stay by detoxing during your retreat for a full health make-over

Add-On a Wellness Program

Take more time for yourself while on retreat and increase your wellbeing

Need to Arrive Earlier or Stay Longer?

We offer great value rates for you if you would like to arrive early or stay longer before or after the training program on all Centered Yoga Advanced (ATT) and Teacher Training (TT200) Programs. Save up to $80 – $100 per day, depending on number of weeks booked on your Training. The discount is valid for YogaCoreCycle and Detox and Wellness Programs, up to 7 days before or after the Training Program, subject to availability.


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