Why Study At Centered Yoga?

Not All Training Programs are Made Equal

Experience – Longevity – Quality

Tradition – Science – Practice

Qualification – Network – Location

Centered Yoga – See Why they are a Pioneer and Leader in Yoga Training

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  • Established since 1999, consistently running courses every year
  • Immersion in a focused learning environment — live the practice
  • All-inclusive program – includes training, food and accommodation
  • Mentoring and close attention to your practice, teaching method, and personal progress
  • Living and studying in a clean and natural setting
  • Distance from the distractions of home gives perspective and ease in letting go
  • Classical training in pranayama (only a handful of western teachers have proper background in this essential practice)
  • The development of an advanced and dedicated yoga practice, molding the teacher in you
  • Precise training in asana and the vinyasa system
  • Pre-course readings and assignments to prepare and guide you
  • Approximately 100 hours of additional training beyond the basic requirements of Yoga Alliance

Genuine Leadership, Dedication & Quality

Paul has been personally mentored in a unique teacher-student (guru-shishya) system of yoga. His teacher, O.P.Tiwari, is one of the few genuine authorities on pranayama and the classical study of yoga. To understand the basics of practices, but also their subtle aspects, where practice eventually grows to, so it can be properly guided even at an earlier stage, is why a student should learn from a well-trained and personally dedicated teacher. Invest your time wisely!

Long-term, continuous experience of practice cannot be replaced by marketing and fancy photos. Rather, the practice has matured, gone deep in areas that only time with a genuine interest can do. That insight is shared and brought to our programs.

Rich Lineage and Tradition

Swami Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Institute (India) in 1924 to do the research that led to a worldwide respect and growth in yoga practice. Swamiji’s primary student, O.P. Tiwari, continues to share the process derived from this rich tradition in practice and teaching. He has passed that tradition on to Paul directly, who carries that knowledge into the next generation – you.

Give Back to the Community through Karma Yoga Projects

Since establishing on Koh Samui, all teacher training groups have been involved in charitable hands-on projects such as local school and temple renovation, beach clean-up and planting trees for the environment.

Manageable Class Size and Student-Teacher Ratio

Although you may sign up for trainings with upwards of 100 students, we cap each of the 200hr training groups at 38 or fewer students. This gives a ratio: 1 senior teacher to 10 students or less. When we include our full teaching staff it is 1 to 5.

Yoga Alliance Accreditation

Centered Yoga was one of the original schools certified by Yoga Alliance when they began. The program duration adds up to over 300 hours and qualifies for Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour level, recognized worldwide, for those who successfully complete the training. Ultimately, however, training is beyond borders and pieces of paper. The continued dissemination of yoga will come from your own inner growth and deeper understanding. This is the focus.

Science & Classics – Joy & Fun

This classical training, long experience in asanas, unique guidance in pranayama, knowledge of the yogic texts, chants and mantras, as well as a strong scientific knowledge of the human system through its anatomy and physiology, are taught in this course. Paul is involved in PhD studies at Emory University in the US. This intensive education informs the entire scientific background of the material here.

But …. We are at the beach, and it’s still fun and good people!

Unique Beach Location

Samahita Retreat is a dedicated yoga retreat center, the first to have been established in Asia. Its location directly on the beach in the quietest and most unspoiled part of Koh Samui, Thailand, makes the experience of training extra rewarding. It’s not all serious, but can be seriously fun! Yet it maintains its integrity and support of all the guests and students who come by staying private. When one needs, the distractions and outings are not too far away, but far enough to allow the energy of the place to be undisturbed. The center is serviced by a staff of 75. Food is cooked fresh and with love every day by a team of dedicated chefs and cooks, experts in Thai and other cuisines.

Graduate Benefits

Global Network
There are over 1,400 graduates from all over the globe, many now senior teachers and owners of well-established yoga studios. We are happy to be part of this network of friends, teachers and students on our Centered Yoga Teacher Directory.

A Center to Continue to Grow In
Centered Yoga graduates receive a 10% discount for life on future programs and trainings at Samahita Retreat. Continuing Education courses are offered a few times a year – on Anatomy, Philosophy, Pranayama, Asana, chanting – for returning graduates to pursue their advanced training certificate, for 300 and 1,100 hours.

A Home to Return To
For our graduates, we offer Samahita Retreat as a place for teachers to bring private groups or lead their own retreat. We continue to support our graduates through a private Facebook group community for sharing ideas, job opportunities, inspirations, Q&A to support you for life.

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.


I loved every minute of Samahita’s teacher training with Paul and his amazing team. I would recommend this course to anyone who is planning to teach. In addition to studying the asanas in detail, the course covered anatomy, pranayama, meditation and philosophy. I feel very fortunate to have discovered Samahita and I can’t wait to go back for more!


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.


Samahita’s Unique Qualities

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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:

  • Better than just a hotel
  • As normal as coming to a resort
  • Expertise in practices
  • Transformational experiences
  • Meeting and keeping friends
  • A homelike environment and feel
  • Personal space yet community support
  • More than just home cooked food
  • But food that respects all natural principles
  • Opportunities to learn something new
  • More than just a holiday on the beach
  • A chance to take something home that’s good for you
  • Directly on the beach
  • With people who care about you
  • A place designed for mind-body health and fitness


A lot goes on in this little place. Take a tour and see for yourself.


Food should not only be healthy, it should be absolutely delicious. Local, organic, healthy oils and no sugar, Thai and more, prepared with real care


A variety of private and semi-private options, clean, airy and comfortable. Just what you need.