Paul Dallaghan

Paul has been immersed in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and meditative techniques for over 30 years, has gained a reputation as a yogi, scientist and teacher, while being a happy father to two sons. He has witnessed his own growth through many techniques and years of practice, watching how practices evolve over time as a student develops over time. His dedication to the path of yoga has come from a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand. He has had the good fortune to spend many rich years with his main teacher in pranayama and the meditative process, Sri O.P. Tiwari, and is now placed to carry forth these teachings and the tradition of Kuvalayananda. He was one of the dedicated few to spend many years living in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Living in Thailand for many years Paul has also been involved in Buddhist culture and practices, many retreats in forest monasteries which are curiously appropriate for all these yogic practices.

Gill Breetzke

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.

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Daniel Stringer

Daniel began practicing Yoga in his home town Bristol, U.K. in 2003. He travelled to Mysore, India in 2006 to study the Ashtanga Vinyasa system directly from the Jois family. From Mysore he was led to Samahita in Koh Samui where he found his primary teacher Paul Dallaghan, an inspiring man with whom Daniel felt a deeper connection. Daniel spent 10 years teaching in the vibrant yoga scene of Hong Kong at numerous studios including Pure Yoga and remains connected to the community. This was also a time of cross-discipline learning and experimentation with yoga practice and teaching.

Daniel teaches an in-depth vinyasa yoga that includes strong and well aligned form with intelligent and practical sequencing. This allows students to express their full potential safely but also takes into account individual differences. He takes a long-term interest in his students, helping to support inner and outer growth and development.

Daniel continues his studies with Paul Dallaghan, O. P. Tiwari, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor and anatomy with Arielle Nash. He is registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT 500 Level and as a Continuing Education Provider.

Sarah Pierroz

Sarah born in Canada, studying Art, Sciences, and Arts Education, and has travelled Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean Basin and Asia for over a decade. Making Egypt and then Italy her home, she was able to learn different approaches to relating to our environment and ourselves, how to promote non-violence and foster different forms of creative expression. Sarah most recently taught art, photography, and environmental science at a United World College near Venice, which focuses on promoting peace, intercultural understanding and sustainable development. She is grateful to have found an anchor at Samahita Retreat along the way. She completed a Centered Yoga Teacher training in 2011 and has continued her studies in pranayama, yoga and buddhist philosophy, and practical meditation techniques in more depth, under the main guidance of Paul Dallaghan and Sri. O.P. Tiwari. Sarah has over 1100 Centered Yoga Teacher Training hours, is certified as a TRX Personal Trainer and Schwin Spin Instructor.

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Ara Hwang

Ara was born and raised in Korea. She has traveled the world studying and working for last 16 years. She has worked in the fitness and wellness industry for last 11 years. In this experience she learn that: “Our body is very important to support and we need to care for it. Without a healthy body it’s hard to have a healthy mind. Taking care of your body is not a short time goal, it’s a complete lifestyle commitment.“
-She is a certified Group Exercise Instructor, a certified Yoga Teacher with Paul Dallaghan, and has continued her education in yoga Philosophy, and Pranayama.
-Ara is also a certified VTCT Massage Therapist Diploma Courses (600hour)

Rebecca Newell

Rebecca has been working in the wellness industry since 1996. Initially inspired by her own curiosity and a compelling desire to live a healthier, happier life, her journey has been a continuous exploration of many different facets of wellness, while activating her own personal growth in the process. She is a holistic health coach, yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.

Discovering Samahita in 2011 was an integral part of both her professional studies and personal expansion, offering an exceptional blend of retreat, education, connection and inner reflection.

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Nanna Kastrup

Nanna stepped into her yoga path in 2015 feeling that she needed a space where she could manage her physical body and mind. She began her practice in Denmark, where she was born and raised. Starting with the asana her practice grew, under the guidance of her teacher, to explore pranayama and philosophy. She feels drawn to these subtle aspects of yoga practice. She completed her 200hour Teacher Training at Samahita in May 2018 under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan and the Centered Yoga team.

Nanna has an educational background as a school teacher. Her primary focus has been the psychological emphatic approach when teaching and she has been studied different approaches and topics in this vein. Her passion is to relate to each individual on a personal level respecting where they are in their lives. She has completed a course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and incorporates these useful techniques in her teaching and also has experience in teaching yoga to children.

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Arielle Nash

Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois. Arielle is Centered Yoga’s lead anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita.

Elonne Stockton

Elonne has been a committed yoga practitioner and devotee since the early age of 14. She has lived and taught in the Bahamas, Canada, India, the United States, and Taiwan where she has taught asana, pranayama, and meditation at yoga studios, ashrams, resorts, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics. In 2006, Elonne moved to Asia, where she met her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, O.P. Tiwari, and Richard Freeman. As Elonne’s understanding of the practice grows, she feels more and more like a beginner, and she is excited to continue this journey. Elonne only teaches during Centered Yoga courses.

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