Team of Dedicated Global Teachers
With Decades of Experience

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 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)

So Diawpradit

So was born and raised in Koh Phanghan, Thailand. He has been at Samahita since 2009 and enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals.
His vast experience in fitness and free-weight training, body weight resistance training, TRX, kettlebells, and passion for sports, such as Muay Thai, Football and running, will help you have a enjoyable and challenging session.
-Certified as an ACE Personal Fitness Trainer in 2014


Nabs Hadi

Nabs was born in the mountainous region of South Kurdistan into a Sufi family from the Naqishbandi lineage. He spent his childhood and some of his teenage years in Kurdistan before he migrated to the U.K and became a British citizen. Spirituality was always a part of his nature and young life but more formal training in this path began when yoga came to him in 2004. Since then he has devoted his life to this path of practice and understanding.
Nabs is part of a rich yoga tradition that includes ashtanga yoga and Pranayama tradition from the Kuvalayananda lineage. He has studied with well known teachers around the globe, however Paul Dallaghan and Sri O.P. Tiwariji have been his primary guides on the path of yoga and spirituality. Nabs has developed his own personal practice and a unique way of teaching with great devotion and sincerity. He is also a dedicated Vipassana meditator and has completed many courses including long 20 and 30 day sittings.
Nabs also possesses a natural tendency for subtle energy work from an innate ability in mediumship. 
Nabs has been running his own private yoga business in the UK and has conducted many workshops and retreats both in the UK and abroad with an aim to offer a more complete yogic experience across the physical, mental and spiritual. This comes from using the tools within The Eight Limbs of Yoga (classical Ashtanga) and the energy and guidance from subtle forces.

Alaitz Muro Larizgoitia

I feel privileged to be born in one of the most beautiful parts of our planet, and that is Basque Country, north of Spain. I was brought up and completed my education there, however, in the past 8 years I have traveled and lived in different parts of the world, such as Asia and Pacific countries, which has given me a wealth of knowledge and incredible experiences that I am happy to share with others.

I have a creative and artistic outlook on life. Thus, I have self-taught to draw what inspires me the most, but also my own inner experiences. My passion for art and yoga are immense and I am so happy to be given the opportunity to share what I love with others at Samahita Retreat.

Alexandra Steyn

Alexandra is a certified personal trainer, health coach and yoga instructor from South Africa. Her health and wellness journey started with her completing her 500 hr Personal Training & Nutrition studies in Florida in 2014. Thereafter she started her online health & wellness coaching business whilst being a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her yoga journey began when she completed her 300 hr Hatha yoga course and attended 200 hr Ashtanga & Vinyasa training in India.   Since then she hosted her own safari retreats in South Africa, and traveled as a health coach and yoga teacher at retreats in Jamaica and Zanzibar and currently studying holistic nutrition.
Health and wellness have been part of her life from a young age, and it is truly her passion to help and guide others to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. She believes that the body, mind and soul is directly connected to the way we live, eat and move and that our lifestyle choices impact our quality of life.

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.

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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.

Samahita and our staff are here to serve you through great value and high quality in what we do and offer here. Our highly trained teachers love to teach and feel a sense of mission in delivering all these practices, to encourage you to participate to the best you can, and de-stress even further through our detox and wellness programs. And with YogaCoreCycle as an all-inclusive program you can transform how your body works, heart feels and brain functions. You can learn a lot more also in our Teacher Training Program. We want you to …… breathe into a new life.

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