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 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.
Daniel began practicing Yoga in his home town Bristol, U.K. in 2003. In 2006 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. He 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 breathwork and an in-depth vinyasa yoga system 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 supports ongoing development of yoga students and teachers as part of the Centered Yoga Teacher Training.
Daniel is registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT 500 Level and as a Continuing Education Provider.
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 was born and raised in Koh Phanghan, Thailand. He has been at Samahita since 2009 and in addition to supporting our guests in wellness programs, he enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals. His vast experience in fitness and free-weight training, bodyweight resistance training, TRX, kettlebells, and passion for sports, such as Muay Thai, Football and running, will help you have an enjoyable and challenging session. So trained in Bangkok and is certified as an ACE Personal Fitness Trainer since 2014. He has worked with all types of fitness levels and can help you have an effective training experience. So has also spent time living in a temple on Koh Phanghan, and where he learned traditional Thai vipassana meditative techniques and enjoys teaching walking meditations to others and how to live from the mind and heart.
Kirsten-Mia is a vibrant, friendly yoga teacher, chef, hospitality manager and well being mentor from Durban, South Africa. Having travelled and lived in a variety of countries, whilst experiencing different cultures, has gained invaluable experiences and life lessons. Having initially trained and worked in hospitality and as a chef, her path evolved to selling luxury motor vehicles, and eventually finding yoga.
She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Samahita in Thailand in 2017 under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan, providing her with the skills necessary to teach, deepen her own practice, and understand the importance of a balanced, holistic approach to yoga and life.
With a natural curiosity and through continued learning, teaching and practice, she has discovered a passion for a variety of styles of yoga asana including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Aerial yoga as well as meditation and breathwork. Regardless of the style being taught, she always ensures that all students feel welcome, included and safe, bringing a sense of humour, joy and respect to the practice in every class.
Having an inquisitive mind and keen interest in learning about a vast array of subjects such as farming, food, diet and nutrition, science, consciousness, the body, psychology, plant medicines, history, religions, the natural world and sustainability to name a few… She’s always got a few books on the go and about 35 tabs open browsing articles and information online.
Being involved in many different sports and hobbies over the years, she now enjoys hiking, snorkeling, walking on the beach, chilling with her cat and a good book and having a great conversation over a good cup of coffee…