Pranayama & Your Yoga Practice – Tradition, Science and Detail
August 6 – 19, 2023
A synthesis of practice, techniques, physiology and philosophy, this course aims to combine traditional practice and wisdom with scientific and psychological understanding. This year, Dr. Paul will introduce numerous findings on the breath and physiology based on his research on the scientific side, along with continuing to offer insight on the nature of breathwork and prānāyāma practice and what happens in the process. It is a program that is part-practice, lecture and discussion based on your questions.
The key focus is on your practice and gaining experience. The morning session will be devoted to meditative techniques, krīya, Centered Breathwork and prānāyāma practice. This includes many practices to establish and regulate the breath as well as center the practitioner within, from energy center focus, contemplation, mantra japa, pranava japa, to annapannasati (silent awareness on the breath). Āsana practice will be either fully guided by Dr. Paul or a mix offered in guided sessions or self-practice. The afternoon will involve continued meditative techniques and breath regulation work to help still the mental activity and trigger a shift in the autonomic nervous system thereby enabling one to get more internally connected and really touch something inside that leads to real transformation. Within this time will be the lecture focus for the day coupled with your questions and answers to the best of the teacher’s ability followed by more prānāyāma practice. The evening will be a mixture of personal time, further practice and chanting. Typically, Dr. Paul is not present for the evening programs, but one of the team leads them.
Through repeated practice and greater understanding breathwork can grow within. Prānāyāma is a true gift and holds a power to really transform one’s state and behavior if practiced with sincerity and dedication over time. This program is created to encourage that in you. It is recommended you continue into the next two-week program with Tiwariji and Dr. Paul to further your prānāyāma.
All Advanced Yoga Teacher Training modules are fully inclusive of the training program, both practical sessions and lectures, as well as the full facilities of Samahita Retreat, accommodation of your choice, and all buffet meals and drinks. Additionally, we offer fully filtered water stations for you to fill up your own bottle and stay hydrated, along with our homemade electrolyte drink on the buffet. We provide a setting to support your body and mind at the optimal level so the time invested in your training is most beneficial.
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the training with a group welcome. Check out is by 12pm on your last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|5.40 am||Beach sunrise silent watch (optional)|
|6:15 – 7:15 am||Standing to Sitting practice: Centered meditative internal practices into silence|
|7:15 – 7:30 am||Silent sitting (or savasana) practice while pulse analysis is taken by Dr. Paul|
|7:30 – 8:45 am||Focused Detail of Centered Breathwork, Kriyas and Pranayama methods|
|8:45 – 10:15 am||Asana Guided – EDA: Engaged Dynamic Asana – sequence options
Asana Self – Teacher Assisted Self-Practice & Restorative Body Breath Practice options
|10:00 am – 1:00 pm||Brunch buffet|
|2.30 – 3:00 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3.00 – 4:00 pm||Practice – sound meditation, energy center work, Pranava japa, Breath regulation to silent sitting|
|4.00 – 4:35 pm||Yoga presentation from both tradition (experience) base and scientific information|
|4:35 – 5:15 pm||Q&A – your questions and comments for discussion following the presentation|
|5.15 – 6:00 pm||Pranayama practice into Meditative sitting|
|6.00 – 6.30 pm||On some days:
Bonus Fun Cycle or Core TRX workout class followed by post-workout āsana class (a 30-minute max. session)
|6.00 – 8.00 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available – great after class with a swim and a beach walk
|8.00 pm||Optional evening program – meditation, private time
on selected evenings
Dr. Paul D. has devoted the last three decades to developing expertise in the field of breath-mind-body lifestyle. He has received a Ph.D. from one of the leading universities in the US, covering both the tradition and science of yoga and breath practices. He has been uniquely acknowledged in the Yoga tradition by the title of “Master Yogi-Prānācharya (expert in breath)”. He has been a dedicated teacher for 25 years and a pioneering entrepreneur establishing the first sustainably-based yoga-breath-meditation retreat center in Asia, Samahita Retreat, in 2003. Paul’s continuous effort is to help people improve their mental and physical health, as a teacher, researcher, and presenter. He is an extremely natural and gifted speaker and has taught and spoken at events all over the world.
See his full bio.
Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, and practices for the duration of the program dates
|Shared Two-Bedroom Loft||$2,094|
If you also wish to join the 100-hour Anatomy & Pranayama course from June 3-16, please email reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your room for the full month of advanced trainings.
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 also apply to an extended stay on a wellness program.
Confirm your rate and book all extended stays directly with reservations email@example.com
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. If they prefer to engage in the selection of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day then a separate booking under YogaCoreCycle is advised