100 Hours Certification Course

Pranayama & Your Yoga Practice – Tradition, Science and Detail

Paul Dallaghan
June 30 – July 13, 2019

Pranayama & Your Yoga Practice – Tradition, Science and Detail

This practice of pranayama is part of a living tradition. Paul has learnt the full practice in a special one-to-one capacity over the past 20 years with Tiwariji. Tiwariji learnt directly from his teacher, Swami Kuvalayananda, who was an adept and highly accomplished in Pranayama and the science of yoga. He was also a devotee and spent time with his teacher, Madhavadas, on the banks of the Narmada river, also being taught this exact practice of Pranayama. In this way it has been passed on very personally and effectively. Such a tradition survives all books, as it is only experience that ultimately counts. Over the years of study and introspection in this practice Paul has had the opportunity to better understand it from direct experience and how to help pass it on and help others to practice and teach it better. This course is designed to help you practice more effectively and understand Pranayama techniques to a deeper degree from both the information given and the depth of practice being done in this purpose-built, dedicated environment. Based on this, you can improve as a practitioner and teacher.
This course does not claim to develop Pranayama teachers but rather to stimulate and increase the foundation and understanding of practice.

All Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 100-hour modules are fully inclusive of the training program, both practical sessions and lectures, and includes 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 fill up and stay hydrated along with 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.

Topics of this Training


A synthesis of practice, techniques, physiology and philosophy, this course aims to combine traditional practice and wisdom with scientific and psychological understanding. This year, 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 pranayama practice and what happens in the process. It is a program that is part-practice/lecture/discussion based on your questions.

1. Breath regulation
2. Posture and sitting for pranayama
3. A Pranayama history and in the texts
4. Preparatory practices for Pranayama
5. Nadi Shodhana, the Breath and Kapalabhati

6. The interplay of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitric oxide

7. Nostril breathing and current scientific findings

8. Pranayama methods in detail and explained
9. Obstacles to growth and elements for success in dedicated (yoga) practice
10. How the breath works in terms of both anatomy and physiology, and some latest findings
11. Some scientific findings relating to pranayama and yoga
12. How to continue and grow your practice


The key focus is on your practice and gaining experience. The morning session will be devoted to a 1h45 Kriya and Pranayama practice preceded by one hour of meditative practices covering energy center focus, contemplation, mantra japa, pranava japa, and annapannasati (silent awareness on the breath). This will be followed by Asana practice. Asana will be a mix of guided sessions and self-practice. The afternoon will focus on Pranayama practice along with nidra style meditation and energy center chakra 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. In the evening will be a mixture of personal time, further practice and chanting. Typically, Paul is not present for the evening programs, but one of the team leads them.

Through repeated practice and greater understanding this practice can grow within. Pranayama 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 Paul to further your pranayama.

Daily Schedule

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
6:05 – 7:05 am Standing to Sitting practice: Nostrils Posture Mantra Centers Contemplation & Pranava (Om) Japa into silence
7:05 – 7:30 am Silent sitting (or savasana) practice while pulse analysis is taken by Paul
7:30 – 8:50 am Focused Detail of Pranayama methods
8:50 – 10:30 am Asana and physical activity options:

Dynamic Core Vinyasa, Contemplative Breath Asana, Detail Flow, Heart Bhakti Vinyasa, & Restorative Body Breath

Teacher Assisted Self-Practice & Restorative Body Breath

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch buffet
2.30 – 3:00 pm Snack and refreshment
3.00 – 4:00 pm Nidra-scan-gong + sit scan energy centers to BIJ mantra chants to silent sitting/td>
4.00 – 4:30 pm Lecture on Pranayama from both tradition (experience) base and scientific information
5:20 – 6:00 pm Pranayama practice and Healing Circles meditation
6.00 – 8:00 pm 3 times in the week a Core workout class led by Paul – entertaining fitness with music (25 min’s max)

Complimentary herbal steam room available – great after class with a swim and a beach walk

8.00 pm Evening program – video, meditation, private time


Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, and practices for the duration of the program dates

Private Room $2,614
Semi-Private Room $2,354
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft $2,094

Need to bring a friend, partner or family member?

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.

Want to extend your stay?

We offer great value rates for you if you would like to arrive early or stay longer before or after the training program on all Centered Yoga Advanced (ATT) and Teacher Training (TT200) Programs. Save up to $80 – $100 per day, depending on number of weeks booked on your Training. The discount is valid for YogaCoreCycle and Detox and Wellness Programs, up to 7 days before or after the Training Program, subject to availability.

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 of between US$80 – $100 per day apply also to all Detox and Wellness Programs. Please contact reservations for the specific discounted rate for your booking: info@samahitaretreat.com

  • Valid for 1 to 7 nights of stay, or stay 8 nights and only pay for 7
  • Offer valid to a max of 8 nights
  • Subject to room availability
  • No refunds, changes, or transfers – based on original program booking of 2, 4 or 6 weeks

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Paul Dallaghan

Paul is a well-known world-class yogi, scientist and teacher with 30 years of experience in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and the meditative techniques. 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 was one of the dedicated few to put in many years with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Further, his dedication to the practice of pranayama for over 20 years leaves him in a unique position as the senior student to carry forth these teachings from his teacher O.P. Tiwari and the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda and Sri Madhavadas. In addition, he was accepted into one of the top PhD programs in the U.S. to conduct scientific research on yoga and its effects. He is still a student and loves to share and learn. Sincerity, not seriousness, is the key to enjoying this path of yoga and meditation. He has led workshops and trainings all over the world, and founded the retreat center, Samahita, in Thailand, that offers teachings to students from all backgrounds and all levels of physical and mental readiness in Centered Yoga—an open-minded method to encourage inner awareness.

Paul is also the happy father of two lovely boys. For more please see his full bio.


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