Why Practice Pranayama?
Samahita Retreat is one of the few places in the world where you can find both quality breathwork, taught in a practical way that fits into your daily life, and pranayama as it was taught in the classical Hatha and Tantric yoga traditions.
Swami Kuvalayananda taught the science of breath and the practice of pranayama in the most accurate yet accessible way, while he pioneered research on the subject. Subsequently, he established correct and precise practice methods. Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Institute (India) in 1924 to do the research that led to a worldwide respect and growth in yoga practice. His great legacy was the wealth of knowledge around the breath and the practice of pranayama, as they fit within the meditative process. It is a practice that was meant to be used for both practical life purposes and personal spiritual pursuit.
Direct from this rich history of practice and teaching, Swami Kuvalayananda’s primary student, Sri O.P. Tiwari, continues to share the process. Paul Dallaghan, Samahita’s founder, has become Tiwariji’s most dedicated student and most active teacher of the breath and pranayama worldwide. All the teachers at Samahita have trained in pranayama and its related practices, and they have a dedicated personal practice, as well as their own experience, to draw from. Additionally, Tiwariji and Paul Dallaghan offer courses at certain times of the year.
To help you connect with your breath, establish a practice, and/or learn pranayama, we offer three options for you, each working on the breath with increasing levels of involvement and skill. Samahita is unique in this respect, as a dedicated center that teaches breathwork and pranayama safely, step-by-step for every level of student.