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Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui Thailand
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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
~ Gandhi

Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

200 Hour Certification Course

Centered Yoga

An Education in Yoga: Foundation Level (Yoga Alliance 200 hour Certification)

Centered Yoga is renowned as Asia's most respected and longest running Yoga Alliance Registered Program
SYT             RS200

Complete your yoga teacher training in Thailand!

Centered Yoga is located at Samahita Retreat on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand. This celebrated Yoga Institute has been providing yoga certification courses since Paul Dallaghan founded the school in New York in 1999.

We offer one-month residential trainings, which are preceded by pre-course assignments and preparation.

Enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly meals (including eggs and occasional seafood for those who eat them), comfortable and clean accommodation, and the idyllic beachfront setting.

We take care of everything for you so you can immerse yourself in the practice and make the most of your time with us!

First Read This

First Read ThisFirst Read this

What does it mean to teach? What kind of responsibility does it involve? What is yoga anyway?  We recommend reading this before applying.

Course Overview

Course OverviewCourse Over View

Level: A thorough foundation training program — An Education in Yoga
This comprehensive training covers the covers yoga in its entirety, helping to expand your base of understanding and give you the tools to begin the process of sharing yoga with others. We aim to make the course challenging, yet appropriate for this level. It is a 200 + hour foundation course — a necessity if you wish to teach, and a boon for your own personal practice.

The key part of the training is a one month residential intensive. Prior to that are pre-course assignments, which are to develop your practice and understanding of yoga, so that you can make the most of your time with us. These assignments are emailed to you and will require you to do select readings, practices, and reports.

(If you are selected after the five month period has begun, catch up time will be possible.)

A common point of controversy is how long a training should be. In truth, learning is on-going, as you begin to teach and continue to practice and develop. And throughout life there will be times of focused and dedicated study to help take your practice and teaching to a much higher level.

We do not claim to produce teachers. The purpose of this course is to provide you, the sincere student, with a strong foundation for your practice, as well as the tools to go further in practice and begin to teach if you choose to.

We have found the 6-month period to work very well for the purpose of this course. Some courses are short, not long enough for a real shift to occur. Others drag on over a few years and are impractical for most. However, after this 6-month period the learning doesn’t end. We encourage you to grow further in what is appropriate to you. We continue to offer many Advanced Yoga Training courses on Asana, Pranayama, Philosophy, and Anatomy.

Course Curriculum

Course CurriculumCourse Curriculum

Style: classical systems of Hatha Yoga and philosophy
The Asana program is based upon the classical systems of Ashtanga Vinyasa, traditional Hatha asana and the system of alignment. Our aim is to understand flow (vinyasa), alignment, and breathing, as well as the inner work — bandhas, focus, and concentration.

We teach Pranayama as described in the classical writings and as taught by the masters. For philosophy, we refer to many texts, taking Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as our base guide. Beyond these primary focuses, we have other secondary elements to the course, like chanting and Karma Yoga.

The training prepares you to lead a basic vinyasa class, give adjustments, and apply all of this to a variety of levels of flow-style classes. Basic breathing techniques and chants will also be covered.

Our aim is to ground, educate, and enlighten the student, preparing them to share the yoga, either directly in the form of a Hatha Yoga class, or indirectly in their interactions with others. As such, we offer a full yogic education and an opportunity to deepen and explore in the path of yoga, and contribute to real yogic insight. This course is not limited to Asana; it takes you further.

For our full curriculum please click here

Yoga Alliance Accreditations

Yoga Alliance AccreditationsYoga Alliance Accreditations

Qualification: An Education in Yoga: Foundation Level (Yoga Alliance 200 hour Certification)
The program duration adds up to over 300 hours and qualifies for Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour level, recognized worldwide, for those who successfully complete the training. Ultimately, however, training is beyond borders and pieces of paper. The continued dissemination of yoga will come from your own inner growth and deeper understanding. This is the focus.


TeamCentered yoga Team

Centered Yoga Teacher Trainings are led by founder Paul Dallaghan and senior teachers Elonne and Arielle, with further assistance from Amy and the Centered Yoga teaching team.



For full details on our rates and early bird discounts please click here



We offer 3  Foundation Level Teacher Trainings each year. Click here for upcoming dates.

Training Requirements

Training Requirementscentered Yoga Train

Sincere and committed practitioners
The most important qualification for this course is the call from within. But the call is not enough on its own. For it to be true and sincere, it also needs to be based on a certain level of practice (i.e., so many times per week over so many years). Your interest level will reveal itself in the desire to read more on the topic, to study and practice more, and in the absorption of your thoughts in the subject. The application form is detailed, and will reveal a lot about you. If the call is strong, then proceed.

Unique Qualities of Centered Yoga

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Uniqueness: Elements that make this course exceptional

This is an immersion in a focused learning environment — live the practice!


  • Small, dedicated group of students
  • Mentoring and close attention to your practice, teaching method, and personal progress
  • Living and studying in a clean and natural setting
  • Distance from the distractions of home gives perspective, a fresh mind, focus, and ease in letting go
  • Direct experience in teaching students (privates and groups)
  • Classical training in pranayama (only a handful of western teachers have proper background in this essential practice)
  • The development of an advanced and dedicated yoga practice, molding the teacher in you
  • Approximately 100 hours of additional training beyond the basic requirements of Yoga Alliance
  • Precise training in asana and the vinyasa system
  • Five months of pre-course readings and assignments to prepare and guide you

Feedback from our students

Feedback from our studentsCentered yoga Reviews

”Excellent! The program was very thorough and well-organized. I feel I was able to make the very best of my time here. I feel privileged and honored to have studied under Paul’s guidance. I truly appreciate his commitment, time and dedication in sharing his knowledge and the tradition of his teachers. Paul’s teachings are clear, always interesting and full of humor. Elonne was very sincere, dedicated and compassionate. I have learned so much from her presence and attitude towards yoga and her teachings. I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class”.
∼ Karen, Switzerland, August 2014

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