Our Yoga Instructors
Meet our team of Samahita Retreat Yoga Instructors. Some of us are resident here in Samui and others are visiting yoga instructors off sharing yoga and education throughout the world who come back to share our knowledge at Samahita.
Paul is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student since the late 1990s of both Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of Pranayama, and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. Both of these great teachers have personally certified Paul in these practices, a unique position as the only one to receive this double honor. Paul continues with Mantra practice from the yoga lineage and meditative approaches, influenced by the Thai Forest tradition. This combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has helped him gain some understanding of practice and to apply this appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra recitation and Meditation for the different level of students he has the privilege to share the teaching with. He continues his studies in health, philosophy, anatomy and physiology. Paul is also conducting PhD research on the yoga practices at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. One of his main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.
Paul is the happy father of two lovely boys and the founder of Centered Yoga and Samahita Retreat. For more please see his full bio.
Elonne has been a committed yoga practitioner and devotee since the early age of 14. She has lived and taught in the Bahamas, Canada, India, the United States, and Taiwan where she has taught asana, pranayama, and meditation at yogastudios, ashrams, resorts, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics.
In 2006, Elonne moved to Asia, where she met her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, O.P. Tiwari, and Richard Freeman.
As Elonne's understanding of the practice grows, she feels more and more like a beginner, and she is excited to continue this journey. She feels blessed by the opportunity to teach at Samahita Retreat, and she is extremely grateful for the chance to help others while she continues her own studies. For more see her full bio.
Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois.
Arielle is Centered Yoga's lead anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita. Arielle takes yoga off the mat at home as a proud mother of twin toddlers. For more please see her full see full bio.
Gill Breetzke has been coming to Samahita since 2011 participating yearly in the Continued Education Courses with Paul Dallaghan and Sri.O.P Tiwari and in 2015 received her 1100hour Centered Yoga Certification. 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.
She is one of the performers on the Samahita Live album and has regularly had the pleasure of adding her harmonies to the angelic music of Daphne Tse.
Originally from South Africa, born into a family of educators she studied Primary Education and has lived and taught in schools in London, Dublin and Yangon working, learning and growing with so many wonderful children uncovering the joys and mysteries of life. In 2004 friends in Dublin lead her to her first Ashtanga yoga class in a drafty prefab classroom and it was there that her yoga journey began. Gill combines yoga teaching with her job as Samahita Retreat Reservations Specialist.
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