Pranayama Detail and Practice (Continuing Education) June 28 – July 11, 2015 with Paul Dallaghan


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Yoga Retreat (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 55/20-24 Moo 4, Namuang, Koh Samui, Surat thani, 84140, Thailand
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Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 to Friday, 10 Jul 2015
66780-83580 THB
What does that include?


* This course is ideal for those to who wish to get established in

pranayama, either getting into it or continuing it. It is both practical

and technical. If new to pranayama this should be taken before joining

the Tiwarji course. It qualifies for 100 hours continuing-education

credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training



About the Training Course

This course is inspired and blessed by Tiwariji, Paul’s direct teacher

and one of the few living knowledgeable authorities on Pranayama and its

place in the field of yoga today. It is a living tradition. Paul has

learnt the full practice in a special one-to-one capacity over the past

15+ 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 his

years in practice and training 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 with Tiwariji and 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, understand

Pranayama techniques to a deeper degree based on the information given

and the depth of practice being done in a 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 base and understanding of practice.


The past two years have covered elements of both practice and

physiology and this course will continue in that vein, to cover a

synthesis of practice, techniques, physiology and philosophy, as below.

Further topics will be covered in 2016. It aims to combine traditional

practice and wisdom with scientific and psychological understanding.

  1. Recap on how to Sit, Breathe, and Practice Pranayama
  2. Recap on Small Details needed for the correct practice of Pranayama
  3. The Nervous System and physiology behind Pranayama
  4. The Energetic Body and its Influence in Pranayama
  5. Nadi Shodhana through Breath and Shatkarma Kriyas
  6. Preparations for Pranayama and the Release of Tension
  7. The Importance of Kapalabhati
  8. Obstacles to Growth through Yoga
  9. Elements for Success in Dedicated (Yoga) Practice
  10. Some Scientific Findings Relating to Pranayama, the Breath, and Yoga
  11. Importance of Food and Pranayama
  12. Pranayama techniques explained
  13. 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 90-minute Pranayama practice and a

tripartite 30-minute sitting meditation. This will be followed by Asana

practice. If your practice is other than Ashtanga you are still welcome.

If you do not have a dedicated Asana practice then we will teach you

the basics of the Ashtanga method. The afternoon will focus on Pranayama

practice along with Pranava and Mantra recitation to help still the

mental activity and trigger a shift in the autonomic nervous system

thereby enabling one to get more internally connected, 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, related videos, 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 it

can grow within. Pranayama is a true gift and holds a power to really

transform one’s state and behavior if practiced with faith and

dedication over time. This program is dedicated to encourage that in

you. It is recommended you continue into the next two-week program with

Tiwariji and Paul to further your pranayama practice.


Paul Dallaghan

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


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.


The Daily Schedule

The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a

group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The schedule is

subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.

6:00 am Deva Yajna – Fire Ceremony (not everyday – optional to attend)
6:30 – 8:30 am Mantra and Pranava Japa, Meditation techniques, and Pranayama practice with pulse analysis with Paul
8:30 am Mysore Style Self Practice with occasional Led Explorative classes

to deepen the understanding of the material covered with Paul.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch buffet
3:00 – 3:30 pm Snack and refreshment
3:00 – 3:30 pm Chanting practice with Elonne
3:30 – 6:00 pm Lecture on Pranayama, physiology and energetic theory, Q&A, Pranayama practice and Pranava Japa
6:00 – 8:00 pm Complimentary herbal steam room available
6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner buffet
7:30 pm Evening program – video, meditation, private time

Please arrive by 4pm for a program welcome on the first day.

Departure is by 12 noon on the last day. You are welcome to arrive early

or stay on, check our residential stay rates Saturday is free from formal group Pranayama practice. Enjoy the morning to rest.


Included for 66780-83580 THB

Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 83,580 per person
Semi-Private room 75,180 per person
Share two bedroom loft 66,780 per person If you can only take one or two weeks of this program then contact our reservation team who will inform you about availability and rate
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

2,100 per day
13,440 for one week
26,040 for two weeks
37,800 for three weeks
46,200 for four weeks
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:
Full yoga program
Fully equipped accommodation with AC
Full brunch and dinner buffets
Mineral drinking water
Herbal steam room
Salt water swimming pool
Wi Fi internet
Service charge
VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.