Damien de Bastier has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 25 years. It was love at first stretch when he was introduced to the Ashtanga practice in 1998, as it combines his inclination for sports, meditation, and self-inquiry. As an authorized Ashtanga teacher, his intention is to preserve the gifts of the Ashtanga method as they have been transmitted to him by his teachers.
Melissa started her yoga journey in 2006 in southern California, and yoga immediately became a staple in her life. Since then, she has been continuously studying yoga, attending teacher trainings, and maintaining a steady self-practice. Melissa is a teacher and practitioner of many forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, prenatal, and Restorative. She has made several trips to India to study yoga, breathing techniques, yogic philosophy, and Ayurveda. Melissa studied Ayurveda extensively under Dr. Madan Kumar, MD (Professor at Pankaja Kasthuri Ayurvedic College) in Trivandrum, India.
Jacqueline has a deep ongoing passion for yoga and has been teaching since 2001 and practicing since 1994. She shares Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, pre-natal and Yoni yoga, as well as ecstatic dance journeys and sound healing. Blessed to have been guided by yogi’s in India, shamans in Peru, international yoga and ecstatic dance communities, Jacqueline originally trained in Shadow Yoga before going on to practice Ashtanga in Mysore. She then held her own Mysore practice space in Cape Town for four years. Jacqueline’s approach to yoga is one of deep inquiry and self-love.
from Indonesia, April 2018
"Lovely Stay, Restaurant Staff Superb"
The pool was really good. The room was big and lovely too.
Restaurant staff amazing! So kind and lovely.
Great Massage and treatmeants
And the Ecstasy Dance on Thursday SO GOOD! And great yoga classes by Melissa!
from Armenia, July 2017
"Nice and authentic if you like individual flexible retreats"
The yoga teachers were great, the place was a really authentic yoga place. The accommodation / my room was great. Suvi, who was responsible for welcoming newcomers was very nice and friendly. The staff in Samadi To was very friendly and were providing good service. The overall ambiance was easy-going and very appropriate for a yoga center. I would like to return here, it was too short.
Mia A Indonesia
The room is small, just like a square box but somehow little details make it feels luxurious. The choice of blanket, the painting in the bath room, and the swimming pool just steps away from your door. The restaurant is a bliss, I have never tasted vegetarian food that taste that good. And of course the yoga studio with lots of program will be a bonus if you are into yoga. It was a nice laid back place if you're not into big hotels, but more of a homey place to stay.
Natalie Gray Australia
I stayed at Samadi for 10 days in one of their pool rooms. The setting is stunning, beautifully designed and laid out with a pool by my doorstep. Quiet and serene. I arrived late and Suvi was waiting for me and her gentle and welcoming approach was the perfect welcome to Samadi, she was always there for me and the other guests throughout my visit as well. Thanks Suvi! I went to Samadi to learn Mysore. I had been doing led Ashtanga classes and really wanted to experience Mysore. I was incredibly nervous to go to my first class - with all the usual jitters and worries that come along with doing something new. I needn't have been worried! From the moment I stepped into the Shala - Damien was there to support and guide me. He is an incredible man with so much insight and intuition. He has so much compassion and an understanding of what each person needs in his classes. He is incredible to watch as he makes subtle changes or sits down with someone to chat about what they are doing on and off he mat. He is funny and strong and appreciates each person being there to practice with him. I felt so empowered and inspired the whole time I was there and am so glad our lives crossed paths. I would highly recommend a one-on-one session with him - I didn't do one but will next time I come back! Damien and his partner have created and incredible space! Beyond the yoga mat - the restaurant, the Sunday market, the shop, the workers they have (all so nice!!!) I can't say anything wrong with this place. What a treat and a blessing to have been there for 10 days. Next time I will stay longer. Thank you to everyone at Samadi, esp. Also Damien's apprentices who guided me through my Mysore practice. The cleaning ladies, the restaurant workers! The incredible Yin classes I did too! I am rambling but it really is a special place. Thanks again everyone!