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14 Days Classical Pranayama as Taught by the Masters Yoga Retreat in Surat Thani, Thailand

Samahita Retreat, 55/20-24 Moo 4, T. Namuang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140 Thailand

Classical Pranayama and Yoga Retreat Thailand

This training is focused on the practice of prānāyāma under the careful eye of a long-lived life-long practitioner master and his senior student in all these practices. There is also the opportunity for those ready to further their practice of kriyas.

Meet the instructors

Paul
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily breath and meditation classes
  • Core fitness activities and indoor cycle classes
  • Full use of saltwater pool and herbal steam room
  • All inclusive delicious and healthy food buffet
  • Full use of all amenities and facilities
  • 13 nights modern accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


14 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 70
Airport transfer available:
Samui Airport (US$31 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Samahita was purpose-built to function as a retreat center dedicated to your vitality, well-being, and relaxation. The variety of private and shared room options reflect that. The rooms are set back from the main beachfront facilities perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation.

The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross-ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and offer both mosquito screens, fans, and air conditioning. They have rooms for the single traveler, couples or friends, as well as loft-style accommodation that is ideal for families or two people sharing. Regardless of which room you stay in, the beach, pool, and practice spaces are seconds away.

Private room (suitable for singles or couples)

Maximum capacity is two adults, one child. The room has 35 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. It has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and personal built-in shelf space at the headboard.

Also included is a large writing desk (2.5 meters), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate large laptops, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.

There is a fully equipped bathroom with large shower area and room for clothes hanging and drying.

Semi-private room (suitable for family of four or two people sharing)

Guests can enjoy approximately 25 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. Room features include a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps, a writing desk, bookshelves, lockable storage cabinet, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.

The bedroom section of these rooms is private and includes a dedicated entrance as well as direct access to a fully furnished bathroom, which is shared between two rooms.

Shared two-bedroom loft (suitable for two people sharing or family of four)

This room has approximately 50 square meters of personal space, which includes a private balcony. The room is split-level with a loft. Each bedroom has its own private space. There is a fully equipped bathroom shared by both bedrooms. Some of these rooms are equipped with an outdoor rain shower.

Each bedroom has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and a personal built-in shelf space at the headboard. Also included are a large writing desk, bookshelves, and storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, a hot-water kettle, and a medium-size refrigerator.

The loft also has two wardrobes with sufficient space for luggage, two ceiling fans, and air conditioning.

Program

Various options for āsana practice are offered, both guided and self-practice, with the aim to reveal the link of how āsana leads in to prānāyāma and other seated practices. The afternoon lecture sessions will focus on selected teachings from Hatha yoga texts followed by open discussion and question and answer sessions.

The Hatha approach has tantric origins but exists as a method appropriate for both those of you living in the world with jobs and families, and for someone secluded and devoted to practice in an ashram or monastery.

Many of the descriptions are relevant to an advanced practitioner, and this is why a teacher is needed to explain what is meant by each verse so it can be better understood by you, the student, at different levels of development.

Hatha yoga practice is a practical approach, initially using the body but ultimately working deeper into the mental faculties, to experiencing growth and development toward the realms of meditation and eventual liberation.

The steps of Hatha are offered as the method to develop awareness and experience true meditation. Work on the body and breath are integral to this through āsanas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), kumbhakas (the various prānāyāma techniques), and mudras (a combination of āsana and kumbhaka). At their culmination comes a change, a shift, so unique that the individual is transformed.

The breath and its practice are finally reaching public interest. With that come many who seek to sensationalize but understand little of these methods, their long term effect, how they really work, subtleties to how to practice them.

It is a rare opportunity today to experience a clear explanation of such often obscure and esoteric lines by an experienced yogi in practical language in order to enhance both our practice and learning. In short, Tiwariji won’t be around forever, so make the most to learn.

Paul also offers his unique experience as the most advanced and experienced practitioner of these practices and the tradition and what all that means in real terms today.

Daily schedule

  • 05:40 - 06:45 Beach sunrise silent watch
  • 06:15 - 07:10 Standing to sitting practice: centered meditative internal practices into silence
  • 07:10 - 07:30 Silent sitting (or savasana) practice while pulse analysis is taken by Tiwariji and Paul
  • 07:30 - 08:45 Full pranayama practice with Tiwariji and Paul - detail given to improve, develop, and enhance your practice
  • 08:45 - 10:30 Asana guided - SEDA: Slow Engaged Dynamic Asana, teacher assisted self-practice and restorative body
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Brunch buffet
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Snack
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Practice - sound meditation, energy center work, pranava japa, mantra, and chanting
  • 16:00 - 16:35 Hatha yoga discussion from texts with Tiwariji
  • 16:35 - 17:00 Q&A discussion - your questions on all things practice with Tiwariji and Paul
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Pranayama practice with Tiwariji
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner, bonus fun cycle or core TRX workout class followed by post-workout asana class (20 + 20 min’s max)
  • Complimentary herbal steam room available - great after class with a swim and a beach walk
  • 20:00 Evening program - music programs with special guest, meditation, private time

Included excursions

Samahita Retreat offers complimentary weekly excursions including a boat trip to a nearby remote island with snorkeling, a temple walk, and transport to the Fisherman's Village street food market on Fridays.

Instructors

Paul Dallaghan

Retreat location

Samahita Retreat is located on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land. The ideal setting for Thailand holiday packages, it is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. Koh Samui has the allure of a remote island paradise, but with the accessibility of the regions most popular destinations.

Situated on Laem Sor beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet and spacious area with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand, and tropical fauna. Only a few hundred meters away is the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, which houses the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk.

The only other structures in the area are privately owned villas. As such, Samahita Retreat's beach is private and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand yoga holiday and chosen wellness packages. The main shopping areas are still within easy reach, about fifteen to thirty minutes away by car or motorbike. Samahita Retreat's gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.

Distances

  • Bangkok - 1 hour
  • Samui International Airport (USM) - 45 minutes
  • Shopping areas - 15 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

Samahita Retreat offers a full complimentary buffet to you during your stay.

  • A full breakfast buffet with homemade bread, muesli and granola
  • Fresh fruits from Thailand
  • Homemade selection of nut butter and jams
  • Fresh and organic salads, sprouts and seeds
  • Homemade healthy salad dressings
  • Raw dishes, salads and pastes
  • Fermented probiotic rich veggies
  • Vegan milks, dairy milk, and homemade electrolytes
  • Freshly made juices and Thai herbal tea mixtures
  • Black tea and brewed hilltribe coffee
  • Freshly made egg options of your choice
  • Delicious variety of lunch items, Thai, and international
  • Tasty and enjoyable variety of dinner items
  • Vegan, vegetarian, and fish options
  • Healthy Lite Corner for both buffet times, including raw salad, fishbone broth, green detox soup, miso soup, steamed veggies and greens

Coffee, juice, and treats bar

Available to order directly at the bar.

  • Organic hilltribe Thai coffee barrista-style
  • Bulletproof (Keto) coffee
  • Mocha, matcha and vegan bulletproof coffees
  • Tea, chai, and matcha green tea
  • Fresh squeezed juice combinations
  • Wheatgrass and Gotu Kola shots
  • Freshly made smoothies
  • Probiotic drinks
  • Whey protein, vegan protein, MCT oil, cacao
  • Homemade chocolate treats
  • Homemade energy balls and granola bars
  • Gelato homemade Italian-style ice cream
  • Take-away homemade spreads and treats
  • A la carte food menu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Samahita offers a full total self-care menu of hands-on treatments, colon hydrotherapy, and infrared sauna therapy. Book them a la carte during your stay or save and get the best value when you book one of the value package programs - detox, weight loss, brain health upgrade or total self-care.

The total self-care therapies are designed to induce full relaxation and revitalization, nurturing the whole body. These are selected therapies to help optimize physical, emotional, and mental health. The range of therapies is designed to address the special needs of your skin, muscles, joints, deep tissue, and optimal functioning of your cellular health.

It is worth the time to indulge and take care of yourself. Enjoy massages, facials, scrubs and skin treatments, such as:

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Sabai massage
  • Traditional Thai massage
  • Foot reflexology massage
  • Chi nei tsang abdominal massage
  • Herbal facial treatment
  • Body scrub and wrap
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • State of the art sauna therapies

What's included

  • Infrared saunas
  • Spa therapies
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 10% service charge
  • All room facilities (air conditioning, fridge, kettle, hairdryer, safety box)
  • Applicable government tax (VAT)
  • Daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Full practices (up to five hours per day)
  • Full total self-care program inclusions
  • Herbal steam room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Welcome drink upon arrival
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Yoga and fitness program

What's not included

  • Additional activities and services
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Transfer from and to the airport is available for an additional cost of 31 USD.

Arrival by train and ferry

Bangkok to Samui: Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 km west of Surathani) leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. The 6:20 pm (rapid) and the 7:15 pm (express) trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 5:28 am and 7 am, allowing you plenty of time to catch an 8 am boat to Koh Samui. The bus/ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you’ve arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train + bus + boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11 am.

The ferry journey from Donsak pier is 1.5 hours. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surathani.

Tickets for the train can be booked at Bangkok Airport, Bangkok Railway Station, and many travel agencies in Bangkok. To purchase your train tickets in advance, Asia Discover Thailand can arrange for the tickets to be mailed or to be picked up at your Bangkok hotel. Allow at least one month before your departure date to arrange for train tickets.

Samui to Bangkok: Take the 2 pm boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surathani. Tickets purchased from agents in Samui normally include the boat, bus, and train fares. The ticket is cheaper if you go to the station yourself, but there is a good chance the train will be fully booked as much as a week in advance.

Airport: Samui Airport Airport transfer available: Samui Airport (US$31 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday July 12, 2020
Departure: Saturday July 25, 2020

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