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Centered Yoga with Paul Dallaghan

and Arielle Nash, Gillian Breetzke, Daniel Stringer

An Education in Yoga Training Program

200+ hour program Yoga Alliance Certification Centered Yoga Institute

2019/11/21 Thu. Paul Dallghan Teacher Training Information Session (SPACE YOGA)

Term 1: 5/30-6/1 & 6/6-6/13 (SPACE YOGA)

Term 2: 7/26-7/31 (SPACE YOGA)

Term 3: 8/29-9/5 (Samahita Retreat)

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Paul 200-hr Teacher Training Information Session

Date:2019/11/21 (Thu)
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Location:SPACE YOGA An-Ho studio

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  • Participants shall sign in 5 minutes before the class, late-comers will not be allowed enter.
  • Mobiles are not allowed into the classroom in order to maintain the best quality of the talk.
  • Shoes, food and drinks are NOT allowed in the studio. Please take off your shoes when arriving the studio.
  • SPACE will video record and photograph the session for our records and promotion purposes.
  • SPACE reserves the right to change, amend, modify any terms and conditions of this program, as well as the right to cancel, terminate, amend or suspend this program.

Led by: Paul Dallaghan

Paul is a long term devoted, yet easygoing, practitioner of yoga. He is reputed as a well-known world-class yogi, scientist and teacher with 30 years of experience in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and the meditative techniques while being a happy father to two sons. He has witnessed his own growth through many techniques and years of practice, watching how the practices evolve over time as the student develops over time. His dedication to the path of yoga has come from a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand.

Paul has had the good fortune to spend many rich years with his main teacher in pranayama and the meditative process, Sri O.P. Tiwari, now placed to carry forth these teachings and the tradition of Kuvalayananda. He was one of the dedicated few to put in many joyful years living in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Living in Thailand for many years Paul has also been involved in Buddhist culture and practices, many retreats in forest monasteries which are curiously appropriate for all these yogic practices. He is highly interested in the inner journey of yoga and continues to study, not just the practices and their traditional textual statements, but also what modern science offers this. To that end he was accepted into one of the top PhD programs in the U.S., at Emory University, Atlanta, to conduct scientific research on yoga and its effects. He is still a student and loves to share and learn. In this sense his interest lies in achieving balance, which Paul terms as “centered", and where his focus in academic scientific research hopes to contribute to what is the beautiful ongoing legacy of yoga and its practices: the internal life, the inner space, pure joy, sukha, centered.

Paul has led workshops and trainings all over the world, and founded the retreat center, Samahita, in Thailand, that teaches students from all backgrounds and all levels of physical and mental readiness in Centered Yoga as an open-minded method to encourage inner awareness. He believes in the mission of spreading health and wellbeing through engaged participation in practices and that the fields of yoga and meditation are one, not separate techniques, commonly united on the internal path of both an open heart and sincere self-examination. Spiritual growth and practice involves a spectrum of approaches that includes physical fitness for the body, asana for neuro-physiological cultivation and refinement, pranayama as a key to the internal, and meditative techniques of many forms to enhance the inner experience further. Music, lightness, fun, dance, sharing and caring, and a sustainable approach to this world, are all integral to this process. Such focus and openness is all part of Centered Yoga.

Reflections on Practice by Paul Dallaghan

Guest Teachers :

Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle is an advanced senior teacher of yoga, anatomy, and sport science. She specializes in a holistic approach to yoga-centered anatomy and adjustment courses for yoga teacher trainings, workshops and advanced trainings on women’s anatomy, prenatal yoga, injury prevention and rehab, and adjustment techniques. Arielle enjoys and excels in identifying alignment issues, and helping with postural corrections and injuries. She delivers technical subjects in a memorable and easy to understand manner, making anatomy for yoga fun and educational.

Arielle is the owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Victoria, on Canada’s west coast. She’s also the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Project, who has conducted global research on Ashtanga, gender difference and injury. She remains closely tied with Samahita and along with R. Sharath Jois in Mysore. Paul Dallaghan is one of her primary teachers.

Gill Breetzke

Gill has always been curious about spirituality and was naturally drawn to practice yoga in 2004. The practice quickly became an integral part of her life. Born in South Africa, she has lived abroad in the UK, Ireland and Asia. Her international teaching career started working in Inner city London schools, supporting children from challenging backgrounds, then on to teach in schools in Dublin and Yangon. From a family of teachers her own yoga practice naturally grew into teaching and sharing this practice with others and she now leads the teaching team at Samahita Retreat.

Samahita has been her home since 2016 and she is grateful to live in this tropical paradise where she can combine her love of yoga and music in this unique transformational place.

She continues her studies with Paul Dallaghan, O.P Tiwari, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and is a registered Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 teacher and Certified 1100+ hour Centered Yoga teacher.

Daniel Stringer

Daniel began practicing Yoga in his home town Bristol, U.K. in 2003. He travelled to Mysore, India in 2006 to study the Ashtanga Vinyasa system directly from the Jois family. From Mysore he was led to Samahita in Koh Samui where he found his primary teacher Paul Dallaghan, an inspiring man with whom Daniel felt a deeper connection. Daniel spent 10 years teaching in the vibrant yoga scene of Hong Kong at numerous studios including Pure Yoga and remains connected to the community. This was also a time of cross-discipline learning and experimentation with yoga practice and teaching.

Daniel teaches an in-depth vinyasa yoga that includes strong and well aligned form with intelligent and practical sequencing. This allows students to express their full potential safely but also takes into account individual differences. He takes a long-term interest in his students, helping to support inner and outer growth and development.

Daniel continues his studies with Paul Dallaghan, O. P. Tiwari, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor and anatomy with Arielle Nash. He is registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT 500 Level and as a Continuing Education Provider.

Teaching Assistant:

SPACE YOGA - Gladys Huang

Centered Yoga

where the depth of practice and tradition meets
modern understanding and scientific knowledge with a good dose of
fun, music, chanting, caring & sharing, save the planet, looking within,
enjoy a life while thinking of others, open the heart, sharpen the mind, free the spirit

Education & Training in Classical Yoga

Centered Yoga is one of the longest running and most prominent leaders in the field of yoga education and yoga teacher training worldwide at 200, 300, and 1100 hour levels and more.

Since its founding in 1999, Centered Yoga has offered courses across all interest levels:

  • for professional yoga teachers,
  • those aspiring to become teachers, and
  • sincere students seeking to delve deeper into their practice and understanding of the contemplative yoga path.

Our teaching team has studied and practiced to the highest level worldwide, from both years in India in practice to US-based academic research and scholarly work at the doctoral level. We continue to study, practice and learn so we can offer the best in teaching to you.

Our yoga teacher training program, An Education in Yoga: Foundation Course, is considered one of the most comprehensive in the world. It is also of the highest standard, with a broad scope that encompasses asana, vinyasa, breath regulation, pranayama, yoga philosophy and psychology, anatomy and physiology, meditation, chanting, and spiritual practices.

Authenticity and integrity are our hallmarks, as we firmly believe that a deep understanding of not only the correct practice, but also its purpose, is essential to produce an effect that is both true and guided in the right direction. We make sure we do not take ourselves so seriously and emphasize fun in both learning and practicing as the ability to enjoy what you are doing is essential to the overall learning and growth.


Term 1: 2020/5/30-6/1 & 2020/6/6-6/13 (SPACE YOGA)
Term 2: 2020/7/26-7/31 (SPACE YOGA)
Term 3: 2020/8/29-9/5 (Samahita Retreat)

Daily Schedule

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7/20 7/21 7/22 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26
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8/24 8/25 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29
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07:30-09:15 Meditation Chant, Pranayama
09:15-11:00 Asana practice
11:00-12:00 Brunch break
12:00-14:00 Philosophy or Physical Anatomy
14:00-16:00 Asana Study and teaching practice

*Subject to change. Any changes will be notified well in advance.


Non-residential program at SPACE YOGA, Taipei
Final session as a residential intensive at Samahita Retreat

You have the opportunity to experience your training period over a period of time working on it at home and then being able to solidify and conclude it in a very focused and beneficial dedicated environment.

A residential program gives you the opportunity to really focus on practice and concluding the course without the distractions of home. It encourages the learning to go that much deeper. Over many years of teaching the program we have found this to be the most beneficial approach.

Samahita Retreat is situated on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Samahita was recently featured as one of CNN’s Top 10 Wellness Resorts in Asia. Students can take in the beauty of Thailand while deepening their practice and developing their teaching skills. It is a facility developed specifically for, and dedicated to, the teaching and practice of yoga and meditation. This makes it a truly special and immersive experience for you as a student.


Elements that make this course stand out

  • immersion in a focused learning environment, living the practice
  • small, dedicated group of students
  • mentoring and close attention to your practice, teaching method, and personal progress
  • direct experience in teaching students (privates and groups)
  • classical training in Pranayama (only a handful of western teachers have background in this essential practice)
  • the development of an advanced and dedicated yoga practice, molding the teacher in you
  • approximately 100 hours additional training beyond the basic requirements of Yoga Alliance
  • precise training in Asana and the vinyasa system
  • precourse readings and assignments which aim to elevate your practice and understanding of yoga. These assignments are emailed out between the sessions and require the student to do certain readings, practices and reports.


Yoga Alliance internationally accredited.

The program duration adds up to almost 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.

Education & Training in Classical Yoga

You will complete 300 hours of training in Centered Yoga encompassing methods and teaching from classical Raja and Hatha Yoga, across modern vinyasa and asana, to traditional pranayama and meditation, with modern science and research to guide the way forward:

  • Dynamic Core Vinyasa Asana practice and teaching – various vinyasa class sequences that include the regular linear ashtanga sequence and more creative expressive vinyasa forms.
  • Restorative Asana practice and teaching – various forms of gentle, yin, flow and restorative classes from both classical old style hatha yoga as well as modern restorative forms.
  • How to Breathe and Breath Regulation – clear techniques and practices in regulating and training the breath, to be used in all practices as well as benefit daily life. Know and understand it well so it can be shared and taught to others.
  • Cleansing Kriyas – traditional hatha yoga methods to take care of and rejuvenate internal organs, open the body, and improve the breath.
  • Classical Pranayama practice – being one of the world’s leading authorities and knowledge bases in pranayama you will be taught in detail and, importantly, correctly in pranayama methods to further engage you in practice and the world of yoga and meditation.
  • Meditation Practice and Techniques – daily practice and growth internally incorporating a few approaches across yogic and Buddhist traditions.
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology – the classic texts and teachings on yoga presented in terms of our lives today, with most attention on Patanjali Yoga Sutra, and reference to the Gita, Sankhya Karika, and Hatha Pradipika.
  • Anatomy and Physiology – up to date science and research on the body and its systems and movement forms within the yoga practice.
  • Chanting and Mantra – be introduced to this ancient practice of mantra and pranava (Om) recitation along with the enhanced learning of key Sanskrit terms and names through chanting.
  • How to Teach – clear guidelines and instructions in how to teach to different levels of students a few different approaches of asana class as well as breath work.
  • Yoga in Daily Life – Instruction for the practical application of these tools in going about teaching in the modern world and keeping it in life.
  • Full Residential Experience – eat, live and breathe in one of the world’s most dedicated yoga practice settings, designed for the yoga approach and to aid your own practice and growth.
  • Strength and Fitness – functional fitness core strength work coupled with indoor cycling cardio workouts on the world’s best Schwinn bikes serve to complement and augment your training as part of our YogaCoreCycle programming.

Upon successful completion of this training course you will be equipped with:

  • The ability to teach a dynamic, vinyasa style asana class
  • The ability to teach a gentle, restorative style asana class
  • Basic understanding and direction to sequence your own classes
  • Your own personalized asana practice
  • Your own personalized seated practice (based in breathing awareness, classical pranayama, and mantra meditation techniques)
  • A greater context for, and understanding of, Yoga in its entirety, beyond the physical approach to asana, so caring & sharing and love of this planet can be interpreted to others.
Primary Elements Secondary Elements Minor Elements
Physical Anatomy
Concentration and Meditation
Your Practice
Yogic Anatomy
Diet, Food and Yoga
Shatkarma Kriyas
Injuries and Pains (therapy)
Going on to Teach
Teaching Special Cases
Karma Yoga

Primary Elements


Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. As your awareness and understanding deepen in other areas, your asana and how you teach it will develop. The poses have the capacity to open up energy channels, build strength and flexibility, rearrange the nervous system, and detoxify the body’s inner organs.

The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas from different traditions. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.

The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice, as we often will break into guided small groups and offer support for you to work into your edges and your own sticking points.

All types of asana are covered: standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, twists, and inversions. Sun salutations are a major component of the practice, and both the vinyasa (jump back) and twelve-point approaches will be studied.


In Patanjali’s eight-limb system (Ashtanga), Pranayama is the fourth limb, after asana. Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, though today it is typically misunderstood and taught badly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind.

The training in this course is grounded in the classical teaching of Swami Kuvalayananda and his primary student, Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama. You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms.

Physical Anatomy

We take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.

Yoga Philosophy

Yoga is summed up in the Bhagavad Gita and laid down in the sutras of Patanjali. Understanding these texts will open your practice and give you the basis to teach. Other classical texts, such as the Hatha Pradipika, the Gheranda Samhita, and the Upanishads will be presented as well. To elucidate the material further, we will also refer to other philosophies, in particular the teachings of Buddha.

Concentration and Meditation

These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation.

Meditation cannot be “done”; it just happens. But when is that? You will have your own experience.

To help the process along, you will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. Your growth in this area will reveal itself in your practice of the other seven limbs. Progress in Asana and Pranayama is essential, and directly affects concentration. Observing Yama and Niyama (i.e., living yoga) aligns our being, which can then bring about meditation.


This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. You will start working with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. On the last session, there will be other (non-trainee) students in class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.

Your Practice

As your practice is your foundation, you will practice daily Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. The other elements of the course will gradually be added to your practice. What you build as your practice you will understand and then be able to teach. Your practice will be deepened, cleaned up, and encouraged. What you ultimately practice integrates your personality, develops your mind, and eventually leads to higher states of awareness.

Secondary Elements

Yogic Anatomy

Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.


In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice.

Usually a yoga class begins with a chant. There are some classic chants you will learn, some standard slokas you will become familiar with, and also a few bhajans you’ll enjoy during our lively kirtans. The differences between all these will be explained.

Diet, Food and Yoga

When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much. We will focus on this controversial topic from the vantage point of its effect on the body and mind, both in the gross and the subtle.

Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind.

With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat.

Shatkarma Kriyas

Shatkarma Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper practice. All six kriyas will be presented; five will be practiced and learned.

Injuries and Pains (therapy)

An injury will cause pain, but not every pain is the result of an injury. When the practice is done properly, certain pains come as a result of the body opening up, changes in the nervous system, an inner reorganization, or perhaps the release of past actions. Improper activity, whether in practice or not, will cause injury. We will go over how to deal and work with both cases.

Going on to Teach

How to put together a class, what classes to teach, how students will find you, where to teach, and the difference between privates and group classes.

Minor Elements

Teaching Special Cases

Not everyone falls under the category of average health. Different approaches, as well as compassion and patience, are needed for children, people with disabilities and overweight cases. Simple approaches will be taught and where possible even practiced. Some cases will also be simulated.


The language of yoga is Sanskrit. It is the oldest language still in use today, and it is the basis of many other languages. All language is simply vibration, and Sanskrit possesses the highest vibration and the best organized. Hearing and chanting Sanskrit has an extremely positive effect on the state of your mind. You will learn the alphabet, numbers, pronunciation, and the chanting of all pose names, slokas, and sutras—all taught in a light and enjoyable way.

Karma Yoga

Translates as the yoga of action but typically taken to mean selfless service. We typically have a program to work on for each course under the work of Centered Foundation. In the past we have worked as a group on some of the local schools for young children here that do not receive enough care or financial support. It is a great task for the group and causes a lot of positive change in these young kids lives. It’s amazing to see the school change as we go to paint it, add new grass, clear up their play frames and more. On occasion we also get out and help Mother Nature by cleaning the beach.

Identity Early Bird Price Register till 2020/3/27 Pre-training Price Register between 2020/3/28~2020/4/24 Regular Price
SPACE members NT$125,000 NT$135,000 NT$158,000
Non-SPACE members NT$135,000 NT$145,000


  • The above fee includes eight days and seven nights stay at the Samahita Retreat in Thailand. All meals at the retreat center are included. Accommodation is based on a share two-bedroom loft. Room upgrade or private individual room is available for additional fee and can be directly arranged with the retreat center.
  • Please note the above fee does not include airfare, airport transfers to and from the Samahita Retreat, visa or insurance charges.
  • Location: SPACE YOGA An-Ho studio
  • Minimum of registration to hold the course: 25 students
  • Depending on the teacher’s discretion, students may sound record, take video or photos (no flash) for personal use as long as it is not distracting, but please do not post videos on public platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, etc).
  • SPACE will video record and photograph the training for our records and promotion purposes.
  • To register and reserve your space for the course, please first fill out the online application form then complete the payment process.
  • If you have any questions regarding the course, please email or call event service line: 02-27087133 (Service hours: weekdays 10:00 – 19:00)

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