Centered Yoga is a leader in the field of yoga education and teacher training. Since its founding in 1999 it has been offering courses for professional yoga teachers, those aspiring to become teachers, and serious students seeking to go deeper in the practice. Our reputation is known as Asia's most respected and longest running Yoga Alliance Registered Program both at the 200 and 500 levels and the only one officially so in Thailand.
Our Wellness Center offers a complete approach to well-being, one that takes into account physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of one's health. We offer several personalized and guided detox programs, to help you back to good health and even take your yoga practice a step further while transforming your body and mind.
Our retreat center is located in the south of Koh Samui, right on the beach. It is in a quiet area off the beaten track, with plenty of privacy and comforts, yet still close to markets and amenities. The beach is virtually ours alone, all the rooms have an ocean view, and the surroundings are lush and green. Just down the beach is the golden pagoda of a realized Buddhist monk, whose force has drawn us to this special spot.
All levels of students, from beginners to advanced, from all sorts of backgrounds, join us here. It is the kind of place where someone traveling alone can meet people and feel at home, and where families can relax and enjoy themselves. (We offer many services for parents of young children, who might not have much time for their yoga back home.) Even partners who don't do yoga or wellness find our setup perfect for them while their other half gets on with the yoga and treatments! In short, all are welcome.
For your health and environment, M20908 is a smoke and alcohol free retreat center.
Founder Paul Dallaghan is a senior student of O.P. Tiwari, one of the few remaining authorities in Pranayama and classical yoga, and also of Pattabhi Jois, from the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga tradition. Paul teaches from the heart, with passion, intelligence, and great joy.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Paul founded Centered Yoga, a leader in the field of yoga education in New York City in 1999. Two years later Paul and his wife, Jutima, moved to Thailand, Jutima's birthplace. Together they opened the first M20908 in 2003 as a venue for Centered Yoga's retreats and training courses, and wellness programs. They moved to their purpose built beach front retreat center in Laem Sor in 2008.
2. What is your company's mission?
Mission Statement: M20908 is a yoga and wellness retreat center dedicated to inner personal growth through yoga, healthy living, running a fair organization with minimal impact as possible on the environment, with sincerity and integrity to the practices and true development. Centered Yoga offers educational training programs in the practice and philosophy of yoga for those with a sincere interest to deepen their experience and understanding of yoga and spiritual growth in life. Samahita Wellness aims to educate people on a healthy lifestyle through detox programs and therapies that encourages balance in one’s life, physically, energetically and mentally. Samahita Green Living is a community project offering full infrastructure plots to build one’s home under eco-friendly principles, for those interested in holistic living and harmony with nature.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Yoga, Wellness, Detox, Retreats, Massage, Reiki, Cleansing, Fasting, Ashtanga, Restoratice Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Breath work.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
M20908 founder Paul Dallaghan is a senior teacher of pranayama, asana and the meditative art and science of yoga. He has been a dedicated student for over a decade 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, digestion, anatomy and physiology.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Samahita Wellness Programs are tailored to suit guests wellbeing needs from 'Simple' relaxation therapies, to 'Radiance' beauty treatments and 'Pure' detox therapies. Three all-inclusive Wellness Programs have been created to offer guests priority booking and discount privileges for all wellness treatments. Ranging from 3, 5 and 7 day programs to choose from, all of which can be extended to suit guests requirements.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Best yoga retreat center in the world. Excellent program, great teachers, fantastic beach, super and healthy food, brilliant service and accommodation! Thank you very much Irina.