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From the Ground Up:Inversions & Arm Balances With David Tilston

This weeklong retreat is designed to build confidence on your hands, allowing you to add inversions and arm balances to your practice, regardless of experience.


55/20-24 Moo 4, Tambon Namuang,, Koh Samui Surathani, TH 84140
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Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles



Oct 15 to
Oct 22
12:00 pmto12:00 pm



Single superior room 39,480 per person
Semi-Private room 35,280 per person
Share two bedroom loft 31,080 per person

Full Description

Utilising various props you will be shown how easy it is to support yourself and work up into handstand, arm or forearm balance whilst maintaining a strong awareness of the breath. Each day will start with contemplation and breath work to focus the mind before moving into a Vinyasa Flow practice which will change on a daily basis to focus on different balances and mobility. Mid to late afternoons will focus on the theory behind inversions and balances which may lead into a practical session to apply what has been learned. The days and evenings are you own to relax and enjoy the time at the retreat and the island of Koh Samui with around 6 hours during the middle of the day to do so. Upon leaving Samahita a structured practice guide will be prepared for you to continue your inversion and arm balance journey at home.

David has always had a passion for fitness and movement from a young the Royal Marines aged 18, David pushed his body and mind to new limits, discovering how influential the mind was over the capabilities of the physical body. After gaining his Green Beret he continued to serve for over four years based around the world before seeing active service in Afghanistan during 2007/8. Upon leaving the Marines David pursued a new career as a Firefighter, using his spare time to further his knowledge, gaining qualifications as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. David has specialized in bodyweight movement through Calisthenics and Gymnastic based fitness resulting in the introduction of Yoga asana to compliment free movement in 2012. As a keen martial artist he has spent the past six years studying Filipino Kyusho under Grand Master Angelo Baldissone, earning his black belt in 2014. Through regular one to one training David has seen the importance of a mind to body connection and continues to progress – practicing diligently 6-7 days a week. All these disciplines help to compliment David’s understanding of movement and drive his enthusiasm to constantly learn more about the mind and body. This desire led him to Samahita with his Girlfriend Ellie in May 2015 to continue his development in Asana and an introduction into Pranayama with Paul. David returned home to the UK to instruct a number of workshops, training one-to-one clients in Yoga and Functional Fitness and maintaining a regular Pranayama and Yoga practice, whilst working as a Full time Firefighter and training with a number of highly respected hand-balancers and Yogis. As a full time Yoga Instructor and the Fitness Manager here at Samahita, David is keen to bring out the best in people sharing his enthusiasm for life, movement, fitness and yoga in all classes.

David :
“David has given me the confidence to add arm balances and inversions into my own practice. This has always been an area that I have struggled with but through correct breathing and a safe and well structured practice it has allowed me to access postures I could no have done before.” Diana Ahmed

“One of the most detailed classes I have attended to date, focusing on correct allignment, posture, breathing and how yoga is far more than the physical postures we all know so well. Thankyou again for your time David, I look forward to the next class in the near future.” Simon B
“I have been doing calisthenics and bodyweight exercises for the last 3 years but struggled with technique. Within 3 sessions I had progressed from 1 ‘ bar muscle up’ per session to 50 in total. Some key points and excellent demonstratrations from an Instructor who never requires anything during training that he does not expect from himself. Great sessions, thank you.” Darryl King
“Dave has been my personal trainer for a month and I can say my life changed. The results I have achieved to date are largely due to Dave’s perfect combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs & challenging yet achievable goal setting. His professionalism, extensive knowledge in Yoga and calisthenics and enthusiastic commitment to his work and ultimately his clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle!” Mohammed Kiddo
“It has been hard to find an instructor who see’s how amazing the human body is and how many ways it can be utilzed. I started training with David 2 years ago, since then I have see positive physical and mental changes. David has allowed me to develop as a person and see what is most important in life. Aesthetic changes have been great, but most of all my ability to handle problems, stay dedicated to my training and see all aspects of my life develop has helped tremendously. Not just a physical Instructor, but a life coach, friend and one of the most dedicated instructors I know.” Beata Krynska

Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 39,480 per person
Semi-Private room 35,280 per person
Share two bedroom loft 31,080 per person
Friend / Family Room & Board Rates
These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

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 and fitness 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.