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Recent Event  - Paul Dallaghan Workshop









Recent Event - Paul Dallaghan - Australian Workshop in Tropical North Queensland

Sat 14th June - Tue 17th June 2014, Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill, Cairns14 - 17 June 2014

Thank you to all of those who attended the workshop with Paul Dallaghan.  It was great to have him in town and we all got a lot of benefit from his years of direct experience with practice.  All delivered of course with his great sense of humour and cheeky Irish charm. 

A unique opportunity to study with Paul Dallaghan on his first visit to Australia. 

We are delighted that Paul has chosen Cairns as the sole destination for this trip.


This workshop will be beneficial to all levels of student, offering

a solid foundation for newer students, and refinement and integrity to students with an established practice.

Weekend Worshop = $245

Sat 14  & Sun 15  June

Full Workshop = $450

Sat 14, Sun 15, Mon 16 & Tue 17 June

Deepen your practice - 4 day workshop or 2 day weekend workshop

with Paul Dallaghan, in Cairns, Australia


Whatever your level of experience or background, the workshop offers an opportunity to deepen your practice, exploring both the technical and subtle aspects of pranayama, asana and chanting. The workshop also has a philosophy and discussion component, helping to integrate an understanding of spiritual practice within the transformational process of yoga.


Light Source Yoga & Soul Train Yoga are honored to be hosting our teacher, Paul Dallaghan, for this special event. The workshop will be held at the Tanks Arts Centre, a stunning location in the middle of the tropical botanical gardens in Edge Hill, Cairns.


About Paul Dallaghan


Paul is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student since the late 1990s 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, and he holds 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. His combination of practice and study, through dedication and devotion, has helped him gain some understanding of practice and how to apply this appropriately in Pranayama, Asana, Mantra recitation and Meditation for  different level of students he has the privilege to share the teachings with. He continues his studies in health, philosophy, anatomy and physiology.


Paul is also conducting PhD research within the meditative art and science of yoga at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. Basing the investigation on his 20 plus years of direct experience from dedicated practice, in conjunction with modern science, his work will make a unique contribution to our understanding of the effects of yoga practices on the mind and body.


One of Paul’s main gifts is the ability to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He can see the funny side of both life and yoga and as a result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.

Paul is the happy father of two lovely boys and the founder of Centered Yoga and Samahita Retreat-Yoga Thailand.  

For more info please see his full bio.



Workshop Highlights


Paul will introduce Pranayama to newer students at a very comfortable level so it is manageable and possible to fit into one’s everyday life. For anyone who has touched on the practice, you can expect to have it refined and deeply explained, both from a technical point of view in how to do it correctly and in a philosophical understanding of its place and purpose in one’s internal development, as a direct path to meditation.

Newer students to Pranayama will be able to learn the basics and go home with a base practice. Students with a continuing practice will be assessed and given help to further their practice.


Paul will also lead Asana sessions. These sessions will be beneficial to anyone with an established Asana practice or one wanting a solid foundation to begin. The key principles of Asana will be refined with special attention to alignment, integrity and energy of the pose within the art of Vinyasa.


From alignment comes the correct grounding and extension, while integrity identifies the correct muscular support. Awareness and proper breathing added to this structure affects the energy that Vinyasa can further effect.


For the last 20 plus years, Paul has dedicated his life to the study and practice of different aspects of the yoga process, including Asana, and for many years studying under the mentorship of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois in India. His technical understanding of the physical and subtle aspects of Asana allow him to share intelligent insights with all practitioners regardless of style.


Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Pradipika will be our main focus, but reference to the other classical texts may be included. These texts contain many of the keys to better understand and perform the practice of Asana and Pranayama and offer insight into the meditative process of yoga.

Also included in the afternoon are discussion sessions with Paul on practice and philosophy, these discussions allow a chance for open questions on all topics including: Pranayama, Asana, the psycho-physiological effects of practice,  yoga as a spiritual practice, and how the ancient practices and ideas relate to modern daily life.



The workshop is appropriate for students at most levels of practice, from beginners with a little experience to students with a committed regular practice.  The intention of the workshop is to ground and deepen your current level of understanding and practice. 



Daily Schedule : Saturday 14th June – Tuesday 17th June 2014


6:30am – 7:30am Traditional Fire Ceremony (Optional)

Traditional Vedic practice with mantras, offering respect to nature through the fire, and an opportunity to offer a subtle aspect to your practice.


7:30am – 8:30am Contemplation, Pranayama, Sitting

This session will open with a contemplative meditation technique, a practice that is perfect for you to continue with daily. We will then move into preparatory techniques for Pranayama with detailed explanation, followed by a guided Pranayama practice.


8:30am - 11:30am Asana in detail

We will access the intelligence of Asana through experience,  in a step-by-step method of practice. The art of Vinyasa begins with the sun salutes, and along with alignment and integrity this approach can be further applied in all Asanas.


11:30am – 1pm Brunch

Bring your own lunch to enjoy in the Botanical Gardens or eat at one of the many cafes in Edge Hill (5 mins walk from Tanks Arts Centre). We will have a cool box on site for you to keep your food fresh and drinks cool, if you choose to bring lunch.


1pm – 3pm Discussion, Q&A and exploration of practices

We will spend a more little time on understanding  and exploring the practices. This will be followed by a discussion, brought to life by your questions with lively responses.



Tank 3, Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland, Australia



Click link for map



Payment and Booking

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis, full payment is required to secure your spot.


Workshop – Attendance Options

All costs are in Australian Dollars


1. Weekend only – Sat 14th June and Sun 15th June=$245

2. Full 4 Day workshop – Sat 14th June, Sun 15th June, Mon 16th June, Tue 17th June=$450


Payment Options

Cash - for students who attend class, you may bring cash to class if that is your preferred option.


Electronic Funds Transfer: 

Account: Soul Train Yoga

Account number: 265877

BSB: 033 072

Reference: Please use your name as a reference and email payment confirmation advice to



Credit Card or Paypal online - Additional Fees apply


2 Day Weekend Workshop=$245 plus online fee of 3%=$252.35

4 Day Workshop=$450 plus online fee of 3%=$463.50


Click here for online payment - BOOK NOW!


Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellations over 8 weeks out from the event start date will be refunded 100% minus a $20 admin charge.

Cancellations over 4 weeks out from the event start date will be refunded 50% minus a $20 admin charge.

Cancellations over 2 weeks out from the event start date will be refunded 25% minus a $20 admin charge.

Cancellations under 2 weeks out from the event start date will not be refunded.


Arrival in Cairns

Cairns airport is 7Km north of Cairns City Centre, and around 4Km from Edge Hill.

A taxi to the city centre would cost around $25, a taxi to Edge Hill would cost around $15



Edge Hill offers limited accommodation, but there are some B&B's available. Cairns City offers everything from budget backpacker accommodation to 5 star hotels.  Google "accommodation in Edge Hill" and "accommodation in Cairns" for options. If you are staying outside of Edge Hill you will need to ensure you have your own transport to get to the Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill.  See Car and Bicycle Hire below.


Car and Bicycle Hire

All the well know car hire companies are represented at Cairns Airport.

A short taxi ride from the airport is Cairns Older Car Hire a budget car hire company:

For bicycle and scooter hire see:


Food and Dining

Cafes, restaurants and a small supermarket are within 5 minutes walk from The Tanks Art Centre at Edge Hill. You can go out for a light lunch during the break.  There will be a cool box on site if you would like to bring your lunch along.  The Tanks Arts Centre is in the middle of the botanical gardens in Cairns, so a lovely spot to enjoy your packed lunch.


Planning to stay a little longer and explore Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef, and the Tropical North?

Visit Cairns local tourism website:


Useful information

24 Hour Medical Centre: Address: Corner of Grafton & Florence St, Cairns QLD 4870 Phone: (07) 4052 1119

Cairns Base Hospital: 165-171 Esplanade, Cairns North QLD 4870 Phone: (07) 4226 0000

Cairns Central Shopping Centre: Corner Mcleod and Spence Streets, Cairns




Alison Ritchie + 61 (0) 407 092 967 


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