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Chen passes on yoga knowledge

Sufey Chen wants to share her love of yoga and its benefits.  - Photo submitted
Sufey Chen wants to share her love of yoga and its benefits.
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Her yoga world name is Sufey Suryanandi but as Sufey Chen she’s well known in Prince George as a tireless volunteer and main organizer of major community events and fundraisers.

In 2010 she won the Youth of the Year award.

Now she’s added yoga teacher trainer to her long list of accomplishments. Last semester Chen spent time learning and teaching new yoga skills abroad and now she’s back to complete her final year of Bachelors of Health Sciences in biomedical studies at UNBC.

“Last May, I received my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in Maui, an experience that brought much clarity and beauty to my life,” said Chen. “Since then I’ve been teaching and studying abroad throughout Asia and the U.S. I was trained to teach hatha, vinyasa and acro yoga and my style ranges from playful and energetic to introspective and meditative.”

She plans on kick-starting her own yoga training business.

“I’ve just received a $5,000 start-up grant from Community Futures to venture into the world of entrepreneurship, which I’m so grateful for,” she said.

Still, the world of academics is never far behind.

“I’ve been coaching British Parlimentary debate in universities and high schools in China (I’m in a new city every week) for the past few summers to extremely talented and competitive students,” said Chen. “In this past year, I incorporated some yoga for stress release and confidence building into my lectures with extremely positive feedback.”

Chen studied at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, taking   “fun courses” theatre, sculpture, film photography, modern, flamenco and Latin dance which sparked a further interest in the arts.

“This experience revealed an ‘artsy’ side to me that I didn’t even know I had,” she said. “I started exploring the world of photography and bringing art into my daily life through cooking, decor and, of course, yoga.”

While living in Las Cruces, Chen taught acro yoga to students outdoors in the grassy fields of the campus and in a local yoga studio.

“I received my first studio teaching job at hot yoga studio downtown, creating a new style of yoga called PlayFlow.

“I stir many different lineages together and add a sprinkle of my soul into every class and now I’m incredibly excited to be bring what I’ve learned back to Prince George.”

Chen will be teaching both group and private yoga sessions in Prince George and she’s online starting in February. Her first classes in Prince George will be “by donation” to St. Vincent de Paul through Chinook Yoga.

“I am teaching every Friday night in February from 7:45 to 9 p.m. so it’s a fantastic way to check out what yoga is all about in an affordable and charitable way,” Chen said. “I will have upcoming classes at the PG YMCA, College Heights Community Association and the UNBC Northern Sports Centre.”

Sufey Chen’s class schedule will be updated online at sufey.org/yoga and facebook.com/sufey.org. For more information e-mail smile@sufey.org.

 

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