Turning Towards The Sun

PHOTO CREDITS: Ned Tobin & Gurinder Paul

There isn’t a day that goes by where Sufey Chen – a petite powerhouse quick to praise and generous with her laughter - doesn’t find something to be grateful for.


Last year, a month spent in Maui learning how to be a yoga instructor was an experience that Chen says changed her life. “Before I found yoga yes, I was a massive overachiever, but then I was kind of burning out and yoga really taught me to slow down, be in the moment and enjoy life,” she said. “At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters, right? Enjoying the time that we have, appreciating nature and community.”

Now back in Prince George, community members already familiar with the child prodigy who was enrolled in UNBC at age 16 and, among dozens of other pursuits, created the annual variety show P.G.’s Got Talent, are clamouring for Chen’s brand of energetic effervescence. And after receiving a start-up grant from Community Futures, Chen has entered the world of yoga entrepreneurship to give it to them, especially her favourite students – kids.

“I believe very strongly in the importance of childhood,” she said, adding the most valuable tools children can learn are how to relax, focus and stay healthy.

But those are lessons for everyone, especially in the crush of holiday season stress.

Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, Chen advises everyone to take time off every day. When she does it, Chen said she uses that time to remind herself how blessed she is. “It’s easy to forget,” she said. “Be selfish,” Chen encouraged. “Build up an abundance of resources, then you can give to others.”

Chen shares her joy at sufey.org. Visit her blog for yoga practice, poetry, recipes, photography and more.

A2014Norm Coyne