Suraya Sam (Sue for short), co-creator for House of Ascend is first and foremost an avid Practitioner, a Wife and a Mother. She is a certified Guide, Trainer, Teacher & Facilitator with over 11 years of experience in Yoga, Gong Meditation, Gong Nidra, Pranayama and Aromatherapy. Suraya is also a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider with more than 27,000 registered hours. Her teaching ranges from various Yoga and Meditation practices to help guide One to understand the Sacred Science of Yoga and Meditation. She believes in the ability to Master and be in harmony with the layers of Oneself through the power of the Mind, Body and Breath connection. She also augments elemental tools such as Mantras, Instruments, Therapeutic Essential Oils, Botanical Flower Baths & Showers and Sacred Smoke as part of her daily Ritual practice. This wisdom and knowledge was passed down to her from generations of holistic practitioners in her family. Her Self-Realisation came in her early teens, guided by her mother who practices Sufism and Inca Mythology (Pachamama & Plant Medicine Ceremonial Journey) in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Suraya has also facilitated Retreats together with her mum in their family's retreat center, Peru.
Over the years, her inspiration draws from her fellow mentors through intensive trainings and workshops by: Amber Sawyer, PHD of Embodied Woman Yoga Academy, Anodea Judith, PHD of Sacred Centers, Mehtab & Laura Benton of Yogi Mehtab, Gary Zukav of The Seat of the Soul Institute, Martha Collard of Red Doors, Ed Dailey, RN of Young Living, Alex Young of Crystal Tones, Tara Stiles of Strala Yoga, Chaitanya Nitai Das of Inbound School of Yoga, now Bhakti Yoga School, Kiki Tan, Rene Ekeheien, Tryphena Chia, Cynthia Sing, Arun Rana and Patrick Creelman of Pure Yoga.
Suraya is currently studying under Paul Grilley's Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach. This in-depth training program synthesises Paul’s work in Yoga Anatomy and Yin Yoga into a profoundly logical and illuminating approach to the practice of yoga asana.
She also undertaking an in-depth Flowerevolution Program with Lotus Wei, a Flower Essence coaching program with the founder Katie Hess, a flower alchemist and author of Flowerevolution. This program is to further understand and embody the alchemy of plant medicine to bring balance the Mind, Body and Soul through the essences of Pachamama, Mother Nature.
Besides conducting private bespoke Sessions, Ceremonies and Meditation Intensives at House of Ascend in-person and online, Suraya has also led small to large scale group sessions to local and international brands such as: BBC, 1880, Netflix, LinkedIn, SohoHouse, Young Living, QBE, Puma, Reebok, ClassPass, Shape, Luxasia, LuluLemon, Sofitel Resort & Spa, Sembcorp, Green Is The New Black, Palm Float Avenue, Lisa Von Tang, Sunshine Nation and more.
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"Sue is truly a gift, I have been to a few Gong Meditations previously but I believe the beauty of what Sue gives to her sessions is a personalised touch each step of the way. From setting intentions ahead of time, really listening to what the group may need that particular day - adapt or take a further step to delve deeper into the process. She has a beautiful warm energy - and has been instrumental to my own healing journey in the madness of 2020! Oh I am going to miss you much - I hope Europe knows how lucky they are to have you. Thank you so much for all that you do! xxx" - Yvonne
"I have only attended a few sessions but each one opened my eyes and soul more and more. I had visualisations and deep levels of healing. Whenever I would walk into the studio I would feel an immense sense of calm and peace and Sue’s energy just radiates through the space. She is always able to see right through you (in the most beautiful way) and still remains so relatable and accessible in the way that she shares her knowledge and gifts." - Karishma
"I was invited to HOA by a friend for a Full Moon Ritual. I had absolutely no expectations but left my first experience feeling rejuvenated, whole and deeply connected to my inner self - something that I struggle with due to the fast pace of life. What stood out for me was Suraya Sam's incredible talent with facilitation. Her words were not preachy, or pushy...rather as she guided the session it was like she was unlocking my inner voice and moving my soul to pay attention to the inside. This coupled with the music experience really elevated the whole experience. You made a real impact in my life and I thank you Suraya and Jens from the bottom of my heart." - Sofia
"It is difficult to cut through the noise and discover something authentic and valuable these days, and I found this when I first stepped into the House of Ascend shala. Suraya is very knowledgeable and approachable and I like how each session I attended was not like the other. Her stories and attention to detail makes every visit fruitful and invigorating. I have learnt to enjoy meditation so much because of both her in-person and audio recorded lessons." - Sherie
"Suraya and her Gong Meditation marked the start of my spiritual journey. I came in with a friend not knowing much. All my senses were awaken from the aesthetically pleasing surroundings, the easing background chanting and slow-burning incense, the warm Peruvian cacao, the props and colourful blanket. In a session with Breathing, Aromatherapy, Chanting, Journaling and above all a powerful Gong Meditation, body, mind and spirit are gently yet powerfully touched. Every session is unique, always with the calm, kind and purposeful facilitation of Suraya. I’m beyond grateful and recommend it wholeheartedly!" - Marie
"HOA has a lot to offer. Personally, I’d say if you need grounding or want to find peace from your crazy life or want to learn more about spirituality and meditation definitely try HOA offerings. The Atmosphere, Rituals and processes are a lot more professional and well orchestrated versus other studios. Sue is a leader in her field and is a great teacher. A lot of what I learnt from HOA I use every day now, it’s where the journey started for me." - Gaurav
"When I did my first Gong Meditation, I experienced such a powerful emotion that I didn’t stop anymore. I can’t forget the feelings of my first Moon Ritual. The vibrations of the Gong going through my body as a wave of good feeling touching my Soul, Mind and Heart leaving me in a state of calm and relaxation that I can’t forget. I didn’t fall asleep I went to this special Place I didn’t know it existed and now is my place to go to get in touch with inner me." - Debora
"I find peace at the start and empowerment in the end. With every session, I cycle into these two positive emotions through sensorial experience and mantras as led by Sue. I have never had any other yoga and meditation session as complete as one in Ascend. The whole experience just transforms your practice. I have since incorporate Aromatherapy, Sound Healing through simple use of Singing Bowl, and Smudging in my personal practice. All introduced to me by House of Ascend and Suraya" - Steph
"The sessions are deeply restoring and healing, from the moment you enter HOA your senses are touched by beautiful smells and peaceful sounds. Each session feels personal and tailored to our needs, it is a homely, safe and peaceful space. Suraya is warm, natural, authentic and wise and her sessions never feel rushed, repeated or robotic, each session has been unique, restful, healing and revealing. It almost feels like i've been on a mini retreat after the sessions as I feel so calm, peaceful and restored." - Camilla
"I have had many incredible experiences! From your regular sessions pre circuit breaker which were the best reset, especially from travelling and during high stress times at work to my 120 days baby blessing with my Goddess circle. Suraya has a wonderful way of holding space, always willing to share her time and knowledge and has a magical way of allowing people to tune inwards, connect to our inner compass for guidance, wisdom and direction. I recommend her to everyone I know seeking time to Relax, Reset and Reconnect." - Lexie
"Sue's gong meditations (coupled with Jens' impressive and wide-ranging musical abilities), yoga sessions, and trainings have made a lot of impact on my healing journey. It enabled me to look inwards and think about what my soul needs (whether thats meditation or mindful movement) to release physical and emotional pain. Sue's gong baths especially have been a powerful force in my life, and during these times I have felt most aligned with my true being. Sue also has a lot of personal rituals that she generously shares with her community, like cleansing or protecting your energy, ensuring that our practice just doesn't end in her studio." - Nessa
"Suraya is super friendly and she really listens. She connects with her affirming energy and her generous spirit is always encouraging. She is not afraid to appear vulnerable and her sincerity overflows. Suraya is gifted in gong baths. I always come away feeling sheer bliss and peace after every session. I had attended a session on chakras and the reflective questions she posed helped me understand my challenges that eventually brought inner peace." - Radha
"Sue welcomed me into the sacred space of House of Ascend and I immediately felt calm and relaxed by her warm personality. Sue is very knowledgeable in her field, and was very gentle, patient and reassuring in explaining in-depth about the session that I was about to experience, which made me felt safe. During the session, Sue meticulously put me further at ease and I felt rejuvenated at the end of the session. Thank you, Sue, for the magical session! " - Kelvin