Suraya Sam (Sue for short), co-creator of House of Ascend is first and foremost an avid practitioner, a wife and mother. She is a certified Guide, 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 23,000 registered hours. Her teaching ranges from various Yoga practices: Yin Yang Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Gong Nidra, Gong Yoga, Gong Meditation, Aroma Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pre-natal & Postpartum Yoga, Strala Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga and Bhakti Yoga to help guide One to understand the Sacred Science of Yoga. 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 like mantras, instruments, essential oils, flower baths 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 (still discovering & transforming) 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 of Embodied Woman Yoga Academy, Anodea Judith 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 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.