SURYA WORLD TEAM
Stephane has been teaching yoga and martial arts for over 25 years during which he has lived in various parts of Asia (Himalayas, India, China & Nepal) refining his practice. He started the practice of martial arts and Tai Chi in 1984 before discovering Yoga in 1986 with Jean Villetelle, a student of Gérard Blitz and Michel Coquet in the lineage of Krishnamacharya from Chennai. He is an international figure, regularly holding workshops and master classes in Canada, France, UK, USA and Mexico and organises regular trips to Asia.
With a background and education in computer science and project management, Stephane recognised the need for a rational process of self-development and wellness going beyond the limitations of traditionalism and postmodern materialism. His approach is an integral synthesis of methodologies for self-development and wellness that is both traditional and modern with its origins in the various branches of Yoga, Ayurveda and Chinese traditions.
Karla Alvarez Chollet
Karla is a certified nutritionist, astrologer and yoga teacher.
She began practicing yoga at a very early age with her parents, both of whom are yoga instructors from the GFU, so grew up with the philosophy of yoga as education since childhood. In 2000 she completed a workshop with Baptise Marceau (Ashtanga Yoga) and in 2001 – 2002 travelled to India to immerse herself deeper into the practice of asanas. Karla completed a 3-month yoga teacher certification at Pathanjala Yoga Kendra Foundation in Bangalore, India with Masterji M.S Vishwanatha (Ashtanga Yoga) nephew of Phathabhis Jois. That same year she met Stephane Chollet and has since been studying Yoga permanently with him in France and throughout their travels in India, Mexico, U.S.A, China and Thailand, developing her practice of Yoga and other disciplines such as Tai Chi and Chi Gong. Karla also organizes workshops, seminars and retreats in México, France and India to transmit the knowledge of Yoga.
Jite is an architect and landscape consultant and has been practicing Yoga since 2000 and Reiki since 2005.
In 2002 Jite met Stephane Chollet in Paris and has been his student ever since, deepening her understanding through ongoing research on the science of Yoga in Europe and Asia. She began teaching Yoga in 2008 and became a fully certified Surya World teacher in 2013. Jite is a professional Reiki healer and achieved the 3rd degree of the Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho (Usui System of Natural Healing) in 2009 under Reiki master Nita Mocanu.
Interested in the harmonious integration of the natural environment and people, Jite studied with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia and received her permaculture design certificate in January 2013. Her whole life is devoted to “improvement”, be it personal, social, inner and environmental.
Claudette is a Suryashtanga, Hunyan Tai Chi teacher and Shiatsu Yin massage therapist that has been living in Montreal since 2013. She is also responsible for Surya World in North America.
She is a native from the Reunion Island and she started her research in martial arts in Europe and Asia in 2001. This led her to meet Stéphane Chollet in 2006, who subsequently became her martial arts teacher and alongside this, opened her to the practice of yoga. At the same time, she started training in Shiatsu Yin in Strasbourg and Paris to increase her understanding of the eastern energetic arts and became a fully qualified Shiatsu practitioner in 2011.
Claudette holds a degree in applied mathematics and worked for several years as a biostatistician for research in the public sector as well as for multinational companies in France and in Switzerland.
Following a transformative trip to India in 2011, Claudette resolved to completely devote her life to Surya World, using teaching and massage therapy to help people get their health in shape, discover and develop their full potential in order to raise more love and awareness.
Suzy is product manager in the child fashion industry and has been teaching yoga since 2007.
She has been interested in the foundations of yoga practice since her very first classes. On discovering the ancient texts, Suzy realised that the postural yoga she encountered in Europe was fundamentally different from the traditional teachings.
Following her teacher training, Suzy participated in numerous courses and workshops, which enabled her to increase her knowledge of biomechanics and postures. However, she gradually oriented her practice towards meditation. Despite her efforts she found the direction of the teachings she encountered fairly limited, with methods that did not seem appropriate for a Westerner.
During the summer of 2010, she met Stéphane and the Surya team and she decided to join them. The particularly relevant approach of the teachings provided and philosophy of the group convinced her to take an active part running the organisation.
She is deeply convinced that the combination of the physical workout and the mental and spiritual practices proposed by Surya offer a coherent and modern method of accessing the richness of the forgotten traditional teachings of Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Yoga.
Aurélien is passionate about teaching and the transmission of values and knowledge. He chose to make a career out of his passion when he became a maths teacher. Ever wanting to go deeper in the education and the assistance of struggling youths, he is also in charge of a group dealing with school drop outs and leads an organisation that assists young people facing various difficulties in a sensitive district of Paris.
His personal progression in the search of a sport that would combine physical, mental and spiritual practice first led him to Wing Chun and then to yoga. Motivated by the idea of sharing, he quickly decided to train as a yoga teacher in order to share its values of love and selflessness through Surya.
When he met Stéphane and the rest of the Surya World team, he was moved by their set of values and their humanistic projects and decided to offer his skills in accountancy in the running of the organisation in Paris.
Karina Alvarez is a certified nutritionist, vegan coach, yoga instructor, mother of four and has been living in San Diego since 2001.
Karina’s passion is to promote a mindful lifestyle to achieve physical, mental and spiritual health for each individual and make positive changes for the environment. Karina is well armed to provide holistic and complete guidance to those in need of advice to improve their health, increase energy, learn healthy cooking or practice yoga.
Karina earned her B.S. in Nutrition in 1999. She loves to help others and since 2013 she started “Cooking for a Change” where she runs challenges to promote vegan cooking and eating, provides nutritional coaching, teaches vegan cooking lessons to adults, runs summer cooking camps for kids, shares delicious video recipes and shares her limitless enthusiasm for enjoying life following a healthy lifestyle.
Karina obtained her Yoga instructor certification since early 2018 in India through Surya World organization. She’s been traveling to this country multiple times with the Surya team and this has allowed her to learn the ancient science of Ayurveda, meditation, yoga and spirituality as practiced and taught over there.
Kim is Swiss born Vietnamese. She grew up and lived in Switzerland until 2014, where she relocated to Singapore. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Science at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).
Kim worked for several years in consulting and financial services industry in Europe and Asia. She is passionate about bridging Western and Eastern world and personal development.
Kim met Stephane Chollet in 2015 and Surya-World team in 2017 during a retreat in India. The community of people geared towards the others and their holistic approach, combining teachings from the roots whilst applicable in nowadays world, have convinced her to join the organization.
She is driven by promoting the values carried by Surya-World in a modern and hectic world, by planting seeds in people’s heart, through personal development practice while bringing them awareness about humanitarian and ecology matters.
Matthieu was introduced very early on to spirituality thanks to the teachings and the readings his father provided him since he was a child. This generational transmission stimulated his hunger to understand and his interest in practice. He evolved through various theoretical backgrounds and various lineages in energy therapies until he met Surya-World in 2015, during one of his trips in India.
Since this decisive meeting, his life took a turning point. It was for him the missing part which allows him today to combine his video director’s job, his passion for travelling and his thirst of spirituality, in an altruistic and committed organization.
He is today a Suryashtanga Yoga professor / teacher and is in charge of Surya-World located in Tours. He is fully committed to this structure with the firm determination to contribute to the improvement the planet.
Bernhard discovered the multiple facets of Yoga with Surya World. He was engaged in many ecological and social projects in the past, but every time he felt there was something missing. In Surya’s pillar of personal development, he found this missing link. He discovered the practice of yoga postures, meditation, and spiritual studies as powerful tools to improve his own capacities and to exercise a positive influence on society.
Next to teaching yoga with Surya Montreal, Bernhard is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge in the field of nutrition and health. Based on his personal experience, he is convinced that almost every health problem can be cured by focusing on the digestive system with the right diet.
Grown up in the Austrian mountain region, Bernhard studied Political Science and International Development in Vienna, before moving to Canada in 2012. Especially a trip to India with Surya-World in 2017 motivated him to get involved in the development of Surya’s activities in Montreal.
Marine Le Bihan
Marine works in the field of renewable energies and has been practicing yoga since 2012 then teaching since 2017. She initially encountered yoga during her studies in India and discovered it as a wonderful tool to balance both body and mind.
Back in Paris, she starts practicing ashtanga yoga and has a breakthrough realization about the importance of breath, after which she takes on Suryashtanga yoga with Suzy. She herewith gets to know Surya and joins the organisation. This represents the beginning of a training that corresponds with her interests and passion for reading.
Through Surya, Marine finds opportunities to actively contribute on a daily basis to ecological and humanitarian causes and deepen her knowledge in yoga. She now wants to pass on what she experienced in well-being through her yoga practice and the teachings of Surya.
Mathias is an Osteopath and a Yoga teacher. In his words:
“From my point of view these two disciplines are very complementary, in their therapeutic and preventive perspectives. I think that Osteopathy is the Western therapy that best makes the connexion between East and West, particularly through the study of practical and abstract, or subtle, anatomy with fascias and energetic fields or channels.
Yoga and Ayurveda thus inform and complete my daily therapeutic practice. Through this, I convey Yoga asana practice using my anatomical knowledge to enrich my teaching and provide more details and precisions to my students. I definitely believe our stronger point with Surya is to embody and express a synthetic and practical scientific view of Eastern cultures that eases the connexion between East and West, for the benefit of everybody.”