Testimonials 

Corporate Retreat Client April 2021 -

As a financial planning professional, it’s my job to help clients think about their health as much as their money as part of their overall financial plan.  After all, what is money without health?  With this in mind, I asked Chae and Amy to come up with ideas for a Wellness Retreat.  After all was said and done, we had 28 clients participate in what I can only describe as one of the best client events I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting on! Chae and Amy, or “Chamy” as they are now affectionately known, are an amazing team!  Each in their own special way, inject a calm energy in every session.  We had both experienced and those who had never tried yoga or meditation before, but all were “one” as a result of the way they led the sessions. I had positive feedback that included comments such as “please do this again”, “I never realized how much fun yoga is”, to “I never knew the benefits of breathing and meditation”. For a certainty I’d recommend the Samira team to organize a retreat for your organization and I look forward to having Amy and Chae lead another for my valued clients and friends!  Thanks Again!!!

 

-Stephen Wagner

CFP, Integrity Wealth Advisors iwplan.com

Vitality Journey Client since January 2021 -

Amy and Chae are appropriately tagged as Samira Angels in my contacts. They each bring a unique and positive energy to every session. I started working with them after watching the amazing transformation Heather had been going through. They make every session different, and challenging no matter your skill level, they meet you where you are. They are so encouraging and supportive that you feel like you want to get stronger for them! It has truly been a blessing to be working with them.

- Tara Fortier

Vitality Journey Client since February 2021 -

Working with Chae and Amy has been a highlight of life during the pandemic! They have allowed me to stay both physically and mentally fit with their thoughtful and organized approach to well-being. I appreciate how much effort they put into understanding my initial level of fitness and developing a curated program to help me achieve my goals. As a lifelong dancer and group fitness instructor, I have been so impressed by their expertise and attention to detail when it comes to strengthening areas of weakness that I had never considered before. I feel noticeably stronger and look forward to each session with Amy and Chae, knowing that they will always push me to become the best version of myself!

- Alexis Hamill

Vitality Journey Client since September 2020 -

Amy & Chae offer a very relatable vibe. They both spoke about where they have come from, and that we all have struggles we are trying to push through. They don't expect me to be perfect or do every exercise flawlessly, they simply want me to show up for myself and give it my all.  They are supportive during every single workout.  Chae always knows exactly how to tell me where to put even my left toe to make sure I'm positioned correctly-all over Zoom-I couldn’t believe it!! And Amy always cheers me on and encourages me to keep going - it's been exciting to see my muscles developing and overall strength increasing!

- Heather Vaughan

From Bali retreat - 

I attended your first retreat in Bali. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because of the inspiring people I met and many other things such as your yoga teachings which accommodated all levels and abilities. You were encouraging and made it fun. I loved the art sessions and still have my Mandela’s I made. The accommodation was excellent and located in a beautiful setting. The food was delicious and healthy.

 

- Megan Hill

From a Tokyo client - 

Chae is an experienced yoga teacher and a fun and warm person. I joined her yoga classes while living in Tokyo and I cannot say enough good words about how her classes toned my body, lifted my mood and cleared my mind.

Her teaching style is very dynamic and focused on toning and bringing energy to all parts of the body. Through practicing yoga regularly with Chae, I felt my body transform, it became stronger, more firm and toned. Her positive energy and the dynamic flow of the class always left me feeling energised and clear headed.

Practising with Chae has been the best yoga experience I have ever had!

 

- Despina Zaimis

From a Hong Kong client - 

Chae is amazing! She brings her unique warmth, humour and spiritual energy into the classroom and inspires her students to work hard in a fun and friendly atmosphere. I was deeply inspired by her to persevere in the strengthening of my practice. Not to mention I have yet to encounter a yoga teacher with better taste in music.

 

- Wai Tsoi

From Ventura, CA client - 

Chae is an excellent and inspiring yoga teacher.  Her yoga sessions are varied and uniquely designed for one's personal growth physically as well as mentally.

 

- Sheila McGrath

From Morocco retreat -

I've always wanted to go to Morocco so, when the opportunity arose to join a group of girlfriends on a yoga retreat with Chae Hirano I jumped at it.  I am so glad I did because it became one of my favorite trips with many great memories.  Everything was planned to a T, we didn't have to think about anything.  From dinners at wonderful off-the-beaten-path restaurants to the retreat location itself, everything was perfect.  We did a day trip to Essaouira, a beautiful beachside resort town, we rode camels at sunset, we did yoga & art daily, in between dips in the pool and trips to the medina market. I loved the combination of yoga, art and culture while socializing with a group of like-minded women. I highly recommend Chae & Amy's Samira retreats for a unique experience of a lifetime.

-Maria Bromley