ChauKei Ngai – TEDxLiverpool

ChauKei Ngai

ChauKei Ngai

Fierce Yogini


Imagine you take a breath but you get NO air. You gasp. Nothing. You try to intake again. Nothing. You panic. What do you do? ChauKei (pronounced chow kay) was born without breath, and yoga gave it back to her. ChauKei was born two months early weighing only four pounds, her lungs weren’t ready for the world. A mechanical ventilator and extra oxygen kept her alive for her first thirty days.

Her parents named her ChauKei, “The Miracle in the Fall,” and prayed. Blessedly, she survived, but breathing remained frightening to young ChauKei. She would gasp and struggle for air, feeling breathless. At some point in every year, from her early childhood until her 20′s, this required trips to the emergency room for supplemental oxygen.

Extreme chest pains came along with the breathlessness, and ChauKei lived in dread of the next attack until, in 2005, she attended her first yoga class and never turned back. She had had her last attack of breathlessness and had found her life’s passion. ChauKei is now a modern yogini, she grew up in Canada graduated in Psychology in York University, recently moved back to Hong Kong which is one of the place she called home.

She studied in Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic medicine, Bikram Yoga and Ana Forrest Yoga. She has been teaching yoga worldwide since 2006. In 2013, she won the prestigious International Yoga Sports Federation Championship, the world’s largest international yoga competition with participants from over 25 countries.

A two time Silver medalist and one time Bronze medalist Chaukei became the first champion to have earned all three medals. Just as significant is the fact that she became the first mother to become World Yoga Champion. You will find her teaching in her charming studio YogaUP in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.

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