Thursday, July 02, 2009


We have so many interesting writers on our team at the Society of Women Writers & Journalists. A welcome recruit to Council last year was Josephine Chia who likes to be called Phine. Although living in Sussex, Phine is currently in Singapore, busily signing copies of her newly released book. Phine is a Peranankan or Straights Chinese and is originally from Singapore. She is a published author, tutor and speaker.

As a well known expert on yoga - teaching from an holistic way - Phine combines breathing and physical movements with emphasis on the Energy Body. Although she began with Sivananda tradition, her yoga incorporates many other traditions like Bihar School of Yoga, Kundalini Yoga etc. Therefore the yoga she teaches tends to have a therapeutic element and has the capacity to heal – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To attend her course, you can be at any age and at any level of physical fitness. She takes on one-to-one clients for Yoga Therapy. Recently, Phine has started to teach Sanskrit Mantra chanting for peace of mind and healing.She teaches Creative Writing, Singaporean Cookery and Yoga.

Phine writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction books and articles deal with yoga, spirituality and other subjects like memoirs. Her fiction works include short stories and novels, details of which can be found on her website. She has won several prizes and was a finalist of the Ian St. James awards for short fiction in 1992. Her recent successes include a Certificate of Commendation for an article in 2006 and 3rd Prize for a short story in 2007, both from SWWJ. She also has articles published in spiritual magazines in 2008.
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