Jean Claude Rawady’s experience in Yoga goes back to 2002. He felt so drawn to it and fell in love with it, however due to personal circumstances, he had to stop practicing and got involved in running his own business as a Chef Proprietor.
While working as a Head Chef Jean Claude became aware of how very stressful life can be especially in the corporate environment and he became inspired to help people restore their peace of mind and physical health.
In 2006 Jean Claude returned to attending yoga classes in his local health clubs and yoga studios of Staines upon Thames, England. His first yoga teacher was the inspirational Heather George. Heather’s positive support encouraged Jean Claude to take a qualification in teaching yoga and to follow his current path. He feels very fortunate to have come into contact with many other inspirational teachers of other yogic disciplines such as Ashtanga, Tantric, Anusara & mindfulness.
JC’s background in Lebanese Cuisine, with its healthy Mediterranean influence has incorporated into his overall view of how to lead an enriched and balanced lifestyle.
His yoga education includes a 200 hr. BSY diploma in Hatha Yoga , 300 hr Rasa Advanced Teacher Training with Sianna Sherman, as well as completion of the Grava Tonics Yoga Swing Mythic Yoga Flow With Sianna Sherman , and the mindfulness course, Present Mind with Alison Armstrong.
Marco was born and raised in the outskirts of south- west London. Having been an average athlete when younger, this active life disappeared after leaving school. Finding himself living a sedentary lifestyle untill age 25, he was eager for this to change. He found Yoga was an inclusive practise for everyone. Marco felt the benefits of improved mobility, stability and body awareness with each passing practice. After practising Bikram for two years and flirting with a side practise of Vinyasa Flow for a year, he decided to indulge in a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training at South Boston Yoga.
Marco remains fascinated with fundamental strength and mobility practises. When he teaches a class, his main focus is on a smart sequence of poses, while including modification for all levels. His light hearted and challenging style towards yoga creates a playful atmosphere where everyone can find themselves supported, safe while having fun.
Coming from the corporate background, I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 15 years and teaching since 2015 after I’ve completed my 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training in Southern India. Since then I’ve been developing my knowledge and skills in different styles of yoga and currently teach various disciplines such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Dynamic, Power and Restorative Yoga.
In my classes I love to combine creative sequencing, a meditative dynamic flow with an emphasis on the breath (pranayama) and a dose of inspiration to help my students to deepen their practice, flexibility, vitality and self-awareness, to motivate them to improve their wellness, grow stronger, feel refreshed, nourished and balanced once they step off the mat. I’m a strong believer in the connection between the mind and the body and encourage my students to approach their practice as a form of a moving meditation. I always keep my eyes and hands on the students during the class helping them to align and adjust each pose providing various modifications. I lead yoga classes for different skill levels from beginning to advanced and work well with all ages and culture of students with diverse experience levels.
Currently I teach group and private one-to-one classes across central London in different locations, studios and gyms including Virgin Active, The Harbour Club, SohoGyms, Fitness First and private members clubs.
I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer and a Sports Massage Therapist with an additional training in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, it significantly helps me to create a safe and caring environment where everyone is welcome.
Hatty McCafferty qualified as a Core 26&2 (Bikram Method) teacher in 2016, on the Gold Coast, Australia.
She was drawn to become a hot yoga teacher following regular practice, and experiencing profound improvements in her digestive health and wellbeing as a result.
Inspired by this experience, she went on to graduate from the first Raja Yoga Academy teacher training run by Craig Villani. She is now a member of the international faculty at Raja Yoga Academy, facilitating new students along their path to becoming teachers. She also teaches in London from her home studio of Wimbledon, as well as London Bridge, Fulham and private clients.
In order to balance the benefits of Yang-based hot yoga, she went on to qualify in Yin Yoga in Columbia in early 2017. Hatty is keen to spread the word about this practice, aiming to give people a time and space to find some peace and feel grounded.
Hatty is a firm believer that the coolness of Yin and a hot yoga practice are provide a balance in life as much as on the mat.
She is constantly inspired by her students and by fellow teachers and loves reading about any aspect of the body and yoga that may help her evolve her teaching and her practice. “It is so exciting to see people grow and develop – they literally get me out of bed in the morning for early classes!”
Jessica trained in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga, under respected and devoted gurus. She specialised in meditation, pranayama, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. She first came across the discipline when she was eleven years old, finding a sheet of stickman poses, and falling in and out of them with glee daily. Jessica taught throughout university and drama training, and then aboard yachts in the mediterranean. She finds yoga to be a profound way of regulating wellness, creating energy, and reaching that steady sense of inner peace and calm that is at the core of us all. Her joy is to share this with others, and she teaches across London in gyms, corporations, to the visually disabled, and also privately. Jessica believes that yoga is a gift, and that everyone can enjoy it and benefit from it exponentially, just as she does.
” My appreciation of Yoga grew over the years as I discovered and experienced more and more of the diverse benefits of the practice. By connecting with the breath, yoga develops strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Yoga can cultivate a deeper and more compassionate understanding of oneself and others, helping us to find moments of peace and clarity. Prior to my teacher training I explored several branches of ‘Hatha’ (physical) Yoga within my personal practice including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power Yoga classes & Hot Yoga. I have also enjoyed Kundalini Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Restorative/Yin classes. I graduated in July 2016 from a 200 hour Yoga teacher training course under the tutelage of Holly Warren at Yoga London, and have since been teaching about three classes a week with the Yoga Society at the University of Sussex. I have also covered yoga classes at gyms and worked with clients on a one to one basis. I have experience of leading classes for a variety of ages, from groups of young children to clients in their seventies recovering from joint replacement operations. My classes are dynamic yet accessible for all levels of experience including absolute beginners. My teaching is inclusive and adaptable to ensure all students are working with their capabilities in a safe and enjoyable environment.”
Huma first came to yoga around twelve years ago following a lower back injury. Having tried various styles of yoga she was hugely inspired by the astanga method. She qualified to teach over 5 years ago, training directly with Brian Cooper. Subsequently, she studied and trained with renowned astanga yoga teacher Matthew Sweeney in Vinyasa Krama Level II and Chandra Krama, the Moon Sequence. She continues her own personal development under the guidance of Matthew Sweeney, Sarai Harvey Smith and Brian Cooper.
Huma is passionate and humbled by the experience of sharing the wonderful benefits of yoga with others. She is a helpful, enthusiastic teacher who emphasises the needs of the students in her classes.
Tanya is a professional dancer and has been working in the industry for 10 years. Trained at the esteemed Bodywork Company Dance Studios as a dancer and actress, her career has taken her around the world performing! Some of her favourite jobs include the Walt Disney film – ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ and playing the lead in the European Arena Tour ‘Apassionata’ she has also worked with various companies and theatres and has done many campaigns and TV commercials.
Tanya’s sessions are technical, fun and motivating! You will leave feeling long, lean and full of life!
Studio manager here at Ember. I initially trained and worked as a dancer and later as a personal trainer, exercise to music and Barre instructor. I’ve always been attracted to the more spiritual side of yoga and first came to the practice through meditation. Being born to move it was inevitable that I was drawn to the physical side of the practice, which is where I discovered ‘The magic’; at times using it as a tool to cope with this, often crazy, existence. I am trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, restorative, pre and post-natal yoga and Zen meditation and take influence from all of my teachers and students. I try to bring an element of ‘real life’ into my classes keeping them light-hearted and relaxed, I like to bring an element of what I am working on in my own practice into my classes, with some nuggets of yogic wisdom and sometimes a crazy arm-balance from time-to time too. I look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!
I have always been passionate about health and well being. As well as teaching yoga and pilates, I am a therapist using the holistic healing energies of reiki, aromatherapy and reflexology. My meditation practice helps keeps me vibrant, yet calm and centred.
For 20 years I studied classical ballet for my RAD exams (starting at age 4). I later experienced the fun and freedom of tap, modern and jazz.
After I hung up my pointe shoes, I ventured into IDTA latin and ballroom, competing in my 20’s. I watched Strictly and dreamt of dancing quick step with Artem (I’m still a sequin addict). This lead to exciting opportunities teaching Salsa.
I discovered yoga and studied extensively under different yoga teachers and influences for over 17 years. I started to teach Hatha Vinyasa classes 7 years ago, adopting the principals of pilates to ensure safety and spinal alignment.
Pilates is a discipline which requires a commitment to technique and focus. An amazing way to develop awareness and strengthen your whole posture, from head to toe.
I trained to pilates CYQ Level 3, supplementing my CPD with more specific workshops on maternity, bone health and equipment.
My love of movement, rhythm and physicality has lasted my whole life. Now in my 50’s I still attend adult ballet classes and dance Argentinian Tango all over the world. I hope to share my enthusiasm and joy during our class, whilst encouraging and supporting each one of you. I look forward to meeting you soon!
I first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2008. Not naturally flexible I found it challenging at first but something made me keep going back and over time my mat became a place where I could heal and transform, a place where I could find inner peace and remember my spirituality. The decision to become a yoga teacher was one of the best I’ve ever made and in 2014 I graduated from Claire Missingham’s Vinyasa Flow Yoga School with an Outstanding pass. I’ve also completed Well Woman Yoga Therapy training with Uma Dinsmore-Tulli and studied devotional chanting with Nikki Slade.
My classes are spiritual yet practical, challenging but accessible, nurturing and playful. There’s a different theme every four weeks, incorporating uplifting music, soulful poetry or words of wisdom and thought provoking yoga philosophy. I give an open invitation for you to come to the mat exactly as you are and engage with yoga in a way that’s right for your body, as it is right now. My approach is heartfelt, gentle and encouraging and I create a warm, inclusive environment for my students to move, breathe, heal and explore; leaving them feeling refreshed, grounded and full of inner radiance.