ELLIE BROWN; Pilates Instructor, UK Athletics Running Coach and Founder
“I was first introduced to Pilates whilst suffering with sciatica during my third pregnancy. I found Pilates helped me considerably and I enjoyed it so much went on to train with Body Control to become one of their instructors. I am now a Body Control Pilates supervising teacher and support and guide new instructors in their journey to becoming an instructor. My love for athletics developed into coaching and in 2006 I set up social running groups; Greenwich Runners & Buggy Runners. I regularly compete in road and cross-country races and this year I completed my 12 marathon. I am currently President of Kent AC athletics club. I live in Greenwich, have a husband and three children and I love all sports, cooking and enjoying a glass of wine. I am a Qualified Advanced Body Control Pilates Association(BCPA), Pilates Pre and Post-Natal, Stretch Therapy Teacher, UK Athletics Coach and Body Control Supervising teacher.
RUTH TONGUE; Pilates Instructor
“I first started taking regular Pilates classes when training as a dancer back in my teens – at the time I have to be honest and say that I found it a little dull (we wanted to be jumping around on stage!). But having always used my body, when I stopped dancing I wanted to not only keep in shape, stay flexible and also reduce some of the injuries that were creeping in from lots of running, aerobics and high intensity exercise. Pilates was the natural choice!
I trained with STOTT Pilates yet I love to incorporate elements from yoga, dance, and strength training into my classes. When I’m not teaching Pilates in Greenwich, I work as a nutritionist and health editor, and also have the lucky job of running retreats in beautiful places across Europe.”
CARLY O’HARA; UK Athletics Running Coach
Running on the road, a muddy trail, with friends or just my own thoughts, I simply can’t get enough of it. It started as a race entry on a whim at the end of 2008 has resulted in me diving head first in the world of running and opening up a can of running worms. There is something quite special about the running community and through my pursuit of PBs and new adventures, I have met an incredible array of individuals who never fail to make me smile, challenge and inspire me.As the miles have clocked up and trainer addiction intensified, I have become more and more interested in what is the best way to run. Having gained my qualification as an England Athletics Coach and Barefoot Instructor, I have been fortunate enough to train and work with numerous athletes are various stages in their running careers that has enabled me to explore this. As a coach I always aim to look at how we can refine our technique to make us stronger, faster and injury free runners. To be able to pass on what I have learnt to other runners, who in turn can then improve their performance and surpass their own expectations is an achievement that I love to share with them. There is no better feeling than crossing that finish line and reaching your goal.
MEDEA VACZY; Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Mother & Baby Yoga Teacher
Firstly, I was drawn to yoga for its physical aspect. I was ten years old, flexible and happy I had found something I was successful at. My practise was not consistent, I was rather in love with movement in general than with yoga.
Years later my path of discovering movement turned back to yoga, my practise became deeper and determined, attempting to discover the limits of what is possible. I became more aware of what my body and mind were telling me. Through a mindful daily practise I discovered yoga`s transforming power. Yoga helped me to let go, let go the result of my actions, pain, hurt and loss, limitations and judgement. It liberated my thinking and give me the courage to change my career path. In 2014 I qualified as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher, accredited with Yoga Alliance. My style as a teacher comes from the devotion to teach yoga from the heart with awareness, compassion, sensitivity and clarity. I am devoted to developing my knowledge and teaching skills progressively and systematically. My interest lies in helping people to find a way to live a mindful and balanced life, fully and freely in the high demands of everyday life.
LAURA BROWNE: Pilates Instructor
“I first started Pilates out of interest really. I had heard a bit about it and after sustaining a shoulder injury at the gym, I decided to give it a try. I realised I had been exercising and using weights incorrectly, putting unnecessary strain on my shoulders and back. Soon, my once a week class turned into two, then three. Pilates made me feel amazing. I loved the control, the focus and the huge difference it made to my posture and strength. Not just during the class but in the way I moved day to day. After three children, all of whom liked to be carried on one hip, I found the imbalances in my body had started to even out. It was like I finally owned it again.After a few years I decided to train to teach and am now a qualified level 3 instructor with BCP (Body Control Pilates) and level 3 REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals). My passion lays with helping people, to see how Pilates makes a difference to how they move and how they feel. I want them to walk out of a class feeling like I still do, every time.”
CHIARA FAVARETTI: Pilates Instructor
Currently based in London, Chiara holds a Master Matwork Certification and teaches Pilates classes for all levels (from beginners to advanced) including Classical Matwork, Pre & Post Natal.
She discovered Pilates eight years ago alongside her professional dance training at Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance. Initially approached as rehabilitation and injury-prevention, it soon enabled her to find deeper connection, strength and flexibility, within her own body. Wishing to assist and enable others to cultivate their own body awareness, Chiara qualified as Body Control Pilates® Teacher in 2014. Since then, she has been continuing her professional development whilst teaching private and group matwork classes both in UK and abroad.Particularly informed by her teaching experience at a buddhist monastery, Chiara likes encouraging relaxation and awareness through a mindful approach to movement, believing that “a thoughtful way of moving can also inspire a mindful way of living”.Still focusing on Pilates’ traditional principles – correct alignment, breathing, and core stability – her classes are naturally influenced by her dance background, integrating flow, elegance and precision.
Laura Hallett: Running Coach
I ran my first 10K over 10 years ago and loved the race atmosphere, sense of achievement and camaraderie but thought any longer a distance was beyond me. However, I caught the running bug and since then have had the privilege of running the London Marathon twice for charity, a fantastic experience I would recommend to anyone, at whatever stage. I’ve really appreciated the huge variety of benefits running gives you physically, mentally and socially and now wouldn’t be without it!
I love that running is so inclusive, something almost everyone can do, whatever age, ability or life stage, and can be done wherever, whenever, all year round. I enjoy being outside, exploring new places on runs, or just catching up with friends whilst running.
I trained as a coach as I love encouraging others to run and want to share the benefits it’s given me. It’s brilliant to see people achieve things they never thought they could and encourage each other along the way. Although I do enjoy running alone, I think there is so much to be gained by being part of a group, understanding running technique, strategy and having others challenge you. Keep on running everyone!
Lucy Swann: Pilates Teacher
I discovered Pilates over ten years ago during my dance training and found it to be an important way of keeping healthy and strong, managing and preventing injury and reducing aches and pain. I still am amazed at how Pilates has helped me overcome injury and how I feel directly after a class and how I continue to feel better and stronger as a result or regular practice. I am particularly interested in pre/rehabilitation but I have come to love the way that Pilates gives you the opportunity to do something really positive for your body and your brain! It is really crucial to find time in our busy lives to be kind to ourselves and refill the energy tank and Pilates can really help with that.
After many years of thinking about it, I finally trained with Body Control Pilates to teach Matwork and through them have discovered how Pilates is accessible to everyone. I try and make my classes fun, using small equipment to add challenges and linking exercises together to create a nice flow. I want you to leave with a smile on your face, ready for the day and a maybe feeling just a little bit taller too.
I am also qualified to teach pre/postnatal clients and continue to deepen my Pilates knowledge through regular further training. I hope to see you on the mat soon!
Yasia Williams: Running Coach
If someone had told me 10 years ago that in the future i would run a marathon, i would have laughed out loud and quite simply said that it was not possible, but here I am, with that marathon and a few others under my belt, part of this wonderful team of coaches helping other people believe that anything is possible. I joined the Greenwich Runners after my second child with a plan to get fit and meet new people and not only did i achieve both of these things but i caught the running bug in the process. I’ve always been sporty but long distance running was something rather alien to me as an adult. When i started i could barely run for longer than a few minutes but with determination and support I ran my first 5k in that first year and I’ve never looked back. I’ve now run all kinds of distances, in different terrains in a few different countries, often with wonderful people but I’m also happy to plug myself into some happy tunes and hit the streets to blow off the cobwebs and give myself some time to think. Running or me isn’t about times or speed, its about the challenge, and the enjoyment, the freedom it brings, and the achievements it gives. I’m so proud and happy to now have trained as a Leader in Running Fitness so i can help and support new runners achieve their own goals going forward.