Wanyiwa, known as Yiwa, is the owner and founder of Yogi Café, Koh Samui, Thailand. She has studied yoga for the past 10 years and has been teaching since 2014.
Originally from Bangkok, she moved to the UK in 2006 where she began not only to study Yoga, but also enjoyed a wide range of fitness such as Body Balance, Body Combat and various dance. Yiwa studied the English language and became a qualified beautician in London.
In 2013, she found herself in Spain for holidays (Zoo Rancho Texas Lanzarote), where an eye contact with a sheep made her soul feel pain about animal (red meat) consumption. From then on, she felt the strong need to help in stopping humans from eating animals.
When returning to Thailand the same year, she realized that it was time for her to train, in so to become a yoga teacher, which she did at Vikasa, Koh Samui.
With an awareness of vegetarianism since an early age, Yiwa enjoyed the wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and wholefood cafes during her stay in the UK. Returning to Thailand and settling in Koh Samui, she was disappointed by the lack of options for the type of food she had grown to appreciate.
"The world is changing fast right now. Humans are becoming sick from eating junk and processed food, yet many of us now realize that changing our diet to eating healthy food, is the key medicine we need to heal. When I was young I did not eat good food as my parents were too busy and had little awareness of good nutrition."
In 2014 Yiwa opened the first Yogi Café, combining the best of what she had found in Vegan cafes.
Jordy, is an Italian raw food chef. His career to date has been focused on developing and teaching a healthy, sustainable and conscious way of eating. As an Italian, of course for Jordy, it’s equally important that the food that he creates both looks and tastes amazing!
Driven by a strong empathy and sensitivity, Jordy switched to a vegan plant based diet in his early youth, even at such a young age realising that what we eat can really make a difference from a health prospective. Being aware of that, he started doing personal research and attended plant based nutrition courses.
Already a chef, Jordy decided to move to London to work in the top leading raw vegan restaurant of the city, improving his skills and knowledge about raw food. After a few years, he moved back to Italy to help raise awareness there by spreading healthy eating and lifestyle knowledge, organising and taking part in events and meetings as well managing vegan and raw restaurants.
In 2015, his calling brought Jordy to Thailand to focus on his spiritual growth whilst continuing to develop his understanding of nutrition and as a raw food chef.
We are honoured that Jordy is now head chef of Yogi Café and our franchising as well as teaching raw vegan cooking classes.
"Italians love food and pleasure. Being one, the passion for great food runs through my veins. I love to express my creativity through a unique experience involving all of the senses whilst taking care of the planet, the animals and the health"
Unfortunately, Jordi is no longer on Koh Samui and thus not working with us.. We will let you know of our next star chef soon!!
You can join Yiwa @ Samuilaughter Yogaclub for daily classes. Check out her Facebook page here
FIND OUT ABOUT OUR COOKING COURSES HERE