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Meet Our Team

A worldwide network comprising top-tier gyms, pilates studios, educational institutions, psychologists, consultants, fitness experts, coaches, and health and wellness professionals is at your service. Together, we craft personalized solutions for individuals, communities, executive boards, and corporations, united in our mission to instill sustainable health and wellness cultures, values, systems, and practices for the betterment of society on a global, local, and individual level.

Nika

Nika

Founder and CEO
Nika’s passion for helping people led to her founding her own health and wellness brand over a decade ago, which has evolved into the multi suite global offering that it is today.

Nika’s personal journey of health and wellness started following childhood car accident injuries which led her to the practice of pilates where she received miracle results. Encouraged by the progress she was able to make on her own journey, she has since devoted thousands of hours to studying, researching and teaching in the field of exercise and psychology science and has a uniquely broad cross-section of qualifications with some of the best certification providers globally.

Nika has been involved in various humanitarian projects and was introduced to the mechanics of effective teaching whilst volunteering her weekends to teach literacy at a men’s prison and then decided to qualify to teach Pilates to help people on their wellness journeys.

Nika takes a science-backed evidence based approach and has a Masters of Science in Psychology (awarded Distinction) with a special interest in neuroscience and the mind-body connection.

In her pursuit of a holistic understanding of life, she complements her scientific approach with a BA (Hons) degree in philosophy, exploring the profound meaning that underlies our existence and is a certified coach with a special focus on purpose and peak performance.

Whilst certified as an Advanced Mat and Equipment Pilates teacher, Nika has been interested in several exercise modalities and her teaching certificates also include ballet barre and fascia-based deep stretch techniques to bio hack the parasympathetic nervous system and engage peak performance results. Nika is certified in anatomy, and looks at the body from a functional anatomy bio-mechanical perspective.

Nika has also had a successful corporate career with 20 years global leadership experience, and is well established in the field of ESG (Environmental Social Governance). Certified by Harvard University in improving business through a culture of health, Nika is just as passionate about serving communities, governments and Corporations to create health and wellness programs at scale as she is about helping individuals whether they be athletes, executives, post birth mums, MMA fighters or people with special needs.

Gabi Dekenah

Gabi Dekenah

Head of Sports Science

Gabi is an exceptionally gifted sports science specialist with three degrees, including a Master of Science. Awarded Distinction for her research and holding various professional designations in her field, she is the go-to specialist for Olympic athletes and professional sportspeople. Working with Gabi is like collaborating with a joyful, kind, and tenacious brainiac who isn’t happy until she exceeds your goals.

Also a pioneer and lecturer in lynotherpay/fascia, Gabi’s innovative approach ensures unparalleled success. More recently Gabi has become passionately involved with research around how trauma is stored in the body and in 2025 this arena will be a key focus of Gabi’s work.

Abi Ireland

Abi Ireland

Head of Peak Performance and Strategy

Abi is a sought-after international coach and compelling public speaker, known for helping others achieve their highest potential. She founded Third Planet Collective, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment. Exceptionally bright, Abi has won awards for academic excellence, graduating top of her class with First Class Distinction.

Abi began her career transacting and originating billion-dollar private equity deals and has had an impressive career in international corporate leadership and strategy. With a key strength in people and a passion for health, she combines studies in nutrition, exercise science, and psychology with her extensive experience in top-performing teams and innovative research to unlock peak performance. As a qualified personal trainer with an impressive array of experience and training in Barre, Pilates, and kickboxing, she excels in her field. Known for her down-to-earth, calm, kind, and compassionate nature, Abi is a top performer and dedicated peak-performance strategist.

Dr Sonali Chandi

Dr Sonali Chandi

Head of Health and Wellness

Dr. Sonali is a distinguished British professional with a degree in dental surgery and post grad certificates in adult dental care and aesthetics. With an extensive background in serving diverse clientele, including British Special Forces soldiers, Sonali enriches our team with her unique perspective and invaluable knowledge base. Sonali was well ahead of the curve when it comes to plant-based nutrition, boasting three decades of experience in this domain. As a lifelong vegetarian, she brings a wealth of lived experience and passion for plant-based living to every interaction. Sonali is warm, kind and gentle in her communication approach but an absolute beast in the gym with her heavy weightlifting skills, often rivaling her male counterparts! What truly sets Sonali apart is her high level of integrity, genuine empathy, and kind-hearted nature. With a passionate interest in sports science and physical fitness along with her impressive level of education, we are delighted to have her as part of the team.

Phil Elder

Phil Elder

Head of Fitness and Strength Programs

Phil hails from NZ where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine. Alongside his degrees he has amassed many specialist qualifications from top industry regulators including Personal Training qualifications from the American Council on Exercise and National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

Phil is a specialist practitioner in Rehab Training, Injury Recovery, Functional Movement Systems and many other top courses. He has spent many years coaching the coaches as an international lecturer, master trainer and educator across a variety of courses and qualifications. He has also worked alongside Doctors, surgeons and medical professionals in medical settings, leading rehab programs.

For years he played football in NZ at a National level. More recent outstanding highlights include Winner of the Ice Warrior Challenge 2020; summiting Kilimanjaro; Oman by UTMB 53km, finishing the Fiordland NZ Chapter of GODZone Adventure Race, and 70.3 Dubai Ironman in 2021. His current main sport is Spartan racing where he has many age group winners medals.

At the core of Phil’s approach lies a genuine desire to serve, driven by a heartfelt commitment to uplift and empower individuals. A devoted husband and father, his dedication to his family fuels his determination to positively impact lives.

TESTIMONIALS

"A pleasure to work with"

As the founder of Forge Fitness + Performance, a boutique luxury gym in Dubai, I'm thrilled to see our commitment to excellence making waves in the city. Nika has always impressed our high-profile clients and celebrities with her genuine warmth, exceptional skills, and extensive knowledge. Clients simply adore Nika. I first collaborated with Nika over a decade ago. She effortlessly connects with people from diverse cultures. Especially in a city known for its high standards, ensuring our clients always receive the best experience possible. Nika's ethical approach and compassionate nature make her a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her.

Phillip Elder
Owner and founder of Forge Fitness + Performance, Dubai

"Lovely compassionate teacher"

Nika is a lovely compassionate teacher and was offered a position as a regular instructor at The Source (my pilates studio and teacher training facility). While teaching Pilates with us, Nika showed up as reliable, a team player, and a lovely individual who we enjoyed having in our space. Clients loved working with Nika and I would happily recommend Nika for a position.

Renee Watson
Owner and founder of The Source and Concious Movement Education

"Dedication, professionalism and positive impact"

I have witnessed first-hand her dedication, professionalism, and positive impact on people. I am confident that Nika will be a tremendous facilitator in any coaching process as she has consistently demonstrated an exceptional ability to develop and mentor individuals of various skill levels and in various professions. Her personalized coaching style, combined with a deep understanding of the people's individual strengths, has enabled many to improve their skills and achieve their goals. She creates a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters respect and personal growth and has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Moreover, Nika is highly committed to consistently facilitate the balancing of personal and professional responsibilities, and she works collaboratively with the individuals being coached to develop strategies for success. Her commitment to giving back to the community continues to have a positive impact with those she is involved with. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly endorse Nika as a coach and am confident that her skills, dedication, and passion will make a significant and lasting contribution to any one.

Carla Fortunato
Master Facilitator and Founder of Turnkey Solutions International consultancy Practice and lead coaching certification educator

"Nika seeks to bring out the 'gold' in people"

Nika’s suitability to work with people comes from her heart, she has a warmth and enthusiasm to engage fully and in the moment with people from all walks of life.  Nika is bright minded, intelligent, well traveled and is creative in her problem solving and reliable in all stages of relationship. She is a kind, safe person with a good knowledge of boundaries and a loving and cheerful manner. Nika seeks to bring out the “gold” in people without being blind to the truth of what is actually going on in stressful situations. Nika has a genuine zest for daily life. Inspiration plus a wealth of experience and sound knowledge inform Nika’s work.

Jane F, Australia
Counsellor and Non Profit program Coordinator

"I highly recommend Nika"

Nika was extremely patient, knowledgeable, very aware of my limitations at the time, and worked magic on my knee. She has a charming smile putting me at ease totally. I highly recommend Nika. Physio never helped, and I am now able to bend my knee entirely from her Pilates and Stretching classes, starting slowly with knee bends, leg bends, and other stretching poses , progressing to total use.

73 Year Old Client
Suffering with Knee Injury

"Transformative"

Struggling with lower back injuries and postpartum recovery, I was determined to regain my athletic abilities for activities like Tough Mudder contests. Despite my prior experience with exercise and instructors, my sessions with Nika stood out. Her expertise in deep somatic breath and stretch techniques, combined with her exceptional knowledge of anatomy and muscles, brought immense relief and relaxation during a stressful time. Nika guided me from a state of fight or flight to profound relaxation. Nika's method of breaking down core Pilates exercises was transformative; I finally mastered the correct connections and techniques, transforming my practice. I value my sessions with Nika, and her warmth and kindness resonate with my five-year-old son as much as they do with me. She is genuinely dedicated to health and wellness, as well as humanitarian and pro bono initiatives, spending time serving many with her skill set.

Katie T , London UK
Law firm exec and Career mum

"Exceptional Pilates Instructor"

Nika is an exceptional Pilates instructor and possesses an intuitive awareness of the human body. The private Pilates lessons that she gave me were the main reason that I was able to overcome a number of recurring injuries and resulted in true rehabilitation for my body. My work requires me to carry 25 kg (55lbs) of weapons and equipment for up to 14 hours a day under austere conditions. This, along with training as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) cage fighter for over 12 years, resulted in me picking up a number of recurring injuries, and muscle strength imbalances in my body. As my physical strength and wellbeing is of huge importance to me in operating as a security professional, it was essential that I rectified the issues that I was facing to continue to operate at my peak. My posture, focus, strength, endurance and overall sense of wellbeing improved significantly. It has been life changing. Nika is a conscientious and focussed instructor and her knowledge of Pilates and other aspects of health (such as diet) is vast. I believe that any athlete, professional or person seeking a healthier and stronger body will benefit from Nika’s lessons and recommend her as a world-class Pilates instructor of the highest level.

Client
MMA Fighter/Special Forces

"Her encouragement and positive reinforcement make every session enjoyable and motivating."

I recently had the privilege of working with Nika in 1-1 stretching and somatic release sessions focused on improving my mobility and flexibility. She is a truly exceptional person whose expertise and compassion have significantly impacted me. Nika’s experience is great but it’s her genuine warmth, kindness and dedication that impacted me the most. She took the time to truly understand my needs and tailored her approach to ensure personalised and effective instruction. Her encouragement and positive reinforcement make every session enjoyable and motivating. Nika’s commitment to her clients’ well-being goes above and beyond, creating a trusting and supportive environment. I wholeheartedly recommend Nika to anyone seeking to enhance their mobility and flexibility.

Doctor, UK

"Won his swimming race"

He won his swimming race and said he was applying some principles you taught him

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