Bonita is the founder of SELF Fitness Studio. Active since the age of 3, she has been involved in sports like dancing, swimming, surfing, muay thai.
Bonita is an experienced Garuda, Pilates, Animal Flow and Pre and postnatal instructor. She is passionate about helping students improve their body awareness whilst increasing physical and mental strength. Her specialties include sports performance training, pre and post-natal fitness, injury rehabilitation, general health and body conditioning.
As a result of years of extreme exercise and a horseback riding accident brought Bonita to Pilates in 2014. Through practicing she was not only able to heal her chronic knee and back pain, but also increased her sports performance, and perception of the mind-body connection.
Bonita completed her Pilates training with Polestar Pilates, then went on to achieve additional Pre and Postnatal certifications, and NKT Therapy certification. After years of teaching full-time, Bonita discovered The Garuda Method, and it has immensely helped her clients from all backgrounds. Over the years, she has attended countless training courses in London with the founder James D’Silva, making her the only comprehensive Garuda trainer in Hong Kong.
Besides training her clients, Bonita enjoys outdoor water activities, you can often find her freediving or enjoying the sun, sea and sand with her family!
Our Yamuna Body Rollin, Slings in Motion and Pilates Trainer, through these methods Tami helps clients with movement and mobility issues to live pain free and gain back their freedom in movement.
Previously Tami had a tense day job and exercised multiple times a week to destress and stay healthy, this routine was interrupted when she suffered from a mysterious health issue that left her so weak she couldn’t even attend a fitness class. Thankfully, she discovered Yamuna Body Rolling that taught her to slow down her body and mind. Within a month of practice Tami’s knee and back pains were relieved and she gained a better understanding of her body, so that she could prevent any unnecessary discomfort. During her recovery she also practiced Slings in Motion, which helped her find myofascial release to transform the functionality of her body’s movement and mobility.
After experiencing the benefits of both Yamuna Body Rolling and Slings in Motion Tami specialised in both methods, so she can share the benefits with her clients and give them the freedom of a pain free body and gain greater understanding of their own unique body.
When Tami isn’t in the studio teaching, she enjoys experiencing new things, from cooking, arts and crafts to trying new workouts. She also loves spending time with family and friends over good food and wine!
Our Pilates Trainer, Sandar who aims to help clients reach their fitness potential by building stronger and more flexible muscles whilst moving better and with longevity with Pilates.
Originally from the UK, Sandar first discovered Pilates in 2013 with her other half who got recommended to practice Pilates for his shoulder and back pain. After attending group Pilates classes Sandar soon realised that practising Pilates was not only beneficial to her other half’s shoulder and back pain, but also helped her to build strong and flexible muscles, as well as increasing her body awareness for injury prevention in her hobby of pole fitness and other aerial arts. Her curiosity about Pilates grew from a form of rehab to an exercise system to prevent injuries, this led to her to complete the VTCT Pilates Mat Qualification training to gain a better understanding of the method. At first she didn’t consider teaching, however in December 2017 one of her examiners encouraged to start teaching. After covering a few classes Sandar realised she had a passion for teaching and sharing her love of Pilates.
Sandar expanded her experience and knowledge of Pilates by obtaining the VTCT Award for designing Physical Activity Programmes for Ante-Natal and Postnatal clients in March 2018, qualified as a Polestar Pilates certified Studio Comprehensive Instructor in January 2020. Delving further into mobility and movement she became a Xpert Pole Fitness Instructor in May 2019 and certified as a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, in November 2020.
In her spare time Sandar participates in Pole Sports Competitions, she fulfilled her dream of entering and also placing second in her first competition in Taiwan. When she isn’t training or exercising she enjoys travelling and letting her hair down at music festivals
One of our Sound Meditation Practitioners and Alignment Hatha Yoga instructor , through the sound vibrations that her crystal bowls emit & yoga practice, Nicola helps her clients find calmness, relaxation and peace in this face paced city.
Nicola was introduced to yoga in 2006 due to some health complications. Although initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, she kept coming back as she found her mind calmer, clearer and more at peace. She then experienced her first sound bath whilst she was running her own start-up in Shanghai. Although she regularly practised meditation, she found the bowls were able to bring her to another place of calm and peace. Soon after, these sound meditations became a weekly or twice weekly practise. Not before long she decided it was time to learn and share the practise of sound meditation.
‘ Sound has been a gift to me and I’m grateful to be able to share it!’
Overtime, the practice of yoga and meditation has become an integral part of Nicola’s life as it continues to provide a compass home whenever she feels anxious or stressed.
Nicola is extremely grateful to all of her teachers who have guided her on the path towards health and healing. As a certified holistic health coach, Nicola also firmly believes that students can empower themselves to choose what nourishes them and brings them clarity and peace. She encourages her students to show up wholeheartedly and guides them to cultivate self awareness, discipline, and compassion within themselves, leaving them inspired and at peace.
When Nicola isn’t sharing her love of sound meditation she is often baking sweet potato brownies or self practicing. She loves enjoying some ‘me time’ reading or going for a short walk.
Our specialist in Soma™ Method, Andy enhances his clients’ physical and mental fitness through breathing and movement.
Andy is the founder of Soma™ Yoga, he has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 1979. He believes breathing is the foundation of everything else we do. If our breathing is sub optimal it affects not just our physical activities, but also our mental state, leading to further stress and anxiety. Many of us breathe poorly with fast shallow breathing in the upper chest, which restricts blood travelling to our vital organs therefore our mental and physical wellness is hindered. Knowing this Andy was drawn to studying this vital aspect of our health and practises on a daily basis.
Besides breathing, Andy has studied and taught a plethora of movement techniques from aerobics and yoga to martial arts and movement. He feels movement is a wonderful way to combat aging physically and mentally. By maintaining mobility, agility and coordination we maintain all aspects of our everyday lives and it keeps us full of vitality. Through Andy’s studies he found movement has also been shown to strengthen the brain by creating new neural pathways which can be developed at any stage.
When Andy isn’t teaching or practising breathing and movement himself, he enjoys reading books on philosophy, neuroscience, nutrition and anything that is related to body, mind and spirit. He goes road cycling on the hills of Hong Kong to get his cardio workout in. He also still enjoys studying, he is currently learning Mandarin and Sanskrit too!
Our Pre & Postnatal & lactation specialist, who helps women transitioning and stepping into motherhood recover gradually using the therapeutic and healing power of yoga.
Michelle found yoga in 2006 when she first started her career as a banker. In the fast-paced banking industry, yoga helped her slow down, to find inner peace and to deal with her daily work challenges with a clear mind and healthy body. Gradually, she found practising yoga has become her life’s daily essentials. She always said, “Yoga replaces my daily cup of Joe!”. Not until she became a mother did she realise the magic of yoga, she healed her own postpartum trauma through yoga practice. Michelle then became a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher RPYT and a lactation consultant IBCLC. Through deep-dive research and studies, she has a strong conviction that all women transitioning and stepping into motherhood will recover gradually using the therapeutic and healing power of yoga.
Michelle’s first yoga teacher is Ana Forrest, who created her own style of yoga called Forrest Yoga. A very powerful form of yoga that is specially designed for mending the hoop of the people. Michelle trusts that our body is able to heal itself. When you believe it, you will be able to achieve it. This is her philosophy of life.
Michelle’s class is precise, calming and fun at the same time. Her class has strong emphasis on breathing and connecting to the feelings in your body. Students are able to approach yoga step by step through a specially designed sequence.
One of our Animal Flow Instructors, Anderson aims to get his clients fitter, more mobile and stronger so that they can do things that they never thought they were able to before.
Anderson has taught TRX, Indoor Cycling, Core training and HIIT, but Animal Flow inspired him the most. Animal Flow opened the doors of body movement for him, as it breaks the perception many people have that advanced body movements can only be achieved if people start training at a young age. The practice of Animal Flow helped Anderson understand how his body moved and facilitated him to go towards a much wider spectrum of body movement systems such as Kung Fu, Capoeira and hand balancing.
When Anderson isn’t practicing Animal Flow and other movement practices, he is often found riding his motorbike, cycling, and being creative in painting and photography. He may also be enjoying a coffee or a good glass of wine.