Nalanie Harilela Chellaram is the director of Integral Yoga Gibraltar and Integral Yoga Sotogrande (Spain). She also founded Service in Satchidananda, the global humanitarian project which honors Integral Yoga founder Sri Swami Satchidananda through charitable service around the world. Nalanie, who is a modern spiritual teacher, a true Soul Doctor dedicated to selfless service, recently launched her own website.
Nalanie was born into a distinguished, leading family in Hong Kong, the Harilelas. Nurtured by very spiritual Hindu parents and educated at a Catholic Convent school, she grew up in the presence of a close family friend who, unbeknown at the time, was to have a deep and lasting influence in her life. This frequent visitor and friend was Sri Swami Satchidananda, her Beloved Gurudev. (www.swamisatchidananda.org). In 1986 Nalanie formally became a disciple of His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda and continued her study of the science of Yoga under His Holiness’ guidance. She has been accredited by the Council of Teachers of the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, USA to teach Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation. She is also an accredited Teacher Trainer for Integral Yoga and a therapist under the British School of Yoga.
Her popularity as a counsellor has also increased in recent years and she now offers consultations both in Spain and Gibraltar for which she does not charge but rather prefers to work on a donation basis. Nalanie currently serves as Chairwoman of the Integral Yoga Centres in Sotogrande Alto, Spain and Gibraltar where she regularly gives talks (“Satsangs”) on spirituality and ‘the science of the mind’. She frequently leads Hatha and Raj Yoga Teacher Training Courses and is becoming increasingly popular as a speaker both locally and internationally. To date she has accepted invitations to speak in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.
In March 2008, Nalanie received an award in recognition of her services to humanity from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was presented by His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar, Sir Robert Fulton. In October 2008, Nalanie was also awarded a Humanitarian Award from Integral Yoga International’s global headquarters in Yogaville, Virgina, USA.