Nalanie Harilela Chellaram is a modern spiritual teacher, a true Soul Doctor dedicated to selfless service. She travels the world to spread a message of wisdom, compassion and love, based on the philosophy of Yoga. Nalanie is 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.
Nalanie was born in 1954 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)
Nalanie attended university in the United States where she read Philosophy, Psychology and Fine Arts. In 1975 she moved to Gibraltar with her husband, Shanky, where for many years they ran a successful fashion business. She continued her study of Philosophy and Psychology while running a very popular dance school and raising their two children, Shani and Shaman.
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 accreditedTeacher Trainer for Integral Yoga and a therapist under the British School of Yoga.