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I am mother to my beautiful son, and have a fantastic husband. I am so happy !!!


Friends of SISCarrie trained in the Yoga Bananas™ Technique, an established method of teaching yoga to children incorporating all the elements of traditional yoga in a fun, inspiring and structured way. The programme follows a universal ethos, equipping you with the tools to create, inspire and cherish all the children that you teach. Currently she has the pleasure of teaching weekly classes at Fundamentals Nursery in Sotogrande. She also teaches a class at the George Harilela Hall every Wednesday at 4.30pm on a donation basis.

Carrie also completed the Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Certification Program – encompassing Yoga Therapy techniques and teaching methods to enhance the natural development of infants and children with Special Needs.

Practising yoga on a regular basis has improved Carrie’s mental and body awareness, flexibility, concentration levels and complete inner peace. Yoga will always be a part of her lifestyle and she’s so glad she discovered it. Carrie feels deeply honoured to have the opportunity to introduce yoga into little people’s lives!


Friends of SISKamala has been active in the world of Yoga since 2005. Her serious interest in Yoga began once she was exposed to the wisdom and clarity of the Raja Yoga tradition, the science of the mind, through the Yoga sutras of Patanjali.  She is filled with fervour concerning Raja Yoga -the science of the mind – and from her own experience knows that we all need to find balance and peace of mind, to be able to live an  easeful, peaceful and useful life.

Her greatest daily challenge and wish are to be a devoted mother to her three children, a good partner and also to be able to share the wonderful world of yoga with everyone. She is always  searching to find an increased interior understanding of herself through meditation and asanas.            Kamala is a certified International Raja Yoga teacher and Integral Hatha Yoga teacher, committed to helping people make yoga part of their daily  lives. As a teacher she has seen the huge impact which Yoga can have on the quality of life of those who practice it. Kamala has also attended Yoga For The Special Child with Sonia Sumar, a program encompassing basic yoga theraphy techniques and teaching methods  to enhance the natural development of infants and children with special needs.


Friends of SISKaren has lived in Spain for over 22 years and has been married to Steve for 22 years. She only started on the yogic path in March 2012 by going to Hatha Yoga classes, so a bit of a newcomer! Started attending Nalanie’s Satsang at George Harilela Hall in April 2012 and not missed one since! It has totally transformed her life. Has completed the Raj Yoga Teacher Training course and also attended Yoga for the Special Needs Child with Sonia Sumar, a program encompassing basic yoga therapy techniques and teaching methods to enhance the natural development of infants and children with special needs. Karen is working with Nalanie’s granddaughter Talia who has special needs and she has come on leaps and bounds in a very short space of time. Proving that Yoga is beneficial for all. She is getting involved in the Charity work at SIS and Akin and also wants to help out in the local community. Enjoys walking in nature, playing tennis and spends most of her time feeding all the cats in the neighbourhood!


British Born in England in 1953.  Began career in 1975 and qualified as a Company Secretary in 1980. Worked as an accountant in London and the Midlands before moving to Gibraltar in 1990 to head up the Company Management Department of the local office of Ernst & Young.  1995/6 – Served as Secretary and then Chairman of The Association of Trust & Company Managers (ATCOM) and became one of the founding members of The Finance Centre Council, which was established as (and remains) an advisory body to the Government of Gibraltar. 2001 – Awarded Associate Membership of The Compliance Institute (UK) and became founding member of the Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers (GACO) in 2004. 2002 – Established own business providing corporate and business advisory services.2003 – Awarded Commissioner-for-Oaths status (Gibraltar). In 2004 Les fulfilled a life-long ambition to help underprivileged children in developing countries when, in conjunction with Leslie Bruzon, they founded “The Association for Kids In Need (AKIN)”.Friends of SIS  A father of four children Les shares with the others on the AKIN team an honest desire to see all children enjoying the same opportunities and making the most out of life. Other achievements include in 2006 establishing and acting as Founding Chairman of “Childline Gibraltar”, a registered charity for the operation of a telephone helpline service for children on the Rock.


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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.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.She is the Chairwoman of the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar where she runs regular weekly satsangs, teacher training and counseling sessions. This Centre is a registered  Charity serving the community. Nalanie, who now lives in Spain, frequently lectures on the Science of Yoga, in Portugal, Spain. Germany. the United Kingdom, the USA and the Far East. She is the first of a new generation  of spiritual teachers. Her particular upbringing and education has given her a special insight into both Hinduism and Christianity, inspired by her Beloved Guru. She is also the founder of  ‘Service in Satchidananda’, a non-profit international collective of charities established in honor of Sri Swami Satchidananda and based on his core teaching of selfless service.

Her example as a mother, businesswoman and now grandmother, who has devoted her life to God and His service, has been a beacon to her students. She shows that it is not necessary to  withdraw from life in order to find the ‘Guru within’.

In March 2008, Nalanie received an Honor in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second New Year Honour’s List. She was recognised for her ‘Services to Humanity’. His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar, Sir Robert Fulton, presented her with a certificate and medal. In October 2008, Nalanie was also awarded a Humanitarian Award from Yogaville, Virgina, USA.

Shanti (with Nalanieji)

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Shanti is a certified Integral Yoga teacher. She has been trained to teach Hatha Yoga at levels I and II and Raja Yoga. Her teacher Nalanie Chellaram, is a student and disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda.

She is also a certified Cardiac Yoga Teacher, having studied under Dr Mala Cunningham, Ph.D. She has also taught Creative Visualization, helping people relax through Deep Relaxation, Pranayama and Meditation. She has also taught children and teenagers. Shanti has the great privilege of traveling all over the world with Nalanie Chellaram, serving wherever is needed.

Together with Denis Valerga, Shanti has put together a CD called ‘Total Peace’. This includes relaxing music, rolling oms and positive affirmations (by Sri Swami Satchidananda and Nalanie Chellaram, read by Shanti).


75_steve_gurudevKeen on Hatha Yoga, Walking, Cycling, Chess, fixing Computers and Tennis.

Recently completed the  Raja  Yoga Course.

Also enjoying  Helping out in the local community. I am Married to Karen who is also involved in our team “Friends of SIS”. And a cat lady !!!

My Strength’s are organising projects and being creative.

Karma Yoga; which explains itself

Laughing with Gurudev.


Terttu or Durga , who was born in Finland , now lives in Spain and joined Nalanie about 7 years ago when

her only daughter accidently died only at age of 34 . It was Nalanie’s teaching , love and the knowledge of truth  that brought Terttu back from the darkness to the light. She has been blessed with 2 grand daughters to cherrish and love. She is doing charitable

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work with animals and  elderly. She  feels that there is a great need  to bring the communities closer together and also help children/teens to find more harmony, love  and peace around them in todays busy world. Terttu has a degree on Raja yoga , practices regurlarly and attends Nalanie’s classes  to maintain her inner peace and harmony. Karma and Bakti yoga are the closest  to her heart and to care , help and give unconditional love is her mission.


Friends of SISVanessa studied law with a specialization in European law and worked for some time at the European commission. She saw it was all about laws and not about people. So she became a journalist foreign affairs at the Belgian commercial television VTM. There she found the love of writing, but again there was something missing. In 1998 she met her husband Maurice with who she is married now for over 13 years and has two daughters. Together they build out a large business of retail and home sales and Vanessa became an optician-optometrist as well. She gave for many years people a good view with their eyes but she wanted to give people a good view with their hearts because it is the only way to see the existential things in live.

She read lots of Spiritual books of Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Drunvalo Melchezedek, Dr Wayne Dyer and followed lots of spiritual courses all over the world but there was still a piece missing of the puzzle until in April of this year 2012 she met Nalanie Chellaram who introduced her to the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda. This gave her such an overview of what life is all about, how to live a peaceful life by steadying the mind and connect with who and what you are and at the same time this knowledge is so profound and deep that it gives you the tools to heal yourself so Vanessa started to study to become a Raja Yoga Teacher. She went to London, Portugal to go deeper into the teachings and will be graduated end of the year so she can teach and spread out this knowledge so that people start to feel better and connect with their true nature that is unconditional love until eternity.

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