our teachers


committee members

Nalanie Chellaram

Life President and Founder

Nalanie is a modern spiritual teacher, a true Soul Doctor dedicated to selfless service. She was born in 1954 into the distinguished Indian family, the Harilela’s. She grew up in the presence of a close family friend Swami Satchidananda who had a deep and lasting influence in her life and became her beloved Guru.

Nalanie travels the world spreading a message of wisdom, compassion and love, based on the philosophy of Yoga. She is the founder of the Integral Yoga Centre Gibraltar and George Harilela Hall in Sotogrande, and gives Satsangs both there and internationally. Nalanie received an Honour in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second New Year’s Honour’s List in 2008 for her ‘Services to Humanity’. In October that year she also received a “Humanitarian Award” from the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, USA.

In 2009 Nalanie set up an association called “Service in Satchidananda”, a non-profit international collective of charities established in honour of Sri Swami Satchidananda and based on his core teaching of selfless service.

Michele Dumoulin


Michele (Ganga) is the chairperson of the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar co-ordinating the day-to-day administration with skill and efficiency.

She completed the Raja Yoga Foundation Course and is also a qualified Hatha Yoga Level 1 Instructor. Michele is an accomplished chef with some high-profile clients.


Julio Alcantara

Treasurer and Social Service liaison

Julio (Surya) serves as Treasurer to the Integral Yoga Centre (Gibraltar). Julio is qualified in Raja Yoga; Hatha Yoga and Cardiac Yoga.

Julio serves the community at many levels, in education, youth and social welfare; and mental health. Serving as Mayor of Gibraltar, he has been recognized by HM the Queen in the grant of the M.B.E.; and his community by the grant of the Medallion of Merit.


Lilian Shaw

Social Services Liason

Lilian (Lakshmi) is an accredited Integral Yoga teacher with over 30 years experience and a disciple of His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Lilian is also qualified in Prenatal and Cardiac Yoga teacher and is a Thai Yoga Massage therapist.

Lilian currently serves on the committee of the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar.


Susanna Alman

Secretary and Editor Newsletters

Susanna (Shanti) is a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda, and is certified in Hatha Yoga level I & 2, Raja Yoga, Cardiac Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, Neuroscience, Yoga and Mindfulness, Accessible Yoga

Shanti has assisted Nalanie with Hatha and Raja Yoga Training Courses over several years and is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer. She is also involved in the Mind – Body – Soul Wellness Programme in Schools.

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Daya Dewfall

Vice-Chair, Public Relations and Website

Daya Dewfall, a registered nurse, has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1994. Daya is certified in Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga Level 1 & 2, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Accessible Yoga, Warriors at Ease. She is also an Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer, Holistic Massage and NLP Practitioner; and Silent Counselling Practitioner and trainer. Daya is also involved in the MBS(Mind – Body – Soul) Wellness Programme in Schools.


Anjlina Budhrani

Public Relations

Anjlina is a dedicated member of the IYC committee and serves with unconditional devotion. Anju is a keen practitioner of Raja Yoga; she completed the Kidding Around Yoga course in 2017 and currently teaches the childrens’ class with other teachers.


Roseanne Torrilla

Events Organiser

Roseanne (Abhaya) works in finance and enjoys planning events and marketing for a local bank. A keen hockey player, Abhaya has a beautiful voice and actively participates in Kirtan sessions. She has studied Raja Yoga Nalanie Chellaram, and in future plans to take up Hatha Yoga.


Giselle Britto

Shop and Decor

Giselle (Uma) has a keen eye for design and decoration and runs the lovely and very popular non-profit shop at the centre, proceeds of which are used to to serve others in need. Uma is certified with ‘Kidding Around Yoga’. She loves travelling and exploring yoga in places she visits, always returning with goodies to gift or sell in the shop.


Les Anand Roberts

Technical Matters and Media

Les (Anand) currently deals with technical matters and media.

Anand set up AKIN (‘The Association for Kids In Need’) in 2003 and since then has worked in six different countries providing education and healthcare to orphans and children from poor families. In 2005 he became founding chairman of ‘Childline Gibraltar’ a charity set up to provide a telephone helpline service for local children who may be abused, bullied or otherwise having to deal with difficult issues.

Les is the owner of Alta Vida Productions, a video production business; he films, edits and uploads to YouTube the talks (Satsangs) given by Nalanie, and produces other video clips with a Yogic theme.

qualified teachers


Kationa Matto

Kationa (Kalyanna) has a very keen interest in meditation and is certified in Raja Yoga Hatha Yoga Level 1.

Kationa delivers kids fun and creative yoga classes to pursue her interest in bringing the true essence of yoga to children and families. Kationa is also qualified as an Integrative Psychotherapist and NLP Practitioner.


Louise Ballantine

Louise Ballantine (Lavanya) has been a teacher in schools in UK, Spain and Gibraltar for more than 30 years. She is qualified in Hatha Yoga Level 1, Prenatal and Accessible Yoga. Lavanya also offers yoga sessions to colleagues at school.


Preesha Budhrani

Preesha is deeply passionate about Raja Yoga and certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1&2, Prenatal and Kids Yoga. Preesha is also involved in the Mind – Body – Soul Wellness Programme in Schools.


Debra Parkins

Debra (Divya) is certified in Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga Levels 1&2, Yoga for the Special Child, Neuroscience, Yoga and the Mind, and Accessible Yoga.

Divya currently teaches gentle/chair Hatha at the IYC Gibraltar as well as privately.

Nadine Sacramento

Nadine (Mahavira) is certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1 and Accessible Yoga; she is especially interested in Raja yoga.


Jessica (Jaya Lakshmi ) is a creative musician certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1 and Prenatal Yoga.

She is also involved in the Mind – Body – Soul Wellness Programme in Schools.

Xenia Duarte

Xenia (Padma) Is certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1 and teaches a gentle lunch time class.

Padma is also involved in the Mind – Body – Soul Wellness Programme in Schools.

Maxine (Priya)

Maxine (Priya) is certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1&2, Raja Yoga, Neuroscience and Yoga for Addictions.

Priya also works as a therapist for people with addictions.

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Karen Avellano

Karen is certified to teach Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga Level 1 and Cardiac Yoga; she teaches in Spanish and English and was instrumental in starting the Chair Yoga Classes in 2003. She is also a certified Yoga Therapist.


Tania (Anandini) is a dedicated member of the Sangha and certified in Hatha Yoga Level 1 in 2021.

She has a keen interest in Raja Yoga and Yoga Therapy.


Mariana (Manisha) is certified in Hatha Yoga Levels 1 and 2. She is a keen enthusiast of Accessible Yoga.

Manisha is also involved in the Mind – Body – Soul Wellness Programme in Schools.


Selena (Inaya) a Registered Nurse and Holistic Massage Practitioner is certified in Hatha Yoga Levels 1 and 2


Nicola (Nandini) is certified to teach Hatha Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Accessible Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga.

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Ellen Gareze

Ellen (Gayatri) has been a member of the Integral Yoga Centre Gibraltar for many years. She has a BA(Hons) Psychology, is certified in Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga Levels 1 & 2, Cardiac Yoga, Neuroscience, Yoga and the Mind and Axiom Therapy. Ellen’s teaching embodies the ethos of integral yoga.

Wendy Cummings

Wendy (Rashmika) is certified as a Hatha yoga instructor at beginners and intermediate level. Aside from her interest in Yoga, Wendy currently serves as the Ombudsman for the Government of Gibraltar


Frank Dacosta

Frank (Mitra) Dacosta has been teaching at IYC Gibraltar for over 20 years. Frank has a background in Martial Arts and is a qualified teacher in Karate with 40 years’ teaching experience. He has extensively researched Meditation especially in the Buddhist tradition.
Frank’s hobbies are Health and Wellness; he enjoys research on nutritional science, sports and movement to improve strength, flexibility and fitness.