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Serena Burgess

British Wheel of Yoga, UK Qualified, Registered Senior Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance UK and certified International AcroYoga teacher, Serena has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 13, both in the UK and Sri Lanka.

She founded The Om Space yoga studio in Colombo, teaches multiple classes a week, has written a weekly yoga column for the national press, is busy working on a 200hr Teacher Training, and is the hands-on Mama of two. 

Needless to say, Life is full and it is her yoga practice that keeps her centred.

Serena believes in the transformational power of yoga as a sustainable source of happiness, allowing us to tap into our unique energy.

Experience for yourself some the vitality that fuels Serena's life and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Sanjaya Shantha

Sanjaya's Hatha Yoga practice began in 1989 and after 10 years of practice and attending classes with Guru Vakista Bandara he began teaching under his Guru and other classes.

In 2000, he joined Siddhalepa as and Aryuveda therapist and yoga teacher. He then took his practice to Germany where he taught at an Aryuvedic Spa for 2 years.

In 2009 he returned to Sri Lanka and has been teaching at The Om Space, YMBA and at NCC.

Sanjaya imparts the knowledge of thirty years of training and teaching to his students. He hopes to help them to be their best in all aspects of their lives.

His motto is Health is wealth.

Our Teachers

Jagath Gunaratne

Jagath became interested in yoga when he was a teenager. As a committed athlete, he explored healing forms of body movement for sports injuries. He was drawn to yoga immediately. Keen on pursing his interest, Jagath  finally began an active practice in 2005. He left a busy business career and completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2013 at the Arhanta Yoga Ashram in Khajuraho, India for  He has been teaching Hatha Yoga ever since. Jagath is registered with Yoga Alliance, USA (RYT 200) and is also a certified Reiki Healer/Master.

Jagath’s ability to empathize with people has lead him to focus his teaching on the healing values of yoga. He encourages his students to use the practice of asana and pranayama not only to relieve stress and develop flexibility but also to cultivate compassion towards themselves.  The learning process therefore encourages self-exploration and self-transformation. There is no "must be" or "should be": each student embarks on his/her personal journey in order to rediscover and gently enrich the inner harmony and strengths that they already possess. Jagath strongly believes that yoga is about being present to the process of self-growth and not about achieving preconceived goals. The intention of the practice is to remain in your asana comfortably, consciously present to the movement and the stillness within you.

Vera Alverez

I was born in Moçambique, and I am Portuguese, now living in Sri Lanka. I have always loved sports and  stared practicing Acrobatic gymnastics, horse riding and show jumping and later even more radical sports like mountain climbing and so on! Life happens, kids come along, and slowly I start to be more involved in my work and family and less and less on my practice but 4 years ago everything changed we embarked on a new adventure and came to Sri Lanka. I immersed myself in Yoga and found a new path, from managing wealth (I used go be a financial advisor back home) to sort of managing health!! Now I am a passionate yoga student and practitioner and certified teacher 300 Hatha Yoga & RYT200 Asthanga & Vinyasa Flow. Looking forward to share my practice with you!

Fiona Raymond

Yoga has been a central part of Fiona Raymond’s life. She began learning Hatha yoga at age of 18 but became inspired by Kundalini Yoga and qualified as a teacher in 2003 in Ecuador, South America.  She has been teaching yoga and meditation for 10 years.  She holds IKYTA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association) Levels, 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. She is also on the Academy of Teacher Trainers.  Fiona has taught in Ecuador, UK and Sri Lanka.   

Fiona is fascinated in the link between quantum physics and yoga.  In her classes you will get the experience of yoga and a meditative mind whilst intellectually understanding the benefits of practicing this ancient technology.  Great emphasis is placed on learning to be present so we can learn to live in each moment and fulfill our potential. Music and mantra are an essential part of classes allowing people to connect to the rhythm of life. Fiona has a holistic approach to life.

Tara Germani

With respect and curiosity for the living art and ritual of yoga, I have had the privilege of studying under many amazing teachers in different styles – completing the RYT 500 at Radiantly Alive with Daniel Aaron and Edward Clarke (Tripsichore) in Ubud Bali - with a focus in advanced sequencing and Prenatal Vinyasa. Having further spent time deepening my understanding of the chakra system, Ayurveda and meditation techniques with Shiva Rea and Demetri Velisarius in Los Angeles and India; and many hours of self exploration on and off the mat at home. This practice has taken me to many trainings, workshops, retreats, classes, beaches, rooftops, parks and decks around the world.Above all I feel a deep curiosity about our human capacity and creative potential and feel humbled to share the essence of my findings in the form of  Sattvic Vinyasa here in Sri Lanka.Wishing you loving kindness on your path,Namaste.

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