Nare founded Barressential in 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a first of its kind Barre & Pilates boutique fitness offering. 

As a result of her keen interest in physiology and anatomy plus a strong belief that engaging in exercise should lead to less injuries and more healing, Nare was immediately drawn to the Barre method whilst living in London. After moving back to Colombo in 2016, Nare noticed a need in the market for a low impact, rehabilitating yet effective fitness method that creates lean yet strong physiques. 

Taking a step away from her career in investment management, Nare moved into the field of entrepreneurship to bring to Colombo two addictive, safe and effective forms of exercise that is taking the world by storm. 

Nare is a certified IBBFA Barre instructor and has completed Mat, Reformer & Trapeze Table training with the esteemed Balanced Body institute. She is also trained in Specialist Pre/Post Rehabilitation Pilates as well as Pre/Post Natal Pilates.

Nare holds a BSc in Neuroscience from King's College London and a Masters in Finance from the University of Cambridge.

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Dinely is a full time banker with a love of all things Barre & Pilates. Starting out as a client at Barressential, Dinely underwent our internal training program as a Mat Pilates instructor. Her attention to detail, thirst for knowledge and abundant energy ​meant she graduated to barre and Reformer Pilates within 6 months. Dinely's classes are full of energy, encouragement and excellent instruction!

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Lakna​ is a full time banker turned part time Pilates instructor. Her excellent form caught Nare's eye during classes and she was encouraged to join the Barressential internal training program. Lakna juggles her full time career, MBA whilst teaching Pilates! She's known for pushing you to do that much more than you think you can, all with a smile on her face!


Matheesha seeps energy from her pores! Our fabulous Barre instructor, Matheesha encourages clients to go from "wildfire levels to nuclear meltdown" all whilst being super cheerful! Don't let the smile fool you thought, she has eyes like a hawk making sure you adjust your form to get the maximum possible benefit from every exercise! 

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Ashna hails from neighbouring India and is well loved by all our Sri Lankan clients for her amazing virtual Mat Pilates and Yoga classes. With her background in functional fitness, her Pilates classes are an amazing combination of strength training plus traditional classical Pilates whilst her Yoga sessions work to provide R&R to tired muscles (and minds!).