About Neela

Meet your yoga teacher/therapist Neela Masani

Hi, my name’s Neela and it’s a pleasure to have you visiting my website.  I’m a registered Yoga Therapist, teacher and psychotherapist.  Here’s a little bit of background information about me and the work I do. 

Influenced and inspired by my Indian family background, my interest in yoga began in my teens.  But it wasn’t until my early twenties that I began to realise how Yoga was such a great way for me to connect with my body rather than constantly living in my head.  It also reduced any feelings of anxiety and stress I experienced replacing them with a sense of calm and resilience.

In my working life however, I chose to work in the field of mental health.  My career as a psychotherapist began over 20 years ago and initially led me to work in a psychiatric unit with those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder.  Through this work and my own personal Yoga practice I came to recognise the vital connection between body, mind and spirit and the critical role that the nervous system plays in our health and wellbeing. 

Having set up a private practice and worked in a number of different clinical and voluntary settings as a counselling psychotherapist, I eventually went to India and trained as a Yoga Teacher, setting up Yoga Shanta in 2012.  Following which I undertook the Yoga Therapy for the Mind training at the Minded Institute where I am now a member of the teaching team.  As a result of this deeper learning, I now combine my work as a Yoga Teacher/Therapist with my Psychotherapy practice working with groups and individuals in the Brighton and Hove area.  I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, trauma and bereavement helping people either on the Yoga mat or in talking therapy.    I am registered with the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists, with Yoga Alliance Professionals and with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  

Whether you are looking for a Yoga class or a personal therapist, I look forward to hearing from  you.