Our authentic approach, grounded in Eastern traditions and extensive personal experience, allows us to guide you on a healing journey that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Whether you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, or simply seeking personal growth and fulfilment, our tailored coaching sessions can help you unlock your full potential. With a focus on demystifying meditation and spirituality and providing personalised guidance, our team is dedicated to empowering you to live your best life.

Meet the team

Our team comprises of Karuna Priya, a former Buddhist monk with extensive training in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the UK, and Nitima Priya, a Holistic Counsellor born in the foothills of the Himalayas, currently based in the UK and offering her counselling services internationally. Together, we lead the way in holistic healing with a Buddhist approach that encompasses the mind, body and spirit.




Karuna serves as a Chaplain and Buddhist Faith-Advisor to Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts. Before moving to London in 2009, he had been a Buddhist monk for 15 years in Sri Lanka and Thailand and holds a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he co-founded the Akanista Limited.

He is also a RYT500 Yoga teacher.




Nitima is an integrative counsellor, life coach and mindfulness teacher. She studied Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP & Counselling Skills at the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies (CCTS ) and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is a co-founder at Akanista and has facilitated wellbeing workshops at Imperial College London, Royal College of Art, and leading corporate companies such as Soho House, Coats, BAT and Save the Children to name a few. She facilitates residential and non residential retreats in the UK and in Europe.



Creative Direction/Product Development

Prae Chaiphet, award-winning LCF graduate, is a Thai-British fashion and embroidery designer who sees herself as a designer, activist, maker, artist, craftswoman and everything else in between. She is a critical thinker who enjoys researching through making. During her studies, she came across meditation and holistic coaching. Since then, she has been a keen learner and intergrates the philosophy of mindfulness in her work. At Akanista, Prae oversees creative direction for the brand, including visuals, social media strategy, and product development.

How we can make a difference

Our coaching sessions are suitable for everyone, particularly those struggling with stress and anxiety in today’s fast-paced and often dysfunctional societies. We work with clients from all backgrounds, including trauma survivors who require specialised, culture-sensitive care. Additionally, our sessions can help those looking to improve their lives, develop personal growth, nurture positive relationships with themselves, expand their horizons, find peace and contentment, and learn to be less hard on themselves. We offer tailored sessions that can last anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions, with options to extend if required to meet each individual’s needs.


One of our core values is to demystify meditation and spirituality. While these practices have become increasingly popular in mainstream culture, they are often misunderstood and stripped of their cultural and ethical elements, which can render them less effective. We have a deep respect for the origins and intentions of mindfulness and meditation practices, and we believe that they should be approached with care and personal guidance. Our goal is to help our clients understand the context of these practices and how they can use them to empower themselves and gain healing properties.

A summary in short sentences

Our team of South Asian experts integrates Eastern traditions into daily life.

We provide a safe space to explore identity, deepen spirituality, and unleash potential.

Our coaching is suitable for everyone, especially those dealing with stress and anxiety.

We offer specialised care for trauma survivors.

Our sessions can enhance personal growth, build positive relationships, broaden horizons, and promote self-compassion.

We demystify meditation and spirituality and provide personalised guidance.

Our approach values diverse cultures and the transformative potential of their traditions.

We acknowledge each client’s unique experiences and empower them to exist in their healing journey with autonomy.

Our coaching sessions are customised and flexible.