Cult yoga teacher Nadia Narain tells us about her passions and her wellness brand in our Q+A.
Nadia Narain is more than UK’s best-loved yoga teacher and a yogi to the stars. She is also a wellness expert with blooming holistic business. She has brought out a range of aromatherapy candles called PEACE, LOVE, HOPE, JOY + LIGHT and natural perfume Lua.
What is about yoga that you love?
I love that through doing a combination of breathing, physical exercise and meditative practice you get to exercise all the parts of you.
Literally use your body to change the way you feel.
What have you learnt from yoga?
Yoga helps me practice spaciousness. I make it in my body and then in my mind. I can be quite a reactive person and have a hot temper, so it gives me the space to respond rather than react.
What do you wish to teach through yoga?
Exactly that! Spaciousness and for people to understand that they can train their minds to literally be different. Rewiring. It also gives people tools to handle life in these stressful times.
Everyone feels better after yoga practice!
What are things you try to do every day to stay balanced in a hectic environment?
I like to get up early. So it helps if I got to bed pretty early. I like to be in bed by 11 latest. Anything earlier is a treat:)
My favourite is in bed early with a good book.
I do some kind of exercise daily even if it’s a walk in the park. And my biggest help is a meditation practice-even if I manage 10 minutes.
What are your biggest passions?
Dancing! I love a good dance off! Reading…I’m super into reading about everything! ….
I just bought my own place so for the last year I’ve been super passionate about decorating and getting the feeling of my place right.
How did you come to set up your own line of products? What is the philosophy behind the line?
I’m always making and creating stuff. As a yoga teacher my students loved giving me candles. But I never burned them because the smells were so perfumed I’d get a headache.
So I went to my friends at WeAre23 (designers and branding) and gave them my thoughts and they were like “yup we are totally in!” And so it started.
I just come up with ideas and they make them reality and then we have fun with the people that buy my stuff! First it was candles, then I did some accessories. Now my scent Lua which is 100 percent organic and wildcrafted perfume.
What is your most treasured wellness secret?
Wow…. Big question!
I’m finally getting what it means to be self-caring and nurturing to myself. I’m really good at giving it to others but not myself. So it’s made a big difference to look after myself in a kind way and not in a there’s-something-wrong-with-me-I-need-to-fix kind of a way.
What is your approach to nutrition? How do you keep healthy?
Eat wholesome organic foods. Simple! Eat what makes you feel good.
I was a strict vegetarian for 20 years and it just wasn’t working for me. So now I eat fish and do what feels good without giving myself a hard time.
Down dog! And a supine twist.
Can’t live without:
My family and friends.
Fave kitchen staple:
Hummus and cherry tomatoes.
Earl grey tea.
Your current mantra:
I have two. I’M READY. I’M AVAILABLE. PLEASE SHOW ME HOW. AND IT’S ALL ABOUT FLOWING NOT FORCING.