AN INTERVIEW WITH NADIA NARAIN

Yoga Teacher Nadia Narain

First embracing yoga to help restore balance to her fast-paced lifestyle, Nadia Narain is now one of the UK’s most renowned and loved yoga teachers.

She has taught the likes of Rachel Weisz, Kate Moss and Jools Oliver — and she recently spoke candidly to The Daily Guru about her journey into yoga teaching, some misconceptions about her industry and some of her greatest lessons, challenges and achievements.

Get up close and personal with this gorgeous yogi in today’s Guru To Watch interview! Enjoy

The best part of my job is…

That I get to make people feel good every day! I get to teach them to connect to their bodies and their minds and their hearts. That’s a pretty good job to wake up to daily!

I chose to enter this field of work because…

I can’t say I chose to enter this field. My teacher just told me that that was what I was doing and back then when your teacher said you were teaching, you just did what they say. It’s not quite the same as it is now where people take trainings to become yoga teachers. We studied with our teachers because we were in awe of them and the magic transmitted. I travelled the world and worked just to study with my teachers.

The greatest challenge in my career has been…

To stop comparing to what other yoga teachers do. One of my favourite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” by Theodore Roosevelt. I think it’s a challenge in many people and I just have to keep focused on what I believe and how I teach and really trusting my authentic voice. I’m getting better at it. But when I have a bad day, it sucks!

 

The funniest misconceptions about my industry/company/brand are….

“Oh, you’re a yoga teacher, you must be so calm all the time, you have a stress-free life.” I get this all the time! I’m just a woman living a very human life with all the challenges life throws at me. Yes, I have some good tools but usually they work faster and better on other people when you are more objective and want to help someone else. When you are watching your parent die, or your heart is breaking or you’re trying to buy a house or whatever stressful thing is occurring, you have to really walk your talk and it’s not always easy!

The most influential person in my career has been…

My teachers and my students. I learned from my teachers, of course, and my first teacher was in her 60’s when I met her. We used to do yoga in her house and she served chai tea and cookies after and she had this bright beaming light and I thought maybe when I’m in my 60s that would be a nice thing to do. I didn’t realise she was sending me out at 23!

Also my students and their stories on a daily basis. The hardship they have overcome and how the practice of yoga and meditation has helped that. I’m happy I get to contribute to that in a small way.

 

If I could give one piece of advice to my 18-year-old self, it would be….

Have more fun and like myself more! My god daughter is turning 17 and girls just have such a hard time liking themselves at this age. And with exams and boyfriends, it’s such a difficult time. Have good clean fun and really like who you are! Thats what I keep teaching her.

My greatest achievement has been…

Waking up feeling happy most of the time. I didn’t used to and I just bought a flat and did it on my own so at the moment I look at it from every possible angle and can’t believe it’s mine (and the banks:) and that feels pretty good at the moment. I feel proud! I’m not very good at feeling proud of myself usually.

The greatest personal challenge I have overcome is…

Forgiving myself and my parents. I had a challenging upbringing and a hard time with my family. You’ve got to just let go of all that stuff in the end and be happy with who you are and grateful that you are who you are because of where you came from. It’s not easy. I’m kind of getting there at 42! Now I’m totally into who I am!

 

I don’t understand why…

People are not nice to one another.

I try to relax by…

Taking a bath every night. It’s how I wind down.

My biggest fear is…

I have a few and if I go a day into the future they come at me, so I try and stay in the present!

I can’t live without…

My friends and family

I really wish I had…

Less defences so I’m more naturally open

 

The greatest lesson I have learnt is….

People do all kinds of strange things when they are hurting and suffering inside. Try not to take things too personally and learn to forgive more.

If I had one super power, it would be….

I would fill people with more love and forgiveness for themselves and one another.

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

My best girlfriends and my sister. They always make me laugh!

 

CONNECT

To connect with Nadia, you can visit her website below

 

www.nadianarain.com

 

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