Nadia Narain is one of London’s most sought after and inspiring yoga teachers. When she’s not teaching Kate Moss, Rachel Weisz and Jools Oliver she’s instructing those lucky enough to attend her packed-out classes at Triyoga in Camden.
Nadia has an incredible calm mastery over the group when she’s teaching. The last class of hers I attended was with 50 other people, however she managed to make everyone feel taken care of and supported.
When it comes to yoga for stress and anxiety, Nadia is the expert and when I learned of her Everyday Yoga for Stress Release DVD I wanted to ask her what advice she would have for those with anxiety.
How can yoga help with stress and anxiety management?
Yoga helps by bringing you into your body and connecting you to your breath. One of the major feelings we feel with anxiety is that we are disconnected from ourselves or out of control. It teaches you to connect to yourself, and your breath brings you into the present moment, instead of your mind reeling.
There are also benefits to going for a run or a dance or anything that gets the body moving, but it’s important to be mindful as to what you’re doing and why you are doing it.
Daily is ideal even just for 10 minutes. A little practice every day is a great way to become so familiar to yoga that you have the space to know how to respond to the stress or anxiety immediately.
That way it becomes something familiar and you can come to when you notice it; it’s like accruing healing benefits in your bank as opposed to suddenly needing it at a crucial time but being overdrawn.
Of course it depends on the level of stress and anxiety, but doing restorative poses and mediation and pranayama (breathing) practices are hugely beneficial to the nervous system.
Not really. I say start slow and build it up. My DVD, Everyday Yoga for Stress Release has 3 x 20 minute sequences as well as a nice relaxation and a meditation so a good start for any beginner or seasoned yogi.