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The Yoga Teacher

Naomi Annand

In the heart of east London, which is about as urban as it gets, there’s a spot of tranquility and peace to be had at Yoga on the Lane, a small but influential yoga studio, thanks to Naomi Annand and her group of practitioners.

Thanks to her knowledge and extensive training with many of the world’s best teachers, Naomi is able to use her Vinyasa practice to respond to the energy in the room and empathise with the pressures of modern life. You enter as your average burnt out city-
dweller, and leave feeling bathed in light, uplifted and at one with the world.

For Ikigai, we look forward to learning how to align breath and movement, on and off the mat and perhaps to catch a little of Naomi’s light in the process.

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What gets you up in the morning?
Gideon (10 months old and keen always to salute the dawn sun).
If you had to describe what you do in a sentence…
I connect people; first with themselves and then with others.
What makes you an expert in your field?
10,000 (plus) hours.
When and how did you receive your calling?
Ballet injuries in my twenties (after years of dancing en pointe) necessitated a dramatic shift and I have never looked back.
What is the most misunderstood thing about your profession?
Life is stressful and the appropriate response is not always to be calm. What yoga teaches you is how to respond to your baseline and lean into the experience favouring the compassionate response.
If there was one thing you could pass on to everyone, what would it be?
Care about what you do. Fill your life with kindness and your heart will overflow with
gratitude regularly.

“Fill your life with kindness and your heart will overflow with gratitude regularly.”

“To live fully. I live to feel full.”

What one thing should we stop doing now?
Holding our breath.
What one thing should we start doing more of now?
Feeling into our body and responding. That might mean easing out stiffness with a dynamic pose but equally it might be to relax over your cushions, lay under a blanket and feel into the weight of your body.
What is your “ikigai”?
To live fully. I live to feel full. Moment to moment. Mindfully. For the miracle that is life!

To learn more about Naomi Annad, visit: naomiannand.com

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