In 2012, Naomi Reynolds opened Yoga on the Lane, a popular boutique studio in Dalston, east London. When Naomi was seventeen-years-old, she joined the Royal Ballet company and danced professionally for five years until her career was curtailed by injury. This traumatic, sudden and very early end to what had been the focus of her life prompted her to take off around the world searching for therapeutic tools to heal body and mind. It was on this journey that she discovered the extraordinary therapeutic power of yoga, and has been teaching ever since.
Her book, Yoga: A Manual for Life (Bloomsbury, 2019) stands alone as a practice companion as well as being a beautiful object for anyone interested in yoga, mindful movement and meditation. Hers is a book that contextualises this ancient practice in the modern world with elegant, contemporary images and design, and authentic but not preachy text. Increasingly, people are starting to realise yoga isn’t particularly compatible with the screen, and that digital guides stop them from being mindful and present in the moment. This is an opportunity for people to turn off their laptops, put away their phones and follow simple, clearly laid out sequences that will help them disengage from technology and hone their concentration and focus. The book will be peppered with mindful ‘life hacks’ – simple ways to take yoga’s message of radical self-care off the mat and into daily life. She strongly believe that yoga can enhance whatever we are passionate about in life and this process of unwinding and focusing on ourselves will reveal that.