Naomi’s tem­per tamer

Su­per­model Naomi Camp­bell says the prac­tice has helped her keep her cool

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While Naomi Camp­bell al­ways nailed it on the cat­walk, the su­per­model’s fiery tem­per of­ten hit the head­lines. But re­cently, the 48-year-old ad­mit­ted to fall­ing in love with the calm­ing in­flu­ence of yoga and se­cret solo re­treats.

So how good for our body and mind is it, re­ally? ‘Most peo­ple find yoga a great way to be­come more flex­i­ble, agile and fit,’ says Fi Clark, head of yoga at FLY LDN.

‘What I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence is the men­tal ben­e­fits – it has a pro­found and sur­pris­ing ef­fect on still­ing the mind. Yoga teaches us to ap­pre­ci­ate and ac­cept not just our phys­i­cal bod­ies, but also who we are as a per­son, which in turn has a last­ing pos­i­tive im­pact on our sense of well-be­ing, calm and over­all hap­pi­ness.’

And if you’ve heard that yoga is great for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, you’re right. ‘It’s a great prac­tice if you’re heal­ing from an in­jury or com­ing back from a break in prac­tice, as you can choose the level of in­ten­sity.’ So what does Fi rec­om­mend? ‘Try a com­bi­na­tion of both dy­namic and restora­tive yoga. Each day we phys­i­cally and men­tally need some­thing dif­fer­ent from our yoga prac­tice, de­pend­ing on many fac­tors, such as en­ergy lev­els, men­tal state, how well we’ve slept and our hor­mone ac­tiv­ity.’

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