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Nathalie Emmanuel practises yoga to get fit for Game of Thrones

Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei on HBO’s hit TV series, Game of Thrones. (Instagram/NathalieEmmanuel)

You might recognise her from HBO’s hit TV series, Game of Thrones. Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei, handmaiden to the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.

The Mother of Dragons freed Missandei from slavery and serves as the trusted advisor, interpreter, and handmaiden instead in her quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms in the show. She might be a handmaiden, but Missandei displays rock-hard abs in the show.

Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei on HBO’s hit TV series, Game of Thrones. (Instagram/NathalieEmmanuel)
Game of Thrones’ award winning cast with Nathalie Emmanuel (3rd from right). (Instagram/NathalieEmmanuel)

Incidentally, Nathalie is also a Reebok brand ambassador and has a personal trainer to help her sculpt that strong core. This includes gym sessions six days a week, cardio and strengthening, plus indulging in her passion for yoga. A year ago, Nathalie pursued her yoga teacher training in Morocco, she said on her Instagram profile.

“My greatest strength is perseverance,” says Nathalie in an interview with Reebok.

“I’m not afraid of hard work, or rolling up my sleeves and powering through until I get to where I would like to be or where I need to be.”

Trying out an inversion in yoga. (Instagram/NathalieEmmanuel)

Here’s just two of Nathalie Emamnuel’s workout which you try for yourself.

 Yoga Flow

Vinyasa yoga flow based upon dynamic, upper body strength, mixing up strength work with flexibility, opening up hips, shoulders and hamstrings, as well as arm, leg, shoulder strength drills.

Upper Body

Warm-up and treadmill work for 15 minutes.

Upper body work (repeat this 3 times, resting for 20 seconds in between).

  • 10-15 reps of press ups (3 sets of 10-15 reps)
  • 10-15 reps of commando press ups on each arm
  • 30 snap jumps
  • Then plank work (repeat this 3 times, resting for 15 seconds in between)
  • 30 seconds of straight arm plank
  • 30 seconds of elbow planks
  • 30 seconds of side planks
  • 10 Burpees

Finish with a leg circuit (repeat twice).

  • 20 squats
  • 20 alternating lunges

Source: Instagram/NathalieEmmanuel, Reebok and