Yoga & Food Don’t Mix.

Via Laurie Jordan
on Apr 10, 2012
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Photo Credit: Flickr The Commons / Algarve Yoga

Eight words that belong in the kitchen and not on the yoga mat:

1. Juicy:

Unless it’s describing some sort of succulent food bursting with flavorful juices (dare I say, a hamburger?), juicy has no place anywhere near the yoga mat.

2. Marinate:

This word should only be used to describe food being steeped in a marinade. Unless you douse yourself with a nice thai peanut sauce before yoga class, marinating should be left for the fish.

3. Delicious:

Delicious is usually used to describe something that is delightful to smell or taste. Unless you smell or taste like fresh baked cookies, delicious should be left to describe tasty baked goods and golden delicious apples.

4. Squeeze:

To put it simply,  squeezing should be left to juicers.

5. Ooze:

Aside from the fact that word just oozes grossness, oozing should only describe food that is overflowing with flavor. Poses that ooze with goodness sound like they should be left for the bedroom.

6. Yummy:

Unless you are a child describing your rainbow-sprinkled covered ice cream cone, yummy has no place coming out of a grown-up’s mouth when describing how a yoga pose feels.

7. Fluff:

Fluff is a marshmallow creme that belongs on fluffernutter sandwiches. It belongs far, far away from a yoga teachers vocabulary.

8. Relish:

Relish is something you add to a hot dog, not what you would say to describe your experience in a pose.


Editor Tanya L. Markul

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About Laurie Jordan

Laurie Jordan is the author of YAWNING YOGA: A GOODNIGHT BOOK FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP based on her successful bedtime yoga series, Yawning Yoga and the creator of Little Sprouts Yoga for kids. She has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and is a certified yoga instructor for children and adults. Find her yoga practice here. Laurie took her first yoga class when she was 15 but the experience left a nasty taste in her mouth. She was kicked out for laughing at the instructors mantra, “feel the honey golden light in your...unmentionables” Eeww. Who would have thought that all these years later, that “honey golden” moment would be the one that influences her teaching the most? (Or at the very least, that it serves as a reminder to never say anything as hippy- dippy and dorky as that–and to always, always keep it real.)


12 Responses to “Yoga & Food Don’t Mix.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  2. Drupadi says:

    Lol! while I've never heard anyone connecting marinate with any of the yoga poses or the body parts, I've heard some yoga teachers mentioning these words like: "juicy hip opener" or "relish your mind in this pose, and try to go deeper" or "squeeze that buttocks" ha ha!
    I think these are still quite OK 🙂 no need to ban these words from the yoga mat, lah! 😀

  3. Laurie says:

    I agree! I was just having a little fun!

  4. You could find more tips about chiro techniques on the net.

  5. Andrew Gurvey says:

    The juiciness of your article has left me with the desire to marinate in its deliciousness. I am looking to squeeze every bit of education from your article I can until it oozes through my consciousness in a yummy fashion. There is only so much fluff to relish, after all 🙂

    I think, of all of the words you described, juicy and marinate are my two favorites. Nicely done.

  6. Laurie says:

    Great response! Thank you!

  7. __MikeG__ says:

    I've heard all of these words in various studios until I started practicing only Iyengar yoga. I love Iyengar yoga.

  8. guest says:

    I think I've heard all of those words during yoga. "marinate" usually during savasana.

  9. paul says:

    Is it because those adjectives are too sexual? Is it ok to say rasa?

  10. Isvari says:

    "Delectably" Guilty on many accounts :).

  11. Laurie says:

    hahah! Awesome! I was thinking of adding that one too, but I have said that myself too!

  12. @YawningYoga says:

    No they aren't too sexual! Heck I've used Thrust and Undulate!