April 10, 2012

Yoga & Food Don’t Mix.


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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Isvari Apr 10, 2012 7:01pm

"Delectably" Guilty on many accounts :).

paul Apr 10, 2012 6:46pm

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

guest Apr 10, 2012 5:44pm

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

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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.)