Journalist turned recipe developer, ACE-certified health coach and yoga teacher (RYT 500). (Additional training in nutrition, herbalism.) Sharing stories about making the world healthier and happier.
As a teacher, I’m often asked about the meanings of different yoga terms, from the names of yoga poses to the different types of yoga and the philosophical concepts commonly woven into yoga classes.
Here, with the help of several experienced teachers, we’ve compiled a list of the most common yoga terms you’ll encounter in a class, along with real-life examples of how you would use those “yoga words.”
If you’ve ever felt confused in a yoga class and don’t know your shakti from your shanti, this glossary of yoga terms is for you!
With nearly 37 million Americans doing yoga these days, there are more options than ever for finding a yoga practice you like. There’s hot yoga and HIIT yoga for those who like to sweat. There’s restorative yoga and yin yoga when you want to go slow. For rule followers, there are regimented practices like ashtanga yoga or Iyengar yoga. For homebodies, there are even at-home yoga videos like 3 Week Yoga Retreat. And for the free spirits, there’s shakti yoga.
Yoga has come a long way in the past few years. Take a look at any studio’s schedule and you’ll see so many different types of yoga, from ashtanga yoga and kundalini yoga to aerial yoga and acro yoga. You might have even heard about — or tried — some of the more modern and unusual iterations of the ancient practice: hip-hop yoga, HIIT yoga, and naked yoga… just to name a few.
As someone who doesn’t eat meat, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been served plain greens or a pile of raw vegetables and had no choice but to consider that measly salad a “meal.”
From weddings to work dinners, I’ve chewed and chomped my way through those skimpy salads; I even made a few lackluster salads for myself in my early meat-free days before learning about macronutrients.
If you’re just starting to make the switch to a vegetarian way of eating, you can build a filling meal-size salad with our foolproof formula for a healthy vegetarian salad.
As a longtime vegan, I feel like I’m about to give away a state secret, but here it goes:
Vegan food isn’t all kale smoothies, quinoa bowls, and almond milk. There’s a lot of junk food that happens to be vegan. And just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
If you’re struggling to eat enough fruits and vegetables, salads are an easy, tasty way to reach your daily quota, or at least get yourself a lot closer! They can also be a nutrient-dense, filling meal on their own when you know what to include. But beware: Salads can easily turn into calorie bombs if you’re not keeping an eye on portions and ingredients.
To simplify your salad-making process, we came up with a foolproof formula for a filling and healthy salad.
But first, let’s take a look at where your bowl of greens may be going astray.
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Aluminum foil might be your go-to for ease and convenience when cooking (and cleaning up!), but if you’re using it, it’s time to make the switch to parchment. Like margarine and plastic containers, aluminum foil has overstayed its welcome in the kitchen and there’s now a much better option. Next time you’re making a baking sheet dinner or roasting up your winter farmers’ market finds, reach for parchment paper instead. Here’s why.
We’ve been using tomato paste all wrong. But now we know better, so we’re going to let you in on a culinary secret that will change the way you cook with it forever. This little tip will not only boost the flavor of your recipes (especially any that start with a can of tomatoes), but it’ll also give you a quick way to impress your dinner guests and step up your homemade pasta game. We’re sharing this as a culinary public service, because once upon a time we also made this mistake.
We’re huge fans of chia, flax, and hemp seeds, but you need to know how to use them correctly. All three of these super seeds provide fiber, protein, and a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, though they require unique storage and preparation. Here’s how to use chia, flax, and hemp the right way to maximize taste and nutrition (and avoid wasting money).
Beyond the superfoods trending in your state, there are plenty of other foods with major nutritional and health benefits that won’t break the bank. We love matcha lattes and mermaid-inspired spirulina recipes, to name a few. And you don’t have to go out of your way to hunt them down when so many superfoods can be found at a regular grocery store. Here are 10 everyday superfoods that you can easily work into your weekly meal plan, no matter what your budget is.
Is bread dead? Gluten-free and low-carb diets are now mainstream, but now there’s another diet to add to the list: the no-wheat diet.
Devotees of this diet cut out bread, crackers, and pasta to control their appetite, support gut health, and lose weight; some swear off grains entirely.
What is a no-wheat diet — and does it work? Do we really need to put grains on the chopping block and stop eating wheat?
What’s essential to a healthy diet? While you might consider chocolate or avocado an essential “nutrient,” the word “essential” has a particular meaning when it comes to nutrition, one that’s not quite as subjective.
“Essential” means that you need it, but your body can’t make it. “Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized by the body so they need to be consumed through food or dietary supplements,” says Krista Haynes, R.D., C.S.S.D., and nutrition manager at Beachbody.
So what are the essential nutrients? And how much do you really need?
You may have seen a new meat substitute alongside vegetarian proteins like tempeh, tofu, and seitan: jackfruit. (Yes, you read that right: meat. substitute.)
Jackfruit is a weird-looking but delicious fruit that’s popping up on store shelves and restaurant menus alike. Fans say it’s the perfect swap for pulled pork, shredded chicken, and even beef brisket.
It has a mild flavor that melds well with a variety of seasonings, and it’s stringy (in a good way) so it shreds easily. New to jackfruit? Get the scoop on this tasty faux meat.
Contrary to what you might see on Instagram or in your local yoga studio, stretching exercises aren’t just for the human pretzels among us. Stretching is essential for improving flexibility, which is an important component of overall fitness, along with mobility, strength, power, and endurance.
If they’re not already a part of your workout regimen, read on to learn which stretching exercises are best for warming up, cooling down, and improving overall fitness.