By Emma Stessman
Bethany Lyons’ approach to life is as fierce as her name suggests—both on and off the yoga mat.
After a long stretch as a super popular SoulCycle instructor, she founded Lyons Den Power Yoga, Manhattan’s first studio to offer Baptiste Yoga, an intense, heated practice that builds physical and spiritual strength. Lyons Den now has locations in Tribeca and Chelsea, where she works out and teaches almost every day of the week. Not to mention the fact that she mothers four rescue animals in her New York City apartment.
It’s no wonder Lyons’ no-nonsense food philosophy is all about keeping it simple and embracing what you like to eat. Her “everything in moderation” pescetarian diet, for example, includes “good wine, good bread, and good cheese.” (Sign us up!) “Just listen to your body and make healthy, informed choices,” she says Lyons. “Don’t eat if you’re not hungry, and stop eating when you feel satiated.”
In between sweaty sun salutations and celebratory champagne toasts, here’s how Bethany Lyons lives her most Nutritious Life.
How Does Bethany Lyons Live a Nutritious Life?
What’s your go-to breakfast? A giant bottle of water first and then black coffee. I know I am supposed to have breakfast and it is supposedly the most important meal of the day…but rarely do I eat it if I am being honest. If it’s a must due to my schedule I’ll have scrambled eggs and sliced avocado with a pinch of salt.
Your go-to workday dinner? Arugula salad––I LOVE the taste of arugula, so very little dressing––and a piece of grilled fish with a side of veggies. I know it’s not that exciting, but it works for my life.
The one food you’d never buy? Meat.
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Ketchup. It’s my favorite condiment. There is also always chilled champagne in my fridge, because life is meant to be celebrated.
The snack you always have with you when traveling? Justin’s almond or peanut butter packs. So good!
What do you eat before and after a workout? Usually nothing right before, maybe a handful of nuts if I need energy. If I practice yoga in the morning I always do this on an empty stomach. After: water, water and more water and then a green smoothie is my preference.
How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? Five to six times per week. A class at Lyons Den Power Yoga is truly my favorite––we have Baptiste-style Power Vinyasa Yoga and it makes me sweat, work, focus, stretch, and more. I also love to dance, spin, and do boot camp and conditioning workouts.
Which workout would you NEVER do? The Shake Weight from infomercials. WHO BUYS THIS STUFF?
How do you stay active outside the gym? Walking my dogs all over New York City, taking the stairs instead of the elevator in my building––and generally not choosing to be a couch potato.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Cardio, meditation and yoga practice. If all three are in the mix, I am good to go.
How do you pamper yourself when you need it? I’m totally a spa girl. My favorite is The Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle. It’s heaven overlooking Central Park. I also love alone time, either staying home or driving out to Bucks County where my family has a home (driving stick shift, fast) and then relaxing quietly with a good book or writing. That stuff feeds my soul.
How do you express and spread love? By showing up for people. Every single day, whether I feel like it or not. And tangibly: hand-written cards. I’m old-school like that.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? Wake up to what is real and understand that the choices you make are not in a vacuum.
What’s your weirdest healthy habit? I take two stairs at a time. Almost always.
Meditation or massage? Massage.
A hot shower or a soothing bath? Soothing bath.
Almond butter or peanut butter? Almond butter.
Coffee or tea? COFFEE!
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Dark spin class, 100 percent.
(Photos: Lyons Den Power Yoga)