Mandy Ingber began her fitness career as an indoor cycling instructor before teaching yoga for the past 15 years, now she has launched her revolutionary DVD Yogalosophy for those of us looking for a unique and effective programme to sculpt muscles while unwinding the mind.
“My inspiration for Yogalosophy came from wanting to create a slightly alternative procedure - to promote weight loss and get you into an ideal shape with easy to follow routines. My main aim was to keep the yoga influence of connecting the mind and body. I pair a yoga pose with a toner. So it's more of a yoga workout. The poses are basic, but the workout is challenging,” Mandy explains.
Yoga offers your body increased flexibility and endurance, as well as Increased lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons. Your body strength will increase and you will find your muscles are more toned. By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body - as a result there is a general detoxification. This brings benefits such as delayed ageing, increased energy and a remarkable zest for life.
The Yogalosophy programme consists of an introduction from Jennifer Aniston, two versions of a 30-minute routine, one with instruction, and the same routine with an amazing music soundtrack and a fully loaded 55-minute challenge, which incorporates six yoga extras into the 30-minute routine. Yogalosophy uses the theory that mental messages sent to the body during exercise yield physical results.
Mandy’s philosophy is “Having the body you want begins with loving the body you have.” This attitude of acceptance has been very effective in changing bodies and Mandy’s yoga practice dates back to her childhood.
Mandy was born and bred in Los Angeles California; she describes her life as a Fellini film. “My father was a lawyer and my parents were pretty young when they had me 20, 23...so we all grew up together. I was exposed to lots of alternative health methods. We were macrobiotic for years, and i went to a school for experiential learning. We had a salt-water pool instead of chlorine, and were sugar and dairy free way ahead of the curve.
“My father was body obsessed. I began exercising at a young age, and became interested in the effects of diet on the body. He was always exploring meditation, reading and gardening, my mom was finding new comics, like Steve Martin, watching Saturday Night Live and doing Mick Jagger impressions in the kitchen. We were an emotionally volatile family, but there was also a lot of love. My parents divorced when I was 15. So, there was a lot of healing to do. I was very inspired by both of my parents' ability to grow and change.
“At school I was interested in literature, great authors, poets and writers. I was attracted to writing and the arts. The theatre inspired me greatly, which led me into a career of acting.
“I was cast in an award winning play on Broadway, and played my part as a recurring character on hit shows like Cheers, Charles In Charge and My Sister Sam. I was in many 6-13 episode shows, and was fortunate to have worked with amazing people. When I was 22, I had a personal crisis, and went under emotional reconstruction. It took me five years but at the end of that time I had evolved into teaching, which was amazingly great for me to do.
“I started teaching spinning, and before long, my classes were packed, we were continually adding more bikes! Celebrities started joining and talking about my class to magazines and the press....and here we are today. My intention when I started was to share. It was amazing what I had to give. Once I started to channel the energy towards giving. It actually healed many of my own body image issues, and how I felt about myself.
“My classes and routines are often influenced by music, something I have always had an interest in. My parents always had the stereo going when I was a child. I was exposed to all the great music of that time, like Elton John and the Stones. Moving my body is a way I can express music. It’s such an amazing art form. Vibration and sound, hence I use all sorts of music in my classes, from Zeppelin to Beyonce”.
To experience the art of Yogalosophy for yourself visit www.mandyingber.com