Work out with Hollywood trainer Mandy Ingber and her Yogalosophy DVD
Maybe you’re like me and could use a bit more exercise. Trying to maintain some sort of regular exercise schedule can be a seriously difficult task. I’ve had many a battle with the elliptical… and, sadly, the elliptical won. I’m also always on the hunt for new exercise DVD’s and have been through pilates, ballet, and yoga routines a plenty. The problem with DVD’s? If I get bored, or can’t relate to the instructor, it’s all over, and the DVD finds a permanent place buried in the shelves of my TV cabinet. That was until I discovered Yogalosophy.
Yogalosophy is a yoga DVD developed by L.A. based fitness instructor, Mandy Ingber. For those of you who haven’t heard her name, Mandy has trained Jennifer Aniston (who introduces the DVD), has been featured in Self, Vogue, InStyle and Glamour, and was also named “Best of LA” in both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly for her sell out classes and exercise tips.
I couldn’t wait for this DVD to come out. I’d read about Mandy and I was extremely impressed with her philosophy and style. Plus, who wouldn’t want a body like Jennifer Aniston’s, right? I was very excited to give it a try. It’s a little bit pricier than the average exercise DVD ($29.95), but I figured (based on what I spend on makeup and hair products), I could splurge this one time!
I’m so happy I plunked down the cash for this one. For me, what makes Mandy’s DVD better than most I’ve tried is that I can relate to her and really enjoy listening to her lead me through the routine. (As a fellow exercise DVD fan, that’s a nice compliment, why are so many exercise instructors so relentlessly peppy? ~Tyna) She is amazingly down to earth and funny and her DVD feels like I’m working out with one of my girlfriends.
Mandy is far from a boring fitness instructor, and while some may want more structure in their exercise DVD’s, I found myself wanting to use this one more, because it isn’t as rigid as most. Mandy doesn’t spend the whole time chanting out counts, and it shifts into many different moves, to keep you on your toes and keep you interested.
Yogalosophy combines traditional yoga moves with some toning exercises to whip you into shape. It has two, thirty minute routines and, if used consistently, you will definitely feel the results. I’ve been using it for about a month now and while it doesn’t replace all cardio, I can feel the pain the next morning and already, dare I say, have started to look a little more toned!
I am by no means a yoga guru, so I was also a little nervous the DVD would be too intense and include crazy yoga moves that a beginner wouldn’t be able to do. I was pleasantly surprised to find the yoga moves were basic, traditional and fun. I also really like that it isn’t ALL yoga and incorporates some lunges and other toning exercises that give you that extra push.
All in all, I would say I have been very pleased with Yogalosophy. It’s a refreshing break from the typical exercise DVD and Mandy makes it fun and something I actually WANT to do on a weekly basis. So, if you’re looking for something new to add to your exercise repertoire, consider giving Yogalosophy a try… I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Readers – are you a fan of Mandy too? Share you favorite exercise DVD’s in the comments!
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.