Yoga Anyone?

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.

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16 Comments

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    lyssachelle

    This sounds great! My sister-in-law just got certified in yoga, and she says one of the most important things is that you trust your instructor and believe in them. Mandy sounds like she fits the bill and keeps things interesting!

    And OMG, I’m such a dork for this, but I looked up this DVD on Netflix just to see if it was available for me to try it out. It’s not, but I DID find out that Mandy Ingber was Polly on TEEN WITCH!!!!
    I know it shouldn’t, but this makes me want to go and buy the DVD IMMEDIATELY.

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    mandabear

    I love yoga! I joined a studio so I try to go at least 3-4 times a week. It has helped tone me a lot so far. As well as help me mentally :) I was always interested in seeing what was offered by Mandy, only because Jennifer Aniston seems so into yoga she must be learning from the best.

    And OMG @lyssachelle …TOP THAT!

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    Sarah Miller

    This sounds like a totally accessible, user-friendly workout. I’ve been at the gym like a maniac this summer, and now that school’s starting, I’ve been trying to figure out how to keep the momentum without devoting two hours to walking on the treadmill and using the machines. You’ve officially piqued my interest in this dvd!

    Oh…and no worries, the elliptical always wins in my workout battles, too. There’s no shame in it! :)

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    Cori

    @traceyjaneperry i totally know what you are talking about! I have two wii yoga’s that I try to do but they get pretty boring. I think it’s because I can’t relate to an animation. But I have learned most of the potions and how to do them correctly so I’m glad for that.

    @erin thanks for the post I’ll be getting this when I get a DVD player again!

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    katezena

    Yoga is definitely not one of those things for me. I’ve tried it so many times, but I always end up falling on my face or my butt. It seems yoga is not for the super-clumsy-one-hip-is-higher-than-the-other people. I will say there are some poses I love.

    Oh jeez, I hate perky exercise instructors. If you have Comcast, you get free exercise programs On Demand. My favorite ones are by Cindy Whitmarsh. Perky with just the right amount of bullying for the supremely lazy exercisers (like myself). I love her 10 Minute Bun & Thigh Workout.

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    Mel

    This sounds great – thanks for introducing us @spitfire77! I’ve been putting off losing my baby weight because it’s been too hot to walk this summer haha! And then I thought I’d do my old pilates dvd, but can’t find it so that plan went out the door. You’ve got me interested in this one, though…sounds worth the investment of time, energy, and money!

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    Marilyn

    @katezena, I love the free On Demand workouts! There are tons, and they switch out the programs too, so there’s always something new.

    I’m personally a big fan of running, but I do like to do workout videos now and then. Leslie Sansone is fun, low intensity, but SUPER PERKY. Jillian Michaels anything is a tough workout–especially Banish Fat Boost Metabolism–but I do enjoy them.

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    kari

    I always get wary of buying home workout/yoga videos because some of them are just downright AWFUL. But this one sounds great, plus I’ve been missing doing yoga on a regular basis. Will definitely have to check this out!

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    glamazon56

    Thank you for a great post @spitfire77!
    I am a fan of Yoga DVD’s and really get into them. I am a huge fan of Sara Ivanhoe’s Yoga DVD series, but am ready to branch out. Heck, if my butt will look even remotely like Jen Aniston’s instead of like a crushed tin can, I’m hooked!

  10. Teri

    I downloaded a digital copy of Mandy’s Yogalosophy and will tell you that it’s an awesome workout! Don’t think that it’s a meditative yoga routine – this will make you sweat and you’ll definitely feel it the next morning!

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    Stef Andrews

    @mandabear – Top That! That Rap diss is right up there with some of Biggie’s and Tupac’s! I’ve never actually seen Teen Witch, but I know that scene from when Kenneth sung it on 30Rock:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dOkWqgM_oI

    I usually don’t have much luck with yoga. Too relaxing for me! It always makes me giggle. But this seems like one I might want to give a try. Great review @spitfire777!
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