I was more than excited when my Yogalosophy DVD by Mandy Ingber came in the mail. I had been hearing about the dvd through various promotions online. Mandy Ingber is an LA fitness instructor who does personal yoga sessions for various people including celebrity Jennifer Aniston. Ingber designed her DVD to combine her favorite toning exercises with her favorite yoga poses. Looking at Aniston’s yoga toned body, I figured the DVD had to be relatively decent.
While I was more than excited to try out the DVD, I found myself more than disappointed while actually doing it. The yoga DVD was downright terrible. With a backing by Jennifer Aniston and brief minute or so intro. from her, I figured the DVD would be composed pretty well. I was wrong. It seemed rather unprofessional, containing shaky camera movements in more than one spot during the DVD. It also appeared as though it really wasn’t edited. I noticed Ingber said a few “um’s” and “like’s” while giving instructions during the video. I don’t even resort to using “like” when I instruct during my live yoga classes and find myself at a loss for words.
The yoga session was disjointed, with few poses actually flowing together. Many of the instructions were unclear, and I definitely had to keep my eyes glued to the TV to stay with the program. Ingber would bring you into a new pose without ever instructing you to come out of the last pose.
The whole vibe of the yoga session was off as well. The program was certainly more about obtaining outer beauty than inner beauty, the exact opposite of what yoga tries to teach. During numerous moves, Ingber instructs you to focus on how good your butt or your “tush” is going to look as a result. During one pose, she actually says that her mantra is, “I have a great ass, I have a great ass.” She also says several times that for her to relax, she needs to fully exert her body and alludes that her yoga workout will do this for you. While this is true of many people that in order to relax one must push their body to the point of fatigue, yoga is actually meant to be a tool to help one become relaxed in any situation, calming the body down whether it’s during a pose or while sitting static at a stress-filled office desk. Ingber really does not mention or convey this.
She does bring you into a very brief meditation at the end of the session to calm the body and connect it with your mind. However, she brings you out of the meditation by saying, “I would like to try to levitate right now.” I mean come on! Are you serious?
The entire DVD was quite comical and almost entertaining. However, the comedy element came more from the ridiculousness of the DVD than Ingber herself. I actually found Inger to be quite corny, particularly in her introduction and extra sections.
I did like her vision mat idea that was found in her extras. Ingber designed a mat that contained visualizations of all of her goals/wants/dreams. I would definitely like a mat like this to keep me mindful of my aspirations! I also liked that she stressed you don’t have to be super flexible or follow a guru to do yoga. Everyone of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders can do yoga.
While I can enjoy elements of even the worst yoga practice, I would definitely warn you against buying this dvd. Save your $29.95 + shipping (yea, not cheap!). I wish I would’ve read a review before buying the DVD. At least I got a laugh out of watching it.