Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy DVD Review

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.

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23 Comments

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    That sounds painful to watch. So, did she really levitate? Or did you just get to watch her try? I think it’ll sell because of the Jennifer Aniston plug, but I’m sure that’s only one teensy sliver of her actual exercise routine. Thanks for the review.

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    Simply Life
    January 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m always looking for new videos, especially in the winter, and never know where to begin so thanks for the review!

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    Mari
    January 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for this review! I WAS going to buy it but now not so much! lol

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    Melinda
    January 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for the info. I still haven’t gotten ionto yoga yet, but maybe one day!!!

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    kbwood
    January 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    thanks for the review! id love that!

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    Teniah Howell
    January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I hope everyone reads this post and does not spend their money on this outrageous version of yoga….what a shame, because it would have been so wonderful if the video would have been a good one! I’m disappointed for you, and hope you find a better video – definitely check out Bryan Kest…his videos are older, but he is so fantastic (seriously!! His Power Yoga series was the first video I ever learned yoga from.) I got into yoga for the inner change and it has gradually influenced every part of my life….True yoga has absolutely NOTHING to do with what your ass looks like! =) The modern twist on yoga can sometimes be really disheartening and disturbing. It’s sad that everything has to be commercialized in this day and age and people loose sight of the true foundation of the practice. Wonderful review, and thanks for your honesty!!

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    Nicole
    January 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Haha, wow! Um, you should post that on amazon! Love the honesty! I was in the market for a yoga DVD to start things up, but I guess I’ll start with process of elimination…? 🙂

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    Oraphan
    January 15, 2010 at 3:43 am

    What an honest review! I love your straight-forward way of commenting but very creative! I don’t know much about yoga so it’s good for me to know before deciding to buy anything, I should read a review first. Thanks:)

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    Bekah
    January 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    This post made me laugh out loud. I’ve always been curious about Jenn Aniston’s yoga regimen too.. (because her body is like the bomb) but goodness, this sounds kind of weird! I’m curious to what Jennifer reaaally does, like everyday.

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    January 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Such a useful and insightful blog?wow !!!!

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    Pamela
    January 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I loved your review of Yogalosophy. I had been wanting to buy it after seeing a stlye~file on T.V. What would you recommend as a better choice? Thanks …. Pamela

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    Rosie Posie
    February 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks so much for your thorough review. You saved me some money 😉

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    Lola
    February 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I completely agree with the posting. I bought the DVD and was completely ecstatic for it to come in the mail. For the price of the DVD plus a whopping 14 and change for shipping, the DVD is rather short. For the amount they were charging, I expected to get several hour long workouts that were all different.
    The thing that irks me the most about the DVD mentioned was the uneven flow of the steps. She doesn’t tell you when the post was finished. So when you should be relaxing in a downward dog, you have to keep looking up to see when she’s finished and moved onto the next. I even tried to do counts of each move so that I can keep up with her and not have to break my chi and look up….but nope, that didn’t work.

    The one thing that bothered me the most was during one section. She has you in a a warrior pose. She keeps talking and talking and talking while you’re on one side of the warrior pose. When you switch to the other side of the warrior pose, she is not talking as much, therefore, your legs get an uneven workout.

    The good, it is relaxing and gets my body good and strecthed. I just wished that you got more bang for your buck. I think I might have to switch back to my Yoga X from my P90x DVD.

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    Susannah
    April 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

    This review is spot on. I have much better yogalates DVDs by Louise Solomon and I only bought this one because I thought it would offer something new and inspiring. The music is too upbeat for me as well as I prefer more relaxing music to work out to.

    The DVD and shipping costs are very expensive – I would advise people not to waste their money on this. I’m slightly annoyed with myself for being taken in by Aniston!

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    steve (yoga dvd dude)
    May 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Funny review … sometimes the DVDs I produce get comments like this … so it made me laugh. But, we do have lots of nice ones that people love. Actually I have noticed that many people have such varying tastes ….

    Namaste,

    Steve

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    Christina Greus
    June 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve been following this yoga DVD a few times a week, and I really enjoy it!

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    Sandra
    February 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I have to disagree on this one and wonder if you completed the full workout as it seems that you were more focused on the presentation of the DVD and not the actual workout that is being provided by Mandy. I truly believe that anyone who completes this workout could not deny the fact that it is an amazing full body muscle toning workout. I have Mandy’s Yogalosophy DVD and absolutely love it!

    I’d just like to provide my opinion of this DVD for those that have been dissuaded from trying it. Mandy considers this workout a hybrid of yoga moves and muscle toners and I think it is obvious that this is more modern type yoga and that she is not following a strict yoga practice. She knows what will produce results. She has a unique teaching style and a very light-hearted approach. That’s why I love it!

    I love the fact that Mandy is cracking jokes (she has admitted that she does this on camera). I really feel that she is being sincere and is relating to the audience. I thought the “I have a great ass” mantra was funny and is a good example of her just being real and honest (don’t we all want a great ass?). The “I would like to try to levitate right now” comment was clearly a joke. She has a sense of humor which you don’t normally see in workout DVDs, particularly yoga. It’s so refreshing! The first time I was working out to this DVD, it honestly made me smile and I believe that’s so important.

    As for shaky camera and the editing, there are a couple of times where the camera was a little shaky and I know of one spot where the count for one pose seemed longer because of an edit, however you just need to get past that, workout at your own pace and complete your own counts. Many times throughout the workout Mandy mentions to take breaks if you need to. She allows you to be flexible so you enjoy it and keep coming back. It does require you to have some discipline and complete the workout without being spoon fed. You can’t always be looking at the tv screen throughout much of the workout anyways.

    I have always loved yoga hybrid/yogalates type workouts as they have always given me the results I want. Sure if I want a wind down relaxing yoga session, I’ll stick in another DVD, however if you want to tone your muscles and see results, this is the way to go! You have to overlook the minor flaws of editing and just work it out. I always feel so amazing (refreshed, energized, strong, happy) after completing even the 30 minute DVD workout and I always seem to feel the effects into the following day! I personally would suggest this workout to anyone who loves yoga hybrids/yogalates or pilates, wants a full body muscle toning workout, has a sense of humor and an open mind.

    PS: In addition to the Yogalosophy DVD, there are more workout downloads available on Mandy’s site. I plan to download them as well and look forward to her second DVD to be released sometime this year.

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    Renee
    October 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I love this DVD. I disagree completely with your negative review. Mandy Ingber’s ‘Yogalosophy’ does not claim to be a yoga dvd, but rather a combination of hybrid techniques to tone the body; one of these techniques is yoga. I like her quirky sense of humour which she brings to this practise, but if you dont wish to hear her, there is also a silent workout option. Her mantra “I have a great ass” is hilarously honest and motivational as you do the burning butt and leg exercises. It reminds you of your goal and why you bought the DVD in the first place.

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    Alex Perry
    November 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    When doing a search on the Internet or talking to people you will find people calling P90x (which is the real and correct title of the workout DVD series) many different things. I did the same thing before I started the program.

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    Jess
    January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah, I disagree as well. She’s funny, and it feels like you’re working out with a girlfriend instead of someone way above you or something. I can see where some might not appreciate it, but I found it to be a terrific workout, and my 2 closest friends and I were cracking up while doing it. It was fun. The next day, we were not cracking up, because our muscles were super sore! Which is why we’ll do it again and again.

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    Gem
    August 3, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Thank you for saving me the disappointment of buying this! In a way, liking the instructor on a DVD is even more important than liking one in real life – you’re stuck with the DVD and you’ll use it over and over. I’ve had to discard too many yoga DVDs because of shonky production, unlikeable instructors or other reasons. Now I just want quality!

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    Elmira
    September 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I really like doing yoga and I just started caple weeks ago. Ionly do yogalosophy episode 1.dont know weather is enough to help me lose some wetch and make me strong

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