More than a decade ago, yoga’s popularity skyrocketed and it has been a mainstay of fitness ever since.
This renewed interest in an ancient practice could be credited, at least in part, to the legions of celebrities who attribute their toned and taut physiques to various forms of yoga, particularly Ashtanga and power yoga. Today, celebrities—and their trainers—are still capitalizing on the benefits of yoga by releasing their own yoga DVDs.
Mandy Ingber, a Los Angeles-based trainer, has taken this idea one step further by inventing her own “brand” of yoga, dubbed Yogalosophy. Given the enviable shape of her most famous client—Jennifer Aniston—expectations for her DVD workout were quite high. Unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to the hype.
It’s not a good sign when the most positive thing you can say about an exercise video is that the setting is beautiful and the music unobtrusive.
Although Yogalosophy boasts two 30-minute routines, it is actually the same routine—with and without instruction. Ingber fuses a combination of yoga and traditional toning exercises (e.g., fire hydrants), but unlike flow styles of yoga, the transitions between exercises are often awkward and poorly cued. The workout itself is challenging and will certainly help tone and strengthen the body. The shorter length also makes it a nice option when time is limited.
Similarly, the 55-minute routine also is challenging, but nearly impossible to follow. Ingber seems to expect viewers to simply know what she’s doing and when to transition into the next move, because she frequently stops cueing.
Ingber spends a considerable amount of time discussing what it takes to attain a physique like her own. She espouses to the theory that “the mental messages sent to the body during exercise yield physical results.” That’s why, during one pose, she admits that her mantra is, “I have a great ass.”
In the extras found at the end of the DVD, Ingber offers three- to seven-minute mini workouts that focus on strength, balance, stretch and sun salutations. She does stress that you don’t have to be super flexible to do yoga and that it is accessible to everyone regardless of shape, size, age or gender.
The bottom line is that yoga novices may enjoy Yogalosophy’s hybrid of yoga and toning exercises, but traditional yoga followers are likely to be disappointed.
What we liked:
- Beautiful setting and unobtrusive background music
- Emphasizes that yoga is for everyone regardless of shape, size, age or gender
- 30-minute and 55-minute workouts are efficient and challenging
What we didn't like:
- Poor cuing makes it impossible to do the poses without constantly looking at the television.
- Spends too much time talking about her own “assets.”
September 20, 2010