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"Yogi to the stars" Mandy Ingber is one of the most popular yoga and fitness instructors in Los Angeles. In this interview, she reveals her "yogalosophy"—her vision for life on and off the mat shared on her Yogalosophy DVD. Find out how yoga can change your life and why the body you want is already in the room.
Marlene Kelly: How did you first discover yoga?
Mandy Ingber: My father first brought yoga into my life when I was 7. He began yoga, meditation and diet to help with his back injuries incurred from being really athletic. Once he healed, he began to use yoga to take his body to a new level. My brother and I tried to bond with my dad by doing yoga with him. I followed in my father's footsteps by using the book Iyengar's Light on Yoga. I also really love Richard Hittleman's Yoga for Health TV series. My parents brainstormed about creating a program to bring yoga to the office in order to improve productivity...a yoga break instead of a coffee break. I can really relate to the beginner who feels intimidated by yoga and meditation, because that's how I felt with my father—somewhat untouchable, restrictive, as if there were a right and wrong way to practice—I had big shoes to fill! Even though my father practiced daily, he had a highly stressful job and occasionally had a quick temper. I am under no illusion that yoga is the solution to all issues! That's why I am a very open-minded yogi.
MK: How has yoga changed your life?
MI: Yoga is a part of who I am. It has given me a permanent relationship. A relationship between my body, my mind and my emotions.