MI: Wow. Well, when I started in the '70s, it was usually done one on one, or through self-practice. So it was a much more naturally introspective process for people who were alternative thinkers. It was weird to do yoga when I was a kid. A lot of people thought it was hippie-ish. As it grew, there were a lot of interesting thinkers who used it to clear the mind for meditation. Yoga studios started to open in very simple spaces, where students would gather for serious practice. Mind you, there were no cell phones back then. It was strict and precious. Although in my household, my dad would practice any time, right in front of the TV. In the '90s it became very trendy. Power yoga emerged, and it felt more like a workout. Soon women who had been in aerobics in the '80s were trying yoga to get a great yoga butt. Now it has become even more mainstream, not only have athletes recognized that it can help them perform better, but it is recognized by the medical industry for its healing benefits. And, naturally the fact that our role models, celebrities and athletes, and doctors are attracted to it opens it up to the masses. There are all types of yoga out there now. Something for everybody. Yoga has become a legitimate business and lifestyle.
MK: What's your yogalosophy?
MI: I took the yoga practice and combined it with my philosophy. You can really bring yoga into all that you do. I believe that having the body you want begins with loving the body you have. We don't have to wait until we lose a few pounds to start enjoying our bodies. We can begin exactly where we are. I believe in this type of acceptance on all levels. Mentally, emotionally and physically. I use monthly, weekly and daily intention setting, which I share on Twitter, Facebook and MandyIngber.com. There are multiple motivational techniques, and they go in cycles. Sometimes, "just do it" works, and other times, I need nurture. ... I guide my classes that way, and I try to provide that same support on my website's Yogalosophy blog and the other social media outlets. It's pretty simple: intention, acceptance and practice. Give it meaning, use what you've got to fuel you and show up regularly.
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