Who doesn’t love a little humor with their yoga? Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy is hard work, but you’ll almost forget it sometimes because of Ingber’s laidback attitude and occasional joke.
She doesn’t take the routine so seriously that it seems like work, though you will see results if you keep it up. Instead, she tells you to listen to your body and only go as far as it’s allowing you to that day.
You can do the fully loaded version for 55 minutes of yoga and toning exercises, complete with sun salutations, or you can skip right to the express workout, which is about 30 minutes of yoga poses paired with toning, without the beginning sun salutation sequence. I usually skip to the express exercise because I’m in a hurry, just want a 30 minute toning routine, and tend to get bored with sun salutations anyway.
What Ingber does in her DVD is take traditional yoga poses, like chair pose, warrior 2, and plank, and combine them with lunges, squats, push-ups, and other strength moves that use only your own body weight to get results.
This method isn’t to be confused with power yoga, which often is a series of yoga moves repeated back-to-back rapidly. Instead, you’ll hold a pose, then go into the corresponding strength move for eight reps, then go on to either the other side or something else.
I’m not a fan of power yoga. Strength training videos often bore me. Something about this hybrid, though, combined with Ingber’s personality, keeps me motivated and I’ve worked out to this DVD dozens of times.
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