Mandy Ingber, may be famous for being the “it” yoga guru among A-listers (her clients include hotties such as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Lawrence) but lucky for you, this fellow Capricorn (we bond over Cap traits) whom I’m lucky enough to call my friend, just released her latest book Yogalosophy for Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy (Seal Press) so you too can learn and benefit from yoga directly from this yoga star.
Mandy is also The New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover and is the creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD Yogalosophy. Mandy’s class has been awarded “Best of LA” in LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine. For more about this beauty, learn how she lives her most Nutritious Life:
How do you DRINK UP?
I love Mountain Valley Water in glass bottles. I drink at least 2 liters a day. If I workout or drink tea/coffee (I have coffee 2-3 times a week), I add 8 ounces of water per each treat beverage or 30 min work out. I also love probiotic beverages as a treat.
How do you EAT EMPOWERED?
I stay away from processed foods. I begin my day with a protein shake that includes my multivitamins. I alternate the base—sometimes almond milk, sometimes coconut water, or just plain water—then I add greens like kale or spinach, plus frozen mango. I also add Omega 3 fish oil. Lunch is my largest meal. I usually have a large salad with clean protein, or something like chili or soup with tons of veggies. I snack on nuts and apples with cinnamon and pink salt. Dinner is flex. Sometimes a piece of salmon and a simple vegetables. Sometimes I will do breakfast for dinner and snack on greek yogurt, fruit and nuts or scrambled eggs with rice and vegetables. It depends on how the rest of the day went down.
How do you LIVE CONSCIOUSLY?
Each day I meditate in the morning. I find that centering myself and clearing my mind makes the difference in my day and my ability to handle myself in a way that I can be proud of. I also write a list of things I did well, things I am grateful for and things I have no control over.
How do you LOVE MORE?
I try to be present with the people I encounter on a daily basis. The people at my tea place, the people on the street as I walk by. The best way that I can be in love is to be completely present. That means breathing and staying in my body.
How do you NURTURE YOURSELF?
I love to take a walk on the bluff near my house and watch the sunset over the ocean as often as I possibly can. I soak in a hot bath daily. I allow myself to fully feel my feelings. If I am having a bad day, I allow that. If I am not feeling up to speed, I take something off my plate. I try to be my own mom.
How do you SLEEP DEEP?
I turn off my electronics at least an hour prior to bedtime. I take magnesium and melatonin. I have found that I need 8 hours for sure. No exceptions. When I have trouble sleeping I listen to serene meditation music to lull me. My very favorite unwinding song is Storm of Prayers by Shaman’s Dream.
How do you STRESS LESS?
The phrase “How important is it?” reminds me that there are no big deals. When my behavior and actions are aligned with my own moral compass, I can handle life’s twists and turns. Although a learned skill, relaxing into what comes is the discipline I practice. Everything is as it should be, and I can trust that my life is unfolding before me in perfect order. All I need to do is stay out of the way.
How do you SWEAT OFTEN?
Every since I was a girl, I loved to be physical. It gets me into my body and is my dedication of gratitude for my most amazing instrument, my body! I love to spin. I actually made my mark as the original spinning teacher to sold out classes in Los Angeles, back in 1996 and through 2008. I love intensity and bringing myself through, finding my edge and getting intimate with that process. I love me some hot yoga or barre class. I go into the infrared sauna several times a week. I also love to take a fun dance class. Sweating is my life. I will trade out good hair days for sweating my a$$ off any time.