Guest Author - Terri Johansen
The book called “Yogalosophy, 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover” was written by Mandy Ingber in 2013. This method of yoga has been in popular fitness magazines and several well known actors workout with Mandy. Mandy begins the book by reminding us that we all have the perfect body. She believes that by “truly focusing on your body, visualize your best body, which is already strong, healthy, and shape, your body will respond.”
Ingber wrote this book as she describes “an action plan to re-pattern your habits, to develop new self-talk, and help you to channel your emotions”. She begins by telling us a little of her own story how her weight juggled throughout her life until she came to a point where she said, this is it, I don’t want to do this anymore.
The book Yogalosophy is based on more activities beyond yoga. She combines yoga postures with other exercises to get you in the great shape you’re ready to be in. Mandy wants the 28 day plan to be a fresh start for you and you can begin at any time. The book also contains guidelines for eating healthy with three diet options.
There are 3 basic components to the plan:
1. Daily Action Checklist. Each day should begin with the Daily Action Checklist for that day. It guides you to set your intention for the day. She also includes a sample playlist of music for the day; a Yogalosophy Routine Variation in which she gives options to some of regular poses and exercises. She then includes the Cardio option in which Mandy gives some great examples of cardio exercise, but ultimately it is totally up to you to decide, and the activities conclude with a “Pose of the Day”. There are more activities included in the Daily Action Checklist which will help you focus on your inner self.
2. The Yogalosophy Workout was designed by Ingber and she says that it can be modified for any level of fitness. This section of the book brings the workout to you. There are good instructions and the visuals are thorough. She tells you how many repetitions to complete and how long to hold the poses. In this way you can accommodate it to your needs.
3. Diet Plans and Recipes. The final section of the book is focused on the diet plans and how to eat healthy. She gives you a week worth of menus for each meal. She does this for each of the three diets and provides a grocery list for each of the diets A, B, and C. The book concludes with some great recipes based on each of the diet plans.
I enjoyed this book. I benefited from the day by day approach. One day at a time kept me focused and not looking too far ahead. Each day was a pleasant variety with plenty of creativity. Her workout takes somewhere between 30-40 minutes to complete. Sometimes I had to vary it due to scheduling for the day, but most days I did the entire workout. If you are going to vary the workout then I suggest you do the entire workout and make it longer or shorter by increasing or decreasing repetitions.
Mandy Ingberg states “I have accessed the powerful healing and strengthening benefits of yoga and paired them with complementary toners, which engage the smaller, less-used muscle groups, to help you get into the best shape in the minimal amount of time.”
Always check with a medical professional before starting this or any exercise routine. Be healthy, be happy.
This review is based on my own personal experience with the book Yogalosophy.
I purchased the book for myself with my own funds.
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