It’s all about the love…
Photo credit: Javiera Estrada
A few months ago I purchased Mandy Ingber’s yoga dvd Yogalosophy. Mandy is all about spreading the love! You just feel good about yourself as she gently guides you through the positions. She inspires you to love your body and to accept what ever level you are on. Her informal approach appealed to me. After interviewing her, I can tell you that Mandy Ingber appeals even more to me. What a sweet person! No wonder the likes of Jennifer Aniston have also been inspired by her. This is someone you really want on your yoga journey! Thank you Mandy for such a wonderful interview:-)
TSP: If you could go back in time to when you were 20 years old and give yourself some advice – what would it be?
MI: It all works out. Truth be told, when I was 20 years younger, I would project myself ahead and ask for the advice. And sometimes I still send a shout back to the past so that I know things settle, infact, thanks for the reminder. I think I will do that tonight. The early to mid 20′s were a very transitional and difficult period for me. Of course, now it all makes sense. So there is really no waste of time, except perhaps worry.
TSP: What do you feel is the greatest lack in the world?
MI: Lack of self-love. We tend to focus outwardly. Even when we “give” the motive can be to make ourselves feel better. So I say, go to the source. Love yourself. Be good to yourself. Be your own advocate and best friend. Be gentle, and loving but also move forward with confidence. Even the most successful people need to self-love more.
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
MI: Someone who is learning. A person who can take any circumstance and say yes to it, spinning it in the most positive way possible. And someone who is accepting. Surrendered.
TSP: Do you have a life philosophy that you follow?
MI: Keep the focus on myself. Be of service where I can. Stay open. You never know where something may lead.
TSP: What in your opinion, is the most important thing that parents can give their children to prepare them for life?
MI: The stability and foundation to explore. My parents did one really amazing thing for me, which is that they sent me to a school for experiential learning. My teachers were so amazing. They taught me how to express my feelings, they allowed me to find my voice. They gave me enough structure so that I felt safe enough to try my talents on for size.