Yoga Master Interviews: Meet Our Yoga Experts
These are the lovely, empowered, and awesome yoga experts who helped us put together our best yoga products guide for you and your yogi friends! In addition to asking about their favorite products, we also wanted to know about their favorite National and State Parks for yoga, and any advice for those who have just started practicing yoga. We hope you learn something from these yoga master interviews, and that you love these ladies as much as we do!
Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness expert and New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover (Seal Press). Her 18 years of experience have attracted clients like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. She is a keynote speaker, spokesperson and wellness blogger for People.com and E! Visit Mandy on her website mandyingber.com or follow her on Twitter @msmandyingber or Facebook Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy.
Best natural setting for yoga: ”I love to practice yoga in an open cabana overlooking the ocean. I have done this in Ojai, Cabo, and Costa Rica. There is nothing like fresh air when you are deep breathing. But it’s nice to be covered! To be protected from the sun.”
National Park wish list for yoga: “I would love to practice yoga in Yosemite. I love parks, as I went to a mobile school when I was a child and we would begin and end the day at Rancho Park in L.A. and each day we would have lunch at different parks all around the city of Los Angeles. Once a year we would go to Yosemite to camp. Such a beautiful spot.”
Other outdoor favorites: “One of my ALL time favorite events was Self Magazine’s Workout in the Park. I taught a class in Central Park in NYC. That was a blast.”
Mandy’s Yogalosophy in 5 simple steps: 1. Love your body now 2. Commit to short-term goals 3. Make healthy choices 4. Visualize your best self and give gratitude 5. Give and receive support
Chrissy Carter, star of Gaiam’s “Beginning Yoga” DVD, is a yoga teacher and writer in New York. Passionate about teaching intelligent yoga with clarity and compassion, her approach fosters curiosity, playfulness and self-inquiry. Carter travels internationally to lead workshops, retreats and continuing education for students and teachers. She has appeared in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and Whole Living Magazine. Visit Chrissy on her website chrissycarter.com, follow her on Twitter @yogachrissy, or like her Facebook page Chrissy Carter.
Favorite State Park for yoga: “Liberty State Park has the most spectacular view of NYC and has such a beautiful landscape of its own.”
Other outdoor favorites: “I’ve taught in Bryant Park every summer for the past few years and it’s always fun to teach outdoors where we can spread out, take in our surroundings, and be grounded in the midst of the hustle and bustle of NYC!”
Advice for beginners: “First, find a teacher who you connect with—one who encourages you and offers insights into how you can adjust the postures to best meet you where you are.
“Second, I recommend finding a true beginners’ class where the postures will be broken down with proper alignment, and where a slower pace will give you a chance to be aware of your experience. Students sometimes make the mistake of starting off in higher level classes, but even if they’re able to keep up, they miss out on an opportunity to understand the mechanics of the postures and therefore set themselves up to practice bad habits in the future.”
Seane Corn is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual activist, who teaches self-empowerment, self-actualization and purpose. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane is also co-founder of a ground-breaking fund and awareness effort across the yoga world called the ‘Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours,’ which have collectively raised nearly $4 million for international communities in need. Visit Seane on her website seanecorn.com, follow her on Twitter @SeaneCornYoga, or like her Facebook page Seane Corn.
Favorite State Parks for yoga and activity: “I live in Topanga, CA and there are endless hiking trails around here. The most beautiful are at the Topanga State Park and the Red Rock Canyon Park. I recently purchased about 14 acres of land up on Tuna Canyon overlooking the Pacific Ocean nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. My favorite place to practice yoga would be on the deck of my yurt that I built on my land.”
Advice for beginners: “My advice would be to stick with the slower intro/beginner classes for at least 6 months. You don’t want to miss important information about inner cues, breathing, names of poses, alignment and body positioning that really sets the foundation for a solid practice. Don’t rush it. Even if you have good body awareness, move well, or are flexible and strong, you still are learning a new craft, so give yourself time to take it in.
“Yoga is about a state of mind and linking movement to breath. It’s the body’s job to express that from the inside out- that is the art of yoga. The most advanced students aren’t the most flexible or strong; they are the ones with breath awareness and a conscious intention through their practice. The beauty lies in being able to focus on each pose and stay present- while honoring your body’s truth.
“Also I would say to really watch your inner critique and inner judger. Every body is different and yoga is literally for everyone. Your practice might look entirely different from someone else’s. You have every right to be there, to practice and experience what you are experiencing, overcoming your personal limiting beliefs and perceptions.”
Kathryn Budig shares her zest for life, yoga & food as the Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert along with her contributor writings for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. She’s been seen on the covers of Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Om Yoga and Common Ground. Budig has been featured on E!Entertainment, The Food Network, Forbes Women, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She also serves as the brand representative for ToeSox and is currently sponsored by Under Armour + ZICO Coconut Water. She authored Rodale’s The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. Visit Kathryn on her website kathrynbudig.com, follow her on Twitter @kathrynbudig, or like her Facebook page Kathryn Budig.
Best outdoor setting for yoga: “My best friend and I love to go play on the beach in New Smyrna, FL [just north of Canaveral National Seashore]. We’ll get on the wet sand and play around with handstand and acro. The ocean is so soothing in the background.”
We hope you enjoyed getting to know our yoga masters! Don’t forget to check out their favorite products in our best yoga products guide!