Former actress turned yoga instructor Mandy Ingber recently stopped in Portland.
Mandy left the acting world in the 90s and dedicated herself to wellness. As a fitness coach, she's trained a number of celebrities, from Kate Beckinsale and Helen Hunt to Brooke Shields and close friend Jennifer Aniston.
One of her biggest roles was as Annie Tortelli, the daughter-in-law of Rhea Perlman’s character Carla on the hit sitcom "Cheers."
“I was a little spit fire. It was amazing, just to be a part of pop culture,” Mandy said. “My first episode was when Woody came to the show. He brought the energy out of everybody. They were all just a lot of fun.”
Mandy said her most embarrassing moment on film was her rap in the movie "Teen Witch” which has been heard around the world.
“They added that to enhance the movie, which I guess it did,” she said. “When I finished that I was thinking, ‘No one is ever going to see this.’ We didn't have internet and I thought it was fine. It continued to go. It's been the gift that keeps on giving.
Mandy appeared on a number of television shows in the 80s, but had a change of heart when she was just 22.
“I was a victim of a violent crime when I was 22,” she recalled. “It took the creative expression out of me and I was afraid to take risks. I got a little more connected and wanting to live my life instead of get jobs. I learned to love myself imperfectly.”
Mandy switched gears by becoming a cycling and yoga instructor and quickly became the go-to for celebrities like close friend Aniston.
“We started working together during her divorce and she was healed by it,” Mandy said for the “Friends” star. “She's amazing to work with and an incredible human being and inspiring herself. She's been really supportive and everyone around her has a vibe of being successful and loved.”
Mandy is a New York Times Best-Selling author, and she recently stopped in Portland for her book tour for her newest release, "Yogalosophy for Inner Strength."
Her books and yoga videos have helped people around the world and taught others how to use “Yogalosophy” to love themselves.
“After you go through trauma, it's about how you can use your body for intentional actions to lift our spirits and elevate our moods and make us feel better.”
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