You’ve hit the chocolate ( hard) and have zero time or inclination to get to the gym. Panic not: Mandy Ingber, the yoga guru trusted by the A-list to keep them in shape – however busy their schedule – has devised a workout that will keep you strong and svelte, and incinerate the chocolate kilojoules long after you’ve demolished the bar. ‘At this time of year, it’s very easy to get off track – so try to do this 15-minute workout every day,’ Ingber says. ‘e sequence targets all areas needed to stimulate digestion, eliminate toxins and strengthen the muscles, turning your body into a fat-burning machine.’
STEP 1 DOWNWARDDOG KNEE-INS TARGETS: Arms and abs
1 Get into downward-dog position, shoulders over wrists, and raise your right leg.
2 Draw your right knee towards your forehead, then raise it behind you.
3 Bring the right knee towards your left tricep, then raise it behind you.
4 Bring the right knee to the right elbow, then raise it behind you. Repeat all with your left leg. Do this three times. Keep breathing.
STEP 2 PLANK TO FOREARM PLANK TARGETS: Abs and forearms
1 Hold a high-plank position, with palms directly below shoulders and feet hip-width apart, for five deep breaths.
2 Come down onto your forearms, elbows under shoulders, arms parallel. Lift one foot a few centimetres off the floor and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
STEP 3 CHAIR POSE TO CHAIR TWIST TARGETS: Glutes and thighs
1 Sink into the chair position, arms up with palms facing each other. Tuck your butt in and lift your chest away from your thighs. Breathe six times with your mouth closed – this will help raise the heat in your body, helping the muscles work.
2 Bring your palms to prayer position, then hold the left elbow to the right knee. Breathe six times, then return to chair. Repeat on the other side. You’ll feel the tequila shots you did on Saturday night fade away…
STEP 4 TWISTING LUNGE TARGETS: Thighs, glutes and abs
1 Get into a lunge with your right foot forward, palms on either side of the front foot.
2 Raise your right arm and rotate your chest towards it. As you inhale, extend your sternum; as you exhale, rotate further. Hold for six breaths. Repeat on the other side.
STEP 5 EAGLE POSE TARGETS: Glutes and legs
1 Stand and shift your weight to your right leg. Sink into the chair pose again and cross your left leg over the right. Hold for 10 seconds.
2 Wind your left shin behind your right calf and hook your toes if you can. Wrap and wind your right arm under your left until you look like a cinnamon twist. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Now you can get back to the partying!