During last Friday’s Weekly Weigh-In, I told you I’d started doing a new (to me – it’s been out since 2010) Jillian Michaels workout, “Yoga Meltdown,” and that I’d review the DVD for you guys.

First, I should clarify that I’m not all that new to yoga; I’ve practiced yoga off and on since around 2004. By no means am I an expert, but I’m not a complete novice, either, and I’m pretty sure that contributed to my initial experience with the work out.

In other words, I knew I could handle a Sun Salutation. I wanted to cry when I heard there’d be Chaturangas.

Now, on to the review.

Like most of Jillian’s programs, the DVD features multiple workouts: Level 1 for beginners, and Level 2 for more advanced users. Each workout lasts about 30 minutes and has beginner, intermediate, and advanced modifications, so there really is something for (pretty much) everyone. I’ve spent the last week on Level 1, doing a mixture of the intermediate and advanced movements.

As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, “Yoga Meltdown” combines yoga poses with aerobic movement, so you’re not really going to get that peaceful, calm feeling often associated with a yoga workout; the workout can, however, provide:

  • Some serious focus. You must be mindful going through these yoga postures and movements. That said, the workout provides a nice break from thinking about anything other than what you’re doing in that exact moment.
  • A feeling of control. Some of these yoga postures are tricky and take practice; adding actual movement only cranks that difficulty up a few notches. Making it through
  • A major sense of accomplishment. I feel like a freaking rockstar after every session.

Keep in mind, not everyone has positive things to say about “Yoga Meltdown.” I’ve read criticism from yoga instructors and longtime yogis who feel the workouts sort of disrespect the practice of yoga. Understandable, but it’s important to remember that Jillian Michaels didn’t create “Yoga Meltdown” to teach people yoga as much as she created it to help people incorporate beneficial yoga postures in aerobic, body-sculpting ways.

So, out of 5 stars? I give it 4.5 (I hate Chaturangas!).

If you’d like to check out a few more reviews, Amazon has tons. (NOTE: That is NOT an affiliate link.) Some are from professional yoga and Pilates instructors and quite insightful.

Have any of you tried “Yoga Meltdown” by Jillian Michaels? Planning to? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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