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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2010
I've been doing yoga for 22 years, but I'm not a purist. If you're used to true yoga (and kind of precious about it!), you may be frustrated by this workout. If you're familiar with yoga (beginner-intermediate level) and want a "power" version of it - more cardio, more reps - you'll like this DVD. I wouldn't call it a "meltdown" but it's definitely "power" [yoga].

There are 2 x 30 minute workouts, Level 1 and 2. I found little difference in challenge between the two, actually, and do both back-to-back, despite the cool down and warm up twice over. As with all Jillian's DVDs, she offers ways to increase and decrease your level of intensity throughout. My only criticism of these workouts is I found that, after a few weeks and after the workouts became less challenging, I reached for them less and less often - which is not the case with some of her other DVDs (Hard Body, Ripped in 30). I don't think this is her strongest effort, but I do think it's a worthwhile DVD for anyone looking to try something new or curious about yoga - a ramped up version of it. If you are beginner or intermediate level in exercise, you will get a very good workout. If you are closer to intermediate-advanced, skip this - you will not be challenged enough. (Try her Extreme Shed & Shred DVD instead.)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 10, 2010
This is a really good yoga workout if you're looking to lose weight and tone your body. There are two 30 minute sections, so you can do one or both, if you want a longer workout. It's not easy, but it's effective. I am new to yoga and I found it easy to follow, Jillian is a great instructer and explains the moves efficiently, and also offers modified versions of the more difficult moves. Even after only a few times with this workout, I have noticed that I am stronger and moves that I was unable to do for more than a few seconds are now becoming easier. I can definately feel my body changing and it's a great feeling. I have Jillians other dvds and this is a definate favourite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
If you are looking for a DVD to learn traditional yoga I suggest you look elsewhere. This is not it. This is a workout DVD.

First off, for anyone who is a serious yoga practitioner and bought this DVD, I think it should have been VERY obvious that this was NOT going to be real yoga. I mean, come on, it's Jillian Michaels! Were you really expecting traditional yoga? Being a former yoga practitioner (Ashtanga and Hatha) for several years, when I first saw this DVD I knew that this was going to be a workout and NOT the yoga I used to practice, without even reading any reviews or information on it. It was just so obvious, especially for anyone who knows anything about Jillian Michaels. If anything, I think the whole point of her creating this DVD was so that it wouldn't be traditional yoga.

That said, I have been working out with JM's other dvds for a while now and this one is definitely at a slower pace and not typical JM. However, even after working out with her other DVDs which are at a much higher intensity, I still sweat like crazy and am shaking through most of her "yoga" circuits becuase she is approaching the muscle groups from a different angle. I find this DVD great for in-between high-intensity workout days, but still allowing me to be challenged using a whole different workout method.

Basically, JM takes traditional yoga moves but spins them around to make you feel the burn. For example, instead of (in traditional yoga) going into warrior II and holding for x amount of time, you will be popping in and out of the movement turning it into a sort of side lunge, and then hold in place for 15 seconds. Another example would be chaturanga push-ups...brutal!

Overall, I think this DVD is a good workout, but should not be your primary source of exercise. I think she did the best she could to turn yoga into a workout and actually burn a few calories. I gave this DVD 4 stars in relation to how I feel she succeeded in making yoga a WORKOUT, and not in comparison to her other DVDs (which will give you much more of an overall workout and cardio) or traditional yoga DVDs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
It's not for the slow and relaxed yoga persuants; it definitely does involve cardio as well. Yoga Meltdown is a great low-impact workout. I have bad knees and an iffy lower back, so this is a good compromise for those days that I feel I cannot accomplish the higher-impact workout as is found in the 30 Day Shred. It's an excellent companion dvd for those looking to lose weight and tone up, and you WILL feel muscles that you never knew you had to begin with....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
This video is one of my favorite from jillian michaels. its hard to do but gets the job done. i was sore the first couple day but you get used to it after doing it for about a week. the level one burns about 200 calories and it deffanitly shows it. i usually do this video if im tired and dont feel like going to the gym or to tired for my other jillian michaels video. I give it a 5 star because i have no complaints.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
While none of the moves are different from anything else I've done in yoga (just different names), the frequent transitions between moves and the 30 minute workouts (of which there are 2) sold it for me. Perfect fit for my regimen. It's enough to help keep me oriented to working on my flexibility but not so insane as to turn me off yoga (P90, while challenging, bored me with the same moves over and over or so it seemed).

Pros: Good for a nice, moderately quick flexibility workout with a modest variety of moves for those of us who are flexibility-challenged.

Cons: I find her narration annoying at times. feel free to introduce the move, then quit talking... I'll watch and learn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2011
If you're looking for a thoughtful, serene, tranquil yoga workout, don't buy this. If you are looking for an intense workout that incorporates some awesome yoga moves and want to see results, buy this DVD. At one point in the workout, Jillian says "I'm gonna shred those glutes" and man, she means it. There are two, 30-minute workouts and I can tell you, you will feel it and you will feel good after getting through it. And I expect that if I stick with it, I will see results. Good value.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2010
I bought this DVD after hearing raves from friends. I run 5 days a week, so Im in good shape endurance wise - I do yoga every now and then but I find the DVD's to be slow and sometimes boring.
This is NOT traditional yoga - its faster paced and completely different from anything Ive tried. Im in love with this workout, Jillian kicks my butt everytime!
Word of warning - level 2 is crazy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
I really love the workout, it's cardio, strength training, stretching and also counter stretching. It's tough, maybe not for someone in bad shape. I do it three times a week with a friend and we love it. We suffer and that's what we want. We always have two choices by following the girl who is doing the easy version or the one doing it the hard way.

Jillian knows what she's talking about, she's great.

The only thing I don't like is the music, it's too present and repetitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
This is a great DVD. Jillian takes yoga poses and adds reps to them to make it more aerobic and then gets us to hold the pose for 15 seconds.

It's about a half hour so it won't take up too much time! Can't argue with that. There's a warm up and a cool down. However the cool down does not stretch your arms or your shoulders so I usually add that on the end and I would recommend that just because there are lots of downward dogs and planks done.

Is it traditional yoga? No. But I wasn't expecting that. She even explains it in her little intro at the beginning of the workout.

Is it challenging? That depends on how much you push yourself. She offers a beginner version of the pose and a more advanced version. That's what's great about having a yoga/body weight based workout...there is always a modification! I'm of the opinion that you should always try to do the more advanced version (at least once. but only after you've gone through the DVD at least once already to understand form) unless it killing you or you know that you cannot do it...and then work your way up to it.

I own a few Jillian DVDs and I do find this one easier then her others but I am constantly surprised that by the end I've worked up a little sweat. I enjoy this workout and don't dread (perhaps that too harsh a word!) any of the exercises as I sometimes do for some of her other workouts......mountain climbers...ughhh hate them!

In my opinion, Level 1 and Level 2 are at the same difficulty level just different exercises done to work different muscle groups. For example after level one I can feel it more in my back the next day then I would after level 2. Or, Level 2 seems to have more core work then level one.

Overall, I really like this DVD and would recommend long as you know what you are purchasing!
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