Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown Review

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Well, it's about time I reviewed Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown DVD.

A few year's ago, I reviewed Jillian's 30-Day shred and received tons of emails from readers about their experiences with the workout. At that time I was anxiously awaiting the release of Jillian's Yoga workout and thought it would be called "Yoga shred" or something like that.

By the time it was released, I had forgotten all about it and had moved on to greater strength goals. But I came across the DVD at the library last week and decided I needed to check it out.

Something about Jillian or the wording on the front cover made me afraid to try the workout. Crazy, right? Well...I'm in a totally different workout phase right now. Words like "lose 5 pounds in a week" and "burn mega calories" are not part of the agenda.

I've put on 8 pounds since this summer. Not all of it muscle (OKAY!) but a very good percentage of it and I'm still in "build" mode. I don't want to burn "mega calories" and tear down all my hard work. At least not yet.

Plus my workouts are pretty intense and I rely on my recovery days to be true recovery. Even still, I popped the DVD in and decided to give it a go.

It was a little bit like what I expected and not at all what I expected. Still there? It was all yoga. I expected that. It was not sweaty or hard or "mega calorie burning." That surprised me.

That being said, I think it's a pretty good workout....for a beginner or for an active recovery workout. There are plenty of sun salutations (great for increasing overall body blood flow), a few balance/leg strengthening moves, and it moves at an average/slow pace.

As far as intensity - you'd probably get the same burn/build from doing 3 sets of body weight lunges, 3 sets of push ups, and a quick walk around your house. That's not meant to be a criticism.

If you are new to exercise or yoga, this is a safe/easy way to get into fitness. Will you look like Jillian when you're done? No. And you won't even if you do this workout every day. But you may improve your balance, get your body moving and increase your desire to be active, and just feel better. That has to count for something! Actually, it counts for a lot. Who cares if you're thin and beautiful if you feel like crap.

Yoga makes you feel better and this is a good workout for improving your overall health. Plus it's inexpensive.  But if you want to save your money and get essentially the same benefit - google these 3 poses: sun salutation, camel pose, warrior pose - and do them as a workout.

The Sun Salutation is a series of poses done in succession. So follow the series, then move into a warrior pose  (hold it for 30 seconds), then move into the camel pose for 30 seconds. Stand up and repeat. You can do it once, twice, or twenty times.

Whatever you have the time and energy for. It's a good way to get your yoga juices flowing. You can move on to more challenging moves as you get stronger and more experienced.

Or you could watch the DVD and follow along. Sometimes it's easier to learn by seeing and doing.

Either way, this was a quality workout - but don't be afraid because it says "MELTDOWN" or "mega calorie burn." It's not that tough!


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