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Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD Review

A Reader Review: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD

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I've decided in an effort to stay fit and save some cash, I am going to try a variety of DVD workouts (via Netflix) and give you my review. This way you know what videos are worth renting/buying and which ones you can leave on the shelf. Now onto the review.

I purchased the Yoga Meltdown workout DVD sometime ago but have not thoroughly reviewed it. Being an fairly dedicated yogi (6 years of practice and counting), I was curious to see what Jillian was going to do — yoga and yelling don't exactly mix if you ask me — but I was willing to go into it open-minded.


The DVD consists of 2 workouts: level one and level two. I felt that level one focuses a lot on arms, whereas level two is more about the legs and abs. Each workout is approximately 30 minutes, which is great if you're strapped for time.

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  • Jillian Michaels is great at making you feel like she's watching your every move, even if she's just on TV. I felt compelled to complete each sequence and push my self in every pose.
  • You burn calories! You will sweat, you will burn calories, and be prepared to feel it the next day.
  • You will move in and out of each pose about 10 times and then at the end you will hold the pose for 15 seconds. Jillian provides you with options based on your fitness level, so as you get better you can try the more advanced poses.


  • If you've never done yoga, this may not be the best workout for you. Jillian moves quickly through poses with little instruction, so if you're not familiar with the pose already it may be hard to keep up.
  • This is definitely not any type of traditional yoga I'm familiar with. I enjoy power yoga classes, but this workout was much different. If you're hoping for more of a traditional approach to yoga, I would try going to your local studio or gym class first.
  • Some of the poses (i.e. crow) are a little advanced even for yogis who have been practicing for awhile. Although I'm all for trying something new, without proper instruction, some of the poses can pose a danger if done incorrectly.

All in all I would give the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown a seven out of 10. It's challenging, you'll work up a good sweat, and burn some needed calories — I would recommend giving it a try.

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duffy617 duffy617 6 years
She really says that? Insane. It's just such a turnaround from her Biggest Loser personality, you know? I kind of wish she'd just chill a little. It's becoming Jillian Overload. I like her, but too much of anything is a bad thing.
Skorpio Skorpio 6 years
Yeah its really contrived.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
oh, god...does she really say that??
Skorpio Skorpio 6 years
I have this DVD as well. Not a huge fan of this does go too fast, and the camera angles are not very good. Im not happy when I am done doing it like any other yoga DVD's, more like wore out, a little confused, and tense. "Melt your heart to the sky." YOU melt your heart to the sky JILLIAN!
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
I found that odd, too...I am in the middle of the 30-Day Shred, which I like, and I would give some of her other workouts a try...I'll stick to yoga instructors for my yoga workouts, though...
duffy617 duffy617 6 years
You know, this actually bothers me. I love Jillian Michaels and use her 30-day shred videos. But she's NOT a yoga instructor! Why does she have a yoga video out?
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