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Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown (2010)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,038 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031XYLWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jillian Michaels, winning trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser,” introduces a new yoga workout unlike any other. Combining hard-core yoga power poses with her dynamic training techniques, Jillian will get you real weight-loss results fast. YOGA MELTDOWN includes two complete 30-minute workouts that include a warm-up and cooldown. Begin with the Level 1 workout which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn mega calories. Then progress to Level 2 which adds twists and balance poses for an even greater burn.

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1,451 of 1,469 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Yoga Video, Even if You're Not a Jillian Fan March 2, 2010
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I'm starting from the standpoint of years of yoga practice and having taught Pilates professionally for seven years: needless to say, the boot camp style of "Biggest Loser" isn't exactly what I would go looking for in a yoga tape.

My initial Pilates-teacher bias notwithstanding, this is actually pretty interesting. It takes standard yoga poses and adds repetitions to the movement. What's really smart about it is three things:

1.) The repetitions are movements that don't put a lot of pressure on major joints--you're not moving through the joints in such a way that there is a lot of force, so this isn't likely to cause injury. Specifically, what you're not doing, is rolling through shoulder joints repeatedly, with all your weight on your shoulders, as in most Ashtanga yoga--which does tend to cause injuries.

2.) It's interval training. What that means is that your heart rate goes up and down a lot. Your body, in response, will default to a higher level of calorie burning and oxygen use, so this is a pretty good way to increase metabolism and what we think of as "lung capacity."

3.) It's difficult enough that you don't feel like you're wasting your time. Each workout is only 30 minutes, but it's difficult enough that, if your goal that day is fitness, you're definitely getting your money's worth.

Some negatives: it's filmed on a really bright gym set, which is a little difficult to watch; Jillian doesn't actually do all the poses; sometimes it's hard to see the beginner model when you need to.

Who this is for: experienced yoga folks who want a different kind of more athletic short practice; anyone wanting to add gym-based yoga to their workouts.
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368 of 399 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New part of my daily routine March 3, 2010
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I'm a marathon runner, and I'm used to burning through calories quickly when I exercise, so I've always found yoga frustrating for its slow pace. When I finish a yoga exercise, I feel frustrated, like I should have spent those 30 or 60 minutes running. Most of the yoga classes and videos I've tried before felt more like stretching than working out, and I felt like I wasn't being very efficient with my time.

I had a feeling Jillian's video would be a good fit for me. It seemed more aeorbic than the yoga I've been exposed to before, which I liked. I was working hard enough and my heart was getting warm enough that, by the end, the time I spent doing the video didn't seem wasteful or frustrating. I plan to incorporate this into my nightly routine to wind down, and hopefully start to increase my flexibility.
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252 of 312 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great workout;Less than great yoga March 13, 2010
This is definitely a high powered workout. I believe it will help you burn calories and increase muscle tone. But if you want to experience the full range of the benefits of yoga (along with the aforementioned), this is not a good pick and is absolutely not the best place to start.
I've been doing yoga for over 30 years and I've really come to appreciate the freshness brought to the practice by innovative teachers. I'm very open minded. But, I don't think Jillian has the experience to be an effective yoga teacher--- yet. I don't think yoga has to involve eastern thought; that's not what's missing. What this lacks is the foundations of yoga; proper use of the breath and attention to the energy that we get from it. Sure, Jillian says to move with your breath and the models purse their lips as they exhale so you can see that an effort is being made to synchronize movement with breath. But the energetic flow is just not there, so the energy gain is not there; only a loss of energy. I don't mean to seem vague and point to some imaginary, woozy thing. I'm talking about something thousands of people feel everyday at the end of their yoga practice that I think will be missed at the end of this one. Just imagine burning calories (using energy) yet gaining even more energy to use for the rest of your day. When you do a high energy yoga practice properly, you gain so much energy from the practice that in spite of burning mega calories and using body weight to build muscles you feel energized and balanced when you're done. I didn't feel that way at the end of this one. If you want a fast-paced, effective yoga practice with all of the benefits and very little hype I would recommend Shiva Rea.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Yoga May 17, 2011
By Cambree
I read the poor reviews for this, and thought I would dislike it since I am a Yoga instructor and take my practice seriously! I love Shiva Rea and Rodney lee. But thought I'd give Jillian a chance. While this is short only 35 minutes each. Together you get 65 minutes (not 70 because the cool down stretches are the same I skip the first one) It could be more challenging,It is easier than I would've liked. But I did enjoy it! Its got a power Yoga style that makes you work! It IS yoga, for those who say its not, its just a different style, but you see the moves such as warrior 3, high crescent, you have sun salutations, and more! I liked it it was different and out of my normal practice. Fun, and efficient (: PS. for those who said Jillian "Mocked" Yoga, she says that she fell in love with the practice and that it was out of her comfort level, I saw nothing that Mocked the art. Only someone who did it in their own style!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great home workout
Love this workout. Just enough to increase my heart rate but don't break a major sweat. After just one week noticed a big difference in the strength in my shoulders -- an area I... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Nicole Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Jillian
This was the first Jillian Michaels video I ever did when I started to get serious about winter workouts this year. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Elizabeth Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to make your body better?
Jillian is Jillian. She is smart, makes you understand that if you want to see results then you need to work for it.
Published 1 day ago by Nessa
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
Jillian Michaels insists the workout should be dynamic in order to burn calories and adds repetition to a number of poses. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Laura Beth Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love that you can do this at home at your convenience. in the comfort of you own living room, amazing
Published 1 day ago by vc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
Great workout. Fast paced. It took me two or three views the have the moves and order down. I enjoy Rodney Yee's yoga videos. This isn't the same but I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Megan Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great full body workout
I have been doing yoga for a couple years, but haven't "mastered" the practice yet. So I know most of the poses well enough and I'm pretty flexible, but I'm still objective... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Meltdown
I liked this workout but I have some back problems so some of the exercises were hard for me.
I would recommend this workout to those who are more advanced.
Published 3 days ago by MJones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout
Got my heart rate up and the sweat dripping. The moves were not hard, but they were effective. Great workout and I felt good afterwards.
Published 3 days ago by Cathy Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout
After maxing out on Denise Austin's Hot Body Yoga - this was a great step up for more of a workout. Love that I feel aerobic benefits along with the great resistance workout and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Debbie Paine
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