If you are a yoga lover who seeks the balance between mental therapy and physical benefits of yoga practices, then this DVD might not be right for you. However, if you love doing yoga poses while burning down some calories at the same time, I can tell you that the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD would definitely give you a whole new experience about doing yoga.
I've been practicing yoga for years. Although I am not at the professional level, I surely know the "Biggest Loser" style of workout is a totally different thing than a traditional yoga practice. However, I love to try different types of yoga practices, so I decided to check this out and see how Jillian makes yoga her own way.
After I followed Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD's instructions and did a 30-minute workout session, I felt exhausted and sweat a lot more than in my regular yoga classes. I found that this DVD is really awesome in some ways. First, it adopts the yoga poses as the workout movements, so technically you can't say it is authentic yoga practice. But Jillian repeats the yoga movements to make you breath heavily and sweat a lot. As a result, this workout does generate the effect of cardio exercises and burning calories.
Second, you don't have to worry that these repetitions would hurt your joints because Jillian would teach you how to pose correctly so you don't put too much pressure on your joints.
Third, although this DVD has only low levels of workouts, they are difficult enough. For a person who has been taking yoga classes for two years, I certainly didn't feel bored when working out with this video. To be honest, level two is kind of challenging for me.
Something I don't like in this DVD is that Jillian did not do all the poses by herself. I prefer to watch the instructor do the movements instead of just standing by and talking. The other thing they can improve is that for some poses the camera did not take into account that a beginner may not know how to do yoga. So if you can't follow up on the movement, you may have to skip it.
All in all, this is a great workout DVD. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a more dramatic exercise than a pure, traditional yoga practice.