I don't care for Yoga Meltdown. Like another poster noted, it's not geared for beginners so there is VERY little instruction (and it moves very fast, even for "power" yoga). I also think there's one move on there that's really not safe for folks to try without having a spotter (I think it's "crow", it's a hand stand/arm stand type pose where you could fall over and really hurt yourself if you're not good at it). Though JM does warn that "crow" is hard and a "bonus move".
I found Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior to be MUCH better. He gives far more instruction and takes TIME (it's a 60 minute dvd). He also reminds you that you can modify and has a very inspiring modifier (the modifier is a muscley man with a football players build--he's strong but just not as flexible). There's also a relaxation minute at the very end (which I LOVE).
I have the Jillian Michales Yoga Meltdown and I really like it. When I got it I had never really done yoga. I found level 1 to be doable. I sometimes had to modify but there is a modifier there to show you how to do that. Level 2 is a bit more difficult but it is supposed to be. I would consider this to be more of a power yoga because you do reps through the poses. I would say it would be a good strengthening workout. I work up quite a good sweat from it. If you are looking for a cheaper place to buy a copy you could look at amazon or ebay. I give it a thumbs up.
Yoga helps me with strength and flexibility. I'd substitute it for strength. However, Power Yoga can burn calories. You can enter it into the cardio calorie counter and it'll calculate calories burned. So either one would be fine. I would mix it up. You could do gentle yoga on a rest day. Alternate. You will see better results if you change your routine periodically.
Enjoy! I feel great when I do yoga!
Edited by: RUNNERRACHEL at: 5/11/2011 (14:45)
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I wouldn't recommend this workout to a person who's never done yoga. The DVD does assume some prior experience with poses. Even though I have yoga experience, I would not do this DVD because I don't consider Jillian a qualified yoga instructor. If you already do some yoga, then you might want to pass.
The Daily Spark did a review. You could read more about it here.
Anyone do this? How is it? Is it more flexibility/strength or would it "count" as cardio? I am interested, but my local library doesn't have it, and I'm hesitant to buy without some opinions first. I really like yoga, but I don't necessarily want to add any more to my exercise regimen at this point. I'd want to "suibstitute" it for either cardio or strength a time or two a week. If you have done it, would it better as a substitute for cardio or strength?
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