Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Review

I think I’m going to start omitting telling you guys when I take Niko on walks. It’s never an integral part of the post, and I think I mention it in every single post. This is because I walk her a LOT.


In fact, yesterday when I got home from work (and took her for a walk) I caught myself singing,”I walk in the morning and in the afternoon. I walk you in the eve-ning, and underneath the moooooon!” Skidamarink

And now I just took the first portion of this post to talk about walking Niko. Purpose=defeated Smile with tongue out

Anyway, when I got back in, it was breakfast time:


I kept things light with half an Ezekiel english muffin, PB, and banana slices because I was going to get my workout on! My aunt recently gave Shane and I an iTunes giftcard because Shane fixed her computer, and I decided to spend it this morning. Well, part of it.

Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Review

Yesterday I put a call out on Twitter asking if anyone likes Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown, and after several “YES!!!” answers, I went ahead and downloaded (and paid for) it.


At first I was a little intimidated because on iTunes it looks like the workout is more than an hour. When I do yoga, my sessions are usually 45 minutes or less. Then I quickly realized after her little intro spiel, the workout was split into levels 1 & 2, and each were a little over 30 minutes. Phew! Winking smile

I chose Level 1 to start because in her little intro spiel, she recommended that if you’re new to the program and her DVD to start with the first level. But then, after level 1 was finished, I opted to go ahead and do level 2, too, because I still felt pretty good and ready for more.

Normally, yoga practices start out in cross-legged or child’s pose and gradually go into the practice with some salutations. This isn’t a normal yoga practice, guys. It’s Jillian Michaels’. Here’s a quick rundown of what went down in Yoga Meltdown. (Can I say down any more times in this post? DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!)


Now, I’m sitting here on my yoga mat, still warm and a little sweaty from the workout, just about 5 minutes after finishing levels 1 and 2, to review it!


  • Warm up: Jillian starts with a very brief warm up – some arm swings and leg stretches
  • Work sequence: She then goes through a sequence of a few poses – about three. However, for each pose, she has you “rep it out” by doing reps for each pose (warrior, one-legged dog, warrior 3, etc.) At the last rep of each pose, she has you hold it for 15 seconds, which is where you really feel that burn.
  • Sun Salutations: between each work sequence, she does 2 quick salutations, which serve as transitions to the next work sequence.
  • Repeat: after repeating the work, salutations sequence 2 or 3 more times, it’s time to cool down
  • Cool down: the cool down is two quick salutations, followed by some additional leg stretches and maybe a spinal twist. No savasana (shucks Sad smile haha)


  • The workouts are split into 2 levels, so you really get two workouts for your buck. Level 1 is a beginner workout, and focuses a little more on upper body and level 2 includes more legs and abs and is a bit more difficult.
  • In each level, she has two assistants who offer beginner and advanced movements, in case you need to modify the poses.
  • If you’re looking for a tough workout, you’ll get it here. I finished the workout with my muscles burning and my body sweaty – in a good way, of course.


  • If you’re looking to get your zen on, this yoga workout isn’t for you. Jillian isn’t known for her soothing voice, which is quite noticeable in Yoga Meltdown, although I think she does try and tone it down a notch. I didn’t feel that renewed, revitalized feeling like I do at the end of most yoga sessions.
  • The instruction goes pretty quickly, so if you’re a yoga newbie, this DVD probably isn’t for you. Some of the poses were fairly difficult for even the practiced yogi. I’ve only ever tried crow pose once, and that was after going to power yoga for weeks and weeks. She busts it out in the DVD.
  • Some of her breathing cues for inhaling and exhaling were off, and sometimes backwards. This might not be a con for most, for it did bother me a bit. I just ended up breathing how I thought I should.

RAN rating:

All in all, I really enjoyed the workout, and think I’ll include it in my weekly exercise regimen for the next few weeks. It was a good, tough workout, which I’d equate with moderate circuit training, as far as muscle burning is concerned. As far as a cardio workout – while it didn’t get my heart rate up as much as a run or some plyo, it did make me sweat. I’d say it got my heart rate up as much as riding the elliptical or again, going through a circuit workout fairly quickly.

Yogis: What type of yoga do you prefer? Gentle and zen or powerful and sweaty?

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  1. I just finished Yoga Meltdown! I prefer level one for some reason, I do it weekly and rarely do level two. I am definitely a person that like more powerful and sweaty yoga, the slow moving yoga is not for me at all.

  2. I like that DVD a lot too – I typically do both levels as well, but I find Level 1 to be more difficult than Level 2 – I feel like it’s more upper body, which is definitely weaker for me!

  3. I have Yoga Meltdown and pretty much only do workout 2, I find 1 too easy and boring and the sun salutations annoy me actually for some reason. Which is weird b/c I like them in “real” yoga but can’t stand them in between sets when she’s telling me to do them. Jillian’s definitely not made for yoga, but it’s a decent substitute when you want some at home action :)

  4. I have this dvd and really enjoy it. I am not a huge yoga doer. I prefer to work up a sweat and don’t usually feel like yoga does that for me, but this dvd however proves me wrong. l like that it is faster pace then your typical yoga and it really challenges me being that I am not very flexible!

  5. I usually prefer hot yoga, but I love anything Jillian so I’m going to have to download her Meltdown video.
    I completed her 30 Day Shred and Trouble Zones videos and thought both were great.

  6. i’m so glad you did this review! i’ve been intrigued by this video for awhile and have never bought it because i didn’t know if i’d like it or not. as for yoga, if you asked me 6 months ago, i’d be all about the power yoga. right now, i’m really enjoying gentle yoga. it really just depends on what i’m feeling though!

  7. I’ve been wanting to try this DVD because I’ve heard it’s a decent workout, but I’m like you — I like my yoga to be calming. Maybe I’ll incorporate both?

    • I think that’s what I’m going to do. This is a good one to start your morning off on, and maybe some gentle yoga to end the day :)

  8. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of yoga because I get bored with it so quickly. This is the only yoga workout I can talk myself into doing on a semi-regular basis!

  9. Being a big fan of JM, of course I own this one. However, I really only break it out every couple of months. Yoga isn’t really my thing. But I do sort of like this because it’s not traditional, while still giving me a few of the benefits of yoga. A win in my book.

    • I know you’re a big fan of the shred vids. Have you ever done Ripped in 30? That’s another one I’ve been wanting to try.

  10. I love Jillian Michaels, so I’m totally biased, but I think Yoga Meltdown is awesome. I don’t do it as often as I used to because I’ve moved on to a couple of her newer dvd’s, but when I do break it out, its always a good workout.

  11. Haha now you’ve got skidamarink stuck in my head! That’s going to be a killer to get out of there 😉 I have tried that DVD, but don’t like it too much because I am not a yoga fan. Its definitely better than other yoga videos, and if I do yoga I usually put this on. Not very frequently though, I wish I could learn to like it!

  12. I have to say — the ONLY yoga workout dvd that I’ve discovered I love is one that Core Fusion puts out (core fusion yoga energy flow is the name of it I think). It’s a good mix of calming/zen-like influences and a REALLY challenging 50 minute workout. I bring it everytime I have a work trip and do it in my room and LOVE IT. I highly recommend if you’re looking for an at-home yoga alternative to the Jillian Michaels workout.

  13. I actually have a draft of my review of this DVD waiting to be completed. I honestly don’t do this DVD that often, since I’m short on time and usually just bust myself rather than do yoga like I should. But when it comes to yoga DVDs, this one is my favorite so far because it makes you still feel like you worked out rather than just chilled out. I like level 2 but mostly do level 1 just because it’s longer.

  14. I just got this DVD about 2 weeks ago and really like it! I’m not one for zen yoga so it’s perfect for me. I’m also not much of a yogi and this one isn’t too extreme- or long because I”m just not good at staying focused during yoga. I once took an hour long yoga class in college and almost walked out cause I was so distracted and bored. I like that this incorporates some strength- so this DVD ended up being perfect :)

  15. Thanks so much for the review. I like a challenging yoga practice, but I find that some trainers who aren’t normally yogis don’t make very good yoga videos. I think I’d be able to handle this one, but I tried a Jeanette Jenkins Power Yoga video that just wasn’t working for me even though it certainly challenged my muscles!

  16. Great review! Now I know it’s not for me, as a beginner. Thanks!

    Niko is adorable.

  17. But Niko is sooooo cute!! 😀

  18. You are so right – Jillian is not soothing!! :)

    I recently won a year subscription to My Yoga Online and have been enjoying the classes. Lots of variety.

  19. Me and DVD’s do not mix….I cannot motivate myself to start or finish them!

    I started yoga about 6 weeks ago at a studio (after I took a step back from running to finally deal with an injury) and I have come to love it! My favorite class is called Yin Yang where the first half is power flows and the last half it tonnes of stetching. I have to say though that I get antsy if I feel like I am not getting enough of a “work out”. I do think the yoga is starting chill me out though as I realize its mental, as well as physical, benefits .

  20. Awesome review! I do not do Yoga [yet], but am looking at doing some Yoga in the future so always love reading about different videos to use, etc!

  21. I love power yoga, but this dvd does not sound like my cup of tea. I like to sweat, but I need my savasana.

  22. I liked this workout, too. Although, I think the reason why I liked it is that I DON’T typically like yoga (I actually really don’t like being “zen” while working out)! Also, I think I’d classify myself as a beginner (since I um…never do yoga) and I could get through it- it’s challenging, but in a good way. Just thought I’d throw that out there for what it’s worth.

  23. Aw – what a cute pup! We used to have a cat named Niko. On a side note – love Jillian!! Her podcasts are amazing.

  24. I really like a mix between vinyasa and ashtanga. I like to be able to focus on my breathing, really relax at the end and have a few moments where I can really just “zone out”, but I also like to feel like I got a nice workout when I’m done, and for that I enjoy the rapid pace of ashtanga. But I agree- The Jillian DVD is good, but not what you want for a “zen” session.

  25. I totally love this DVD. I know it’s not normal yoga but this is how I like it. Level one is my favorite. I’ve done level 2 a few times but level 1 is just the perfect length, tempo and intensity for an at home workout.

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  27. donna van says:

    have been trying to lose weight for almost a year since my son was born and have lost maybe 5 pounds in the last 10 months. That is less than a pound per month. JILLIAN MICHAELS (trainer from Biggest Loser) and I lost maybe a half a pound in 30 days. Nothing was working and I was getting quite discouraged. I did research and found the LADY SOMA DETOX and researched it and read TONS of reviews

    I started the Lady Soma Detox on September 1st, and today is September 10th. I have lost 7 pounds. 7 POUNDS! My husband even remarked that I looked like I lost weight. I just about started to cry I was so happy.

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  29. I’ve been doing this video for awhile now, wondering what a good next step is if I want to practice some more difficult yoga?

  30. I’m also not a fan of strength tranniig, but it sure does make me feel good afterwards! Sometimes I don’t want to do a strength tranniig DVD, so I’ll just watch TV and kind of do my own thing. I know it’s not as effective, but at least it’s something.


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