Yoga Burn Review

Review of The Yoga Burn Program

Being a self-professed yoga junkie I first fell in love with yoga when it helped me cope with a pretty stressful year, both personally and career-wise. In addition to getting in shape and becoming more ‘Zen’, I loved that I was doing something great for both my mind and my body. Despite my favorite studio being only 20 minutes away during non-peak hours, I worked two jobs and sometimes I’d miss classes. I began the search online for yoga videos and routines that I could do from home at my own pace and on my own schedule. Of course I watched some Youtube videos and read some yoga books, but I had no idea if I was learning from a licensed instructor or a college student with extra time on their hands. When I came across the Yoga Burn website and immediately thought it seemed worth the try for those times when I couldn’t get to the studio. It was a digital download/DVD system that made it easy to fit yoga into my hectic schedule at any time that I liked. I did some background history on the creator and thought she seemed pretty credible. I also liked the idea of her 3 tiered system that promised quick results in less than an hour per section. Here is some of the background info on the system:

Introduction to The Program

The Yoga Burn Program is a 3 phase system that is touted as a “digital body shaping program for women” which uses ‘Dynamic Sequencing’ to help you slim down and tone every inch of your body. The program comes with a digital download and physical DVD discs, so that you can have access to your sessions from anywhere at any time! I loved that I could even use it on my phone or laptop for ultimate convenience, even while travelling. The program is specifically aimed at women, and formulated to attend to women-specific issues with weight, strength, and flexibility. Also, it was created by a woman for other women and that’s always a good sign!

Creator’s Background

The creator of the package is a certified yoga instructor named Zoe Bray-Cotton, who is also a “certified personal trainer and female fitness expert” as it states in her Bio. She has been teaching all the variations of yoga for more than 10 years and has created the program as an easy to follow home workout targeted to women. Not to mention she has a kick-ass bod and the credentials to match, she definitely had my body improving steadily from week to week. It’s always nice to know that the instructor has a background in yoga and fitness combined, rather than at the studio where you have no idea if she just started a week ago or years ago.

How Does it Work?

The program is designed to keep your body challenged through what is called “Dynamic Sequencing” which consists of 3 phases or levels of difficulty. As you progress in the system, the next phase makes sure to really prevent any plateaus and take your body to the next level. Keeping your body unsure of what’s about to come next is what keeps you progressing and getting stronger, and it also helps beat boredom of repetitive moves. The system is also designed with the average woman in mind, so that it guides you into every single move to ensure correct form and posture, so that newbies don’t have to be discouraged. There are bonus lessons included which I used sometimes when I wanted to push myself to the limit but other times I just stuck to the basics. If I got a little antsy watching the same material, I would use the bonuses to keep me from getting bored and challenge my body even more. I was also persuaded by the websites description that the program was designed to “deliver maximum fat burning results and body shaping effects in the shortest amount of time.” I was really excited by that catchy tag-line because obviously we all want to get the most results with the least amount of time expenditure. I did find that my body was changing really quickly from week to week in a way that I wasn’t getting at the studio in such a short period of time. That blew my mind.

What Does it Include:

The entire 3 step program includes 15 videos in total which help you beat a plateau and stay mentally motivated. There are 3 DVD’s and an instant download of all content included in the price. Each DVD is 45 minutes long and also contains an additional bonus lesson, which you can choose to do if you feel so inclined. Sometimes I used the bonus, sometimes I did the main workouts, but I still had great results. This is what the package looks like:

Frequently Asked Questions

What If I Have No Yoga Experience?

You don’t have to have any prior experience. I actually found this to be great for beginner’s who don’t want to be embarrassed in a live class full of other people while they try to learn the moves. All the moves are introduced slowly and there is plenty of time to get them down. You can also just rewind and keep practicing those moves again, unlike in a live class. I was already a yoga enthusiast when I purchased the system, but trust me there was a lot that I still had to learn. Sometimes it felt like I was starting right back at the beginning, but I learned a lot doing this program.

Is It Safe While Pregnant?

Yes, you can go at your own pace and stick to the basics or the earliest phase if you’re new to yoga or experiencing any lack of flexibility. It can actually help with any pregnancy stress or symptoms as well. The bonus videos are encouraged for pregnant women, because they contain the ‘Beginner Flow’ and Tranquility Flow’ lessons which the website states are “ideal throughout all stages of Pregnancy”. The creator obviously had pregnant women in mind because on the website she mentions that she includes “a complete list of modifications” which can be used through any stage of your pregnancy. The Yoga Burn program is especially helpful after you’ve given birth because you can begin getting back to your pre-pregnancy shape right away without having to make it to a studio. You can still be close to your baby and get a great workout during nap times.

How Does it Differ from Live Classes?

To sum it up you get to go at your own pace, you don’t have to worry about crowded classes or people’s judgements, and no one is there to check if you’re doing it in your PJ’s or expensive yoga pants. Live classes generally have a certain atmosphere that’s meant to relax and revive you, at home you sort of have to create that atmosphere yourself, but simply doing the yoga moves helps with that a lot. You also don’t have to feel like you’re doing the same routine month after month, because the Yoga Burn system keeps you progressive into different moves and different phases of fitness. I used to get all pumped up driving to the studio, now I get just as pumped up while I’m at home knowing I can press play and do my yoga anytime. I can also go get water, a snack, or run to bathroom without interrupting a live class so that’s a plus!

Is There A Money Back Guarantee?

Before purchasing the program I wanted to find out the same thing about whether or not I could return it if I decided it wasn’t right for me. I was really comfortable when I found out that yes the company offers a full refund of the downloadable content as long as it is within 2 days from purchase (48 hours). Also if the physical DVD’s were paid for, then there is a 60 day period in order to return for full refund without any hassles. So you get to try the downloads basically risk-free for two days or try the DVD’s for up to two months before deciding if the program is right for you. I basically knew from the first day of sampling the program that it was challenging enough to keep me on my toes and that the instructor knew what she was doing. Since I had a history of doing yoga prior to using the Yoga Burn program, I knew that I would be able to tell whether I liked it or not from the get-go. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the videos and the overall plan, so I felt it was worth the investment for a program I could use anytime and save me the trips and fees of the studio. If you are a first-time user make sure you first decide if the instructor makes it easy for you to follow and learn the new moves before determining if it right for you. If you are an advanced user, progress to the more challenging videos to see if they give you a much needed change of routine and feel like they challenge your muscles more than your local studio. You also have to decide whether you prefer the routine and structure of your studio’s classes and schedule, or if you prefer to go at your own pace and make your own schedule. It does take some willpower to keep pushing play, but in my opinion it beats having to work around someone else’s schedule that might not always coincide with mine.

How Much Weight Can you Lose?

The amount of weight you lose on the program always has to do with your lifestyle and whether or not you live a healthy one. Doing some yoga here and there while binging on chips and cookies and laying around in your spare time is not going to magically create weight loss. I found that I lost the most weight while eating a healthy diet of lots of fruits and veggies and lean protein, with some unrefined carbs for energy. However, being that I am already reasonably fit and at a healthy weight, it takes longer for someone with my physical stats to lose at a quick rate than it does for someone who has over 30 lbs to lose. You also have to be consistent and make a commitment to your health, any fitness program requires a total overhaul of your diet and lifestyle factors, including the stress in your life. However the Yoga Burn program really helped to reduce my stress levels dramatically, so I found I wasn’t as triggered to find comfort foods or sit around feeling sorry for myself. I had a lot of energy which kept me wanting to move around all day and I started to watch the Yoga Burn videos whenever I felt I was getting too stressed or frustrated with something going on in my life.

How Much Does it Cost:

The website is currently running a limited time offer to purchase the downloadable version and physical versions of the system for $37 plus shipping and handling. You can also purchase the double offer which has the complete downloadable version and 2 copies of the physical DVD’s in case you want to keep them in different locations or gift one to a friend or family member. The price really does include quite a package, since it’s difficult to find a 15 series with a bunch of bonus workouts that’s available in both instant download and DVD for roughly $40. Usually anything that contains that many workouts would cost somewhere closer to $100 so I found the price to be well worth it for the number of quality workouts included.

What If I am Overweight?

Well then I’d suggest this program is perfect for you! In addition to some light cardio throughout the week, the program begins at a beginners pace to ease you into it. Being overweight is not a reason to avoid yoga or feel afraid to begin something new. It also helps that you can get comfortable with the moves before ever stepping into a public studio and having to learn it with many other people who might be more experienced. It’s best to get through the beginning workouts and bonuses for a few weeks and build up your strength and stamina, you are bound to lose weight and begin shaping a fit physique during this program. If you purchase the DVD’s you can also try it out for a month or so and see if you notice any positive changes in your body before determining if it is a good solution for your weight loss goals.

Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to learn
  • Challenging
  • Can use on the go
  • Travel friendly
  • No equipment necessary
  • Lots of Bonuses
  • Safe for Pregnant Women

Cons:

  • Not good for cramped apartments
  • Missing the ambiance of the studio

My Overall Thoughts:

My experience with the program was pretty positive overall. I enjoyed the workouts and learned the new moves very quickly. Whenever I missed something I had the convenience of just pressing pause and doing it over again. I loved the challenging progressions that kept my muscles guessing and kept me coming back for more. Despite not being in the usual atmosphere of the studio, I began associating my living room with more of a relaxing space than it had previously been. I also enjoyed the instructor’s voice and the way that she took the time to explain the moves thoroughly. It really was very convenient being able to pack my yoga mat in my luggage and do the workouts from a hotel room using my laptop.

Final Words:

I would say the program is really affordable for the value that you receive. You don’t just get a bunch of DVD’s that sit collecting dust, because you can use them whenever you have access to a TV or you can use your phone or computer. There is a lot of convenience and versatility that made this program really worth it in my mind. As opposed to watching some random yoga videos on the internet, this program is streamlined and created by an actual expert in physical fitness who makes sure to gradually progress from beginner to advanced levels of difficulty. I use it anytime I have the time, need a pick-me-up or feel stressed out. I find that since the instructor is a fitness expert, I trust that I’m getting a great workout and it’s very addictive when you begin to see progress that you didn’t get from the studio. I realized that must have been from all the progressions and changes of moves that can’t seem to happen fast enough at the studio. Using the DVD’s makes sure you can just skip to a more advanced level whenever you feel like it, and I really loved that I didn’t have to dress any certain way while I exercised. I really enjoyed the program and continue to use it.

 

21 Responses to “Yoga Burn Review”

  1. Nikki says:

    I usually do a faster flow style Yoga. This turns all that upside down and all around. You move consciously and very slowly into each pose then you repeat the flow a few times. I found the workout to be decently challenging and I consider myself an intermediately fit person.

  2. Feriha says:

    I am a beginner yogi. I prefer hatha yoga over vinyasa yoga, or a blend of hatha/vinyasa. This video is great for someone looking for an all-body hatha-style workout. This sequence has a lot of hip openers and downward dogs. Other reviewers have described the pacing as “slow,” but for me it is just right. You will sweat doing this workout but you won’t get winded. This is a good addition to your rotation on days when you’re looking for a peaceful, calming yoga session. If you are looking for an active flow yoga, this is not the right choice.

  3. Amir says:

    My first little tries with this video seemed long and boring, until today. Because of the slow pace of the work-out, I started to notice the sensations throughout all of my body, not just the parts that ached. My mind emptied of anything else, and patiently started to experience the sensation of being fully inside my own skin. This was a new experience. I was very surprised when the tape was over– the time flew by.

  4. David says:

    Fast moving. The first segment on this dvd will make you sweat and leave you out of the breath. The 2nd is fast moving, hard, and not for the yoga novice. The 3rd is relaxing, and the last segment is about strengthening the core. If you aren’t new to yoga and are trying to stay in shape, I highly recommend this one.

  5. Joshua says:

    The only complaint I have about this DVD is that in the first part, say about 20-30 minutes, you can really feel the burn and I was sweating through it. Then the rest of the DVD kind of just fizzles out with the exercises. Rodney Yee goes through some seated floor bends that just really didn’t do it for me. On a side note though, I did see a video that recommended using wrist weights when you progress for this DVD. I haven’t tried that avenue yet, but I think that will help ease my qualms about the last part of this DVD. Overall great DVD and would recommend to anyone just starting yoga. I don’t think that someone in the advanced stage of their level in yoga would receive much benefit with this DVD. The poses are in the beginner to intermediate level of yoga in my opinion and I not sure if it would keep a higher level interested.

  6. Norbit says:

    It took a few times through before I got the hang of this style. You don’t get into a pose and then wait for an instruction to switch to another pose. Instead, you are supposed to move very slowly from pose to pose so you are in constant slow motion. Once I got the hang of that, I really enjoyed it a lot. I feel it is a very gentle way to improve core strength.

  7. Peter says:

    I wouldn’t recommend this video for a complete beginner, because the instruction is minimal. For example, he says “Warrior II” and that’s it, you need to know how to get into Warrior II on your own. Most of the poses are beginner level poses, though. I’d say the hardest ones (for me at least) are Bow Pose and Upward Plank Pose. There are actually two audio tracks on this, one with instruction (though it is limited), and one with no instruction, just a statement of the pose name.

  8. Brenda says:

    We recently added this DVD into our yoga routine and use it approximately every-other-week. This is a very good routine. It is paced on the slower side but there are few breaks so even though it is slow, you keep on moving through the entire routine. Rodney’s voice is very calming and peaceful. We have several of his DVD’s and enjoy them all. I highly recommend this workout.

  9. Carmen says:

    The movements are slow and methodical and flow from body part to body part seamlessly. However, I was not at all prepared for an hour long series of movement. I got the burn of my life with this workout and felt completely rejuvenated afterwards. I simply love working out with Rodney Yee and Gaiam.

  10. Yayz says:

    Very peaceful environment, great with just one instructor but I wish that he had various levels. Also, the quality of the video is great.

  11. Roxette says:

    I love it. You may need to be more advanced to really appreciate it but I do this 6 days a week and feel a real difference in overall strength and flexibility

  12. Sharon says:

    There are a few core poses at the beginning that were challenging, but I wouldn’t say this a burn you might expect. I am a huge Rodney Yee fan, and this is different from his other DVDs – like other reviewers said, redoing a pose three times and moving slowly. It is very nice and refreshing to do and makes my tight hamstrings and back feel great. But if you are looking for a hardcore toning workout burn, this isn’t the right DVD for you.

  13. Nancy says:

    The pace is a slow, easy to follow, good stretch. Definitely my favorite!

  14. Becky says:

    This workout is very creative version of spinal twist. It moves on to a series of very slow moving sun saluations with warrior and this is a wonderful way to get in touch and improve your practice of faster moving sun salutes. And again, a very creative version of thunderbolt. Then on to the floor for a series of forward bending, backward bending, and leg stretching. Again, very creative moves that I have not seen on any other yoga DVD. He usually repeats each movement 2-3 times. The practice is a little under an hour.

  15. Tabita says:

    This DVD is a great addition for my home practice and I use it probably 2-3 times a week.

  16. Casey says:

    I feel it in my abs and afterwards my upper arms feel like they have been really worked out. My chest also feels more open and free than it has in years.

  17. Garnie says:

    I find it extremely meditative and relaxing, but it is also challenging, although perhaps challenging in a different way than the more strenuous routines.

  18. Lidia says:

    The calm voice of instructor and proper technique holding positons for a reasonable length of time. Managable workout great for stretching. Whole body workout.

  19. Astoria says:

    My one major warning for those considering buying this is that this is not for beginners at all. Not because it is extremely difficult but because he does not provide any instruction on how to properly do the moves. He is assuming prior knowledge with this video. I would honestly suggest that anyone looking to get into yoga take a few classes before attempting to do any yoga video because there is a serious risk for injury without some supervision until you get the basic moves and body awareness that is required to practice safely. Otherwise, great video for experienced yogis and it has remained in my rotation for 4 years.

  20. Tanita says:

    I like this yoga work out because the movemens are slow and repetative. If you are looking for a break from yoga flow but still want an effective yoga workout, this one is perfect.

  21. Beatrice says:

    This video requires some strength that I just don’t have yet…but I look forward to being able to do the whole video in six months or so. I will just keep doing a little bit of it at a time to build up my strength.

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