Yoga Burn Review
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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!
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.
- Great for beginners
- Easy to learn
- Can use on the go
- Travel friendly
- No equipment necessary
- Lots of Bonuses
- Safe for Pregnant Women
- 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.
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.