Review: Kristin McGee’s Power Yoga (and Giveaway!)

kristin mcgee power yogaIt’s hard to find a yoga that’s both hippity-dippity and a good workout. One that stretches you out, strengthens you, doesn’t make you feel silly with the airy-fairy stuff and yet relaxes you and allows you to connect to your breath, too. Yep, it’s a tall yoga order. And one that Kristin McGee’s Power Yoga DVD can fill.

Yesterday we loved sharing our chat with Kristin McGee, including her best advice on getting fit and healthy. And we were none too surprised to find that she brings that same sane and balanced approach to her workout-DVD instruction. Giving great cues and showing modifications, it’s obvious that McGee has been teaching yoga for years. She’s relaxing, encouraging, and she gives a workout that’s both calming and quite challenging at times.

The DVD is a total of 50 minutes long. You can either do the full Power Yoga workout in one big chunk (as I did and was left feeling awesome), or you can break it into two 25-minute parts, one that is mostly standing and the other that is almost all floor work. While it would have been nice for the DVD to have different short workouts from the main one, it’s still super helpful to have length options. Seriously, what did we do before DVD menus?!

From sun salutations to this cool form of plank where you put your toes between your opposite ankle (so hard to explain, but it’s both challenging and feels really freakin’ good) to balance work and pigeon pose, it’s the perfect intermediate power yoga workout DVD that includes just enough yoga standbys to make you feel like you know what you’re doing and just enough new stuff to make the workout feel fresh and new. Sure, the DVD set is pretty lackluster, the music is forgettable, and there are some gratuitous booty shots (if I had a booty like that, I’d probably do the same though), but it’s still a great yoga-workout-DVD collection standby. In a nutshell, Kristin pretty much nailed it.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottomed Line: If you take  your intermediate yoga with a little fitness, a little mind-body and a lot of good instruction, this is your DVD!

Want to win Kristin McGee’s Power Yoga DVD and work out with Kristin McGee, too? Leave a comment below with why you’d like to win, and we’ll select one random U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be posted in the comments and emailed directly. Good luck, yogis! —Jenn

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  1. I recently started yoga and love it but can’t always get to a scheduled class at my gym so try to do it at home and my mind either goes blank when I try to come up with my own flows or I don’t end up challenging myself enough. I would love to win this DVD!

  2. I’ve started incorporating yoga into my workout routine and I haven’t tried power yoga yet. If FBG recommends it I trust it’s a good one to try!

  3. I have been doing a little power yoga with Power 90. I’m ready to commit more time to it- not just a warm up. Would love to try out this DVD!

  4. I try to do yoga 2-3 times a week at a studio, but sometimes it’s too tough to fit it into my schedule. This DVD would help me be able to still fit it in at home on those busy days. I would love to win Kristin’s DVD!

  5. I’d love to win Kristin’s DVD because I love yoga, whether it’s with a teacher or with a DVD. I love trying new DVDs to learn from and mix up my yoga practice. Plus, power yoga is a great workout.

  6. I love what I’ve seen of Kristin McGee, and as a yoga teacher, I’m always looking for new sequences. Her DVD would be a great asset to my collection–I’d love to win!

  7. I am fairly new to yoga but I’m already a big fan of Kristin’s. I currently rely on 1 DVD for my workouts and would love to add this new DVD for more of a challenge!

  8. Thanks to September’s yoga month, I’m back into my regular yoga routine and trying some different yoga instructors. Kristin seems encouraging and that helps me move on beyond the basics.

  9. I’ve decided that I will start doing more yoga in November(when I am finished with all my traveling for work) Kristin’s DVD sounds like a great way to get my zen on! Nothing can mess with your chakras like non-stop travel for work. I’d love to try it….or win it!!

  10. I love doing yoga at home with DVDs. I have yet to find a good intermediate DVD and I would love to win this one so I can amp up my current routine!

  11. I’d love to win! I’ve been doing yoga in studios for several years now, but always have a problem when I get busy and can’t make it to any of the classes. I’ve been wanting to find a good dvd, and this one looks like it fits the bill! Thanks for the great review!

  12. Sounds like the perfect workout! I’d love to try this, but also to share with my friends. She sounds like serious perfection. Thanks for a great review!

  13. This sounds like a great DVD. I recently started a new job and have found it hard to get to the gym, especially for classes. This would be a great DVD to do at home. I love the 25 or 50 minute option.

  14. The only yoga that I have done has been short segments from dvds that were not from a professional yoga instructor, rather using the moves in conjunction with others. I think this would be great for me to clear my mind and gain a mind body connection. I would like to try yoga and be challenged by it. Power yoga would be perfect!