I finished my 3 Week Yoga Retreat experience with Day 20 – Relax (Progression), and then another reboot of the AM/PM/ABS workouts.
This version of Relax was just a collaboration of stuff we’ve already done. Very slow and deliberate pacing. Lots of static holds. True to its name – just R-E-L-A-X. You don’t feel overexertion – just a nice comfortable exploration of the range and mobility you’ve developed in the past couple of weeks in this practice. I probably enjoyed the forward folds and lizard poses most. I did notice that my range has improved greatly in both of these poses.
Here is my overall review grade and assessment of 3 Week Yoga Retreat:
You can find all of my posts/thoughts about this program (as I did it) right here:
I didn’t apply a grade for cardio because that element isn’t really a focus of this program. I don’t believe the aim of this yoga experience was to be a hard core cardio challenge, so that shouldn’t factor into the grading.
I think the instruction was amazing. Vitus, Faith, Elise, and Ted are very good at their craft. This was a very thoughtful program construction, and they took all levels of fitness/knowledge into consideration. At first, due to limited range of motion, I found myself using the modifier suggestions, and they were very accessible in the program (you were told who to follow if you wanted modified instruction). In addition, and I program said it about 67,000 times in my reviews, the instructor cueing was some of the best I’ve experienced in a video workout program.
In terms of production values, the set was very simplistic. It reminded me a lot of a Fitness Blender workout you’d find on Youtube. Very minimalist. I’ll guess that was by design. It didn’t add or subtract from the experience at all. It gave you what you needed. The camera work was good, and you never found yourself struggling to follow along with the visual instruction. In terms of music, there was a very faint soundtrack throughout the program and it didn’t distract at all. It was very complimentary to the program.
On the Beachbody On-Demand page, the description reads, “…created with beginners in mind. 3 Week Yoga Retreat will teach you simple, pure yoga for life-changing results. You’ll build the skills you need to take any yoga class after these three weeks…”
That description completely encapsulates my experience. I found the first weeks very instruction-based, and I loved it. Even though I had a working knowledge from years of dabbling, it was nice to put the training wheels back on, and learn the subtle nuances of the basics. I feel better in my practice now as a result.
All you need for this program is a yoga mat and maybe some yoga blocks. If you are an intermediate or advanced yogi, you might find this program to be too remedial and not challenging enough. If you are just starting out, or are looking to refresh/reframe your knowledge base, you’ll find this to be worth the $60 asking price on the Beachbody website. I’d very highly recommend this program if you want to learn more about the basics of yoga.
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