Colleen Saidman’s Yoga for Weight Loss

Good: It’s an enjoyable routine that strengthens the body-mind connection for overall health.
Bad: The workout may be too gentle for those most interested in a calorie-torching routine.
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Yoga for Weight Loss is a well-balanced program crafted by Colleen Saidman, an experienced yogini who runs Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor, New York. She is married to Rodney Yee, a well-known yoga instructor who has also developed videos with Gaiam.

A Holistic Workout

This DVD has received many rave reviews. The vast majority of Amazon reviewers give it five stars–and it has yet to receive a one-star review. One enthusiast reports:

“Terrific workout! It manages to be difficult physically while still relaxing mentally. I would recommend this video to anyone from yoga beginners to yoga experts.”

Colleen’s approach is not to whip you into shape like a drill sergeant, but to improve the body-mind connection so that you make healthier lifestyle choices. She emphasizes that with a consistent yoga practice, permanent weight loss can occur. Many people enjoy this more holistic approach to weight loss. D.S. says:

“Through clear and comprehensive instruction, Colleen helps you shed extra pounds and unlock your inner beauty! After just the first week, I noticed my core was already more toned and defined. I feel as though I’m not just losing weight but on the path to discovering a healthier, more beautiful me!”

Why Do People Love It?

This is a pleasant workout that you won’t dread doing. It incorporates lots of spinal twists and other detoxifying poses to keep you healthy while you’re losing weight. Though it is accessible for beginners, you probably won’t want to make this your very first yoga DVD. Some background in yoga will make these fast-paced sequences easier to follow.

A nice feature is that there are three different routines to choose from, so you can mix and match based on your schedule, how your body feels, and which areas you’d like to target. Or you can hit “play all” on the menu for a routine that lasts a total of 1 hour and 17 minutes.  Unlike other weight loss oriented yoga programs, you don’t need hand weights.

Does it Work?

The only real complaint about Yoga for Weight Loss is that the workout is not fast-paced enough for those seeking to lose weight by burning calories through high-intensity exercise. If you want to speed up the process, Colleen’s program could be used to complement any other form of exercise, especially cardio. And people do report results with this DVD. As R.C. says:

“After a few short weeks I am feeling better and, more importantly, I am LOOKING better!”

DVD Contents

  • Total Body Flow- 25 mins. Works both the arms and legs; burns calories while increasing the breath and heart rate.
  • Whittle Your Middle- 29 mins. Targets the waist area and also detoxifies.
  • Strengthen & Energize- 22 mins. Helps release tension and promote relaxation.


Conclusion: This is a great choice for people wanting to tone up and lose weight holistically. Though it may be too gentle for some, this routine would make an excellent complement to faster-paced, more cardiovascularly intensive workouts like Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Inferno.

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Sarah Baldwin

Sarah is a writer based out of Southern Indiana who has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. With a focus on natural wellness, she adores writing about all things healthy and whole. Her herbalism blog, Moonflower Musings, can be found at

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