I’m a huge fan of yoga postures.  Especially as I hit my mid forties.  Maintaining a level of flexibility has done more to prevent me from injury than anything as mid-life drags me screaming into an alleyway.  So with that in mind it was an easy sell to get me to review Travis Eliot’s Ultimate Yogi.

ult_yogiWhat you get:

12 DVD’s, a calendar and fitness guide.  The program timeline is a 108 day schedule.


Time: 65 Minutes

Despite the title, there will be no throwing tires and jumping on plyo-boxes. This is straight up salutations and balance postures with occasional changes in tempo. If you’ve ever done P90X Yoga then this has many similarities and the benefits of both would probably be identical.  I guess I expected a little more considering the aggressive “Cross Training” title.

One thing is obvious, this is not for beginners.  Also, Travis never…and I do quite literally mean never…stops talking.  Down dog, updog, warrior one, inhale, exhale, now fold yourself in half…finding that mental calm gets pretty hard when you’re concerned about falling behind.


Time: 63 Minutes

Yoga at the speed of light.  If you had a hard time keeping up with Cross Training, this is not going to be a good day for you.  Still, if you give yourself some time and tune Travis out when necessary, you will have a pretty sweet cardio-core routine to start your day.


Time: 65 minutes

I’m starting to see a pattern here.  Modern yoga by nature has a very limited set of moves.  Vinyasas, warrior postures, balance postures and general all around stretching.   That’s really about it.  So whereas the Cardio workout moves at a fast pace, Strength goes slower and has longer isometric holds.  Planks are held longer and ab work is slow and controlled.  Just don’t expect weight training results.

Hold those poses long for some serious core attention.


Time: 72 minutes

If P90X YogaX feels long to you, this might seem an eternity but that doesn’t mean you should bail.  The deliberate focus on slow, stretching and flexibility will be crucial for us older folks.


Time: 61 minutes

As the name implies, more focus is spent on maintaining balance postures.

Hold 'er steady...


You will be told often..about 1,056,872 times per inhale/exhale.  Sorry, I meant  IIIIIIIIINHALE.  EEEEEEEEEXHALE.  It was getting to the point where my lungs were starting to develop a complex.

Stop telling us how to do our jobs already.


Time: 73 minutes

Toxins are in you, therefore we shall wring your body like a soaked towel and squish them out.  Don’t ask me whether this will actually work as I’m only a fitness columnist, but I at least like the muscular benefits.  Think of this as a very aggressive form of Twister.

But thankfully with no lingering regrets.


Time: 70 minutes

The intro to this is freaking hilarious, as Travis tells us we’re going to restore energy to earth ( although I<‘m sure he’s being facetious ).  The poses remain the same except there’s a lot of expanding the chest out as if to imply energy release.  My volt-meter didn’t register squat, but it felt nice.


It’s just Travis today as the cast is away getting their herbal tea colonics.  This is designed to focus on the abdominal area and is unquestionably one of the harder ab workouts I have done.

The moves are slow, adding a brutal isometric component.


Time: 65 minutes

Long and slow.  To be honest, this one is a lot easier to follow due to the reduced pace and the fact you’ll be on the floor for the entire time.  No warrior postures today.


Time: 55 minutes

We cut the cast down to 4 today.  The moves are back to the more traditional yoga with salutations and forward bends, with the last half focusing more on ground work.  The pace slows compared to most other workouts which makes this one a fine choice overall for most people.


Time: 30 minutes

While the outdoors does indeed make for a good set, this reminds me when my karate Sensei would make us run outside in bare feet. So sure, you could practice your yoga in the sandbox, but I would argue getting sand in your crotch is an inevitability.

Breathing, calmness and the quest to become the ultimate human being.  Wait…what?   Come on Travis, stop saying stuff like that already!

The moves here are reaching high and bending forward, so a lot of hamstring action will be taking place.  It is actually a very nice series that allows one to get a fair bit done in with a short runtime.


Time: 37 minutes

While I’m certainly a fan of relaxing the mind, I try to keep it online enough that my grey matter doesn’t ooze out of my ears.  I mean, we can meditate on giving gratitude for the good things in our life, but who are we giving the gratitude too?  Travis and the kids would like to thank the impersonal “universe”.  Take it from a Bible College graduate and theological junkie, you don’t want to get me started…

Pretty sure the cosmos isn't craving anyones gratitude. Also certain it doesn't have ears.


Time: 50 minutes

The into implies I’m a different human being if I made it this far.  Cool.  The outdoor set also looks great, but the jagged stone floor has got to be murder on the cast even with a mat.  Poor saps.

This workout is a non-stop sequence of 108 sun salutations.  No queuing from Travis at and to be honest it is rather nice as any constant advice during this time would be distracting.


If you want advanced yoga then you have unquestionably come to the right place. Travis Eliot delivers a program that is high on skill, if not somewhat lacking in variety.

I do have some gripes with this program though.  For example, Travis specifies that this is good for people with injuries.  I would advise people to have more realistic expectations.  The pace in Ultimate Yogi moves far too fast and there is not much opportunity to settle in.  Anyone with knee or joint issues should find a beginner program and move past this until they are ready.  It will only lead to further injury.

So what’s the trainer like?

This is a very subjective thing.  Personally, I doubt me and Travis are going to be long term workout buddies.  Not lying, there are times this can feel like a goofy hipster-cult initiation ritual.  Travis has a somewhat unique way of talking that will either comfort you or make you throw a brick at the screen.  Everything is slow…damn slow…and monotone to a ludicrous extent ( think 60’s hippie maaaaaan ).  He has less voice intonation than Siri.  What compounds the issue is that every sentence Travis speaks you know he feels in his heart it is brilliant even though it is often pretentious, convoluted nonsense.

Yes my children, let death's loving embrace cloak you like a warm blanket.

Like most yoga practitioners you have to be prepared for a hefty truckload of bullshit and in my opinion, Travis delivers a little too much of it.  No matter how much you stretch or calm yourself, you will not ‘find yourself‘, create a better life out of nothing, nor gain the wisdom of the universe.  Sorry kids, that stuff comes with age and experience ( or not at all ), not on a rubber mat in a room with east-Indian decor.  Therefore, every time Travis had some meaningless Yoda-advice such as “moving with compassion”, I would politely yell ‘shut up’ and tell him to go back to making my non-fat latte.

There is also the perpetuated myth that this form of yoga is thousands of years old.  Perhaps parts are, but those sun salutations and stretch techniques have more in common with Indian gymnastics.  While I am a huge fan of the health benefits of modern yoga postures, I just don’t believe yoga teachers when they say their art has been passed down through the ancients…unless they are referring to 60’s stoners.

I know what you't thinking too...that elephant is clearly not doing a proper upward dog.

All that nitpicking aside, Travis has created something for the masses craving a dedicated yoga program.  The sets are attractive and the audio/music is very appropriate.  It would be nice to have a timer bar for those of us on a schedule but that might run counter to the goal of losing yourself in the moment which Travis was aiming for,

If you’re a hardcore yoga buff then I highly recommend Ultimate Yogi.  It never strays from its premise even though the workouts don’t have a lot to distinguish themselves.  If you like variety or prefer to have trainers with a more pragmatic worldview, there’s a good chance Travis will get on that last nerve.  Newcomers especially may wish to first consider more lightweight options or they will be left in the dust.

3.8 FEATHERS out of 5

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7.3 Solid Yoga Series

Solid yoga program designed for the intermediate to advanced enthusiast. The program lacks variety in most workouts, yet still accomplishes the goal of increased flexibility. Just don't get too caught up in the "Yoda" wisdom.

  • Production Values 8
  • Music 8
  • Instructor 7
  • Cost 7
  • Variety 6.6

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John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • German Angelo Amurao

    Greetings Mr. Parrot. Let me just say that I am a fan of yours since I’ve discovered your P90X2 reviews and all other workout reviews here.

    It’s great for us to reap the benefits of yoga because a lot of people have been skipping it in P90X because it’s over an hour. I can’t remember the exact time. Tony Horton has said it a million times that yoga is the fountain of youth that’s why the man looks like he’s aging backwards.

    I’m glad you’ve came across Travis Eliot’s Ultimate Yogi because it is one of the better yoga dvd’s out there in my opinion. I’ve got to add that the production of this video is perfect. The sequence doesn’t have a mistake unlike Tony Horton’s P90X Yoga which missed a couple of moves for your other side of the body. There’s another yoga dvd offered by Udaya, same as Ultimate Yogi’s company which is Yoga Warrior 365. That dvd is also solid and you should check it and do a review of it too. The problem is that I could not stand the yoga instructor Rudy Mettia and his antics because he does crack up a lot of side comments and jokes which will leave you feeling centered out if you know what I mean. Well to each is his own, but I am on the same page with you about Travis Eliot and his yoga thing. It took me a while to absorb it but later I found it to be a perfect cue when doing yoga sequences.

    These days it’s a 30 minute workout that does it for me. I’m glad Travis Eliot has a 30 minute version of his yoga found on his website. An hour + of exercise seems too much with this ever changing demands from work and life. Doing hybrids is my thing now because doing yoga only in the past where I have zero access to weights didn’t do much for my muscles. Weight training, plus cardio, plus mobility/yoga I think is the best for optimal fitness.

    More power to you Mr. Parrot and I’m looking forward to more of your workout reviews.

    How about some kettlebell dvd’s?

    • kwvogel
  • jap2112

    Hello. Thoroughly enjoy all your fitness reviews. I too am a big “Beachbody” fan (not a coach either) but I was looking for a more serious Yoga routine than the P90X et al programs provided. I knew you were going to be reviewing this program, but I could not wait, so I purchased “The Ultimate Yogi” and I am 58 days in. I would like to add a few comments if you don’t mind.

    I too found it difficult to keep pace with the program. However, I found that if you turn the music off (menu choice), the pace is actually quite comfortable. For some reason the increasing tempo combined with the increasing volume of his instructions makes it feel faster than it actually is.

    After the first 30 days, I began to combine these routines with Body Beast. While I was certainly increasing flexibility, there really is not enough strength training in these routines (if you are into that type of training). I chose Body Beast because with 60 plus minutes of Yoga, I can’t spend another 60 minutes weight training. I have found though that the Yoga routine provides an excellent warm-up to the Body Beast movements, without over-taxing the muscles. Plus, the combined routine stays around 1 hour and 45 minutes (skipping Hardcore), which is about the maximum amount of time I have.

    Yes, he does talk a lot. But his constant instruction is useful because I can’t always view the screen. Also, breathing is a huge part of Yoga, and after about 40 days or so you really can feel the movements becoming easier because of your breath. I followed his “inhale and exhale” religiously, and it is a huge help.

    Finally, I will be 50 in 6 months, and adding this every day has improved my posture, reduced the aches and pains that seem to occur with weight training alone, and has certainly made me a calmer individual through the day.

    So here’s to you Mr. Parrot (imagine a wheat grass smoothie being raised) – another excellent review.

    • German Angelo Amurao

      That is true! Travis Eliot’s cueing can make you not look in the screen anymore after sometime. I am surprised to know you are ‘stacking’ it with body beast on the same day. You could try his 30 minute Power Yoga series in his website. The setting is just him in his room but still he’s cueing is second to none.

      • jap2112

        I could not find any 30 minute routines. I did find where you can buy a couple more, but between this video series, the P90X, X2, X3 and One on One, I think I have plenty. After the 108 days are up, no more stacking. I think I am going to just add a few Yoga routines in instead of a cardo and stretch day. Try and keep it to around 3 to 4 days per week.

    • Andrew Coyle

      I’ve been waiting for this Yoga review for ages. In fact, it was Mr Parrot mentioning it a month or so ago that got me into it in the first place.

      Finally, a like-minded workout individual!! I too have been doing a hybrid of Ultimate Yogi and Body Beast. They are polar opposites of each other and compliment each other well. Though I find that after 2 days of Back & Bis and Chest & Tris it is really difficult to hold a Downward Dog for any length of time. Yoga truly is a masterful workout.

      Travis’ voice does indeed take some getting used to. My girlfriend has to leave the room :) But surprisingly his sloooow monotone voice actually suits the proceedings perfectly, and his knowledge of the practice comes through well. Disengage your BS meter and you’ll really enjoy it.

      • jap2112

        Nice! Are you doing them both simultaneously or 1 routine per day? If you are doing the latter, would you mind sharing an example of how you structure your week? I am doing both simultaneously with intelligent “breaks” when needed. For example, today was Yoga Cardio with Total Body. I try not to do Yoga Strength with any upper body routine, so it is either by itself that day or with legs. I just finished BB Phase 1 so tomorrow, instead of jumping right to Beast Chest, I am doing the scheduled Mountain Pose Disk/Pranayama routine to give a bit of a break before Phase 2.

        • Andrew Coyle

          I tend to pick and chose my workouts depending on how I feel, thought I don’t repeat workouts one day after the other. And I do one workout per day. I was going though a phase of getting up early and doing Yoga, then doing a Body Beast in the evening, but that was getting too much.

          Mixing it up means that I might do BB Back & Bis on Monday, BB Chest & Tris on Tuesday, Ultimate Cardio on Wednesday, Ultimate Detox on Thursday and maybe a Ultimate Hardcore on Thursday.

          That is just an example however. I’ve done a ultimate-yoga/p90x/cize/bodybeast/DDPYoga combo.

          I’ve ripped all the dvds and got them on a memory stick. This is plugged into my Xbox One and I can simply pick and chose a video I like the look of on the evening.

          I’ve not been following either courses calendar routines at all. It’s all ad-hoc and down to what I fancy. The way I see it is, I’m actually doing some decent workouts and by randomising them I never get bored :)

          In fact the last time I stuck to a full routine strictly was Insanity back in 2014!!

  • kwvogel

    Nice review! I’ve done a lot of different yoga DVDs and I think if you like the Ultimate Yogi set, Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga DVD is another good one to try out. It’s a bit old (so what), and Bryan can be annoying/pretentious like Travis, but overall its a nice set of three 50 minute routines.

    I’ll also agree with the other commenter about the Yoga Warrior 365 set. I couldn’t stand Rudy so much that I never made it through all the DVDs…

  • John Pedersen

    I found his voice and inane drivel to be so distracting from videos that I couldn’t focus as intended. During the YinYoga I wanted to scream at him to shut the f#$% up! I do pull out the core workout because he stays on point with the workout and not wander off on annoying esoteric rants.

    I would be very curious to see you do a review of Yoga Warrior 365, which I found to be a much better all-round yoga system, with a vastly superior instructor.

  • vzteacher

    I just recently found you, and I am THOROUGHLY enjoying your reviews. Not only are they insightful, they are highly entertaining! Thanks!! :)

    • vzteacher

      Okay, I just did the first video, and I liked it! He does spout some new agey drivel that I just can’t get on board with, but I did like the workout. I couldn’t help but laugh a few times at what he was saying, though. That didn’t help with my balance.

      On a side note, my husband and I have decided that he sounds like a mix of Matthew McConaughey and Dana Carvey. :)