Kimberly Fowler's The No Om Zone earns several recommendations for beginners and those who don't enjoy the spiritual aspects of yoga practice. Fowler, a triathlete and founder of YAS Fitness Centers, promises "no chanting" and "no granola" in her three 15-minute yoga sessions. Reviewers say she's an encouraging instructor who takes a no-nonsense approach to yoga; the video is filmed in a simple yoga studio with no embellishments.
Straightforward and focused. Kimberly Fowler's The No Om Zone is highly recommended for those who are new to yoga. She leads three 15-minute sessions that lack the elements of spirituality included in other yoga videos, an approach that wins her accolades among those who would prefer to do poses without chanting. Viewers say Fowler is encouraging and easy to follow, and her voiceover can be turned off.
Routines can be done individually or in sequence. Fowler leads users through 15-minute sessions focused on the upper body, lower body and core. The poses are easy enough for beginners, and time-strained practitioners like that they can do one 15-minute session or combine all three for a longer workout. Some reviewers say Fowler moves too quickly between poses, and those with previous experience say the sessions aren't challenging enough. For intermediate or advanced yogis, experts recommend Shiva Rea's yoga videos, especially Shiva Rea Daily Energy (*Est. $16) .
Clean and modern. Much like the instruction, the DVD's production is straightforward; no flowery gardens here. The production quality is excellent and the video is filmed in a modern indoor studio. The introduction can be skipped, a feature appreciated by regular users.
This DVD focuses only on fitness aspects, leaving behind many other principles of the yoga philosophy. While some reviewers find this refreshing, others find it somewhat disrespectful of the practice as a whole.
Review Credibility: Very Good Seymour says The No Om Zone is "definitely one of the better options out there for yoga newbies," but she wishes the workouts were longer. Although her review is moderate in length, her details are insightful.
Review: Review: Kimberly Fowler's "The No Om Zone", Kristen Seymour, Aug. 18, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good As industry experts, the editors of FitBottomedGirls.com give The No Om Zone an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5. Although testers say the workouts aren't easy, they aren't particularly challenging, either. They like that the instructor voiceover can be turned off.
Review: UnderReview: Your Perfect Yoga DVD (& Giveaways!), "Jenn", April 29, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good Kimberly Fowler's The No Om Zone gets 4.3 stars out of 5 after 25 customer reviews. Most reviewers love the DVD, saying it offers a straightforward way to learn yoga without spiritual lessons or chanting. However, those with yoga experience find the poses too simple.
Review: The No Om Zone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
4. Today's Diet & Nutrition magazine
Review Credibility: Fair Editors discuss The No Om Zone in a brief review, calling it a good choice for those who are intimidated by traditional yoga classes or videos.
Review: Fitness Etcetera, Editors of Today's Diet & Nutrition, August 2010
5. The Washington Post
Review Credibility: Fair Hallett recommends The No Om Zone for those who want to practice yoga without "chants" or "flowery language." She likes Fowler's no-nonsense instructing style, but says the workout won't make you break a sweat. Her write-up is more of a promotional blurb than anything else.
Review: DVDs That Focus on Workout Side of Yoga, Vicky Hallett, May 13, 2010