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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 Original edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605296740
  • ASIN: B005DI7A34
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you've been hesitant to try yoga...pick up The No OM Zone. No chanting required."
-- Real Simple
 
"Conventional athletes put off by chanting and foreign terminology will enjoy hitting the mat with this no-nonsense manual from the fitness maven."
-- Los Angeles magazine
 
"A good book for those who want workouts targeted to individual body parts..."
- The Los Angeles Times

About the Author

KIMBERLY FOWLER is founder of YAS Fitness Centers, a fast-growing, LA-based yoga
and indoor cycling workout empire. She has certified over 1,000 instructors in her own
style of yoga, called Yoga for Athletes.® Fowler’s clients include Olympic athletes, high-
profile celebrities, and lots of everyday people. As a longtime cancer survivor, Fowler has
spoken on behalf of Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong organization. Her DVDs include: Yoga for
Athletes,® The No OM Zone Yoga Workouts, and Overcoming Obstacles.

More About the Author

Kimberly Fowler isn't your typical yogi. "Irreverent" is how CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta described Fowler's popular approach to yoga in his June '09 feature on her fun and unpretentious classes. But innovative may be a more apt description for the Fowler phenomena. Since opening her first YAS Fitness Center in Venice, California in 2001 Fowler has regularly shaken up the yoga and fitness worlds with fresh, no-nonsense workouts designed for everyone from elite athletes to, well, everyone...

It started with the original YAS Fitness Center: No one had ever combined yoga with indoor cycling before--let alone built a studio dedicated to the combination. Mixing hard-charging cardio with straightforward yoga was ridiculed by some yoga purists. But it didn't stop imitators at gyms around the world from jumping on the bandwagon with yoga and spinning classes of their own. The copycats didn't surprise Fowler, whose experience as a professional triathlete had taught her the value of combining yoga with athletics. They only encouraged her to create Yoga for Athletes®, her next workout to rock the fitness world.

Yoga for Athletes® jump-started the yoga-as-cross-training craze that has swept the planet. The Yoga for Athletes® DVD is so popular that students around the world have taken to posting 
photos on Facebook of themselves holding it up at famous locales. That and winning titles with its help: The Santa Monica Rugby Club won the'06 national championship--a first--and proclaimed the workout "the athlete's secret weapon." British track star Tasha Danvers won the '08 Beijing Olympics 400m Hurdles bronze with the help of Yoga for Athletes®, overcoming a host of personal and professional hurdles along the way.

Fowler understands a thing or two about hurdles. While still a twenty-something triathlete, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Like Lance Armstrong a decade later, Fowler battled back from her death sentence to return to competition as an elite athlete. She credits yoga as central to her 
recovery and comeback. Going stronger than ever nearly three decades later, she's spoken repeatedly on behalf of Livestrong, Armstrong's foundation dedicated to helping people fight cancer. She's also spoken much on behalf of Nike, having served for years as the company's Yoga Athlete/Spokesperson.

With so many yoga-related accomplishments, it's tempting to view Fowler as some kind of power yogi--that is, if such words and hero worship didn't make her cringe. "I'm not your guru, you are," is a common Fowlerism. Open and accessible, Fowler means no disrespect for yoga traditions and their spiritual components. She just doesn't cram dogma down peoples' throats. And while happily forgoing Sanskrit and chanting hasn't always endeared her to the yoga establishment, that's never been her goal. Fowler wants to change the minds of everyday people about yoga. She wants to make yoga accessible to the masses, not just the chosen few.

And she's getting there...If you've cracked a magazine or newspaper over the last decade, chances are you've read about Fowler, her original DVDs or YAS Fitness Centers. New franchise locations have sprung up across Southern California and will soon open across the country. "I want to get people off the couch and onto the mat," Fowler says of her ongoing agenda and new book The No OM Zone No Chanting, No Granola, No Sanskrit. Coming soon from Rodale Books, The No OM Zone continues Fowler's mission to take the mystery and intimidation out of yoga, to welcome newcomers and to introduce them to a fun and fulfilling practice.

Customer Reviews

This is a well written and informational yoga book.
yogamama7
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in yoga and it's benefits to long term healthcare.
K. Fisher
Kimberly Fowler makes yoga fun & interactive & accessible.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joan on July 6, 2010
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As a relatively new Yogi, reading "The No Om Zone" has really helped to improve my practice. It provides a level of instruction that can often be hard to get in a packed yoga class. It is chockfull of photos that have been very useful in understanding the exact positioning of each body part during a pose. I feel my alignment has definitely improved since reading the book. Also, anatomy and physiology are discussed in a very useful, easy-to-understand manner, not in the cumbersome, overwhelming way of many fitness books. Lastly, as an Executive with a very hectic schedule, the 8 minute workout routines are a godsend!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By thebradmiskell on July 6, 2010
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The fact that I regularly take class with Kimberly will, I trust, demonstrate that I not only talk the talk about her wonderful new book, but I walk the walk, as well. Kimberly's approach to yoga, which The No OM Zone is steeped in, really works for me. And I've taken yoga (on and off) since 1977. You do the math, I'll do The No OM Zone. Why? Because Kimberly's approach to yoga--straightforward, unpretentious and rock-solid technically--is the only one that's kept me practicing consistently. And the book makes it easy for those of you who can't make it to her classes regularly to benefit from that same accessible, no-BS style. The No OM Zone, with its short and targeted sessions and thorough-yet-concise insights into alignment and anatomy, is the perfect yoga primer for today. It moves along nicely...to get you moving. And though it's perfect for newcomers to yoga, it's a great reference, period. Kimberly demonstrates in The No OM Zone how yoga can help keep active people injury-free. As someone who for many years had to be intact physically to make a living (I was a longtime professional dancer then taught for years), I know when someone is guiding me properly in terms of injury-prevention, strength and flexibility, working safely and realistically. That's exactly what Kimberly does in The No OM Zone. And she's not at all precious about it. Such a breath of fresh air. The book and the author. Yoga skeptics take note: No gongs and whistle here, just accessible, practical fitness.
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The book takes yoga to a new and understandable level for all. It is well written and easy to follow.
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Written to filter out all the eastern mysticism and religious overtones that too many Yoga instructors want to inflict on new students. Gets right to the meat of using breathing and Yoga postures to good effect for exercise and rehabilitation healing.
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By StillWaters VINE VOICE on January 27, 2014
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On the one hand I appreciate that this book is a simple and easy to follow guide to yoga. She separates the workouts into different body parts. The problem is that each workout is only 10 minutes long, and she gives you absolutely no instruction on how to put the workouts together if you want a longer workout. It seems like it would have been easy to just explain how to order the workouts so you can get a longer workout, but she failed to do this.
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This is a short spurt, non-fad yoga book with clear instructions, pictures and alternate poses. It is even broken down into chapters to target specific body regions. Extremely practical. Tends to be mostly yang as opposed to yin yoga for anyone who knows the distinction (active, more strenuous style versus passive, more deep tissue stretching).
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By V. Reinhardt on December 17, 2013
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I borrow a lot of books from the library, and if I find myself wishing I didn't have to return them, I feel good about going ahead and purchasing a copy. From the layout of the chapters to the targeted routines, the only thing I would change is to have a few more routines, which incorporate more than one target area, laid out somewhere in the book. I suppose I can give up that bit of laziness though and do it myself. ;-)
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kendra Arnold on July 6, 2010
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The No OM Zone is an amazing guide to practical, yet most useful yoga poses that anyone can do either in a yoga room, or in the comfort of your own home. From the creator of Yoga For Athletes, Kimberly Fowler aims at making yoga a non-intimidating practice, and proves her point! Inside of this book you will not find Fowler preaching the traditional yogi practices of chanting, or pretzel poses. As a former triathlete, Fowler explains that her yoga practice can help anyone who has suffered any sort of trauma in their lives. This down to earth guide is helpful for anyone and everyone, ranging from someone new to yoga, to an experienced yogi who wishes to gain insight on a practical way to practice the 5,000 year old tradition of yoga.
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