The No OM Zone
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You ve heard about yoga s health benefits, but certain touchy-feely aspects of some classes-like chanting and fire breathing exercises-put you off. The solution: The No OM one, a DVD by fitness expert Kimberly Fowler that includes three basic 15-minute workouts. --Shape Magazine (DVD of the month for June 2010)
Fowler s straight-talking, welcoming style is ideal for newbie s who are short on time. --The Washington Post
Yoga for Everyone! From former pro triathlete and Nike yoga spokesperson Kimberly Fowler, creator of the breakthrough Yoga for Athletes® DVD, comes a new release that s sure to be a crowd pleaser: The No OM Zone Yoga Workouts. --Yoga Magazine
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The No OM Zone isn't your typical yoga DVD and Kimberly Fowler isn't your typical yogi. Irreverent is the word CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta used to describe Fowler's popular approach to yoga in his June '09 feature on her fun and unpretentious classes. But innovative may be better for describing the Fowler phenomena (no offense, Doctor G). Since opening her first YAS Fitness Center in Venice, Calif., in 2002, 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 pooh-poohed by some persnickety 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 own experience as a professional triathlete had taught her the value of combining yoga with athletics. Little surprise, then, that her Yoga for Athletes® workout was next to rock the yoga establishment. 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 pictures on Facebook of themselves holding it at famous locations. That and winning titles with its help: The Santa Monica Rugby team won the 2007 national title their first ever and proclaimed it the athlete's secret weapon after taking up workouts with Fowler. British track star Tasha Danvers won the 2008 Beijing Olympics 400m Hurdles bronze medal 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, herself. While still a twenty-something,Type-A triathlete, she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Like Lance Armstrong more than 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 and accolades, it's tempting to see 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 and make it 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 DVD workouts or YAS Fitness Centers. New franchise locations have sprung up across Southern California and will soon open in San Francisco, Boulder, Seattle and New York City. I want to get people off the couch and onto the mat, Fowler says, of her ongoing agenda and upcoming book The No OM Zone. Coming in 2010 from Rodale Bools, The No OM Zone continues with 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.
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Do to back problems, getting older, and still wanting to be in shape, I searched Yoga for people who don't want a spiritual experience.
Well, I found it. So surprising, I found I really enjoy this exercise practice and I noticed body changes.
As a former competitive swimmer, body builder, and life-long walker, I realize lately I am neglecting major parts of my body. Even though I am trim, I wanted to increase my flexibilty, balance, strength, and coordination. This DVD addresses all those areas and Kimberly makes the exercises interesting, relaxing, and meaningful. I am amazed at how good I feel after even one of the three 15 minute workouts. And over the course of 6 weeks, my weight is down a bit, my middle is more trim and shapely, and my arms are more sculpted.
My elderly mother is weak, unbalanced, and can't do the normal daily functions we take for granted. I believe if I can keep up this Yoga practice, I will age more gracefully and be able to go shopping or bend over to pick up something I dropped.
For the price, you will reap the benefits of this DVD over and over. I highly recommend.
As of the time I write this, I have done this DVD about a half-dozen times. Overall, it's a great way to get your body stretched out quickly. The first couple of times I did this, I felt great afterwards, as I hadn't done much stretching or yoga for quite some time. I like that it is quick. I also like that it is simple and focuses just on the body. You won't get the spiritual talk or the meditation. If you are looking for that, this isn't for you, but if you are looking for a simple way to stretch out after a walk or jog, and you don't have a lot of time, this is your ticket.
I have two critical observations. The first is that in some of the poses, she moves along far too quickly. I read on the back of the DVD case that you can just pause the DVD, and she repeats this hint in one of the workouts, but the last thing I want to do is reach over to a remote control while trying to get a good stretch and then releasing only to press play again. Personally, I feel like one of the purposes of doing yoga is to wring out the body in a relaxed way; worrying about the remote control being close by hinders this. Second, I would have liked the music to be played throughout the entire workout, not just at the end. This ties in to my personal opinion that yoga should be relaxing and enjoyable. The music element would help achieve this.
Regardless of my criticisms, I do enjoy what this DVD offers and I am compelled by Kimberly's story, which you can read on her website or through Google.
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