About DailyOM

By Derek Lakin
Published on: Feb 22, 2018

Founded in 2004 by Madisyn Taylor and Scott Blum, DailyOM is all about helping you find happiness and make choices from a place of balance, using a variety of inspirational writings, daily horoscopes, discussion groups, and online self-development courses.

Specifically, Madisyn and Scott created the website for those from all walks of life who want to live a conscious lifestyle through a “universal approach to holistic living for the mind, body, and spirit.”

This is where the ‘OM’ in DailyOM comes from, since they describe it as “an ancient syllable used in meditation” that’s said to “be the sound from which the universe and all of creation first manifested,” Or, the “sound that contains all sounds.”

DailyOM has been in operation for many years and features a wide variety of content. But does this necessarily mean you’ll find what you’re looking for after handing over your hard-earned money?

Before spending a dime, we’ll walk you through everything we learned during our research so you can make a more informed decision.

How Does DailyOM Work?

The DailyOM website can be distilled down to five main sections:

Inspirations – These short posts are written by Madisyn and geared toward helping you find motivation and enthusiasm. Recent topics include “Making Choices From a Place of Balance,” “Things That Annoy Us,” and “Habitual Anger.”

Daily Horoscopes – Provides daily insights based on the alignment of different planets and stars. Archives going back several months are available for each astrological sign.

DailyOM Emails – Inspiration and Horoscope emails arrive once per day, every day of the week, while Music emails arrive every weekday, and Gift of the Week emails arrive one to two times per week. The company emphasizes that email addresses are kept completely confidential and are never shared with anyone.

Community Discussion Groups – You can participate in a variety of discussion topics with other DailyOM members (powered by Facebook, so you’ll need an account), including the daily Inspiration emails, music, astrology, and user-generated topics.

Taking a Closer Look at DailyOM’s Courses

One of the site’s most popular features, their lesson-by-lesson courses promise to offer “a unique opportunity to study with some of today’s foremost experts on self-development and applied spirituality.”

Note: Their FAQ emphasizes that these courses are focused on providing practical value to students related to personal development, but they're not accredited, and you won't receive a certificate upon completion.

DailyOM’s most popular course is 8-Week Whole Body Makeover by Janine Murray. Over the course of 56 lessons, she promises to reveal easy-to-follow workout videos, mindset tools to keep you empowered, and delicious meal plans that can help your body shed fat.

Specifically, this includes a beginner’s guide to help you ensure success, a 14-Day Slim and Sexy Detox Meal Plan, a five-week clean eating meal plan to help balance hormones and slim your tummy, 12 follow-along workout videos, and seven weeks “of mindset focus journeys: inspiration everyday to break old patterns and create your most radiant self.”

A sampling of additional options in their course lineup includes:

  • Self-Improvement – “A Year to Clear What’s Holding You Back,” “Heal Your Inner Child,” “Finding Peace When Relationships Change”
  • Healthy Living – “21 Day Yoga Shred,” “Fit and Fierce Over 40,” “14 Days of Strength and Stretching”
  • Relationships – “7 Weeks of Self-Love,” “Protect Yourself From Control Dramas,” “Manifest Your Soulmate”
  • Home and Garden – “Make Your Car a Stress-Free Sanctuary,” “Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life,” “How to Create Perfect Feng Shui”
  • Spirituality – “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul,” “Meditation for Transformation,” Overcoming Loneliness and Boredom”
  • Meditation and Relaxation – “The Peaceful Warrior 4-Minute Meditation,” “How to Quiet the Mind,” “21 Day Writing Meditation”
  • Energy Work – “Be a Divine Conduit for Guides & Angels,” “When Energy Healing Meets Meditation,” “Activate Your Psychic Superpowers”
  • Manifesting and Money – “Make Yourself a Money Magnet,” “Meditate for the Abundance You Want,” “21 Days of Debt Release”
  • Art and Writing – “Re-Write Your Life,” “Discover Your Creative Writing Compass,” “Heal Yourself With Writing”

After finding a course you’re interested in, you simply need to click ‘Enroll in course,” complete the order forms, finish your purchase, and the content will be available immediately under the My Courses section of the DailyOM website.

Although course material is streamed directly and can’t be downloaded, they’re yours to keep and accessible whenever you like (as long as you have an Internet connection, of course).

Is a DailyOM App Available?

There are two DailyOM apps on Google Play:

Ocean Waves – Displays HD video of ocean waves on your Kindle Fire, Android tablet, or Android phone, which can help you calm down, de-stress, or fall asleep.

Start the Day Meditation – Short (usually less than three minutes in length), powerful guided meditations narrated by Madisyn and featuring a variety of nature photography. All you have to do is listen to the words and music, while viewing the pictures if you want.

DailyOM Meditation App ScreenshotsInside DailyOM’s Meditation app, users will have access to narrated meditations, soothing music, and a variety of natural images (several examples shown above). Credit: DailyOM

How Much Does DailyOM Cost?

Signing up for a DailyOM account and reading through Inspirations, accessing your horoscope, receiving emails, and joining discussion groups is free.

Gaining access to the course(s) of your choice involves a one-time fee. For most of the time of our research, customers could pay what they wanted ($10, $25, or $40) for each one. Their Gift Shop also sells a variety of products like books, shirts, guided meditations priced between $9.99 and $34.95.

When applicable, shipping cost is calculated by weight.

All DailyOM purchases come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, which you can request by sending a message through their site’s contact form.

What Can We Learn From DailyOM Customer Reviews?

We didn’t encounter much online customer feedback about DailyOM in general, although we did find several related to some of their specific products.

For example, the Thrifty Hollander blog tried out DailyOM’s 21 Day Yoga Shred, but ultimately reported they found much of the content confusing (such as spending twice as long cooling down than exercising), or far below their fitness level.

They only made it a few days before calling it quits, “due to the lack of engagement, both physically and mentally.” In the end, they concluded, “Although the program is at first glance a very good value, I’m not sure that the content is there to really provide what is expected.”

We also encountered more than 150 customer reviews for Madisyn Taylor’s different books on Amazon, who had collectively given them an average rating of about 4.5 stars.

Compliments frequently referenced accessibility and great (even “life-changing”) information, while the relatively few complaints often revolved around print quality, and not necessarily content.

On Google Play, DailyOM's app had a total of four customer reviews and an average five-star rating, all citing ease of use and effectiveness.

Madisyn Taylor is DailyOM’s editor-in-chief and writes all of the content found on the website. According to her bio there, she has “more than 25 years experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies,” and is also the author of several popular books and narrator for Billboard-rated guided meditations.

Comparing DailyOM to Other Spirituality and Self-Help Online Courses

Did we encounter any websites offering the same variety of content as DailyOM during our research, and presented in a similar format? No.

However, there are potentially hundreds of other sites that specialize in general spiritual, self-help, and meditation content and coursework, depending on your needs and preferences. Some of the most popular options at the time of our research included:

BodyMind Institute – Dozens of courses from a variety of instructors (including celebrities like David Avocado Wolfe) ranging in subject matter from “11 Keys to Miraculous Success” and “Essence of Knowing,” to “Living in Power and Wisdom” and “Winning the Game of Test Taking.” Prices range from $10 to $999.

The Chopra Center – Co-founded by Deepak Chopra, members have access to a variety of scheduled events, coaching, an online library, and 15 different courses like “Breathwork: Pranayama Techniques to Enhance Vitality,” “The Quest: Spiritual Solutions for Creating a Life You Love,” and “Taking the Leap.”

Some of these are self-paced and available online, while others require physical attendance. Prices vary from $30 to $300+.

Class-Central – Unlike DailyOM, Class-Central doesn’t offer courses directly, although their searchable database lists thousands of them spanning a dizzying array of topics from dozens online providers, including spirituality, meditation, and personal development.

Udemy – Original content created by topic experts. Related courses available at the time of our research included “Uncover the Mysteries of Past Life Regression,” “Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate Deeply & Quickly, and “Build and boost Self Confidence: Discover your strength.”

Prices are set by the course’s author, although they typically range between $10 and $30, each.

Spirituality and Practice – A massive resource for spiritual literacy and self-help, including a glossary of different practices, e-courses, films, books, and art.

How can you use this information, along with everything else we've discussed in this article, to help you make a more informed decision about DailyOM? Let’s answer this question as we wrap up.

Our Final Thoughts About DailyOM

In the end, personal development is just that—personal. It’s bound to be the case that what works fantastically for one person and helps them achieve their best self might be a total flop for someone else, so it might take some trial and error before finding what resonates with you.

In this way, it’s positive that DailyOM provides a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on all of their courses, so you likely won’t be out much more than a bit of your time if you give one a try and it doesn’t work out.

Just keep in mind that, while millions of people have found self-help and spirituality courses, books, and films helpful in their personal journey, they shouldn’t be considered replacements for treatment from a professional.

So, if you’re looking to get the most value for your money, consulting a mental health professional beforehand might be a solid first step.

Read 20 DailyOM Customer Reviews and Complaints

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  • Forget about "each lesson is yours to keep" and/or decent customer servicer responsiveness, either.

    • By Monica F.,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Mar 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I did a couple of classes and the content has been satisfactory. But the course description stating that "Each lesson is yours to keep and you'll be able to refer back to it whenever you want. And if you miss a lesson or are too busy to get to it that day, each lesson will conveniently remain in your account so you won't have to search for it when you're ready to get back to it" is a LIE. Two courses that I had bought and wanted to revisit a year or so later disappeared from my list and I had to reorder one of them. Several attempts to contact the company were met with total silence. Not to mention that their minimum fee has increased by 50%, from $10 to $15. They sell laudable positive content in their programs but fall sadly short in terms of how they treat those who spend money with them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Can't get answers

    • By Rita R.,
    • Mission Viejo, CA,
    • Feb 11, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I actually would give a great review (5 stars) as a student taking courses on the DailyOM, but I have been trying for ages to see how to submit a course and teach it on their platform.

    Maybe they don't allow that? Then, I wonder how they have all of the teachers of the many courses they offer?

    If they had a button for "submit your own course" or something similar it would be just lovely.

    It has been a frustrating experience.

    Hope I hear from someone letting me know how to offer a course I wrote on DailyOM.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Excellent site

    • By Donna H.,
    • Canada,
    • Dec 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This site offers a wide range of courses and materials that are so helpful and powerful.

    Thank you, Madisyn Taylor!

    I have taken numerous courses and I would definitely recommend DailyOM to everyone. I especially like the courses and daily inspirations. I am looking forward to listening to the music and meditations.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Bad/no communication from DailyOM

    • By Katherine O.,
    • United Kingdom,
    • Dec 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I’ve been unable to access my courses because they’ve assigned them to an email account I can’t access. I’ve tried contacting them for nearly a week and have been completely ignored. Total nightmare!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • They don't acknowledge opt-outs

    • By Scott C.,
    • San Diego, CA,
    • Dec 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I tried this DailyOM email over a year ago. My inbox was getting cluttered and I wasn't reading most of them so I opted out. When they kept sending me daily emails, I opted out again...and again. They do not acknowledge my request to opt-out and it's been over a year now. Isn't there a law against this?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Very good. Yoga shred for men.

    • By Mathew C.,
    • England,
    • Nov 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was gifted the "21-day yoga shred for men" by a friend. I found the course very good. Each video is quite short, about 20 minutes, including warm up and cool down.

    This is good for people that are familiar with some yoga already and some of the moves range from very easy to hard depending on your experience and fitness base.

    For the price $9.99 for lifetime access I found the videos inspirational and easy to follow. Ideal for re-stimulating your interest in yoga and good for giving you some ideas for sequences.

    I cannot fault it for its value and easy accessibility.

    But some people want everything for free and complain about everything. I suppose it's where you are starting from.

    What other yoga course could you enroll in and participate in for $9.99? Yoga classes are 7 pounds a session at the local dance center where I live, so this seems good value.

    It's certainly stimulated me to practice much more regularly.

    Overall I enjoyed it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • DailyOM 21-day Yoga Shred is a rip-off

    • By Bee Q.,
    • Oregon,
    • Oct 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is such a disappointing product. It was advertised as a 20-minute a day workout. Instead of actually producing a Yoga Shred class she posts old instructional videos with poor quality.

    Only on day 3, and already frustrated with her instructions to do twenty minutes of an old one hour video. The instructions are to begin when the class actually starts moving, do 20 minutes, and then just lie on our back and rest/cool down. So basically no warm-up, no cooldown, just try to fast forward until you see people moving and play the video for 20 minutes. Trying to fast forward a video on an iPad is frustrating already because the smallest movement causes the video to advance a ton. Just trying to find a good spot to start would take a chunk out of my day.

    I wonder why none of the reviews I read prior to buying showed any of the honest and critical reviews that are in the discussion forum, of which there are many. It seems like DailyOM doesn't even read these and doesn't ever address feedback.

    It looks like she has managed to rake in some good dough without actually doing any work to provide a quality product to her customers. Not very karmic in my opinion.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • It’s been great for me.

    • By Grisha S.,
    • Eugene, OR,
    • Oct 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have taken several courses there, including chakra dancing. They are short courses, which fit in with my schedule. I really appreciate the DailyOM website. They also have these blog posts that they send out daily. I read about 1/3 of them, but I always find them useful when I do get around to reading them.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Load of garbage. Should have known better with it being Deepak Chopra.

    • By Glen D.,
    • Jun 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The course advertised was nothing of the kind. Simple words on a page, no videos - no proper content. Nothing. Utter con. I've requested a refund and am waiting for a reply. So far, nothing. 21 quid they wanted for this rubbish.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Jun 25, 2019

      Company Response from DailyMedia, Inc.

      Dear Glen,

      If you have still yet to receive a response for your refund request, please reach out at support@dailyom.com.

  • Love it

    • By Helene P.,
    • Washington, VA,
    • Jun 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I honestly don't know what some of the reviewers are talking about. I am absolutely in love with DailyOM...Some of the videos do take time to load but that is because my connection is slow. I have bought several courses and have not been disappointed.

    DailyOM, thank you for all your hard work, I appreciate all the thought and work that goes into making this site possible.

    Sending hugs.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Horrible

    • By Vanessa J.,
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands,
    • May 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Horrible, really. I feel really deceived, you can see that the advertising for the course is made in a way to catch your attention and sell you into something that is way below the expectations they raise. The videos won't load and most of them are recorded classes with the teacher engaged with students. How can you follow that? Want my money back now.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • May 28, 2019

      Company Response from DailyMedia, Inc.

      Dear Vanessa,

      We apologize for the difficulty you experienced trying to stream your course videos. We received your refund request directly to our support@dailyom.com support center and immediately processed your refund. It was processed on May 5th. If you need further assistance, please contact us at support@dailyom.com.



      Customer Service


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