Ashtanga Yoga Beginner‘s Practice

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Ashtanga Yoga Beginner‘s Practice

Nicki Doane

In Ashtanga Yoga Beginner’s Practice, acclaimed yoga instructor Nicki Doane takes you to the next level under the guidance of her teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Amid the stunning beauty of her native Hawaii, Doane guides Sun Salutation A & B to set the rhythm of movement and breath—then adds standing poses to lengthen the spine and connect with the breath, achieve balance and expand energy flow.

Each time you practice with this ashtanga yoga video, you’ll strengthen your entire body while broadening self-awareness, building internal composure and beginning a new exploration of your own potential.


16 minutes
Nicki Doane’s pose guide breaks down the sun salutations and standing poses into each breath, giving your Ashtanga practice a healthy base.
Available worldwide
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yvonnekleiman, posted on September 20, 2016

I have been practicing ashtanga for three years. Having recently moved, ashtanga is a home practice. I find it helpful to return to the basics with a beginner's mind. First and foremost, I like Nicki's presentation. Her voice was clear and concise. The session was very good. I will look for other classes and workshop by teacher Nicki Doane.

nanayogi, posted on June 2, 2016

these are hardly beginners poses, also boring presentation!

acudrea, posted on April 25, 2016

beginner have less flexibility so I would like to see it adapted and updated to show alternative for people who can't reach their toes when they bend down

KristenL@Gaia, posted on April 25, 2016


Thank you for commenting, we appreciate your feedback! To explore more beginner yoga classes and more modifications for your yoga journey, you may like to explore our beginner yoga collection here:

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RaMartin, posted on March 17, 2016

what is the background music, would love to purchase. Very meditative.

Thank you

ernstscholl, posted on January 5, 2016

this is a great class.
it's very strict in the original indian style of insturction. no fidgeting, no western stuff......

means also no modifications.....therefore: great for experienced practioners who want to touch ground again + einjoy a focused and deep class.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on January 5, 2016

@ERNSTSCHOLL, we appreciate your comments. You can always add this practice to your Gaia playlist to watch again anytime.


karmalodrosenge, posted on August 28, 2015

If this is episode 2, where is episode 1?

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on August 28, 2015

Thanks for commenting!
You can find Nicki Doane's Ashtanga poses here:

leahbadea, posted on May 4, 2015

Fastest hour of my life. That was class was amazing, love the vibe and music.

anneterry, posted on March 7, 2015

No matter how long one has been practicing yoga, I think it is easy to get careless with the poses. Nicki brings it all back to the basics with clear, measured, complete instruction. I come back to this practice regularly to keep me honest in my poses.

donnajordan2, posted on January 15, 2015

Love this yoga it is great for someone just starting out.

skap61, posted on September 10, 2014

I am 53 and new to yoga though run and workout every day, this was not easy but truly enjoyable for me. I am quite sore, should I be?

SaraMiles_2, posted on August 27, 2014

I love Nicki Donae! She is an awesome yoga teacher! She really keeps you aware of your alignment which I really appreciate. She gives great instruction and always a wonderful flow and workout from her yoga practice. Thanks Nicki!!

I just wish they had more of her videos!!

supermoon1, posted on May 25, 2014

I liked it that she also gave us the position for our eyesight.

cfrancescameron, posted on April 1, 2014

I like that this gives the Sanskrit names for things and is very precise. Not frilly and as westernized as many yoga videos. I thought it was great.

chelsie.west06, posted on December 30, 2013

I can't follow this person. She's completely flat the whole time. I felt like I was learning Sanskrit in a concentration camp.. I don't think that's what yoga is trying to achieve. Thumbs down and pass.

jorenelopez, posted on March 13, 2013

This video is a great place to start if you are interested in learning the primary series. I am not new to Ashtanga, but it has been years since I've practiced. I agree with some of the other reviews that it may not be the best video for someone who is new to yoga, but I think it's perfect for someone with a little background in yoga (or dance, sports, etc) who is new to Ashtanga.

JSDivers, posted on May 3, 2012

Needs modifications for those of us not quite as flexible - especially with the reverse triangle. The pose guide that is a companion to the practice also does not include possible modifications.

cbbooks, posted on January 27, 2012

Instructor is wooden. Lots of chanting at the sanskrit (mood setting?). And although she labels this as a beginning practice, there are no modifications given for the superior flexibility she demonstrates.

alblau, posted on October 24, 2011

I can't connecting to media this evening.

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