Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carter

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Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carter

Chrissy Carter

Learn everything you need to know to start your yoga practice. Acclaimed teacher Chrissy Carter takes you through correct form and breathing techniques in three beginning programs designed to increase strength, flexibility and overall fitness. Do each practice separately or combine all three for a challenging workout.


Connect Video
Episode 1 Connect
Connect (2012)
Episode 1
, 24 minutes
Learn the fundamentals of connecting your breath and movement during yoga.
Available worldwide
Energize Video
Episode 2 Energize
Energize (2012)
Episode 2
, 22 minutes
Wake up and energize every cell in your body as you learn how to flow through poses.
Available worldwide
Strengthen Video
Episode 3 Strengthen
Strengthen (2012)
Episode 3
, 24 minutes
Build the strength you'll need to do more challenging yoga poses.
Available worldwide
Chair Bonus Video
Episode 4 Chair Bonus
Chair Bonus (2012)
Episode 4
, 11 minutes
Get extra support during your practice by using a chair as a prop.
Available worldwide

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helenronson, posted on July 22, 2016

Great first session because it was a perfect pace. I did it twice. Thank you!

Aprilwilson7715, posted on July 5, 2016

This was a great first video to re-introduce me back to yoga. I suffer from a lot of anxiety and my mind is always running and this segment was just what I needed. One thing was that my lungs were not used to breathing this much! Great program! Cannot wait to watch some more every day.

KristenL@Gaia, posted on July 6, 2016


We're so glad to hear that you're back on your mat and enjoyed the class! You can add the videos to your playlist to practice again anytime.
You might enjoy this breathing meditation class to add onto your yoga practice, too!

Thanks for practicing with Gaia!

susan.rooke, posted on June 5, 2016

I absolutely love this!! Thank you so much Chrissy, what a wonderful gift you are giving to the world.

mabel_tokona, posted on May 25, 2016

Feeling really connected within my body and my mind. Thank you Chrissy Carter

lemanjad, posted on May 12, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing and getting me going on the path of Yoga. Namaste!

senr9717, posted on May 4, 2016

This was great: just the right speed (although I did have to switch my mat around so I could see the screen!). She explains really clearly and gets you into just the right position. I've tried different videos and this one suits me. I'll be back tomorrow for more. Thank you!

strauss5marija, posted on April 4, 2016

I am not a beginer, but yoga is always beginer practise each day. I think this teacher is very good, but always, too much talking fast, not moment to relax, and it is rushing always , cant enjoy enought, its too fast, and her talking cant not make peace. This is very good, if Crissy can speak, with more peace, and breathing, Becouse, it is not plasant at all, working and listening this voice, like a tuning radio. Namaste. Thank you, I like her pracise, but always her voice, and runing around explanation, is too much for yoga, that I feel it is aerobic, that i do not want.

lilburn, posted on March 4, 2016

I am a 69 year old man that is reasonably fit. I wanted to start yoga practice to restore some flexibility. Chrissy is the perfect instructor. The pace is great and her descriptions (if you listen carefully) allow you to move through the poses without looking. She has an innate sense of what a beginner is experiencing. She knows when I am not breathing, when my jaw is clenched, and my toungue is locked to the roof of my mouth. She keeps reminding me that no matter how bad I am at the pose that "I am where I need to be". I wish she had an hour long beginner video that went through all the basic poses that I could do over and over so I could get proficient at the basics. Chrissy you Rock!!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on March 4, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your practice with us! You can always add this practice to your Playlist on Gaia to watch again anytime.


luzpiedad, posted on February 2, 2016

These episodes are very nice for a beginner like me. The only thing that I would like is for the instructor to go a little slower. She seems to be rushing through.

hannarae, posted on February 1, 2016

I'm not a beginner but just fancied something very easy and gentle - the speed of things in this video makes it feel stress rather than calming though.

kathymanzella, posted on January 28, 2016

I've never done yoga before and thought I would try this video. Could she move faster? Even her voice is at a fast pace. The first pose had me nearly tripping over myself. Maybe instruction on the pose prior to starting would have been helpful?

christina62, posted on January 27, 2016

I love the pace and the way Chrissy describes each move. I have been wanting to get back into yoga after nearly 30 years away from it. The way she practices and explains is just what I needed.

rootiebird, posted on January 16, 2016

While this series is not for complete beginners, who are still building strength, Chrissy is an excellent instructor and the video series is excellent for returning beginners to yoga :)

jenniferbinks, posted on January 7, 2016

A little faster than I would like, i enjoy lingering in my poses a bit longer...outside of that Chrissy describes every pose well, it is easy to know what she is doing without having to look up every few seconds. Great reminders of body positioning and gentle reminder to take care of yourself.

dulribeiro77, posted on November 13, 2015

I love her classes and poses, but I feel they could be slightly slower, so we have time to watch and do it along. A beginner sometimes needs to see the pose before doing it. She moves a little too fast for beginners.

vanesa.giuliani, posted on November 2, 2015

no puedo ver los subtitulos en espaƱol como hago?

Knablezoo1, posted on October 25, 2015

I have had two videos restart in the middle and so I only get half of the info. Very frustrating

shinymatt, posted on September 1, 2015

Too fast paced for an absolute beginner.

andiemillsla, posted on August 16, 2015

I have tried to get into a yoga practice and failed so many times in the last ten years. My biggest complaint has been the slow pace, just going from pose to pose with no flow, holding each pose for such a long time that my mind starts to wander (and constantly into down dog) - the exact opposite of what I'd hoped to accomplish by taking up yoga. The pace in this series surprised me! It was a little challenging to keep up at first, but that's what I like so much about it. It kept me focused and engaged, no chance to drift off and think about anything else, so it is great for both my body and mind. This is the series that has kept me practicing the longest so far, and I am very grateful for that.

AmyElizabeth, posted on August 6, 2015

Returning to my yoga practice after a year away. Very impressed with the improvements Gaiam has made here since the last time I was a member. This was a beautiful, mindful practice to reintroduce to me the foundations. Chrissy is a great guide and I look forward to more practices with her.

astridforest17, posted on July 29, 2015

This was fun =)

lauradoughty29, posted on July 29, 2015

I am new to the practice. This video moved way too fast for me and I didn't have the time to get into or know exactly how to get into all the poses. Is there an instructor/video series that you recommend?

jennifer.bonnell, posted on February 20, 2015

I've been doing yoga for 20 years now, and I feel I get a lot from going back to the basics and taking the pace down a notch - the Connect class was a great morning practice for me, and your instruction and tone were great! I really think it's my practice of going back to a more gentle approach and basics that has allowed my practice more physically challenging postures to advance in the last year or so. Things I struggled with for years are suddenly available to me, as I'm more in tune with my breath and connected to my practice more fully than I ever was when I was powering through, only doing super athletic vinyasa style classes. So thank you for a lovely class - I look forward to doing more of your sessions soon!

yellowman, posted on November 5, 2014

Can someone please explain to me why there is so much talking by the instructors? It feels as if they have just found the joy and excitement of creative writing and love to embellish everything. Is this how Yoga is taught in India or other countries... or is it an American/Canadian thing? My brain feels over loaded by all the talk and instruction... Anyone else ever feel this way. Chrissy this is not meant just for you but you along with many instructors never seem to be quiet... Why is that?

ruthsesinkbott, posted on September 29, 2014

After a year of ignoring my body and focusing on grad studies I am returning to my body. I tried a few other videos and became quickly discouraged. Your video was a perfect pace, with thoughtful explanation and enough challenge to keep me motivated, but not overwhelmed. Thanks!

BeautifulSelf, posted on September 14, 2014

I love to hear your inspiring words! I started last week with my first yoga class. it is a beginning class. I had different ages and they had different abilities. I am having trouble with teaching . I don't want to bore the young group, don't want to chase away the older ones that have trouble. Your class was very helpful, I will try it on my class. Thanks, I will listen to the rest of them. I know I only had 1 class, room for improvement.
Be Your Beautiful Self

wecklerscott, posted on May 13, 2014

Thank you Chrissy this was done at a pace with the best descriptions ever. I finally get it and now I am soooo excited to continue. Absolutely amazing and beautiful video on every level. My sincere gratitude
Ms Scott

beccanelson88, posted on March 5, 2014

I must say, this site has some of the nicest commenters that I have ever seen. It must be all the yoga.

Seriously, though, I had never really done yoga before, but when the January blues started to get to me, I bought this DVD with a Target gift card expecting it to be totally cheesy. I was pleasantly surprised, though, and I've been doing yoga consistently for a couple of months now using this DVD and other Gaiam videos available online. The workouts are challenging enough to feel like I am accomplishing something, but not so challenging that I'm not motivated to do them again.

chelsie.west06, posted on December 29, 2013

i have been practicing yoga on and off for over 10 years, so i have to kind of restart as a beginner every time i jump back on the wagon. this was one the BEST beginner's practices i've ever done. also, i never could fully grasp what chuttarunga was supposed to look/feel like until i did this today. awesome!!

jnschneider4, posted on October 15, 2013

I loved that Chrissy says that we are practicing yoga right now as we should be. I always feel like I need to get the most out of a pose every time, so it's nice to hear that it's okay that not very day is the same yoga practice.

damlab, posted on August 18, 2013

Chrissy's expert guidance is unparalleled. She prepares you for the poses from the ground up.

cewells, posted on July 7, 2013

Great cuing and images to help us explore and deepen the poses- I'll be doing this one again.

damlab, posted on March 29, 2013

I love Chrissy's attention to detail and how she links poses to flows. Such a treat!

grillys, posted on January 21, 2013

I love this video. It teaches you the poses but also has the names of each one which makes it easier to identify and remember them. Great class.

WendiP, posted on January 13, 2013

I am new to yoga and Chrissy's sequences are inspiring me to continue to practice. I look forward to doing this everyday now. I am grateful for the ease of adding this to my daily routine.

near-vana, posted on January 6, 2013

I needed something shorter than the 45 minute DVD I have been doing and this was perfect and easily beginner PLUS material ... a good workout for all... thanks!!!

AGZYoga, posted on January 6, 2013

Whether you are brand new and curious to try yoga, a student looking for an alternative to studio classes, or even a seasoned student hoping to refine your practice, Chrissy Carter's dvd is an excellent choice. There is something here for everyone. The sequences are thoughtful, creative, and accessible and Chrissy's warmth and intelligence shine through. I hope to see more follow up videos from Chrissy.

dzupon, posted on January 6, 2013

Now I have a DVD that I can recommend to my friends that are new to Yoga. Chrissy Carter is incredibly knowledgeable and a great teacher!

Bmackdc, posted on January 1, 2013

This DVD is PERFECT for anyone interested in beginning a yoga practice or a yoga practitioner that wants a refresher on the basics of a solid yoga practice. Chrissy's thoughtful practices are lead with clear, concise instructions making yoga accessible to anyone - regardless of experience level. As a fellow yoga teacher, I appreciate Chrissy's focus on proper asana alignment leading the practitioner through a safe, complete beginning yoga practice.

Lori02139, posted on December 18, 2012

I stopped afte the first 10 minutes. Performing multiple sequences of down dog was fine, but then she went into plank. Plank is not really a beginner move. I recommend Rodney Yee's beginner videos.

Lily rose, posted on February 27, 2013

In my experience this is a wonderful beginner practice. Chrissy Carter is clear in her instruction and her demos are perfect and this is a yoga DVD that anyone can try. I like this DVD a lot and in my opinion any one willing to practice yoga would too- especially a beginner! GO FOR IT!

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