Yoga Foundations

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Yoga Foundations

Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee

We are all on a different path--whether you are brand new to yoga or trying to reawaken your "beginner's mind," we have everything you need at your fingertips. Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee have utilized their three decades of experience with students, teachers, and their own personal exploration to design this foundations series. Take the time to build your yoga foundation and enjoy the journey with these master instructors.

Episode List

What is the Yoga Foundations series all about? Rodney and Colleen give a brief overview of what you can expect.
3 minutes
Welcome to your first practice! Rodney and Colleen designed this practice as a way to experience the complete arc of a yoga class. It includes a little bit of everything: standing poses, balancing poses, forward bends, twists and backbends.
28 minutes
Standing poses are the foundation for your Yoga practice. Rodney leads you through this grounding and strengthening practice that focuses on the legs and feet. By holding the poses for longer periods of time you will develop a sensitivity to your personal ...
24 minutes
In this practice, Colleen leads you through a slow flow practice of standing poses and sun salutations. She introduces the concept of linking poses together fluidly and letting your breath lead the way.
24 minutes
Today, Rodney breaks down the standing poses. His detailed demonstrations will help you explore the correct alignment of your feet and legs. This class is built more like a workshop or a one-on-one class, enjoy!
25 minutes
Welcome to the foundation class of the second pod of poses. In this practice Rodney explores the dynamic relationship between grounding and extending. You will learn to create space in the spine, which allows twists and backbends to feel great.
27 minutes
Your practice today will guide you through twists and bends to give extra attention to the places where you might feel stuck. Wring out that slow-moving energy with twists and open your mind with backbends!
24 minutes
Now that we've created a firm foundation, we can focus on honing and refining these new twists and backbends and work towards making them feel effortless.
31 minutes
Today is the first of a new pod of poses! This foundation practice from Rodney will introduce you to closed twists and forward bends. These poses will encourage you to shift your reflection inward--physically and mentally--as you cultivate patience and ...
28 minutes
Progressing forward, our flow today will stimulate the organs, intestines, and spine to create heat and encourage purification. This process will help further your personal contemplation and foster a time of solace from the demands of your day.
29 minutes
In today's refining session, we explore the more subtle aspects of closed twists and forward bends. With a steady mind and wholehearted approach, this workshop class will embolden you to embrace balance in life even beyond your practice.
29 minutes
Welcome to our last pod of poses! Rodney masterfully leads us in this foundation practice, introducing prep poses for inversions and arm balances. Release your inhibitions, increase your agility and develop ease with challenges.
28 minutes
During today's flow practice, explore challenging poses with openness and perseverance while utilizing everything you've learned thus far within this series. We will work on some of the same poses as in Rodney's foundation practice, but this time give more ...
31 minutes
Welcome to the last refining practice of this series. In this workshop setting, you can learn the healthy and safe way to prepare for more challenging poses. Take your time exploring these poses and come back to this practice whenever you need.
25 minutes
In the final session of our Yoga Foundations series, Rodney and Colleen will integrate all the knowledge you've acquired in the last 14 days. This practice will leave you ready to walk into any Yoga class feeling safe and confident!
51 minutes

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evonleung, posted on August 20, 2016

It is potential a brilliant website but just like many others say, the navigation is extremely disappointing. I have signed up for 3 months but have just cancelled due to the frustration of navigation. In terms of downloading, is there a way of downloading the whole series of above all in one go rather than one at a time please? thanks

KristenL@Gaia, posted on August 23, 2016


Thank you for commenting, we are so sorry to hear that you decided to cancel your membership due to navigation! One of our community relations team members will reach out to you directly to see if we can sort things out!


Dsws97, posted on August 23, 2016

I am also disappointed in the navigation. I would like to be able to select a series to play in order, for example. When filtering, having episode 15 appear before session 1 is frustrating, too. I see a filter for beginners, but how about one for those with limited mobility, for seniors, or a chair yoga series? A ranking system for difficulty visible in the selection list would also be helpful. How about a separation of "learn to breathe" videos from advanced head stands!

On another note, as I am logged in to use this site, is there a way to track my own progress (sessions viewed) and when? After my first attempt to use this site, I feel like I could have accomplished the same thing (scrolling through a plethora of videos, having to record use externally, not being able to filter for specifics) as easily by searching YouTube for free and more efficiently.

I realize this thread may not have been the most appropriate place to register my issues. I see great potential in this entire concept, but am disappointed. I am not canceling yet, because I really want this to work for me, but feel like I've fallen into a beta test and can't get out!

KristenL@Gaia, posted on August 23, 2016

Hi DSWS97,

Thank you for commenting, we really appreciate your feedback! I've forwarded your suggestions onto our team, and here are a few tips that may help too.

You may enjoy our Chair Yoga collection, here:

You my also like to try the new Gaia website! You can easily filter yoga classes, get personalized recommendations, and track what videos you've watched by the teal bar at the bottom of the video thumbnail. Simply log in with your current username and password to start watching:

I hope this helps! Please don't hesitate to send us a note to if you run into any difficulties, need more suggestions, or have any other feedback. Thank you for being a member of the Gaia community!


farafieldfarm, posted on January 29, 2016

Really great series - these guys are so good at explaining the poses and all of the subtle complexities. Loved it and so helpful. Just wish there was a way to add the whole series to my playlist.

lesleybrucesharp, posted on January 17, 2016

I really want to pick up with lovely Rodney and Colleen where I left off the previous time, but trying to figure out how to save this whole series in one easy click so I don't have to do a big search thing every time is rather bemusing and time-consuming. Wish I could work out the way. I don't want to have to add each individual episode to a playlist, so how can I make this and only this series come up while I'm still working through it?

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on January 18, 2016

Thanks for writing! The series is listed on this page, but you should find it easier to go through our Yoga Foundations Guide with Rodney and Colleen, which you can find at this link:


di21nov, posted on November 17, 2015

This series was completely perfect! i loved every minute of it. Rodney and Colleen have a patient, loving instruction style that is precise and informative - with some juicy helpful hints and insights along the way. Thank you for this series! it will be part of my practice routine for a very long time.

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