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Yoga Foundations: Embrace the Beginning

Episode 2
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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. Do what you can, do not force any poses. Every class in the series will bring more clarity into the practice of yoga. Let's begin!

Follow Rodney for modified variations of the poses.

Recommended Props: 2 blocks, strap.



Introduction Video
Episode 1 Introduction
Introduction (October 2015)
Episode 1
, 3 minutes
What is the Yoga Foundations series all about? Rodney and Colleen give a brief overview of what you can expect.
Available worldwide
Embrace the Beginning Video
Episode 2 Embrace the Beginning
Embrace the Beginning (October 2015)
Episode 2
, 28 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, ...
Available worldwide
Foundation: Standing Poses Video
Episode 3 Foundation: Standing Poses
Foundation: Standing Poses (October 2015)
Episode 3
, 24 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 ...
Available worldwide
Flow: Intro to Sun Salutations Video
Episode 4 Flow: Intro to Sun Salutations
Flow: Intro to Sun Salutations (October 2015)
Episode 4
, 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.
Available worldwide

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Rachel5, posted on May 16, 2016

I'm new to yoga. Ive been watching the videos on Gaia for a couple of years..... but only watching I may add. I have to confess I'm unmotivated, lazy and unfit. I keep procrastinating. I searched for a video practice that would help me overcome these things. I think I have found the ones here in this series. I like the gentle instructions. The teachers are both an inspiration. All I have to do now is, get off my sofa, and actually start the practices. I did , and I think my journey has now at last begun. Thanks.

Gaylan, posted on January 9, 2016

I COMPLETELY AGREE with TheIconoclast. In my youth I was on and off with yoga. I wanted to start doing yoga again but now that I am over 60 and working a desk job and overweight I am too embarrassed to try a studio approach. I remembered my love of Rodney's videos from the past and thought this would be the perfect venue to ease back into my practice. This was wonderful. I like to watch the video first without doing the poses then rewatch and go through the practice. I cannot thank you both enough for the time and effort you put into making a yoga series to help those of us starting or resuming our path. For those of you wanting to dip your toes into yoga this is the perfect series, come join us all! ( a hint.. I bought a thicker 1/2 matt and it really helps me as I have hardwood floors. Namaste all!

Rileyoga, posted on January 6, 2016

I'm new at yoga, and found that I could follow along mostly by listening to the narration, which allowed me to keep my head and eyes where they needed to be most times. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be back for the rest of the series!

klrollag, posted on November 9, 2015

Lovely class. First class I've taken from you two. Although I've been doing yoga for years, my plan is to work through all of these episodes - using it to relearning/recharging/refocus.

jessiunc, posted on November 4, 2015

I have been a fan of Rodney for years. After getting away from my practice for a long time, though, now I am.ready to begin again. I haven't felt confident or stable enough to jump into a class. This was perfect. It was clear and simple, yet profound and deep. I feel wonderful and so ready to continue this journey , slow and steady, day by day! Thank you!

TheIconoclast, posted on October 20, 2015

I am not a master yogi. I sit at a desk the majority of the day (perhaps too much of the day), sling spreadsheets through digital webs, have arthritic knees that protest before a rain sets in, and scrunch myself up inside a crowded metro bus for two hours of my day.

After disagreements with coworkers, renegade digital systems that refused to conform, and a bit of heartburn from an unwise lunch choice, all I wanted was a bit of peace. I wanted to curl up on a sofa, bury my sorrows in hot chocolate, and pretend like such habits would not be the signal for winter fat to come rushing upon my person.

Instead, I got out the pristine mat that I've kept in the corner of the room, neatly wrapped in plastic and good intentions.

I did this practice. All of it.

This was a video that a stout desk jockey can handle at 8pm on a Tuesday after a hellish work day. It's calm, simple, and gives you time to find yourself in poses (or steady yourself as you wobble in them). Most importantly, it demonstrates modifications instead of just mentioning that modifications are possible. The tone was gentle, and the instructions were clear.

If I can do this, anyone can.

Colleen Saidman, posted on October 29, 2015

Made our day. Thank you for your comments.

twheeler1001, posted on September 13, 2016

Rachel5 - good for you! Keep going, your body and mind will thank you for your efforts!

Joanne.schwartz45, posted on September 20, 2016

I can't watch video with discussion box. It won't move!!!!!!!!!

KristenL@Gaia, posted on September 20, 2016

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