Fitness Yoga – Lewis

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About this guide:

This guide has been developed to assist students and faculty interested in extending, expanding and enhancing their knowledge about yoga. With this guide, you will be able to navigate resources on yoga in the SBCC library – online as well as in the local community. To navigate through this guide use the tabs above.

More About Yoga from E. Bonnie Lewis:

Fitness Yoga focuses on the instruction and practice in the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga based poses designed to enhance strength, flexibility, balance and focus.

Hatha Yoga asanas (postures) are designed to give maximum flexibility and strength to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Asanas stretch and strengthen the spine and work, with the aid of the breathing exercises, to balance and revitalize the body. Through the practice of Hatha Yoga the two sides of the body and their characteristic forces are brought into balance. By practicing Hatha Yoga, one can obtain physical health, mental clarity and steady strength.

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root verb “yuj,” which means to join or unite. The name Hatha is made up of two Sanskrit root “Ha,” which stand for the sun, and “Tha,” which stands for the moon.

Yoga originated in ancient India. It is over 6,000 years old. Begun by Tibetan monks, the techniques and theories were initially handed down orally by a chain of teachers and students. Later on they were written down. The first written account is attributed to the Indian sage Patanjali, who codified the complete system of Yoga in the 2nd century B.C. The Yoga Sutras remains as one of India’s most important writings. Patanjali chose 84 main postures from the thousands then in use. In India today these same postures are basic to the study of Yoga.

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Choosing a Topic

Your topic should be focused, but not so narrow that you cannot find enough information about it. For topic ideas, look at your course syllabus and readings, look at some of the reference sources on the “Background Info” tab of this research guide, or look at some of the sources listed on the other tabs.

Research Questions

A research question articulates exactly what you want to know about your topic, and helps guide your research. Your research question should be specific, but open-ended.

The video below offers some tips for creating open-ended research questions.

Keywords

Keywords are the words you type into a search box to search for information on your topic. The words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search.

Watch the video below for a short tutorial on keywords.

Video courtesy of Ray Howard Library at Shoreline Community College (CC BY-NC 3.0 US)

Reference Resources

These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

  • Yoga Illustrated Dictionary R 181.45 D273y
  • Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices R 291.03 M528r
  • Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide R 615.5 B974a

Books & Articles

Books

Here are some books in the Luria Library on yoga; you can also search the library catalog on your own.

Yoga magazines available online:

Yoga periodicals available through the library:

All of the library’s databases are available from home with your Pipeline ID and password.

Selected articles on yoga and its benefits:

Yoga and Health

Yoga and Well Being

Yoga and Fitness

Videos

Learning Resource Center

The LRC, located across from the library has several yoga related videos. Search for them in their Media Lookup catalog.

On the Web:

    Laughing Yoga

    A stroke of insight — “Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.”
    Why you should listen to her:
    Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”

Other Information

Add Resources You Find to This Guide:

If you find an article, a website, video, or other resource about yoga you find inspiring, entertaining, informative, send an email to Reference Librarian Elizabeth Bowman.

Meditation Practice is Available at SBCC:

Meditation practice is held in the Luria Library, every Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 AM, in room L-133. Extra credit given for attendance.