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.

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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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Reference Sources

These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section:

  • Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Hindu Lord of Many Names — R 294.5 V446k 2016
  • Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices — R 291.03 M528r

These reference sources are available online and will require you to log in with your Pipeline account information from off campus:


Use the library catalog (books+) to find information about yoga. To limit to books, choose the appropriate box from the menu to the left of your search results.

Yoga Information Online

Magazines and Journals

From off campus, you will need to login with your Pipeline username and password.

  • Academic Search Complete is the library’s largest database covering a wide variety of subjects, including yoga.
  • Alt HealthWatch provides articles covering many perspectives on complementary, alternative, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness, including yoga.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text includes articles from nursing and allied health journals covering a range of topics, including yoga.

Recommended Articles

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Yoga and Health

Yoga and Well Being

Yoga and Fitness


Alexander Street Press Videos
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Learning Resource Center

The LRC is located across from the library and has several yoga related videos.
Search for videos in their Resource Catalog.

Videos on the Web

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    Why you should listen to her:
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Quality Internet Resources

Keep in mind, while you are searching, that there is a great deal of poor information online.
Visit our research guide Finding Credible Web Sources for tips on finding quality yoga information on the internet.

Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible.

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