Fitness Yoga - E. Bonnie Lewis

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About this Guide

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  • Class: Fitness Yoga
  • Instructor(s): E. Bonnie Lewis

This guide has been developed to guide 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.

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.

How to learn more about yoga from the books in the Reference Collection of the Library

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

How to learn more about yoga from the books found in our Library

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

Yoga Periodicals Available Online

You can search individual magazines such as L. A. Yoga

Also consult Yoga Journal online

Search for Periodical Articles on Yoga within one of our Library's Databases

Using our largest periodical database you can search for articles about yoga.

You can limit your search to a database specializing in medical information

Selected Articles on Yoga and its Benefits




Videos You Can Watch at the Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) across from the Library has several yoga videos in their collection.

Meditation Practice is available at SBCC

Meditation practice is held in the Luria Library, every Thursday from 11:30-11:50, in Room L-135. Extra credit given for attendance.

Yoga Resources in Our Community

Information about Yoga Teacher Training

Related Videos

Laughing Yoga

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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."

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


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