At Club Fitness NY you can find 3 different kinds of yoga:

  BEGINNERS YOGA: An introduction to yoga: learn the philosophy of Yoga and basic poses in this tranquil class. You will begin to build the foundation for your yoga practice as you gain flexibility, strength, balance, and the relationship of movement and breath. Yoga is perfect for overall well being.

  POWER YOGA: This class is perfect for beginning students and for students wishing to practice at a moderate pace, as it combines movement, breath, and meditation to foster flexibility, relaxation, and self-awareness. This is a wonderful class to learn and experience principles for de-stressing your life and reviving your spirit!

  VINYASA YOGA:This powerful flowing form of yoga is infused with breathing practices as well as the exploration of your own personal power with held postures, meditation and freedom of movement. Experience true liberation!

What is Yoga?

Yoga(Sanskrit,Pāli:योगyóga) refers to traditional physical and mentaldisciplines that originated in India.[1]The word is associated with meditative practices inHinduism,BuddhismandJainism.[2][3][4]Within Hinduism, it refers to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal towards which that school directs its practices.[5][6]In Jainism, yoga is the sum total of all activities — mental, verbal and physical.

Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophyincludeRāja Yoga,Karma Yoga,Jnana Yoga,Bhakti Yoga, andHatha Yoga.[7][8][9]According to the authoritative Indian philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, yoga, based on theYoga Sutras of Patanjali, comprises one of the six main Hindu schools of philosophy (darshanas), together with Kapila's Samkhya, Gautama's Nyaya, Kanada's Vaisheshika, Jaimini's Purva Mimamsa, and Badarayana's Uttara Mimamsa or Vedanta.[10]Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, theHatha Yoga Pradipika, theShiva Samhita and various Tantras.

The Sanskrit wordyogahas many meanings,[11]and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj," meaning "to control," "to yoke" or "to unite."[12]Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union," "conjunction," and "means."[13][14][15]It is also possible that the word yoga derives from "yujir samadhau," which means "contemplation" or "absorption."[16]This translation fits better with the dualist Raja Yoga because it is through contemplation that discrimination between prakrti (nature) and purusha(pure consciousness) occurs.

Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy to a high level of attainment is called a yogi or yogini.[17]



  • §Apte, Vaman Shivram (1965).The Practical Sanskrit Dictionary(fourth revised & enlarged edition).
  • §Feuerstein, Georg(1996).
  • §Flood, Gavin (1996).An Introduction to Hinduism
  • §Gambhirananda, Swami (1998).Madhusudana Sarasvati Bhagavad_Gita: With the annotation Gūḍhārtha Dīpikā. Calcutta:Advaita Ashrama
  • §Theory And Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson(Studies in the History of Religions, 110)
  • §Maehle, Gregor (2006).Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy
  • §Müller, Max(1899).Six Systems of Indian Philosophy; Samkhya and Yoga, Naya and Vaiseshika
  • §Possehl, Gregory§Possehl, Gregory(2003).The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective
  • §A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy
  • §The Science of Yoga
  • §Worthington, Vivian A History of Yoga 1982 Routledge ISBN 071009258X
  • §Zimmer, Heinrich(1951).Philosophies of India

Further reading

  • §Chatterjee, Satischandra; Datta, Dhirendramohan (1984).An Introduction to Indian Philosophy
  • §Yoga and The Portal
  • §Keay, John (2000).India: A History
  • §Michaels, Axel (2004).Hinduism: Past and Present
  • §Schnäbele, Verena (2010).Yoga in Modern Society
  • §Vivekananda, Swami(1994).Raja Yoga. Calcutta:Advaita Ashrama
  • §Yogalehrende in Deutschland: eine humangeographische Studie unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von netzwerktheoretischen, bildungs- und religionsgeographischen Aspekten

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