Harvard Graduate Student Yoga Club


Amy Fan is the founder of Harvard Graduate Student Yoga Club (HGSYC). She is a certificated yoga instructor by Yoga Alliance and an ACE certificated group fitness instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over six years. She first started teaching office yoga during her internship at Broad Insitute of MIT and Harvard in 2017. Later, she became an active member of MHSA and taught yoga at multiple student organizations for raising awareness of mental health issues on campus. In 2018, she founded HGSYC hoping to unite graduate students from different schools and to share her passion... Read more about Instructor

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HGSYC is open to all Harvard graduate students on campus.

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. At HGSYG, we practice different tyles of yoga and we try to introduce new styles such as Fit Yoga, Mindfulness Breathing and Tai Chi. One of the most popular yoga we practice is Hatha (a combination of many styles). It is a more physical type of yoga rather than a still, meditative form. Hatha yoga focuses on pranayamas (breath-controlled exercises). These are...

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Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.

How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness?

Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali's eight-fold path...

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