Founded by yoga instructor Pierre Bernard in 1919, the Clarkstown Country Club of Nyack, New York, offered yoga and Eastern philosophy to its wealthy members, as well as circus performances and the usual round of country-club sports.


  • Title: Clarkstown Country Club program
  • Date: 1929
  • Story: Yoga, which gets its name from the Sanskrit yog (“union”), may be India’s most popular contribution to American culture. Spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda introduced this ancient philosophy to America in 1893.
  • Rights: Bernard Collection, Historical Society of Rockland County, New York

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