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[yoh-guh] /ˈyoʊ gə/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquillity, etc.
union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
Origin of yoga
1810-20; < Sanskrit
Related forms
[yoh-gik] /ˈyoʊ gɪk/ (Show IPA),
yogism, noun Unabridged
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  • Buddhists are cool because they teach you how to relax and yoga is good for toning.
  • Pelicans perform strange-looking exercises to stretch and maintain their pouch in a brand of pelican yoga.
  • There are some people who are playing pretty much the yoga and others who are focusing on the strength training.
British Dictionary definitions for yoga


noun (often capital)
a Hindu system of philosophy aiming at the mystical union of the self with the Supreme Being in a state of complete awareness and tranquillity through certain physical and mental exercises
any method by which such awareness and tranquillity are attained, esp a course of related exercises and postures designed to promote physical and spiritual wellbeing See Astanga yoga, Bikram yoga, hatha yoga, power yoga, raja yoga, Sivananda yoga
Derived Forms
yogic (ˈjəʊɡɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit: a yoking, union, from yunakti he yokes
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Word Origin and History for yoga

1820, from Hindi yoga, from Sanskrit yoga-s, literally "union, yoking" (with the Supreme Spirit), from PIE root *yeug- "to join" (see jugular).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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yoga in Culture

yoga definition

In Hinduism, a set of mental and physical exercises aimed at producing spiritual enlightenment.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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