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yoga

[yoh-guh] /ˈyoʊ gə/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Sanskrit
Related forms
yogic
[yoh-gik] /ˈyoʊ gɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
yogism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yogic

yoga

/ˈjəʊɡə/
noun (often capital)
1.
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
2.
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 yogic

yoga

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

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yogic in Culture

yoga definition


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

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