yogic

yoga

[yoh-guh]
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:
1810–20; < Sanskrit

yogic [yoh-gik] , adjective
yogism, noun
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yoga (ˈjəʊɡə)
 
n
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.  Astanga yoga Bikram yoga hatha yoga power yoga raja yoga See Sivananda yoga 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
 
[C19: from Sanskrit: a yoking, union, from yunakti he yokes]
 
yogic
 
adj

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yoga
1820, from Hindi yoga, from Skt. yoga-s, lit. "union, yoking" (with the Supreme Spirit), from PIE base *yeug- "to join" (see jugular). Yogi (1619) is from Hindi yogi, from Skt. yoga-s.
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yoga definition


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

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