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yoga

[yoh-guh]
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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.
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Origin of yoga

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1810–20
Related formsyo·gic [yoh-gik] /ˈyoʊ gɪk/, adjectiveyo·gism, noun
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  • Yoga Rama immediately said, "Not your right hand but your left."

    Telepathy

    W. W. Baggally

  • I have given an account of the nature of the performance with which Yoga Rama favoured us.

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    W. W. Baggally

  • This exclamation appeared to disconcert Yoga Rama a good deal.

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    W. W. Baggally

  • Yoga Rama produced a pack of cards and asked the Committee to see that it was unopened.

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    W. W. Baggally

  • At that moment Yoga Rama came into the foyer, and he was accused by us of having been able to see.

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    W. W. Baggally


British Dictionary definitions for yoga

yoga

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 wellbeingSee Astanga yoga, Bikram yoga, hatha yoga, power yoga, raja yoga, Sivananda yoga
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Derived Formsyogic (ˈjəʊɡɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Sanskrit: a yoking, union, from yunakti he yokes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

yoga in Culture

yoga

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

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.