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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
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1810-20
Related forms
[yoh-gik] /ˈyoʊ gɪk/ (Show IPA),
yogism, noun Unabridged
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  • In order to be more at his ease, yoga Rama removed his turban.

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

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  • Mr. Marriott was the first person to sit on the chair in front of yoga Rama.

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  • yoga Rama immediately said, "Not your right hand but your left."

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

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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