or Yo·ga

[ yoh-guh ]

  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 or all of the methods or disciplines prescribed in the Hindu philosophical school of yoga, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve tranquility, control of the body and mind, etc.

  1. union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.

Origin of yoga

First recorded in 1780–90 from Sanskrit: literally, “act of yoking or joining; yoked team; employment”; see origin at yoke1

Other words from yoga

  • yo·gic [yoh-gik], /ˈyoʊ gɪk/, adjective
  • yo·gism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

Origin of yoga

C19: from Sanskrit: a yoking, union, from yunakti he yokes

Derived forms of yoga

  • yogic (ˈjəʊɡɪk), adjective

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Cultural definitions for yoga


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

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