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yoga

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noun yo·ga \ˈyō-gə\

Simple Definition of yoga

  • : a system of exercises for mental and physical health

  • Yoga : a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yoga

  1. 1 capitalized :  a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation

  2. 2 :  a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being

yogic

play \-gik\ adjective often capitalized

Origin and Etymology of yoga

Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke


First Known Use: 1820

Rhymes with yoga


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yoga

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noun yo·ga \ˈyō-gə\

Medical Definition of yoga

  1. 1 capitalized :  a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation

  2. 2:  a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote bodily or mental control and well-being—see hatha yoga

yogic

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