yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Definition of yoga

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 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being

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Other Words from yoga

yogic \ ˈyō-​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

Examples of yoga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its community wellness rooms will offer free meditation and yoga classes. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "CVS launches HealthHUB as part of health care expansion," 14 Jan. 2020 Mind-body programs like yoga and mindfulness are indicative of the yearning many people have to be in the happier present moment. James Carmody, The Conversation, "Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down," 10 Jan. 2020 Everyone here loves essential oils and yoga, and Meghan would fit right in. oregonlive, "5 reasons Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan should move to Oregon after quitting the royal game," 8 Jan. 2020 The simplest of all relaxation strategies is slow diaphragmatic breathing, similar to that used in meditation and yoga. David Shearer, Quartz, "Fight performance anxiety with the same techniques elite athletes use," 7 Dec. 2019 Through the UndocuHealth program, Garcia Mendoza teaches other undocumented immigrants about holistic health practices like yoga and meditative breathing. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Endless fear: Undocumented immigrants grapple with anxiety, depression under Trump," 25 Aug. 2019 Wright learned different techniques to calm her spirit, like yoga and meditation. al, "Birmingham high schoolers to receive mental health kits thanks to local effort," 14 Aug. 2019 Schools should have classes on de-stressing techniques like yoga and how to find healthy ways of dealing with stress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019 An offseason regimen comprising a stricter diet and weekly yoga paid off for Jones, particularly in the first half of the season. Carter Karels, Indianapolis Star, "Tony Jones Jr. declares for the NFL Draft, leaving intrigue for Notre Dame's running back room," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of yoga

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yoga

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

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18 Jan 2020

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“Yoga.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yoga?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=y&file=yoga0001. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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yoga

noun
How to pronounce yoga (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yoga

: a system of exercises for mental and physical health
: a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind

yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Medical Definition of yoga

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 : 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

Other Words from yoga

yogic \ -​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective

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