yoga

noun yo·ga \ ˈyō-gə \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

yogic

play \ˈyō-gik\ adjective, often capitalized

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Origin and Etymology of yoga

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


YOGA Defined for English Language Learners

yoga

noun

Definition of yoga for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

yoga

noun yo·ga \ ˈyō-gə \

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

yogic

play \-gik\ adjective


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