yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə \

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 \ adjective, often capitalized

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Hilaria Baldwin The yoga instructor somehow got all of her little ones in front of this very appropriately abbreviated/New York–apartment-size tree. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 Christina Curry, an American yoga instructor in Milan, has a studio but will also come to your hotel room. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "How 'W' Fashion Director Rickie De Sole Does Milan," 20 Sep. 2018 An outdoor firepit and daily yoga classes deepen the intentional openness of the experience. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 There’s a ShopRite outside of New York City with an in-store fitness studio offering barre and yoga classes. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience.," 30 Nov. 2018 There’s a ton of fun perks, too: yoga classes, complimentary breakfast, a free bottle of wine with your room, a free mini bar (yes, really), and a bi-weekly bird-watching tour. Tempted? Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Further relaxation is aided by the fact that there are only 34 suites and no children allowed, so guests can quietly enjoy other inclusions like yoga classes, afternoon tea service, and champagne breakfasts every morning. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Rick Berkowitz, a 65-year-old in St. Louis, uses his new iPhone XR to monitor stocks, cast yoga videos onto his TV and FaceTime his grandchildren. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 Live-stream your workouts from the comfort of your own home with Mirror, a custom virtual experience that streams various classes (Pilates, boxing, yoga) and takes up literally no space in your living room. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of yoga was in 1785

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yoga

noun

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 \

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 \ adjective

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