yo·​gi | \ ˈyō-gē How to pronounce yogi (audio) \
variants: or less commonly yogin \ ˈyō-​gən How to pronounce yogin (audio) , -​ˌgin \

Definition of yogi

1 : a person who practices yoga
2 capitalized : an adherent of Yoga philosophy
3 : a markedly reflective or mystical person

Examples of yogi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aspiring practitioners of solitude in today’s turbulent times may find a capable guide in Anthony De Mello, an Indian Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, storyteller and spiritual teacher active into the 1980s – kind of a Catholic yogi. Michael A. Vargas, The Conversation, "Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in isolation," 1 July 2020 Originally from Los Angeles, Calysta Watson is a licensed clinical social worker, mother, yogi, and enthusiastic home cook and food blogger who now lives in Oakland, California. Narina Exelby, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Solo Travel Was Like Before Smartphones and Google Maps," 1 Apr. 2020 In this episode, the museum’s chief experience officer, Jamie Lawyer, introduces a painting of Milarepa, a famous Tibetan poet and yogi. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Unwind With These Free, Museum-Led Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions," 22 Apr. 2020 Afterward, the yogis drifted toward a wine tasting. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 By the Puranik age, Shiva is worshipped in three main forms, all derivatives of older icons: Shiva, the meditating yogi: straight from Indus Valley. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 The friend who's an aspiring yogi: The Lululemon Reversible Mat A true friend wouldn't let their friend go to yoga class with a cheap, slippery mat. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts your friends will love," 22 Oct. 2019 In a more innocent time, Christy Turlington appeared on the cover of Time as a yogi earth goddess, Madonna converted to Kabbalah, and Tina Turner chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Mike Albo, Town & Country, "How Spiritual Snobs Became the New One Percent," 26 Sep. 2019 The event, in its fifth year, also featured chefs, social media personalities, musicians and disc jockeys, comedians, yogis, games, a children’s area and more. Daily Pilot, "Vegan fest tries to plant ‘healthy conscious living’ in guests’ minds and stomachs," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of yogi

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yogi

Sanskrit yogin, from yoga

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16 Jul 2020

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“Yogi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yogi. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yogi

: a person who practices yoga
: a follower of Yoga

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