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

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But weed might also be the athlete’s (or at least the green juice-sipping yogi’s) favorite new accessory. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "The New Cannabis Companies Want to Give You a “Wellness Experience”," 20 Apr. 2019 But residents are convinced that the yogi and others in his political party wanted to wipe out the meat industry in order to protect cows, a sacred animal in Hinduism. New York Times, "Killer Dogs Take 14 Lives. Did Closing Slaughterhouses Play a Role?," 22 May 2018 Hunt’s application also discusses in depth his embrace of yogi and meditation and a brand of Eastern religion as practiced by the Ananda Church of Self-Realization. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Billionaire Boys Club’s Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence," 23 Oct. 2018 Both 38 years old, Farzan is a surfer, and Jen is a yogi. Ethan Millman, latimes.com, "How one couple turned grocery bagging into a fast-growing business," 29 June 2018 Participants will be led by yogi Marge Bacon in an all-levels Vinyasa flow class while enjoying the sounds of nature. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "A ‘kindness garden’ to spread love and compassion," 28 June 2018 Both her parents were artists, and her father, a yogi, introduced her to the practice, as well as to meditation. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Not just another java joint, Westmont's Espressit is up for sale," 2 July 2018 He’s called a psychic, a yogi and more by his ardent followers. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Doctor From India’ Pushes Nontraditional Medicine," 31 May 2018 The actor is a Reebok x Les Mills ambassador, dance cardio lover, Spartan Race finisher, yogi, and occasional rock climber. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Nina Dobrev Works Her Glutes, Arms, and Core With This 1 Efficient Exercise Move," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of yogi

: a person who practices yoga
: a follower of Yoga

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