- [alsoY-] a mystic and ascetic Hindu discipline by which one seeks to achieve liberation of the self and union with the supreme spirit or universal soul through intense concentration, deep meditation, and practices involving prescribed postures, controlled breathing, etc.
- a system of exercising involving the postures, breathing, etc. practiced in this discipline
Origin of yogaSans, union, literally , a yoking: for Indo-European base see yoke
- also Yoga An ascetic Hindu discipline involving controlled breathing, prescribed body positions, and meditation, with the goal of attaining a state of deep spiritual insight and tranquility.
- A system of stretching and positional exercises derived from this discipline to promote good health, fitness, and control of the mind.
Origin of yogaHindi from Sanskrit yogah union, joining ; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
From Sanskrit à¤¯à¥‹à¤— (yoga, “yoking, union"), from Proto-Indo-European *yewg- (“to join") (whence also English yoke).
- Alternative capitalization of yoga