Hatha-yoga meaning

hŭ'tə, hä'thə
A form of yogic exercise that emphasizes specific postures in combination with controlled breathing. It is widely practiced in the West.
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A particular form of yoga.
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Origin of hatha-yoga

  • Sanskrit haṭhayogaḥ haṭhaḥ violence, force (from forcing the mind to withdraw from the outside world by the use of difficult postures) yogaḥ union, yoga yoga
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition