- 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 yoga
Sanskrit yogah union, joining
; see yeug-
in Indo-European roots.
Related Forms:Word History:
The word yoga
comes from Sanskrit yogah,
“yoking, joining together” and by extension “harnessing of one's mental faculties to a purpose” and thus “yoga.” The Sanskrit word descends from the Indo-European root *yeug-,
“to join, yoke.” In the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, *yeug-
developed into yuk-,
represented in Old English by geoc,
the ancestor of Modern English yoke.
The root *yeug-
is continued by words in most of the branches of the Indo-European language family, which indicates that the speakers of Proto-Indo-European used draft animals to pull their plows and draw their wagons.
- Any of several Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity; especially a system of exercises practiced to promote control of the body and mind.
From Sanskrit à¤¯à¥‹à¤— (yoga, “yoking, union"), from Proto-Indo-European *yewg- (“to join") (whence also English yoke).
- (Hinduism) One of the six schools of Hindu philosophy.
- Alternative capitalization of yoga