What does yoga mean?

Definitions for yogaˈyoʊ gə

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yoga.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yoga(noun)

    Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion

  2. yoga(noun)

    a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind

Wiktionary

  1. yoga(Noun)

    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.

  2. Yoga(ProperNoun)

    One of the six schools of Hindu philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yoga(noun)

    a species of asceticism among the Hindoos, which consists in a complete abstraction from all worldly objects, by which the votary expects to obtain union with the universal spirit, and to acquire superhuman faculties

  2. Origin: [Skr. yga union.]

Freebase

  1. Yoga

    Yoga is a commonly known generic term for the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. Specifically, yoga is one of the six āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject is the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, which defines yoga as "the stilling of the changing states of the mind". Yoga has also been popularly defined as "union with the divine" in other contexts and traditions. Various traditions of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Post-classical traditions consider Hiranyagarbha as the originator of yoga. Pre–philosophical speculations and diverse ascetic practices of first millennium BCE were systematized into a formal philosophy in early centuries CE by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. By the turn of the first millennium, Hatha yoga emerged as a prominent tradition of yoga distinct from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and marks the development of asanas into the full body postures now in popular usage and, along with its many modern variations, is the style that many people associate with the word yoga today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yoga

    yō′ga, n. a system of Hindu philosophy showing the means of emancipation of the soul from further migrations.—ns. Yō′gi, a Hindu ascetic who practises the yoga system, consisting in the withdrawal of the senses from external objects, long continuance in unnatural postures, &c.; Yō′gism. [Hind. yoga—Sans. yoga, union.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Yoga

    in the Hindu philosophy a state of soul, emancipation from this life and of union with the divine, achieved by a life of asceticism and devout meditation; or the system of instruction or discipline by which it is achieved.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Yoga

    A major orthodox system of Hindu philosophy based on Sankhya (metaphysical dualism) but differing from it in being theistic and characterized by the teaching of raja-yoga as a practical method of liberating the self. It includes a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being with liberation of the self and union with the universal spirit. (From Webster, 3d ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. yoga

    A type of discipline and practice of focused exercise and state of well-being that creates a union of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual connection to the universe and other universal beings who communicate in unity to enlighten the body, mind, spirit and soul of the person who is performing the act and exercise and empower them with divine consciousness, insight, intelligence, feeling, knowing and understanding to create personal, individual, collective and global peace, harmony, sustainability, balance, freedom, empowerment, justice, truth, human rights and fulfill their soul agreement and soul purpose on planet earth and in the universe.

    Yoga is a beautiful experience to many, some choose to do it for a period of time, others build the practice into their daily lives.

Anagrams for yoga »

  1. yago

  2. gayo, Gayo

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yoga in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yoga in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Manmohan Vaidya:

    Yoga is part of ancient India's cultural heritage, by celebrating yoga on a mass scale we are validating our glorious past.

  2. Amit Ray:

    Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.

  3. Paula Chu:

    We are not recommending anyone ditch their medicines or established medical or physical practices, individuals can talk to their doctors about whether yoga is a viable option for them.

  4. Swami Krishnananda:

    Yoga is anything which reveals or reflects the wholeness that we truly are, and the world is anything that makes us feel that we are fragmented, dissected, cut into pieces and out of tune with ourselves.

  5. Tim Feldmann:

    I quiver a bit when hearing of the lax usage of the word 'yoga' these days, a yoga studio down the road from us here in Miami offers 'yoga booty ballet'. In my ear, that is obviously an only commercial aspirational use of the word.

Images & Illustrations of yoga


Translations for yoga

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for yoga »

Translation

Find a translation for the yoga definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these yoga definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"yoga." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 30 Apr. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/yoga>.

Are we missing a good definition for yoga? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for yoga:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.