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ˈyoʊ gəYOGA

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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


  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.


  1. Yoga

    Yoga (; Sanskrit: योग; pronunciation) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six Āstika (orthodox) schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term "Yoga" in the Western world often denotes a modern form of hatha yoga and yoga as exercise, consisting largely of the postures or asanas. The practice of yoga has been thought to date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions; possibly in the Indus valley civilization around 3000 BCE. Yoga is mentioned in the Rigveda, and also referenced in the Upanishads, . Although, yoga most likely developed as a systematic study around the 5th and 6th centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to the Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the 2nd century BCE, and gained prominence in the west in the 20th century after being first introduced by Swami Vivekananda. Hatha yoga texts began to emerge sometime between the 9th and 11th century with origins in tantra.Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century with his adaptation of yoga tradition, excluding asanas. Outside India, it has developed into a posture-based physical fitness, stress-relief and relaxation technique. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology, ontology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya 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

    Etymology: [Skr. yga union.]


  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 focused exercise and feeling of well-being that creates a union of 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, collective and global peace, optimum health, right to life, human rights, shared prosperity for all, harmony, sustainability, balance, freedom, empowerment, fairness, justness, truth 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 exercise into their daily lives.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2017  
  2. Yoga

    Yog is the real word in ancient book. when yog gone in the southern part of india it became yoga like Ram became Rama,Krisn became Krisna.But the correct word is Yog. The means of yog is to add. Yog is the process to merge yourself with source of life.

    Submitted by bhagwant1907 on July 6, 2020  

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Anagrams for YOGA »

  1. yago

  2. gayo, Gayo

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  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

Examples of YOGA in a Sentence

  1. Amit Ray:

    You can plant a tree to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion or a business success. Tree hugging is a yoga art to connect with nature.

  2. Karen Chapple:

    We have high tech jobs which generate a lot of service jobs : hair-cutting salons, nail salons and masseuses, yoga studios and dog care, high-end jobs and low-end jobs [ are ] created at the same time, but you have a housing market that is really only producing for folks at the high end of the scale. There is a mismatch.

  3. Robert Graham:

    And even if you don't have equipment, you can do things like chair yoga or standing push-ups, using nothing but your office furniture.

  4. Ashley Lagas:

    We based our weekend around the boot camp, but we also ended up doing yoga by the water the next day, we just wanted to be really active the whole weekend.

  5. Bhava Ram:

    The science of yoga saved my life, and I’ve seen it save many other lives, no matter how dark and hopeless it might feel for someone, there is a pathway forward towards stability and empowerment … toward creating a new and more meaningful identity and mission in life.

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