[ yoh-guh ]
/ ˈyoʊ gə /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquillity, etc.
union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.

Origin of yoga

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1810–20


yo·gic [yoh-gik] /ˈyoʊ gɪk/, adjective yo·gism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for yoga

/ (ˈjəʊɡə) /

noun (often capital)

a Hindu system of philosophy aiming at the mystical union of the self with the Supreme Being in a state of complete awareness and tranquillity through certain physical and mental exercises
any method by which such awareness and tranquillity are attained, esp a course of related exercises and postures designed to promote physical and spiritual wellbeing See Astanga yoga, Bikram yoga, hatha yoga, power yoga, raja yoga, Sivananda yoga

Derived forms of yoga

yogic (ˈjəʊɡɪk), adjective

Word Origin for yoga

C19: from Sanskrit: a yoking, union, from yunakti he yokes

Cultural definitions for yoga


In Hinduism, a set of mental and physical exercises aimed at producing spiritual enlightenment.