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Definition of "yoga" []

  • A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity. (noun)
  • A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • 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 (noun)

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Use "yoga" in a sentence
  • "For most, the word yoga conjures images of pretzel-like body postures."
  • "The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to control, yoke, or unite."
  • "The word yoga comes from Sanskrit and means “to yoke” or “to unite.”"