Share this entry

yoga Line breaks: yoga
Pronunciation: /ˈjəʊɡə/

Definition of yoga in English:


[mass noun]
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation: [as modifier]: yoga classes
More example sentences
  • Raja yoga is the yoga of meditation.
  • He practises yoga and he reads the Hindu bible.
  • It doesn't have to be about a specific daily yoga practice or philosophy or teacher.

The yoga widely known in the West is based on hatha yoga, which forms one aspect of the ancient Hindu system of religious and ascetic observance and meditation, the highest form of which is raja yoga and the ultimate aim of which is spiritual purification and self-understanding leading to samadhi or union with the divine


Sanskrit, literally 'union'.

  • The yoga that we know in the West is a simplified version of an ancient Hindu system intended to lead to union with the divine. The word's literal meaning in the Indian language Sanskrit is ‘union’, and it is related to yoke (Old English), fastened over the necks of two animals to enable them to pull in unison.



Pronunciation: /ˈjəʊɡɪk/
Example sentences
  • This system of inner discovery begins with asana, sitting quietly in yogic posture, and pranayama, breath control.
  • I find that yogic work, both asanas and pranayama tend to cause the body to freak out a bit.
  • We love receiving Hinduism Today.It is real yogic skill in action.

Words that rhyme with yoga

ogre, Saratoga, toga

Definition of yoga in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly