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’
    • ‘I read books on yoga and Ayurveda.’
    • ‘We learn yoga and meditation but the practice slips away when you are caught up with work.’
    • ‘In the East yoga is much more than an exercise system.’
    • ‘He's into yoga.’
    • ‘There are a number of yoga for pregnancy classes available in North Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Even in her 80s she kept up her yoga and dance classes, and could still perform a headstand.’
    • ‘Take up meditation and yoga so there is minimal steam to let off.’
    • ‘Prices include three four-course dinners, breakfast every day and five yoga classes.’
    • ‘A yogi, or yogin is one who practices yoga or who, in a more general sense, is a Hindu ascetic.’
    • ‘The yoga and tai chi classes alone provide sufficient exercise’
    • ‘There are many ways to practise yoga beyond getting on a mat and moving through postures.’
    • ‘It doesn't have to be about a specific daily yoga practice or philosophy or teacher.’
    • ‘This process is the only kind of yoga that you can actually practice by eating.’
    • ‘I have been to yoga classes twice and thought it was hard.’
    • ‘Every week, Rachel performs two nights in a club and teaches dance and yoga classes.’
    • ‘Babies as young as six weeks are being supported through yoga postures by specially trained staff.’
    • ‘He practises yoga and he reads the Hindu bible.’
    • ‘Take a dance or yoga class, or sign up at a gym and ask a trainer to help you use the weights.’
    • ‘Raja yoga is the yoga of meditation.’
    • ‘A discipline such as yoga promotes fitness and bodily awareness.’


Sanskrit, literally ‘union’.