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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of yogic exercise that emphasizes specific postures in combination with controlled breathing. It is widely practiced in the West.

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  • n. yogic exercises (popular in the West) that combine difficult postures (which force the mind to withdraw from the outside world) with controlled breathing

Etymologies

Sanskrit haṭhayogaḥ : haṭhaḥ, violence, force (from forcing the mind to withdraw from the outside world by the use of difficult postures) + yogaḥ, union, yoga; see yoga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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