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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity; especially a system of exercises practiced to promote control of the body and mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of asceticism among the Hindoos, which consists in a complete abstraction from all worldly objects, by which the votary expects to obtain union with the universal spirit, and to acquire superhuman faculties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the branches of the Hindu philosophy, which teaches the doctrines of the Supreme Being, and explains the means by which the human soul may obtain final emancipation from further migrations, and effect a junction with the universal spirit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion
  • n. a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind

Etymologies

Hindi, from Sanskrit yogaḥ, union, joining.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit योग (yoga, "yoking, union"), from Proto-Indo-European *yewg- (“to join”) (whence also English yoke). (Wiktionary)

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