I've seen it written in both ways. I'm tempted to use the proper case, because I was under the impression that it is also a form/name of religion. What do you think?

2 Answers 2


It's not a religion in and of itself. Elements of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Given that, I would say lowercase.

  • That Wikipedia article uses both lowercase and propercase.
    – bozdoz
    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:55
  • My point was more that it's not a formal religion. And as such, I wouldn't use it the proper case.
    – Tim Coker
    Sep 13, 2011 at 13:50
  • It's a good point. Dictionaries also state that it is a noun and not a proper noun. Perhaps my question should be, when should I use capitalization? Such as God and god from the Christian perspective. Perhaps I should use yoga for the exercise and Yoga for the elements found in religions.
    – bozdoz
    Sep 13, 2011 at 13:57

In Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramhansa Yogananda's chronicles on Yogis, yoga, and related topics), the word yoga is used with a lower case y. But where it clearly is part of a noun, such as in Kriya Yoga, the uppercase is used.

  • 1
    Good point. Specific forms should definitely be capitalized. I.E., Ashtanga, Bikram, etc.
    – Tim Coker
    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:57

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.