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?


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.

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  • That Wikipedia article uses both lowercase and propercase. – bozdoz Sep 13 '11 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 '11 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 '11 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.

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

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