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For other uses, see Yogi (disambiguation).A Yogi is a practitioner of Yoga. The word is used to refer to ascetic practitioners of meditation in a number of Eastern Religions including Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. Etymology, Yogi or Yogin (Sanskrit: yogin-, nominative yogī (Devanagari योगी; feminine yoginī) are masculine forms that specifically traditionally referred to a male practitioner of Yoga and related meditative practises. The Sanskrit term is an -in adjective of the root yuj "to connect", with a general meaning "joined with, relating to" in Epic Sanskrit, but in the Classical Sanskrit of the Puranas taking the specific meaning of "a practitioner of Yoga". The feminine yoginī in Classical Sanskrit literature is the name of a class of female goddesses, witches or sorceresses, created by or attending to Durga. In Hinduism the term refers to an adherent of Yoga. As an Urdu term, yogī (Nastaliq یوگی) is mostly used to refer to wandering Sufi saints and ascetics. The word is also often used in the Buddhist context to describe Buddhist monks or a householder devoted to meditation. The Shiva Samhita defines the yogi Kanabar as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogis: those who pierce through the "sun" (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.