Sanskrit Revolution ~ Illuminating the Language of Yoga

with Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

What is Sanskrit Revolution?

Sanskrit Revolution illuminates the language of yoga for anyone who seeks to achieve the most from practices that involve āsanas (physical postures), mantras, cakras (energy centers), kirtans (chants), Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra, and more.  In inspiring classes that are as playful as they are profound, you will attain greats insights as you explore foundational texts and yoga history, recite Sanskrit letters through call & response repetition, embody sounds in Sanskrit-focused āsana classes, and write the Devanāgarī script.  Discovering yoga’s sound system will demystify the pronunciations, spellings, and multiple meanings of words that you hear, say, read, and chant, which will enhance your practice and professionalize your (future) teaching.  Standardizing the language will unite yoga communities worldwide and serve as a link to ancient traditions. Learn more about Sanskrit Revolution in the  featured article, “When a Dead Language Is Cutting-Edge,” and in a 2017 interview on the “You Call This Yoga Show” .

“While Marcy teaches Sanskrit with the rigor of an academic, she transmits her knowledge from the heart of a yogi.”  ~~Kaoverii Weber

“It’s almost mythological at this point, your impact with Sanskrit and deeper yogic studies.” ~~Johnna Smith

“Marcy adores teaching Sanskrit, and it shows in her effective teaching style.”  ~~Sarah Faircloth

Why a Sanskrit Revolution?

What was yoga? What has it become? What should it be?  The 2016 Yoga in America Study found that the number of practitioners increased by 50% since 2012 to over 36 million, and annual spending grew from $10 billion to $16 billion.  Yoga is thriving, but the industry is not without its growing pains.  Various legal and ethical issues pertain to teacher-student boundaries, commercialization, injuries from āsana, copyrighting sequences, patenting camera angles, whether yoga in American public schools violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, etc. In response to the “model crisis,” as discussed in “Brave New Yoga World,” some teachers are implementing higher education standards to help yoga maintain integrity and move more fully into the health and wellness industry. Studying Sanskrit is one way to deepen your knowledge. Whether you are a student, teacher trainee, or lead instructor, learning the basics of the language is a practical, meaningful, and fun way to enrich yourself both personally and professionally.

“Based on what I learned, we are all mutilating this language.  Marcy is an invaluable resource to our yoga community.” ~~Michael Sammut

“Marcy is an outstanding Sanskritist. She is also a wonderful person, a pleasure to work with and to be with.” ~~David Gordon White

 “The weekend with her was exactly what I’d been hoping for. Marcy is a gem.” ~~Heidi C. Scanlon

Who is Sanskrit Revolution?

Upon discovering Sanskrit in 1990, Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. was riveted by its mellifluous sound and intricate grammar. Marcy draws upon doctoral training at the University of California, Santa Barbara, immersive language study with Dr. B.N. Pandit in India, and twenty years of yoga practice including a 100-hour Yoga Immersion to design classes. Since creating Sanskrit Revolution in 2012, she has taught Sanskrit, and the history and philosophies of yoga at more than three dozen yoga studios, teacher training programs, yogafests, and conferences nationally. Previously at Davidson College and currently at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she teaches world religions including an historical study of yoga traditions from 2500 B.C.E. to the ever-changing modern moment. Marcy’s passion and goal is to help people discover the fascinating linguistic foundation of yoga.

“Marcy teaches this ancient language with a passion and love that can’t be ignored.”  ~~Tanner Bazemore

“Clearly Marcy has found her calling and is sharing her expertise one mat at a time.” ~~Jennifer Busco

“Your knowledge of Sanskrit and the history of yoga blew me away.”  ~~Rebecca Cline