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 workshops that are as playful as they are profound, you will pronounce Sanskrit letters and words through call & response repetition, embody sounds in Sanskrit-based āsana classes, study the history and foundational texts of yoga traditions, write the Devanāgarī script, and more. Exploring yoga’s sound system will demystify the pronunciations, spellings, and meanings of words that you hear, say, read, and sing, which will enhance your practice. No previous language study is expected.
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People are talking about what yoga was, what it is, and what it should be. They are imagining traditions without commercialization challenges, teacher-student boundary issues, and other ethical dilemmas. As the integrity of modern yoga is being questioned, some teachers are thinking about implementing higher standards in yogic education to help yoga more fully enter the health and wellness industry. Studying Sanskrit is one way to deepen everyone’s knowledge. Whether you are a student, teacher-in-training, or lead instructor, learning the basics of the language is an indispensable, practical, meaningful, and fun way to enrich your practice. Serious yogis will confidently say and understand Sanskrit words. Instructors will professionalize their teaching. Everyone will help standardize the language, which will unite yoga communities and serve as a link to ancient traditions.
Upon encountering Sanskrit 20 years ago, Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. was riveted by its mellifluous sound and intricate grammar. Drawing from doctoral training at the University of California, Santa Barbara, tutorials with Dr. B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, and fifteen years of practicing yoga, Marcy has taught in various educational settings for over 15 years. At Davidson College, she teaches Asian religions classes including her favorite course, an historical study of yoga traditions from 2500 B.C.E. to the ever-changing modern moment. At yoga studios and conferences nationally, and frequently as part of teacher training programs, she leads workshops that focus on Sanskrit. She is Adjunct Faculty at Rasika Yoga School and on the Subtle Yoga team of teachers. Marcy’s passion and goal is to help people discover the fascinating linguistic foundation of yoga.