What You Will Learn

Yoga for your mouth, mind, and heart!

The sequence of letters is highly organized according to where sounds are made in the throat and mouth.  Reciting the categorized letters through call & response repetition will familiarize you with the sounds and rhythms of Sanskrit.  The diacritical marks (dots and dashes above or below some letters) used to transliterate Devanāgarī into Roman script distinguish pronunciations, spellings, and meanings; for instance, mālāsana (garland-pose) is not ‘malāsana’ (impurity-pose)!

In the core workshop we discuss the correct pronunciation of ‘haṭha’ and the historical reason why ‘haṭha’ (violence, force) is paired with ‘yoga’ (union) as ‘haṭha-yoga,’ an entry on dictionary.com (though the pronunciation via the audio button is wrong!).  Depending on the group’s interests, the conversation can include the Top 10 Mispronounced Āsanas, Patañjali’s definition of yoga (Yoga Sūtra 1.2), the Aṣṭāṅga invocation, and favorite verses, chants, or mantras.  As we recite the sounds of Sanskrit, you will learn how to correct long-standing mispronunciations (what Jai Uttal calls “rainbow Sanskrit”).

In the Timeline of Yoga Lecture & Discussion, you will learn about the contested history of ancient and modern yoga traditions.

Topics classes such as The Sanskrit of the Bhagavadgītā  look at texts specifically through the lens of the Sanskrit.

Learning about the sounds and vibrational qualities of the letters intrigues everyone, especially singers, speech therapists, and others in the health and wellness professions.  Your Sanskrit adjustment will sound and feel great!

[Chart of Yoga of the Mouth -- positions in the mouth]

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