Sundays, Feb. 4th & 18th, March 11th & 25th, 12-1:30PM
Whether you are brand new to studying Sanskrit or have some experience - interested in learning proper pronunciation, reading the devanāgarī script, delving into meaning and grammar, or in just deepening your yoga practice - this class is appropriate for all levels.
We will spend the first half hour of each class chanting and discussing the Aparokṣānubhūti, a text attributed to Śaṅkaracārya (which I'm translating for my PhD dissertation), that is particularly relevant to yoga students. It explains how we get caught up in illusions about our bodies and the world and how we could instead use practice to help us discover and be more connected to our essential nature.chanting together and follow a common theme, using yogic texts and philosophy as the vehicle of study.
During the class, students will be broken into groups depending on ability and given individual instruction and assignments. We will be learning from my Sanskrit textbook, Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga, which began as notes for teaching this course.
The study of Sanskrit at any level will deepen your yoga practice both on and off the mat - opening your heart, mind and soul to greater levels of subtle awareness, concentration and understanding.