Introduction to Sanskrit for Yogis

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 – Saturday, Apr 21, 2018

1:00pm – 3:30pm

A Three Part Series: Feb 17th, March 17th, and April 21st


An understanding of Sanskrit can help to connect us to the rich fabric of philosophy from which the yoga tradition emerged and thus deepen our practice. Sanskrit study can be a meditation in itself and helps to cultivate concentration. It is also fun!

The first class will give an introduction to the Sanskrit language. We will learn to read and write the Sanskrit alphabet, emphasizing proper pronunciation through chanting. Each class will build upon the previous one, as we begin to read and write familiar words, chants and yoga-related verses. Homework will be given, to be done during the month between sessions, which you can send to Zoe for review.

This course is ideal for both beginners and those with some experience who would like to reinvigorate their studies. It will lay the foundation for further series of studies, in which we will continue to explore Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and chanting.

A Level 3 class will be offered in addition to Levels 1 and 2.

abhyāsāt kādi-varṇānāṃ yathā śāstrāṇi bodhayet |
tathā yogaṃ samāsādya tattva-jñānaṃ ca labhyate ||

Just as from the repeated study of the alphabet,
One may come to understand teachings of wisdom,
So, too, by meeting with Yoga,
One may attain knowledge of the real truth.
Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā 1.5

Bio
Zoë Slatoff discovered yoga at the age of 15 and has been devoted to a daily practice ever since. Since 2000, she has traveled to Mysore almost every year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath and Saraswathi. She is honored to have received Guruji’s blessing to teach in 2002. In 2009 she received Authorization level 2. Zoë has a Master’s Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. Her master’s thesis was a translation and exploration of a Sanskrit text on Yoga and Ayurveda. Zoë’s recent book Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga is a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students that integrates traditional and academic methods of learning, teaching grammar and reading through classical yoga texts. She teaches daily Mysore classes as well as Sanskrit and yoga philosophy at her yoga shala in New York – Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side.

Event Location

Mysore Philadelphia, 254 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19125

Event Fees

Full Series
$ 150.00