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Sanskrit Basics for Yoga Practitioners

  • mysore oakland 6101 colby street oakland, ca USA (map)

with Mary Beth Ray

Learn the basics of Sanskrit in this very practical and entertaining workshop for curious yoga practitioners and teachers in training.

You will not be deciphering Devanagari calligraphy. You will learn the sounds of the Sanskrit language in a transliterated Roman alphabet so you can pronounce yoga pose names with confidence and chant with gusto. Find out the one key thing about Sanskrit you need to know as a yoga practitioner. Walk away with a basic understanding of this ancient language from a yoga perspective as well as new insights into the philosophy and mythology of yoga through its language.

Mary Beth developed this workshop in 2009 and has shared it many times since then. It is designed to open a door to deepening your studies in yoga. The workshop covers:

  • A Little Sanskrit History
  • Mystical Origin
  • Modern Linguistic Overview
  • Pronunciation
  • About the Devanāgarī Alphabet
  • Transliteration and Diacritical Marks
  • How to Pronounce these Sounds
  • A Word About Translations
  • Chants and pose names (ashtanga vinyasa focus)
 Mary Beth has been exploring yoga as both a philosophy and physical practice since the early 1990s and has been teaching since 2009. While not a formal Sanskrit scholar in an academic sense, she has been a lifelong language “nerd.” She has a Bachelor’s in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics and she had intended to go on to a PhD in Linguistics but life took a different path. It’s not a surprise that when yoga took a firm hold on her life she was drawn to the sounds and lore of Sanskrit. To share her love of the language and provide a peep-hole into the philosophy of yoga she developed this accessible and entertaining workshop, which she has taught to curious practitioners and teachers in training around the Bay Area. 

Mary Beth has been exploring yoga as both a philosophy and physical practice since the early 1990s and has been teaching since 2009. While not a formal Sanskrit scholar in an academic sense, she has been a lifelong language “nerd.” She has a Bachelor’s in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics and she had intended to go on to a PhD in Linguistics but life took a different path. It’s not a surprise that when yoga took a firm hold on her life she was drawn to the sounds and lore of Sanskrit. To share her love of the language and provide a peep-hole into the philosophy of yoga she developed this accessible and entertaining workshop, which she has taught to curious practitioners and teachers in training around the Bay Area.