Intro to Sanskrit & Yoga Philosophy

 May 17~19, 2019

Investment $400.   Early bird $325 thru April 15, 2019.  Sign up here

Yoga tradition teaches that postures are only one component of a well rounded yoga practice.  Terms based on yoga philosophy and scripture seem to be reserved for just the elite who understand sanskrit words such as purusha, prakriti, and the gunas.

These are words to take in slowly and to digest with patience. They reveal a side of yoga that often exists only on the fringe of classroom work—if at all. But once assimilated, these terms will travel deeply into the byways of your thinking and add a fulfilling richness to your life and practice.

Objective:  Participants will get a strong foundation to read and chant sanskrit as well as understanding of basic concepts rooted in yoga philosophy of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.   You will understand the simple distinction between the subject and the object of our awareness, and will be equipped with techniques to access such awareness.

This module fulfills Yoga Alliance requirements for 20 CEU’s. It is also a core component of our 200 HR YTT.


  • Friday: Lecture: 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: Yoga practice: 8.30am ~ 9.45am; Lecture: 11.15am ~ 2:30pm & 3pm ~ 7pm
  • Sunday: Review: 9am ~ 10am; Yoga practice: 10am ~ 11.30am; Lecture: 1pm~ 4pm


  • Basic Concepts and Context
  • Introductions, Basic Definitions: Yoga & OM
  • History & Evolution of Yoga (over the past 5000 years)
  • Overview of the key yoga texts beyond the Gita and Sutras
  • Scripture:
    • Vedas
    • Upanishads
    • Mahabharata
    • Ramayana
    • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    • Gheranda Samhita
  • Yoga in relationship to it’s sister sciences (Ayurveda/Jyotish) & Religions
  • Study of the Yoga Sutras
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Understanding Raja Yoga: The 8 limbs
  • Basic understanding of Sanskrit, pronunciation & chanting

Recommended book:

  • The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar.   Part 3  -beginning on page 149

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