The ancient texts defining and describing the essence of yoga were written in Sanskrit. Therefore knowledge of Sanskrit allows you to understand the depth and subtleties of yoga. In this workshop we will explore the fundamentals of Sanskrit in order to understand the meaning of asana names (postures) and their energetic qualities, and to know the pronunciation and meaning of specific Sanskrit mantras and sutras.
We will begin by learning the Devanāgari alphabet and its transliteration into Romanised letters, as well as correct pronunciation. We will explore a few examples of sandhi (how words are combined) such as in Pārśvōttānāsana, intense side stretch posture, which is Pārśva = side uttāna = intense stretch āsana = posture. Lastly we will discuss specific āsanas and mantras, their correct recitation and meaning.
Meet the Instructor
Mary began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000. Over the years, she deepened her training by studying with knowledgeable teachers from very diverse traditions, eventually formally studying Sanskrit at UT of Austin. Now with 18 years of practice and over 3000 teaching hours, Mary effortlessly blends a reverence for the ancient traditions of yoga with a carefree and playful spirit that will leave you laughing along with the levity of the moment. Given her passion for the history and traditions of yoga, she meets regularly with a professor, Stephen Phillips, to study such texts as the Upanishads, and to continue her studies in Sanskrit.