Introduction to Sanskrit
A 4-day series to learn the “Language of Yoga”
Friday & Saturday, Mar. 3rd – 4th & 10th – 11th
5:30 – 9:00 pm on Fri | 1:30 – 7:00 PM on Sat
First Friday Free
Join us for a stimulating and practical introduction to Sanskrit, the “Language of Yoga,” in a workshop/playshop specifically designed for yoga teachers and practitioners. In just four sessions, you will learn the sound and accenting principles necessary for proper pronunciation of Sanskrit terms, learn how to write/decypher classical Devanagari print, and become introduced to the Vedic Science of Sound which informs the use of mantras and seed-syllables. Practice exercises will include repetitive recitation of each of the 49 sounds of the language and group practice of many commonly encountered Sanskrit yogic terms, such as asanas, pranayama techniques, and prominent terms in the Yoga Sutra. Participants will also learn how to write their names correctly in Devanagari and participate in some brief contemplative exercises using bija-mantras for meditation and chakra-attunement purposes. Fun, informative, and positively mind-expanding!
Dr. John Thomas Casey
Dr. John Thomas Casey is a scholar-practitioner of Yoga and Buddhism, writing and conducting workshops, seminars, and meditation/yoga/philosophy retreats in the United States and abroad. For about fifteen years, Dr. John taught courses in World Religions, Buddhism, Sanskrit, and Yoga Philosophy at numerous colleges in Southern California, including Loyola Marymount University, UCLA and UC Irvine. John recently returned home from his eighth journey to North India and Nepal, where he spent six weeks paragliding in the foothills of the Himalayas.