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Sanskrit for Yogis: Deepening Your Practice through Yoga’s Sacred Language with Josh Michaell

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“If one has knowledge of Sanskrit, then knowledge of yoga is possible as well.” —Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

Since ancient times the practice of yoga has included the study of Sanskrit and the chanting of Sanskrit mantras to induce calm and clarity in meditation. Sanskrit is integral to the practice of asana: an essential adjunct for harmonizing and balancing the mind. Knowledge of Sanskrit, even at the most beginning level, makes it possible to grasp the subtleties of yoga philosophy, whose body of teachings are written in it. Through experiencing Sanskrit sounds; feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate, body and chakras, your yoga practice and understanding can move to new depths.

In this course, we will explore the following:

* A yogic model of learning, designed to teach you how to establish one-pointed focus, eliminatelimiting habituated patterns, and awaken to a deeper sense of freedom and self-awareness.

* The essential elements of Sanskrit sound, allowing you to develop an intimacy with the language of yoga.

* Beginning to accurately pronounce a selection of yoga-related words, āsana names, yoga sūtras and timeless verses, savoring the beauty and power of the language and its resonance. 

This course will be fun and engaging and can lead you deeper into your experience of yoga both on and off of the mat. No previous experience with Sanskrit is necessary to attend.

$55 earlybird  by January 21st

$60 drop-in

A workshop with Joshua is like a cheap ticket to the heart of the Himalayas!Jonathan Bricklin, Program Director, New York Open Center

Joshua Michaell, leads workshops in Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and meditation throughout the US and abroad. He has studied extensively with both Vyaas Houston and Dr. Ram Karan Sharma. Joshua is also a licensed psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco, and utilizing a synthesis of Western and Eastern modalities for wellbeing. 


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