- Breath, Mantra, Prāṇa: Sanskrit for Yogis and Yoginis
Knowledge of Sanskrit, "the language of the gods,” is an essential component in the study and practice of Yoga. Just as the physical postures are designed to energize and heal the body, the sounds of Sanskrit were engineered to transform and purify consciousness.
While studying the key terms and concepts of Yoga in their original language opens a door of understanding, the practice of mantra provides access to the subtle world of prāṇa, the vital energies underlying body and mind.
Meeting once a week over three months, this course draws on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali to teach students how to read, pronounce and (most importantly) to chant Sanskrit as a powerful tool for meditation and yoga practice.
It is appropriate both for the total beginner as well as for those already familiar with Sanskrit.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN CAMPBELL, Ph.D.
John Campbell, Ph.D., has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for the past 25 years. He studied directly with Pattabhi Jois from 1992 until his passing in 2009 and was Certified by his late teacher in 2001. A scholar of Sanskrit and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, he is co-founder of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, where he served as professor of Religious Studies until 2017.