Join the definitive introduction to Sanskrit for Yogis! This course offers the equivalent of 30 CE hours, at less than $9 per hour, with 2 CE bonus hours. Unlike some, this is not a canned course: all content with live, expert support!

Whether you need a brushup on your Sanskrit or you are starting from scratch, this subscription course is designed to get you working with the Sanskrit language on your own.

Whether you are a novice or your Sanskrit is rusty and you would like to brush up, this subscription course is designed to help you learn the Sanskrit language independently, and at your own pace. Join the definitive introduction to Sanskrit for Yogis! In this course, master the basic vocabulary, grammar, and reading skills that you need in order to engage with the Yoga Sūtra, Bhagavad Gītā, and other philosophical texts in Sanskrit. Students who enroll will have the benefits of expert video lectures and slides to guide them through lessons and exercises. What’s more, the course includes synchronous virtual tutorials where you can directly ask the instructor your specific questions. These tutorials will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can send in your questions and have them answered. This course is a must for students of yoga interested in getting the most out of their traditional yoga resources. ~~~Students can stay as long as they wish in this course: revisit the material while taking advantage of the weekly virtual tutorials (Sundays 10:30 am Eastern). Course renews every two months. Two months is sufficient to cover the material. Students may want to stay enrolled longer to take advantage of the continued support. Cancel any time. This course counts towards continuing education requirements.

Your Instructor

At Yoga Philosophy, All Courses Taught by Research Experts

Your Course Director in Sanskrit is Anusha Sudindra Rao, who is a PhD candidate in the Department of the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Anusha holds BA and MA degrees with a focus on Sanskrit, has participated with international scholars on research projects on Sanskrit manuscripts, and is currently conducting advanced research on the Sanskrit literature of Dvaita Vedānta. This Yoga Philosophy course is brought to you and supervised by Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, founder of Yoga Philosophy, translator of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008) from Sanskrit, and translation expert. Shyam holds an MA in South Asian Studies, an MA and PhD in philosophy, and is a CYA-E-RYTGOLD yoga teacher (over 1000 hours training). Yoga Philosophy is a registered yoga school (CYA-RYSGOLD) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome To This Course!

    • Welcome to the definitive introduction to Sanskrit for Yogis!

    • Student Agreement

    • Thanks for Joining This Course!

    • Welcome to Introduction to Sanskrit by Dr. Shyam Ranganathan

    • Introduction to the Instructor, Anusha Sudindra Rao, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

    • Getting started with the course

    • Invocation

    • Notes and Answers to some Questions:

    • Vocabulary List

    • Information on Textbooks

  • 02

    Zoom Tutorials

    • Zoom Tutorials

    • Zoom Signup (after registering you will receive confirmation information about joining the meeting)

    • Zoom tutorial recording on September 26

    • Tutorial on October 3

  • 03

    Module 1: About Sanskrit, Devanāgari, and IAST

    • In this module we learn about the different scripts associated with Sanskrit and some basic conventions of writing and pronunciation.

    • Scripts and Pronunciation

    • Pronouncing the visarga and other pronunciation exercises

    • Scripts and Pronunciation

    • Quiz on Scripts and Pronunciation

    • Scripts and Pronunciation

  • 04

    Module 2: Phonology: Vowels, Consonants, classifications, Pronunciation

    • In this module, we learn the Sanskrit alphabet and how letters are classified. To help master the material, we will practice pronouncing and writing words and passages.

    • The Sanskrit Alphabet

    • The Sanskrit Alphabet

    • Sanskrit vowels

    • Sanskrit consonants

    • Quiz on the Sanskrit Alphabet

    • The Sanskrit Alphabet

  • 05

    Module 3: Introduction to Verbs and Nouns

    • In this module, we learn about common verb forms in Sanskrit. This includes lessons on the modes of verbs, how tenses are represented, along with paradigms that can be memorised.

    • Introduction to word order and verbs

    • Introduction to word order and verbs

    • Word Order and Introduction to Verbs

    • Quiz on Word Order and Introduction to Verbs

    • Introduction to Nominals

    • Introduction to Nominals

    • Declension of masculine noun ending in 'a'

    • Declension of feminine noun ending in 'ā'

    • Declension of neuter noun ending in 'a'

    • Introduction to Nominals

    • Quiz on Introduction to Nominals

  • 06

    Module 4: Avyayas (Indeclinables)

    • In this module, we learn about the grammatical category of avyayas, or indeclinables.

    • Introduction to Indeclinables

    • Introduction to Indeclinables

    • Introduction to Indeclinables

    • Quiz on Introduction to Indeclinables

  • 07

    Module 5: Past Tense and Imperative Forms

    • In this module, we learn about the different kinds of past tense, and focus on understanding Sanskrit sentences in the imperfect past tense and the imperative forms of verbs in Sanskrit.

    • Past Imperfect and Imperative Forms

    • Past Imperfect and Imperative.pdf

    • Past Perfect and Imperative Forms

    • Past Imperfect and Imperative forms

    • Important words in Sanskrit Vocabulary

    • Important words in Sanskrit vocabulary

    • Important terms in Sanskrit Vocabulary

    • Important terms in Sanskrit quiz

  • 08

    Module 6: Nouns: Gender, Case endings, Number (with paradigms)

    • In this module, we learn some basic Sanskrit vocabulary with a focus on nouns, their gender, number, and case endings. We will also learn and practice some paradigms to help with the identification of gender, number, and case endings of nouns.

    • More Case Endings and Declensions of Feminine Nouns

    • More Case Endings and Declensions of Feminine Nouns

    • More Case Endings and Declensions of Feminine Nouns

    • Quiz on More Case Endings and Feminine Declensions

    • Genitive and Locative Case Endings, More Paradigms

    • Genitive and Locative Case Endings, More Paradigms

    • Genitive and Locative Case Endings, More Paradigms

    • Genitive and Locative Case Endings and Other Paradigms

  • 09

    Module 7A: Sandhi and Other forms of the Verb

    • In this module we will learn about how words are combined (sandhi) in Sanskrit, and the rules that govern them. Students are guided through practice of how to combine and split words while reading.

    • Anusvāra Sandhi

    • Anusvāra Sandhi

    • Anusvāra Sandhi

    • Quiz on Anusvāra Sandhi

    • Visarga Sandhi

    • Visarga Sandhi

    • Visarga Sandhi

    • Quiz on Visarga Sandhi

    • Potential Form and Personal Pronouns

    • Potential Form and Personal Pronouns

    • Potential Form and Personal Pronouns

    • Question Words

    • Question Words

    • Question Words

    • Quiz on Potential form, Personal Pronouns and Question Words

    • Vowel Sandhi-s

    • Vowel Sandhi

    • Vowel Sandhi

    • Quiz on Vowel Sandhi

  • 10

    Module 7B: More Sandhi, Gerunds, and Infinitives

    • Middle Verbs

    • Middle Verbs

    • Middle Verbs

    • Quiz on Middle Verbs

    • Gerunds and Infinitives

    • Gerunds and Infinitives

    • Gerunds and Infinitives

    • Quiz on Gerunds and Infinitives

    • Consonant Sandhi

    • Consonant Sandhi

    • Consonant Sandhi

    • Quiz on Consonant Sandhi

  • 11

    Module 8: Upasarga-s, More Nouns, and Adjectives

    • We will learn about prefixes to verbs and adjectives in Sanskrit.

    • More Nouns and Upasarga-s

    • More Nouns and Upasarga-s

    • More Nouns and Upasarga-s

    • Quiz on More Nouns and Upasarga-s

    • Nouns ending in ṛ and Adjectives

    • Nouns ending in ṛ and Adjectives

    • Nouns ending in ṛ and Adjectives

    • Quiz on Nouns ending in ṛ and Adjectives

  • 12

    Module 9: Voices: Active and Passive and The Future Tense

    • In this module, we will learn about active and passive voice constructions in Sanskrit with practice exercises. We will also familiarise ourselves with the future tense.

    • Active and Passive Voice

    • Active and Passive Voices

    • Active and Passive Voices

    • Quiz on Active and Passive Voice

    • Future Tense

    • Future Tense

    • Future Tense

    • Quiz on Future Tense

  • 13

    Module 10: Present, Future, and Past Participles

    • In this module, we will learn about participles in Sanskrit and other grammatical categories specific to Sanskrit.

    • Present and Future Participles

    • Present and Future Participles

    • Present and Future Participles

    • Quiz on Present and Future Participles

    • Past Participles

    • Past Participles

    • Past Participles

    • Quiz on Past Participles

  • 14

    Module 11: Compounds, Absolute Constructions, Gerundive Forms and Numerals

    • In this module, we will learn how compound words are formed in Sanskrit, and how we can split and analyse them. We will also learn about gerundives and numerals.

    • Compounds

    • Compounds

    • Compounds

    • Quiz on Compounds

    • Absolute Constructions

    • Absolute Constructions

    • Absolute Constructions

    • Quiz on Absolute Constructions

    • Gerundives and Numerals

    • Gerundives and Numerals

    • Gerundives and Numerals

    • Quiz on Gerundives and Numerals

  • 15

    Module 12: Meter, focusing on Anuṣṭubh

    • This module will provide an introduction to classical metres in Sanskrit, with an emphasis on the details of the most popular Anuṣṭubh metre.

    • Translating Verses

    • Translating Verses

    • Translating Subhāṣita-s

    • Basics of Metres

    • Basics of Metre

    • Basics of Metres

    • Quiz on Basics of Metres

    • Other Metres

    • Other Metres

    • Other Metres

    • Quiz on Other Metres

  • 16

    Module 13 : Genres in Sanskrit: Kāvya and Śāstra

    • This module provides a brief overview of all the genres of writing in Sanskrit and their traditional classification. We will talk about the genre of texts on Yoga in some detail.

    • Genres in Sanskrit writing: What is Śāstra?

    • Genres in Sanskrit writing: What is Śāstra?

    • Genres in Sanskrit

    • Quiz on Genres in Sanskrit

  • 17

    Module 14: Chants for well-being: Understanding and translating

    • This will be a short, practical module applies previous lessons in practice. Specifically, this module will lead students in reciting Sanskrit chants, understanding them and translating them. Students are set up to apply this knowledge elsewhere!

    • Chants

    • Chants

    • Chants

    • Explain the metre, meaning, and grammatical aspects of any ONE verse:

  • 18

    Discussion Community: Where You Can Post Questions

    • Introduction to Sanskrit Discussion

  • 19

    Dictionaries and Resources (Bonus: Free Resources Online)

    • Spoken Sanskrit Dictionary

    • Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899

    • Transliteration to Devanagari

    • Yoga Texts in Sanskrit

    • Sanskrit Metre Recogniser

  • 20

    Bonus Video Lectures by Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, MA, MA, PhD

    • How to Read and Understand Philosophy

    • Yoga and Sanskrit

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