8/29 Sanskrit I & II, Yoga Philosophy by John Campbell
Sanskrit, “the language of the gods,” is essential for any in-depth study of yoga. For the aspiring yoga teacher, familiarity with Sanskrit is no mere window dressing; knowing key terms of the yoga vocabulary with their correct pronunciation deepens one’s practice by opening a door to the vast and profound universe of the yogic sciences. As exploration blossoms into knowledge and then understanding, the firm foundation is created on which a practitioner may begin correctly to transmit the precious teachings of yoga.
|Date & Time：||August 29 (Saturday) 15:15 ~ 20:00|
|Fee：||Bridge: 10,000 yen; Trainee: 9,000 yen|
|Venue：||Be Yoga Japan, 4F ORE Hiroo Building, 5-10-26 Minami-azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo (see Google Maps)|
|Language：||English (with Japanese Interpreter)|
Part 1: The Yoga of Sanskrit Study
The course divides into two halves. The first half of the course introduces the unique properties of Sanskrit by looking at a yogic model of learning described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra. In this two thousand year-old Sanskrit treatise, we find directions for cultivating single-pointed focus on any object of meditation – in this case the resonant sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet. Applying this model, the student learns how to bypass and even eliminate compulsive mind-chatter and afflictive, self-defeating habit-patterns that typically sabotage the learning process. Throughout, the main focus will be on locating in one’s own palate the primary sounds of the language – the vowels.
- A model for learning based on yoga
- Listening to and pronouncing the 5 Sanskrit vowels
- Sanskrit vowels as mantra: chanting as meditation
Part 2: The Universe of the Sanskrit Alphabet
From this template of five fundamental vibrations, the entire alphabet emerges as variations on those five. Having experienced the evolution of the Sanskrit alphabet in his or her own mouth, the student is next introduced to the elegant script for writing and reading Sanskrit known as devanāgarī. Alongside, the student learns the Roman letter equivalents for the devanāgarī script. With this, the student can begin to pronounce accurately the Sanskrit words they use every day and to read any Sanskrit word in Roman transliteration.
- Introduction to the devanāgarī script
- Transliteration of devanāgarī into Roman script
- Pronunciation practice, with emphasis on āsana names and common yoga terminology.
- Sanskrit in subtle-body meditation: chanting the alphabet and the bīja mantras’
- Introduction to translation: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra
ABOUT THE TEACHER
John Campbell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and the Founder of the Contemplative Sciences Center (uvacontemplation.org), of which he is currently the Coordinating Director of Yoga Programs. He is a longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over twenty years, seventeen of which were under the direct guidance of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2003 he was honored to become one the few Certified teachers of Ashtanga Yoga worldwide. He lives with his wife and three children in Charlottesville, VA.
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