Sanskrit Immersion, August 3 & 4
This two-day workshop offers an introduction to the original Sanskrit alphabet, known as Devanagari (the city of the Gods). Each symbol in Devanagari represents a unique sound, which is accessed by one of the five mouth positions where a Sanskrit sound can be made. When we learn to read and recite these letters, pronunciation of the entire Sanskrit language becomes accessible. When we have accessibility to the pronunciation, we can study any text on yoga and other Sanskrit texts with freedom and ease, because we can pronounce all the Sanskrit words!!! This workshop involves chanting and exploration of sounds. A twenty-eight page booklet will be provided for each student, making it possible to review the material and to move on to the next level of proficiency.
Gayatri Mantra and Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra
At the core of the life of many Hindus and practitioners of yoga is daily chanting of mantras, to help the devout practitioner seek “absolute truth”, and also to help the householder to establish and maintain a healthy way of life. Two of the most revered mantras are the Gayatri and the Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantras. This workshop will introduce the components of these mantras: the names of the learned sages who first heard the mantras, the deities honored, the meter, and other important aspects.
The fundamental rules of Vedic chanting will be introduced. This gives the one who chants these mantras a profound sense of connection to the divine aspect of creation, while establishing a firm connection to the earth.