It’s best to begin your journey learning Sanskrit with in-person instruction. Leslie offers different courses and workshops, some of which can be followed up by American Sanskrit Institute distance-learning courses.
American Sanskrit Institute Weekend Immersion Course: Designed by Vyaas Houston, founder and director of the ASI, this fourteen hour course provides an introduction to the Sanskrit language and its original Devanāgarī alphabet. Completely different from our English alphabet, Devanāgarī provides the students with knowledge of every Sanskrit sound. You will learn to locate the five mouth positions containing these sounds. By focusing on mouth position, intonation, and various ways of contacting the mouth positions with the tongue, the entire spectrum of the sounds of Sanskrit is learned. By the end of the weekend students are reading words and phrases of this alphabet while also developing confidence in their pronunciation of terms used frequently in yoga classes.
This method of learning Sanskrit reveals the significance of chanting because the sounds of Sanskrit are the most relevant aspect of the language. All sacred texts originally written in Sanskrit were meant to be spoken or chanted aloud. For more information visit www.americansanskrit.com.
Weekly Format: This fourteen hour Sanskrit Immersion course is also available on a weekly basis. One class a week, with one and one-half hour per class, is recommended.