Sanskrit for Yogis

Introduction to Nada - The Yoga of Sacred Sound




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/31/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x10.75
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781412068871

About the Book

Sanskrit for Yogis: Introduction to Nada — The Yoga of Sacred Sound offers a complete self-study course in the sacred language of Yoga including:

  • a guidebook
  • a workbook
  • flashcards
  • CD quality instructional audio downloads
  • a software learning tool developed in Adobe(r) Flash

The course empowers Yoga teachers and students to pronounce, read, and chant Sanskrit with total competence, adding profound depth and knowledge to their practice.

The Sanskrit for Yogis: Guidebook explains the historical and scientific value of adding Sanskrit to Yoga practice, provides written lessons in correct pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet, describes the energizing effect of the Sanskrit syllables on the nervous system, and gives detailed instruction in the art of Sanskrit chanting for Yoga.

The Sanskrit for Yogis: Workbook supplements the guidebook lessons with easy exercises and flashcards to aid mastery of precise pronunciation, reading, and writing the Sanskrit alphabet in devanagari script and English transliteration. A software learning tool developed in Adobe(r) Flash employs the ancient Ganesha Yantra as an added learning tool to facilitate practice with the Sanskrit syllables and demonstrate the sacred form of Nada.

The Sanskrit for Yogis: CD quality downloadable audios deliver a series of oral lessons to instruct Yoga students in traditional Sanskrit recitations using methods presently taught only in the ashrams of India. It presents the 16 vowel sounds together with the five classes of Sanskrit consonants as powerful mantras to open channels in the subtle body through the anatomy of speech. Three guided meditations infuse the body, mind, and spirit with the Sanskrit syllables, harmonizing each with the sacred sounds of nature. Finally, four Vedic chants integrate the proper pronunciation of Sanskrit and its resonant feeling in the body with precise rhythmic meter.

This traditional approach introduces the Vedic science of intonation and invocation, conveying the direct experience of Nada, the Yoga of Sacred Sound.

About the Author

Yogini, Sanskrit scholar, and master teacher, Dr. Katyayani Poole, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
For the past 20 years, Katyayani has sustained a deep love for spiritual wisdom. While living for five years in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, she studied with saints and adepts from Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions. With her ability to communicate with people from all walks of life, she serves as a cultural bridge, leading her students to feel their own connection with the sacred paths of the world.
First introduced to Yoga at the age of three, Katyayani has never quenched her thirst for knowledge and experience. While in India, she lived in traditional ashrams where she learned the art of Vedic chanting that complemented both her university education in Sanskrit and her Yoga practice. Today Katyayani maintains a daily discipline of Yoga, meditation, chanting, and study of sacred scriptures. A Sanskrit scholar and Jyotishi (Vedic Astrologer), she runs a thriving coaching, mentoring and self-development Jyotisha practice, runs live & online distance learning programs in Vedic Astrology, Sanskrit, and Vedic Studies, in the Denver/Boulder, CO area, teaches Sanskrit Immersions and Advanced Yogic Studies workshops for Yoga teacher training programs and hosts a live radio show "See You In The Stars" on Contact Talk Radio (
Together Katyayani and her husband, Jeff Poole, created Shruti Institute for Vedic Arts to offer online Jyotisha, Vedic Meditation, and Sanskrit courses on relevant topics for Yogis (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, etc.), and create innovative courses designed to uncover Yoga's deep traditions.
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