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Yogic Studies news, writings, interviews, media, and other vṛttis. 

Virtual Language Open House

Prospective language learners tuned in from all over the globe on April 12th, 2022 for a virtual language open house and meet-and-greet with Dr. Antonia Ruppel (Sanskrit), Dr. Rajiv Ranjan (Hindi), and Dr. Aleix Ruiz-Falqués (Pali). Together, they explored the online learning environment, language curriculum offerings, and pace of study for students engaging in Yogic Studies and Buddhist Studies Online language programs. 


If you are reading this after enrollment has closed, please keep an eye out for next year's enrollment periods in Spring of 2023!

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New Books Network: An Introductory Sanskrit Reader

Join Dr. Antonia Ruppel for an exploration of her newest Sanskrit publication on the New Books Network, hosted by Dr. Raj Balkaran. Listen below or follow this link

An Introductory Sanskrit Reader: Improving Reading Fluency (Brill, 2021) aims to help students start reading original Sanskrit literature. When we study ancient languages, there often is quite a gap between introductory, grammar-based classes and independent reading of original texts. This Reader bridges that gap by offering complete grammar and vocabulary notes for 40 entertaining, thought-provoking or simply...

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What is Sanskrit, and why should I care? A talk by Dr. Antonia Ruppel

events lecture sanskrit Aug 28, 2021

The Sanskrit language is one of India's greatest gifts to the world. Indian grammarians developed techniques for language analysis that the West arrived at over 2,000 years later. Sanskrit literature offers something for everyone, from grand stories to beautiful poetry, intricate philosophical arguments and scholarly literature in a wide variety of fields. The earliest Sanskrit literature was passed down entirely orally, so how do we know how old these texts are? What does it mean when we say that Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, or that it is sacred? What can Sanskrit offer us...

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Introducing the Sanskrit Studies Podcast

news podcast Jun 24, 2021

Join renowned scholar of Sanskrit, Dr. Antonia Ruppel, for in-depth explorations into the field of Sanskrit Studies. Featuring candid conversations and interviews with scholars of Sanskrit across the disciplines of Indology, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and more.

You can find episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, or most other Podcast applications. If you enjoy the conversations, please consider giving us a positive review and rating on iTunes!  

Listen to the introductory episode below, or click here to view our full archive of...

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The Buddhist Studies Podcast

We invite you to join Dr. Kate Hartman for a series of in-depth explorations into the field of Buddhist Studies. Featuring candid conversations and interviews with scholars of Buddhism across the disciplines of Religious Studies, Indology, Art History, South Asian Studies, Anthropology, and more. 

You can find episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, or most other Podcast applications. If you enjoy the conversations, please consider giving us a positive review and rating on iTunes!  

Listen to the introductory episode below, or click here to view our...

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Introducing Buddhist Studies Online!

April 5, 2021 Yogic Studies Founder and Director, Seth Powell, has announced the launch of Buddhist Studies Online, a sister school to Yogic Studies focussed on the exploration of Buddhist history, philosophy, and practice through high-quality, accessible, affordable courses. 

"BSO aims to bridge the gap between the meditation cushion and the academy. We offer online courses and trainings on the history, philosophy, and languages of Buddhism—seeking the balance between the highest standards in academic scholarship, yet readily accessible, affordable, and meaningful for the...

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Yoga, Accessibility, and Disability | SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies

 

Join Yogic Studies Founder and Director, Seth Powell, for a conversation with author Melanie Klein about yoga, accessibility, and disability in history and modernity, hosted by the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. We hope you enjoy this rich and relevant dialogue! Please find the video on the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies YouTube page, or right here on our blog, linked below. 

 

 

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Yoga Alliance Webinar | The Roots of Postural Yoga

This December, our friends at Yoga Alliance hosted founder and director Seth Powell for an informative and entertaining lecture series on the history of Āsana. The recordings have been posted to the YA YouTube page, and we have made them available to you right here. We hope you enjoy! 

 

Part 1: Sthira Sukham Āsanam: Early Meditative Seats and Asceticism

 

Part 2: Complex Non-Seated Postures: Medieval Haṭha Yoga

 

Part 3: Salutations to the Sun: The Rise of Modern Postural Yoga

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ANU Roundtable | Teaching South Asian Languages in 2020

Australian National University Roundtable: Teaching South Asian Languages in 2020

Leading members of the Yogic Studies Team, Seth Powell and Dr. Antonia Ruppel, were recently interviewed at the ANU Roundtable for South Asian Languages among other scholars in the field before gathering for roundtable discussions on South Asian Language instruction in 2020. 

Seth Powell's interview:

 

Antonia Ruppel's Interview:

 

Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Sanskrit.

Featuring Dr. Sadananda Das (Leipzig University), Dr. Antonia Ruppel (Yogic Studies, LMU, Munich), Dr. Varun...

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Profile | Yogic Studies Founder & JSIS Grad Seth Powell

Yogic Studies Founder and Director Seth Powell was recently interviewed at his alma mater, the University of Washington, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion with a focus on Sanskrit and South Asian Religions in 2014. 

Click here to read more about his experience at the Jackson School and the founding of Yogic Studies. 

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