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

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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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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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Seth Powell and Chase Bossart on Yoga Talks Podcast

Seth Powell and Chase Bossart come together with J Brown on his Yoga Talks podcast for an in-depth debate and inquiry into the nature and substance of Patañjali’s Yogasūtras.

They discuss whether the Sūtras and their commentary are written by the same person, differing views on what the text says yoga is, whether it involves stilling the mind to reach a liberation beyond this world or a means of finding clarity and purpose in this existence, distinguishing between mind and consciousness, and the power of deep yogic inquiry. You might want to have your favorite copy of the...

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How to Use Online Sanskrit Dictionaries Tutorial (Video + PDF)



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Note: this PDF was generated on Feb 19, 2019 using Mac OS Mojave 10.14 and Chrome


Getting Started

There are many different methods and tools for utilizing Sanskrit dictionaries. Each student or scholar of the language will have their own preferred approach. In this workflow, I will demonstrate a few common and easy-to-use methods.


Printed Dictionaries

The first thing to note is that, especially for a beginning Sanskrit student, it is always best to use a printed physical dictionary. By...

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How to Type Transliterated Sanskrit with Diacritics in Mac OSX (Video + PDF)



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Note: this PDF workflow was generated on Feb 14, 2019 using Mac OS Mojave 10.14


Getting Started

There are various schemes for transliterating Sanskrit (as well as Pāli, Hindi, etc.) into Roman characters. Most common is the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST) which utilizes a system of special “diacritic” marks above and below the characters (e.g., ā, ī, ś, ṣ). It is actually very easy to type on a Mac using diacritics, once you get your machine properly...

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An Introduction to Sanskrit: The Language of Yoga

sanskrit Jan 04, 2019

“refined, ornamented, perfected”

“language of the gods”

Sanskrit is one of the most ancient continuously used languages in the world. Known by tradition as the language spoken by the gods (devavāṇī), it is understood as the “perfected” language (samskrta). For many, Sanskrit is revered as the language and voice (vac) of the entire cosmos—the vibratory ground of reality itself (śabda-brahman). In the Ṛg Veda, Vāc is personified as a Goddess, from whom the entire world assumes its multitude of forms. In later...

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