SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar

Learn to read + write the Sanskrit alphabet in just 6 weeks!

A 15-hour online course. Now available for self-study.


This 15-hour seminar will provide a fun and structured opportunity for you to acquire fluency in Devanāgarīthe primary alphabet of Sanskrit.

Join Seth Powell, PhD Candidate at Harvard University, and an international community of yogis, for this special online seminar. 

*No prior experience or language training is required.

Devanāgarī—"The City of the Gods"

Devanāgarī, lit. the "city" (nāgarī) of the gods (deva) is the primary "script" or alphabet used to write and encode the classical Sanskrit language. Being able to read Devanāgarī is thus essential to being able to read Sanskrit literature, and the sacred texts of Yoga. It is the foundation for any serious study of the language. 

While learning the script might seem daunting at first, it is not terribly difficult. It simply takes discipline, practice, and lots of repetition. Just like yoga. Having a teacher, a structured course, and a supportive community makes learning Devanāgarī very attainable for anyone. 

In just 6 weeks, you will be able to fluently read + write Sanskrit in Devanāgarī characters!

Note: Please keep in mind that while you will now be able to "read" any Sanskrit text, to understand the meaning of complete sentences requires a much deeper and rigorous study of Sanskrit grammar and syntax, which takes several years of study. But learning Devanāgarī is the first step on your Sanskrit journey!

Course Structure

Students will receive: 

  • 12 pre-recorded class sessions (60-90 minutes each)
  • 12 audio recordings of class sessions
  • PDFs of numerous handouts, mantra sheets, exercises, and more
  • Final exam quiz to test your comphrension
  • YS certificate of completion

Your Instructor


Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, and is the founder and director of Yogic Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University, where he is writing his dissertation on the history, theory, and practice of medieval and early modern yoga traditions. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA). He has taught and lectured for numerous university courses on the religions and literature of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga traditions, and presents his research regularly at international conferences.

As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. Seth conducts workshops and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country. 

You can listen to a recent Podcast interview with Seth here

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SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis: An Introduction to the Language of Yoga

An 18-hour course providing a clear and accessible introduction to the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax—designed especially for teachers and practitioners. 

  • Includes Seth Powell's unpublished workbook, Yogabhāṣā: A Concise Introduction to the Sanskrit Language for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners + MP3 Audio Album. 
  • Normally $235, add-on special price for $175. 



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