SKT 101 | Elementary Sanskrit I

Our next Elementary Sanskrit Series begins in May 2024. 


Course Description

This is the first of three terms for our renowned online Elementary Sanskrit program with Dr. Antonia Ruppel.

In this three-term sequence spanning 9 months, you will be introduced to all regular Sanskrit grammar, will acquire a vocabulary of around 500 words, and will gather plenty of experience reading original Sanskrit texts.

The SKT courses will have a dual emphasis: they will help you memorize what you need to know, but more than that, they will help you understand the many structures behind the Sanskrit language, thus minimizing the need for rote learning as much as possible.

The courses will follow The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (2017), written by the instructor herself, and will progress at around one chapter per week. Using the book’s various supplementary resources (a dedicated video per chapter, electronic flash-cards for all verb and noun forms, vocabulary introduced by the book, and various other downloads), students will get to know each week’s new materials through a variety of pedagogical approaches.

Course Preview

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Three 12-Week Terms

  • SKT 101 | Elementary Sanskrit I (May 5 - July 28, 2023)
  • SKT 102 | Elementary Sanskrit II (Sep 18 - Dec 8, 2023)
  • SKT 103 | Elementary Sanskrit III (Jan 8 - March 29, 2024)

Course Structure

  • Two 90-minute live lessons will be held per week on Zoom.

    • Mondays 10-11:30am and Wednesdays 12-1:30pm Pacific Time
    • All live sessions will take place via Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. 
  • Live sessions will address all student questions, go over exercises and readings together, as well as personalize the learning experience with your instructor.

  • Weekly written homework, quizzes to test yourself, as well as a mid-term and a final.

  • The grading will be such that anyone who puts a regular solid effort into the weekly homework will pass; those aiming for a B or an A will also need to perform accordingly on the two exams.

Students Will Receive: 

  • 24 Zoom live class sessions + recordings (90 min)
  • 5 YSACP Credits
  • Up to 36 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
  • Access to the private Community Forum

Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel

Lecturer in Sanskrit, Institute of Indology and Tibetology, LMU, Munich, Germany

Antonia Ruppel is a Classicist by training who came to Sanskrit through a series of fortunate accidents. She learnt the language as an autodidact, and one of her reasons for writing her textbook, The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (2017), was to make the experience of studying Sanskrit easier and more pleasant for others. She has recently published the followup volume, An Introductory Sanskrit Reader: Improving Reading Fluency (2021), designed to help students gain reading fluency in an enjoyable and straightforward way.

Language pedagogy is at the heart of her life. She has been teaching Sanskrit for 15 years at universities such as Cornell, Oxford and now the LMU in Munich, Germany, as well as offering courses in variety of formats online.

Listen to our interview with Dr. Ruppel on the Yogic Studies Podcast.

Enrollment will open in March, 2024. 

Regular Tuition


One-Time Payment

  • Lifetime access to SKT 101

Regular Tuition

$125 x 3

Three Monthly Payments

  • Lifetime access to SKT 101

SKT 101-103 Bundle


One-Time Payment

  • Lifetime access to SKT 101, 102, and 103. 
  • Save $325+ by enrolling in all three terms up front! 

5% of all course proceeds will be donated to the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project.

Shanti Bhavan is a U.S. 501(c)(3) and India 80-G non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that operates a pre-K-12 residential school in Baliganapalli, Tamil Nadu. Shanti Bhavan empowers children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, leadership, and compassion.

Yogic Studies is proud to be able to support their efforts.


Frequently Asked Questions

This course is eligible for 36 hours of Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance

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