SKT 202 | Intermediate Sanskrit II:

The Rāmāyaṇa

9-Week Online Course
(Sept 19 - Nov 18, 2022)

with Dr. Antonia Ruppel


Enrollment will re-open in Spring 2023. 


Cutting-edge online Sanskrit curriculum 

Join renowned teacher Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel, and a global cohort of students, for this unique opportunity to study and receive world-class training in Classical Sanskritfrom the comfort of your own home. 

"Dr. Ruppel is without a doubt one of the finest teachers I've ever encountered, in any subject. SKT 101 was superbly organized and I'm immensely grateful for the ease of use and especially the recordings which allowed me to attend classes I otherwise could not have done."

– Jeffrey Kahane
Professor of Keyboard Studies, USC; PhD Student in Classics, USC


Intermediate Sanskrit

This course builds on our foundational Elementary Sanskrit program and provides students the opportunity to reinforce the principles of Sanskrit grammar, build vocabulary, and gain more confidence through reading original Sanskrit texts. 

In our Elementary Sanskrit classes we got to know most Sanskrit noun and verb forms and some rules of Sanskrit syntax. We often have a general familiarity with them—but they haven’t settled in our brains yet. The best way to help with that settling is to read lots of actual Sanskrit and thus to constantly remind ourselves of the things we know (or once knew and have forgotten in the meantime, because we are human and Sanskrit is hard).

The second thing we need to be able to read Sanskrit is a larger vocabulary. Introductory Sanskrit classes often keep low the amount of vocabulary you are required to learn, because just making you memorize all those noun and verb forms is more than enough. And so you will now be provided with a list of frequent words, we will talk about vocab learning strategies in our first class, you will get online flash cards for all the words, and will be offered regular quizzes to test your progress.

Note: Students who have not taken our SKT 100-level courses are welcome to join, so long as you have sufficient background in the language. 

The Rāmāyaṇa in Sanskrit

Of course, we are not just reading any text, but the Rāmāyaṇa, one of India and Hinduism's great Epics. Countless have read it before us, countless have been inspired by it, and the text has been interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Our aim in this course will be to remain fairly literal and to see what the text says—what we can translate—where it remains ambiguous, and how that ambiguity comes about. That way, every course participant will have a basis for their own informed view of the text.

Note: This year we will be reading new passages of the Rāmāyaṇa which were not covered in last year's SKT 202 course. Previous students who wish to continue their readings are welcome to register.  

Course Textbook

We will be reading from Dr. Antonia Ruppel's new book An Introductory Sanskrit Reader for both SKT 202 + 203. Students are encouraged to purchase the text in advance of the course. Please note that shipping can take a while. Students who do not yet have the book at the start of the course can rest assured that PDFs will be provided. 

The publisher Brill is currently holding a summer sale of 50% off all Brill titles, through Sep 30, 2022. 

Checkout code: 71515

Course Structure

Live Zoom Class Sessions (90 min)


Sept 19 - Nov 18, 2022

Mondays @ 12-1:30pm Pacific (California) 
Wednesdays @ 10-11:30am Pacific (California) 




Each SKT 200-level course offers students: 

  • 18 Zoom live class sessions + recordings (90 min each)
  • 5 YSACP Credits
  • Up to 27 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
  • Access to the private Yogic Studies Online Community Forum

Your Instructor

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

Three 9-week terms

  • SKT 201 | Intermediate Sanskrit I:
    The Bhagavadgītā (May 23 - July 22, 2022)
  • SKT 202 | Intermediate Sanskrit II:
    The Rāmāyaṇa (Sept 19 - Nov 18, 2022)
  • SKT 203 | Intermediate Sanskrit III: Sanskrit Narratives: Echoes of the Bṛhatkathā (Jan 9 - Mar 10, 2023)

Enrollment is closed.

Regular Tuition



• Lifetime access to SKT 202


Regular Tuition

$100 X 3


• Lifetime access to SKT 202


Bundle Tuition



 Lifetime access to SKT 202 and 203. 

 Save $120 by enrolling in both terms up front! 


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Students should have the equivalent of 1-year of academic Sanskrit or close-to.

If you'd like to begin learning Sanskrit, please see our Elementary Sanskrit I course. 

Not to worry! All live sessions with Dr. Ruppel will be recorded and posted to the course website within 24 hours. Students will have lifetime access to them. 

So while live attendance is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the course, you can still participate by watching the recordings. 

You are also encouraged to participate in the online Community forum, and have the opportunity to send questions in ahead of time, especially if you cannot attend live. 

No, not at all. You are welcome to only register for a single course/term, as it suits your interests and level of study.

For SKT 202 and SKT 203, we will be reading selections taken from Dr. Antonia Ruppel's An Introductory Sanskrit Reader (2021), which students are encouraged to purchase. However, students will also be provided with PDF copies of the text selections we will be reading and so purchasing the text is optional. 

We will also be reviewing grammar and other topics using Ruppel's The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (2017), which is also recommended but not required. 

Unfortunately, SKT 100-level and 200-level courses are the only courses that are NOT included in the YS Membership Program. The reason behind this is we need to open/close enrollment at set dates and create unique Sanskrit cohorts to better serve the learning environment for both instructor and students. 

However, both SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar and SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis are available to students in the YS Membership Program. 

Yes! Upon completion of each SKT course in the series, you will be eligible for an official Yogic Studies certificate of completion. 

Each course also earns you 5 credits towards the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program (YSACP)

If you have any further questions about this course or our Sanskrit curriculum, please email us at [email protected] 


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