12 Hour Workshops

The Language of Yoga
Sanskrit, Asana Names, Yoga Sutras and Chants

The science and practice of yoga is framed in Sanskrit words and verses. A basic understanding of the Sanskrit language is important for any student or teacher of yoga. Many asana (posture) names have interesting, deeper meanings and stories behind them. Yoga philosophy, specifically the Yoga Sutras, contains many terms that have no accurate English equivalents. Learning these key terms in depth broadens our understanding of yoga and how it describes human consciousness. An asana sequence will be lead in any session that is 3 hours long.


Sanskrit Basics for Yogis: Fundamentals of Pronunciation
Asana Names and Stories
Yoga Sutras Unraveled: Yoga as Nirodha
How to Chant in Sanskrit: Yoga Chants and Vedic Mantras


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Nicolai Bachman exceeded my expectations! He is very talented and articulates each individual sutra extremely well. I really enjoyed the examples he provided which relate Patanjali’s teachings to modern society. The instruction was very clear. Nicolai addressed any questions or concerns directly, which was helpful. The eight limbs were presented clear and concise as well as the yoga poses in Sanskrit. I look forward to learning more from Nicolai. The way Nicolai applies the sutras to modern day society is amazing.
~ Michelle

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