Great to have everyone out for today’s Sanskrit workshop! We covered a great deal of information spanning yogic thought, language, sutras, shlokas, naming of asanas, culture, chanting, history, philology and more. You all did a wonderful job of tap dancing across the grand sky of linguistic expression. Below please find a podcast of the chant we learned today, though as noted below it is not the version we recorded.
Here are some of the responses in answer to the query: “The best part of the seminar was…”
- Learning how to put words together for our poses.
- The fascinating facts and community of friends.
- That I was able to learn more to grow in my yoga practice.
- Too numerous to mention.
- The instructor’s knowledge of Sanskrit.
- Chanting & learning about the asanas.
- Chanting but everything was great.
Here below is the chant (shloka) we learned, as well as a sound file / podcast (though not the one we recorded in class!) – feel free to listen and follow along. This chant is in old Sanskrit, also known as Vedic (Vaedika), the mother of all Indo-European languages. The chant is thousands of years old and is looked upon as one of the earliest teachings of yoga.
sam’ vo manám’si jánatám,
Samánii va ákútih
Samánamastu vo mano
yathá vah susahásati.
Let us come together, let us sing together,
Let us come to know our minds together
Let us share, like sages of the past, that
all people together may enjoy
Unite our intentions,
let our hearts be inseparable.
Our minds as one mind, as we,
to truly know one another,