Charlotte Yoga Club™
"Sanskrit Revolution" Workshop
with Marcy Baverman PhD, Professor of Religious Studies at UNCC
TBD 2012 Charlotte, NC
Sankskrit Revolution with Dr. Marcy Braverman Goldstein
For the past ten years, Marcy has been teaching Sanskrit to yogis (teachers, students, and teachers-in-training) in Los Angeles, Charlotte, Raleigh, and other cities nationally. Marcy believes that learning Sanskrit is practical, meaningful, fun, and essential to any serious yoga practice. This type of study is important for everyone, but especially for those teaching yoga as your confident and accurate pronunciation of Sanskrit terms in class will take your teaching to new heights. Also, as a professional, you will be helping to standardize a language to be used throughout the worldwide yoga community as a link to the ancient teachings. Understanding the linguistic foundation of yoga will deepen your yoga practice. According to this sacred language, the sound of each word reflects its meaning. Given that the language of yoga is Sanskrit, knowing how to pronounce the Sanskrit terms correctly will enhance your meditation, chanting, and asana practices. Also, Sanskrit is a highly organized language; the order of the letters corresponds to where the sounds are made in the throat and mouth. People are usually fascinated by what they discover. There is much about the use of the voice and the vibrational qualities of the letters that intrigues singers, speech therapists, and others in the health and healing professions. Knowing correct pronunciation and the layout of this language that is so different from (though etymologically related to) English will deepen your yoga practice in wonderful ways.
Marcy's introductory 6-hour workshop assumes no knowledge of the language and is a fun and meaningful way to demystify the pronunciation and spelling of Sanskrit terms that you have heard and read. Marcy will introduce the alphabet/syllabary and use yoga vocabulary (mostly asanas, but also key philosophy terms) to practice correct pronunciation. Marcy will also look at Patanjali's classical definition of yoga, and explain the meaning and pronunciation of the invocations of certain styles of yoga, in addition to favorite verses or mantras, as requested.
Bio/About Marcy: Dr. Marcy Braverman Goldstein currently teaches Global Connections classes that focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After receiving a Bachelors degree from the University of Rochester, where Dr. Douglas Brooks introduced her to the study of Indian traditions, Marcy continued her studies in the history of religions, Sanskrit, and Indian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her Masters and Doctorate degrees. At UCSB Professor Nandini Iyer introduced her to Sanskrit, and she took advanced courses with Dr. Gerald Larson. Dr. David White supervised her award-winning doctoral dissertation that analyzed descriptions of madness and intoxicated states of devotion in a variety of texts from Ayurvedic and Hindu Tantric traditions. Her Sanskrit training included tutorials with Dr. B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, India on a grant from the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. She also participated in Sanskrit Graduate Seminars through Muktabodha led by senior US scholars Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega. She has taught Sanskrit at Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program, at yoga studios throughout the country, and as private tutorials to beginner and advanced students of yoga. Upon first hearing Sanskrit, Marcy fell in love with it, and she enjoys showing others the beauty of this language.
"Marcy is a wonderful teacher proving great depth of knowledge to a complex subject in a light-hearted, fun and playful manner. Her addition to our 200 and 500 teacher training programs is wonderful fit, as our teachers are each experts in their subject of teaching. It's gratifying to watch how thoroughly each of our current and future instructors appreciate Marcy's teachings and to see their level of excitement around this ancient language increase as their knowledge grows. ~ Melanie Snyder, Director of Yoga Club Teacher Training, RYS
"Marcy has always had a great heart and a keen acumen but it is the way she listens, reaches across the conversation, and engages the all of you that will keep your mind and spirit engaged in the challenging prospect of Sanskrit language study. Marcy is a wonderful scholar, a real professional, and that's a serious requisite for teaching this subject but what she will do to make this learning fun as well as serious will be worth your every effort. It will truly be a pleasure to work with Marcy, as thoughtful as Sarasvati, as kind as Laksmi. Go for it. This is your chance to learn Sanskrit the right way." ~ Dr. Douglas Brooks, University of Rochester, one of the world's leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism
"Marcy adores teaching Sanskrit and it shows in her teaching. She is a clear and effective Sanskrit teacher. Marcy takes students step by step in learning correct pronunciation. As a hatha yoga practitioner herself, Marcy can relate to the modern yogin. With a doctorate in the area of Asian religions, she has the credentials to teach Sanskrit with accuracy and a depth of knowledge.” ~ Sarah Faircloth, Anusara Yoga Director at Be Yoga in Charlotte, NC
“Marcy is a wonderful teacher of Sanskrit. I enjoyed taking her classes in Los Angeles for 2.5 years. She is very systematic, and playful at the same time, and presents interesting material in just the right increments to help people master this difficult (for me at least) language.” ~ Scott Lewicki, NASA engineer by day, Certified Anusara yoga teacher by night
“Dr. Marcy Braverman Goldstein's Sanskrit students at Loyola Marymount University have distinguished themselves by using their hard-earned knowledge and sound preparation in Sanskrit grammar not only to improve their understanding and teaching of Yoga but also to delve into texts such as the Yoga Sutra.” ~ Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University
Namaste [literally: ‘namas’ (honor/obeisance) + ‘te’ (you) = honor to you], Marcy
For questions about the course, contact Marcy at
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.
www.sanskritrevolution.com (coming soon)
Continuing Education Credit's This workshop offers CEC's in the area of Yoga Philosophy for RYT's as Marcy Baverman is an expert in her field of study pertinent to the study of Yoga.
This workshop is for ALL LEVELS.
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