Samskrtam or Sanskrit. is the language of origin for Yoga, the classical texts of Ayurveda, such as Charaka Samhita, Sushuruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridayam, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and numerous Vedic treasures.

It is the oldest recorded language in the world, and is known as the language of the gods and is the foundational language for Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain wisdom. It was the official language of India until the Muslim invasion in 1100 AD. Its script is known as divine or deva-nagari.

Sanskrit means refined. It is the elegant, living language of yoga and mantra (conscious, energised sound). Amongst the oldest languages in the world, the sound emanates out of specifically designated mouth positions (i.e. each sound has its corresponding healing and brain connections). As a language of pranic intention, it involves applying the concentrative and mindful disciplines of awareness to awaken your linguistic, vibrational, creative, listening and viewing processes.
Sanskrit is essential to explore the depths of yoga, meditation, Indian astrology, philosophy and Ayurveda. Profound philosophical epics such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita and the Puranas were originally composed in Sanskrit.  
Learning Sanskrit chants opens a window to the ancient wisdom imparted by seers (rishis) in the Vedas. It offers deeper, experiential insights into the sciences of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, since all this foundational knowledge was originally in Sanskrit. Yoga practitioners and teachers have a social responsibility to educate for unity, health, progress and peace. Sanskrit is a poignant example of the need to celebrate and preserve our yoga linguistics, culture and intangible heritage.
Health Institute Australia is committed to preserving and spreading the sacred purity of Sanskrit and offers Sanskrit training for general interest or tailored specifically for those involved in Yoga, Ayurveda or Vedic spirituality. Learn: 
- Sanskrit reading and writing
- To pronounce Sanskrit words accurately
- Phrases/sutras from Veda, Yoga and Ayurveda 
- Accurate chanting of mantras
- Write your name in Sanskrit
Introduction to Sanskrit Calligraphy and Sound workshop
In the beginning was the word… Sanskrit is a language where form and sound are connected. Attaching form to a particular sound, when you utter a sound, you are relating to and releasing the form, not just psychologically, but existentially. Sanskrit is the blueprint for existence this way. It goes deep into the subconscious mind because these sounds are a part of you. The script is called devanagree, language of the gods.

Calligraphy has held an honoured place in the spiritual traditions of the world. Monks dedicated their lives to mastering the many subtleties of the art, often spending years transcribing sacred manuscripts. The carefully composed lines and deliberate spatial awareness in each stroke of calligraphy within such sacred scripts encourages reflection, mindfulness, and meditation.

Come and participate in the refined and varied artistry of Sanskrit through the study of the exquisite callligraphy of the Sanskrit alphabet, and its mantric sound. Exploring Sanskrit will enrich your understanding and practice of Yoga and Ayurveda immeasurably. In a 3 hour introductory workshop, Shanti Gowans offers Sanskrit training tailored specifically for those involved in Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic spirituality. Sanskrit can also be studied for general interest.

Through intimate instruction, students are guided through Sanskrit writing, reading and pronunciation with patience and attention to precision in small class settings. No familiarity with the language is assumed, so the program is designed to introduce fundamentals, beginning with the basic sounds and the devanagari script that makes up the alphabet.
Writing Sanskrit is simple, unique and beautiful. You will engage in hands-on, traditional Sanskrit calligraphy in learning to write Sanskrit in its devanagari characters and create your own momento showing your success in learning Sanskrit writing. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Write your name in Devanagari
- Literate simple English sentences
- Read and write 100 commons words
- Establish the necessary foundation to go beyond the alphabet 
Calling all Yoga teachers and students, Ayurvedic students and practitioners and lovers of language. 
Introduction to Sanskrit Calligraphy. 3 hour course.
Fee: $150
Certificate of Attendance.
Repeat learners of this course, SYTA, AAPA and Shanti Yoga members are welcome to attend for $75.
WHEN: 6 November 2018, 2-5pm
Introduction to Sanskrit for Yoga. 3 hour course.
Fee: $150
Certificate of Attendance.
Introduction to Sanskrit for Ayurveda. 3 hour course. 
Sanskrit is regarded as the language mother in the universe, because it is an explosive source of endless knowledge. As a student of Ayurveda, the study of Sanskrit offers you a doorway into its most esoteric aspects. This ancient language embodies the philosophy behind Ayurveda, in its structure, sound and vibrations. 
A knowledge of Sanskrit benefits an Ayurvedic practitioner in many ways:
- Provides access for studying the root texts of Ayurveda
- Improves your sense of learning Ayurveda and your ability to follow lectures 
- Deepens your understanding of a sloka's more complex meaning 
- Aids your comprehension of the meditation mantras 
- The power of the syllables enhances memory and retention 
- Helps the student make "quantum leaps" in learning
- Calms the mind and offers healing vibration 
- Increase connectivity and spiritual invocation
Fee: $150
Certificate of Attendance.
Bhakti yoga, Kirtan and Sacred Chants
Energise through sacred sound. Invoke reverence, healing and inner joy. 
Kirtan is a powerful route to spiritual development.
Chanting Sanskrit correctly connects us with the empowering energies of the cosmos and our being. Sanskrit has a unique sound vibration that resonates with the microcosm of our bodies and the macrocosm of the universe. Enlightened sages imparted it as a sublime science of sound that would elevate one’s consciousness to enlightenment. Reciting and understanding potent Sanskrit vibrations reconnects us with the subtle forces of the cosmos and our spiritual centre. It offers a window to ancient wisdom imparted by sages that reveal life-enriching truths. Modern research indicates that reciting Sanskrit bestows the same effect as deep meditation. Our aim is to make Sanskrit’s wisdom and potency accessible to you so that you may utilise Sanskrit for personal and planetary peace, healing and happiness.
When: Every other Wednesday evening 7:30-8:30pmduring school terms when Shantiji is in town
Sanskrit Mantras and Slokas
Mantras are scared words of power.
Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it,’ said Einstein. Energy consists of waves of moving light vibrating at different frequencies which can be altered through sound. It follows that healing employs sound and music to move energy. Sound is a crucial tool in any healer's toolkit. 
The powerful sound vibrations of Sanskrit help to release stress, calm emotions, heal the body and focus the mind. Specific mantras can also dispel negative energies and harness positive influences into one’s life. Chanting Sanskrit correctly connects us to the subtle energies of the cosmos and our being. With its perfect grammatical foundation, Sanskrit is likened to a tree that evolves from the root of grammar, stems into an alphabet and language, branches in the listener’s mind, flowers in their heart and bears the fruit of positive deeds. 
When: Every other Wednesday evening 7:30-8:30pm, during school terms when Shantiji is in town
Indian Studies
India is a civilisation of many images, a culture of many visual feasts, a tradition where the visible and the palpable are as important as the oral and the occurrent, where the highest truths are embodied not only in its erudite texts, but in kathas (stories) and gathas (songs), akritis (visual forms) and rachanas (compositions, also designs), rich with forms, shapes, designs and motifs. Myth is as important as doctrine, ancient memories are full of cherished forms, and narratives and mythic beings are real in so many different ways.
Life is enriched with festivals, stories, song and dance which celebrate lives of mythic gods and goddesses. Knowledge is gained from simple visual forms, as from learned discourses, where even though we soar through the vast and boundless sky and reach for the starts, we never leave the earth upon which we stand
firm-footed. Although we exalt and value the formless, we lovingly create and celebrate many forms. The nirvikalpa (without thought constructs) and niguna (without attributes) are majestic and ultimate, but the savikalpa (with through constructs) and saguna (with attributes) are beautiful and immediate. Our minds roam in infinite spaces that we enclose like a potter encloses in a pot. Conceiving timelessness we yet measure time with the rhythm of a dancer's foot and the sounds of small symbols. The body is perishable and yet, remains the embodiment of all that is beautiful for us. We drive at silence which is eloquent through well-sculptured and chanted words. Ideas and image, melody and lyric, arupa (devoid of form) and rupa (ordered form), nirakar (the formless) and sakar (form), avyakta (the silent) and vyakta (the spoken) the seen and the unseen are inseparable. 
Sanskrit reading and writing, sacred chants and mantras provide a pointer and an exploration of the culture of India, the birthplace of yoga and ayurveda and also to Brahmajnana or transcendent knowledge. 
Nahi jnanena sadrasam pavitram tha viddyate.
Translation: There is nothing more sacred than knowledge.

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