Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and Yoga Philosophy

Nicolai Bachman returns to TYI to present his workshop, "Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and Yoga Philosophy".

Join us on a journey of learning from a clear and organized teacher that creates a fun and playful environment.  This workshop meets requirements for 12 Continuing Education Hours for the Yoga Alliance Registry and 12 Contact Hours required in the 300 Hour Teacher Training Program at TYI.

The workshop topics are:

Friday, September 14th, 6:30PM - 9:00PM, Sanskrit Basics for Yogis - Fundamentals of Pronunciation

The science of yoga is filled with Sanskrit vocabulary.  Teachers and practitioners of yoga, Ayurveda, or meditation can benefit from learning how to pronounce Sanskrit with correct breath, resonance, rhythm and tongue position.  We will talk about Sanskrit as a language, learn pronunciation basics, and practice reading many common yoga terms and posture names.

Saturday, September 15th, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, Mantra Recitation - Exploration into Sacred Sounds

Mantra is a vibration that produces an energetic effect.  They can range from tiny, single-syllable seed mantras whose effect is quite specific, to large shloka versus that produce a more general effect.  We will practice many different kinds of mantra, and unpack their constituent sounds to discover how they work.

Saturday, September 15th, 1:30PM - 4:00PM, Triguna: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas - Samkhuya Principles that Underly Yoga

The Samkhya view of creation is based upon a conscious witness (the seer) which pervades the unconscious manifest world (the seeable).  Ayurveda, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita all originate from Samkhya, which also defines three energetics that are present in every aspect of the material world.  How do these principles apply to the mind, action and nutrition?  Understanding these gunas sheds light on the yogic world-view.  Original Sanskrit verses will be chanted, translated and discussed.

Sunday, September 16th, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, Ayurveda 1: Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a profound system of wholistic medicine from India dating back at least 5000 years.  Treating every person as a unique blend of qualities, Ayurveda emphasizes the prevention of disease through a diet and lifestyle appropriate to each individual's unique physical and mental constitution.  We will translate many shlokas directly from Ayurvedic texts.  Topics covered include:  Samkhya philosophy of creation and emergence of the 5 elements, 6 tastes, 20 attributes (ex. hot/cold) and 3 doshas; how to determine your physical and mental constitution; and healthy daily habits. 

Sunday, September 16th, 1:30PM - 4:00PM, Ayurveda 2: Subdoshas, Digestion and Disease

This class is a continuation of Ayurveda 1.  Topics covered include: subdosha locations, functions, etc.; the seven tissues (dhatu-s) and how they form from food; the process of digestion; the stages of disease.

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit and related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is E-RYT500 certified. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, "The Language of Yoga and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy". He has recently released an easy-to-read paperback on yoga philosophy called "Path of the Yoga Sutras". Learn more about Nicolai and his offerings at

Workshop Sign Up
Instructor:Nicolai Bachman
Costs:Sanskrit, Ayurveda and Yoga Philosophy $225.00
Friday - Sanskrit Basics for Yogis - Fundamentals of Pronunciation $50.00
Saturday AM - Mantra Recitation - Exploration Into Sacred Sounds $50.00
Saturday PM - Triguna: Sattva, Rajas,and Tamas - Samkhuya Principles that Underly Yoga $50.00
Sunday AM - Ayurveda 1: Introduction to Ayurveda $50.00
Sunday PM - Ayurveda 2: Subdoshas, Digestion and Diseases $50.00
Times:Friday, September 14thth, 6:30PM - 9:00PM ~ Sanskrit Basics for Yogis Saturday, September 15th, 9:30AM - 12:00PM ~ Mantra Recitation - Exploration into Sacred Sounds Saturday, September 15th, 1:30PM - 4:00PM ~ Triguna: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas - Samkhuya Principles that Underly Yoga Sunday, September 16th, 9:30AM - 12:00PM ~ Ayurveda 1: Introduction to Ayurveda Sunday, September 16th, 1:30PM - 4:00PM ~ Ayurveda 2: Subdoshas, Digestion and Disease