Bp_educacion Madrid. 2017/09/26 19:00 - 2017/12/19 21:00
Course: "Introduction to Sanskrit. The language of yoga and Indian culture"

Course: "Introduction to Sanskrit. The language of yoga and Indian culture"

Sanskrit is in India what Greek and Latin are in Europe: the language of classic culture, religious and secular knowledge, literature… Anyone who would like to know more about this civilisation needs to know some Sanskrit. And specifically Sanskrit is the language of yoga.

The most important treaties of this discipline —Upaniṣads, Bhagavadgītā, Yogasūtras, Haṭha Pradīpikā…— are in Sanskrit, as well as the names of yoga techniques, mantras, etc. For practicers and, especially, for yoga teachers it is essential to have basic notions of this language that allows them to pronounce the worlds they use correctly, with the right gender, to recite and understand mantras well and be able to read simple texts in Sanskrit.

For this reason, the objective of the course, which is mostly practical, is for students to acquire those basic concepts that will allow them to pronunciate, recite, read, write and understand words, sentences and texts in that language, especially those related to yoga and the thought of India (vedānta, ayurveda, buddism, etc.).


1. History of Sanskrit

2. Pronunciation and transcription

3. Recitation

4. Devanāgarī writing

5. Grammar notions

6. Basic vocabulary of yoga and thought of India

7. Practical resources: books and website


Given by:

Javier Ruiz Calderón: Doctor in Philosophy, specialised in philosophies and religions of India and philosophy of religion. Teacher of the history of religions, oriental thought, Sanskrit, meditation and vedic singing. Books: El hinduismo y su actualidad (1996), Dhammapada (2004), Breve historia del hinduismo (2008), La Bhagavadgītā (2008), Vedāntasāra: la esencia del Vedānta (2009),Lo religioso. Para una filosofía de la religión (en press). He has lived in India for 6 years, in different academic and spiritual centres. He studies and regularly practices yoga, vedānta and meditation since 1978. Disciple of Svāmī Kṛṣṇānanda (Śivānanda Āśram, Rishikesh) from 1988 to 2001 and of Matā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Ammā) since 2003.

Date: 2017/09/26 > 2017/12/19


From Tuesday 26th of September to Tuesday 19th of December, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. (Total of 26 hours).

Venue: Casa Asia Centre-Madrid
Palacio de Cañete
c/ Mayor 69, 1ª planta · Aula 1
Madrid, 14, Madrid

Ticket: 150 euros

Organiser: Casa Asia