In this course, we will build upon what we learned in the Level 1 and 2 Sanskrit courses. We will learn more masculine and feminine nouns (ending in -i, -u, and -ṛ) and their declensions, as well as other verbal forms, such as the imperative, optative, and past tense, and also verbal prefixes, gerunds, and infinitives. We will go through specific examples for each new form, continuing to read verses from texts such as the Bhagavad Gītā and Haṭha Pradīpikā. Students will study from Zoë’s book (chapters 5 and 6) “Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga,” which she wrote to join Eastern and Western methods and theory and practice together.
Zoë Slatoff has a Master's Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. She is the author of Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga, a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students, which uses extracts from classical yoga texts to integrate traditional and academic methods of learning the language. She is now working on a Ph.D. in South Asian Studies at Lancaster University, centering on a translation of the Aparokṣānubhūti, a text attributed to Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, which by integrating Yoga and Advaita Vedānta, teaches how _sana practice can actually help one transcend the attachment to bodily form and provide a vehicle for recognition of the Self. Zoë has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. She teaches daily Mysore classes at her yoga shala in New York, Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side.