Essential Sanskrit

Learn core Sanskrit for professional Ayurveda in clear, concise English.
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Essential Sanskrit Workshop Series  |  30 hours
Interactive online classes

The Essential Sanskrit Workshop Series is open to all students. No previous education or experience in Sanskrit or Ayurveda is required.

All students of Ayurveda who are studying at any school in the US or internationally are encouraged to join.

By understanding Sanskrit better, students of Ayurveda will improve their learning of classical theory and clinical practice.

Learn the foundations of Sanskrit required for professional Ayurveda directly from Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS.
The Essential Sanskrit Workshop Series includes 3 workshops of 10 hours each. All instruction is online. Each workshop costs $159 USD or AUD (plus tax), and includes 6 hours of recorded lectures plus 4 hours of live, interactive instruction.

Live classes may be taught by Jessica Vellela, BAMS or additional instructors.

Register, order the workbooks, and complete 6 hours of self-study prep lessons per workshop prior to live classes. Live Sanskrit classes are 1 hour per day, four days in a row, held at various times throughout the year.
Workshop Registration




Complete 6 hours of preparatory study before joining the live class.


Join a live class series online to complete the workshop. Live classes are interactive, with the instructor leading exercises of pronunciation, word formation, dissection, and more.
Essential Sanskrit Part One
Alphabet & Phonetics
10 hours, online, $159 USD or AUD (plus tax)
Prerequisites: None

This workshop introduces the language of Sanskrit in clear, concise English. Foundational concepts are explained with practical application to answer common questions. This first workshop is ideal for those who would like an introduction to formal study as well as those who want to refresh knowledge or fill in the gaps.

Students learn about the history of the language, its current usage and practical application in Āyurveda through translation and common transliteration methods. The entire alphabet is explained in detail with and emphasis on phonetics through vocal practice and memorization exercises.

This workshop presents material in several formats using guided reading, pre-recorded lectures, instructor-led pronunciation, interactive group practice, class discussion and Q&A sessions.
Additional Resources
The Sounds of Sanskrit: Its Alphabet
IIT Kharagpur
Essential Sanskrit Part Two
Word Composition
10 hours, online, $159 USD or AUD (plus tax)
Prerequisites: Essential Sanskrit Part One

This workshop builds on the knowledge from the previous training to introduce intermediate concepts of Sanskrit and their practical application.
Students begin working with components of the Sanskrit alphabet to create complex sounds and syllables, half consonants, regular consonants, conjunct consonants and simple words. Students learn the concepts of schwa and virāma and their roles in the formation of akṣharas, conjuncts and words.
Through exercises of word formation and word dissection, students gain proficiency with the alphabet and its components. They improve recognition of akṣharas, and practice reading and writing through ĀYUT transliteration.
Students are introduced to intermediate Sanskrit language concepts including sandhi (word combining), Sanskrit dhātus (root terms), prefixes and suffixes.

The workshop presents material in several formats using guided reading, pre-recorded lectures, instructor-led pronunciation practice, individual and group exercises, class discussion and Q&A sessions.
Additional Resources
Introduction to the devanāgarī script: combining consonants
IIT Kharagpur
Additional Resources
Vowel Sandhis
Academy of Indian Philosophy
Essential Sanskrit Part Three
Basic Vocabulary
10 hours, online, $159 USD or AUD (plus tax)
Prerequisites: Essential Sanskrit Part Two

This workshop builds on the knowledge from parts one and two by introducing the student to common Sanskrit terms used in Āyurvedic medicine. All terms are studied in ĀYUT-transliterated form.
Students gain familiarity and mastery over each term by applying skills from previous workshops including word dissection, akṣhara composition analysis, schwa and virāma identification and sandhi recognition.
Terms are analyzed from an etymological perspective to determine their Sanskrit dhātu (root term), prefixes and suffixes. Students practice pronunciation of these Sanskrit terms and memorize their basic English translations through direct meanings and conceptual explanations. Terms with complex meanings are explained in greater detail to identify limitations of English translations.

Grammatical usage of terms, synonyms, antonyms and comparative sets are discussed. Students learn how to include the correct grammatical forms of Sanskrit terms in English sentences along with basic rules for Anglicization of Sanskrit terms through examples of singular, plural, noun, adjective and other grammatical forms.

This workshop focuses on learning terms from their etymological and grammatical perspectives. These terms which are common in Āyurveda and Yoga are translated to provide English equivalent
terms or conceptual explanations to aid in memorization.