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The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants Hardcover-spiral – Illustrated, October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591792819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591792819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A must for all teachers and serious students of yoga." -- Fit Yoga, August 2006

"Nicholai Bachman has done a great service to the yoga community." -- Yoga International, March 2005

"Sanskrit scholar Nicholai Bachman gives us the opportunity to connect with yoga's spiritual roots through translations and a comprehensive dictionary." -- Body + Soul magazine, September 2006

"Should, without a doubt, be in the yoga library of every teacher and serious student." -- Yoga Journal, February 2005

About the Author

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, ayurveda, chanting, and yoga-related topics for over ten years. He studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, VagYoga Institute in India, the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and the Ayurvedic Institute, receiving his MA in Eastern Philosophy from St. John's College.


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Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He is the director of Sanskrit Sounds which promotes the education and preservation of Sanskrit and many ancient sciences from India. Nicolai 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 eRYT500 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, The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy, and The Path of the Yoga Sutras. Nicolai teaches workshops around the country wherever there are eager and interested students. www.SanskritSounds.com

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The book is very organized and easy to use.
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This book has been very helpful for me to learn Sanskrit names of the yoga poses.
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If you are a Yoga teacher of serious student, this book is a must.
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187 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Gilda G on December 14, 2005
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This guide is the most complete and clearly communicated sanskrit reference for yoga that I have ever seen. I am a yoga teacher trainer and this will become my constant companion for both myself and to use in our trainings. It includes a comprehensive list of asana names and translations presented in alphabetical order with very, precise linear illustrations. This section alone is invaluable. The accompanying CD states the sanskrit term twice so that you may repeat it back and follows with the English translation (so you know the meaning of what you just said!). In addition to asana, the guide includes the sun salutation sequences, the first 3 astanga sequences, seven common mudras or hand gestures, common chants for your practice, several of the key sutras and a vast collection of yoga terms- numbers, yamas, niyamas, animals, bandhas, cakras, body parts and more.

The book is very organized and easy to use. The accompanying CD is tracked allowing you to quickly go to the section you are looking for. The best part of the CD is that you can clearly hear and understand Nicolai's rhythmic voice as well as, the female vocal accompaniment in the chants. (Many of my previous attempts at learning sanskrit were hampered by the thick accent of the translator). You can also use the book by itself or the CDs by themselves. No need to cross reference so you can play the CD anywhere and learn the language of yoga in your car or while working around the house.

This book is a must for any serious yoga student or yoga teacher. It will help you quickly learn and understand the sanskrit terms used in yoga. It will also help you to pronounce sanskrit with the beauty of this most sacred and spiritual language.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bill Kvistad on March 1, 2006
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If you are a Yoga teacher of serious student, this book is a must. The complete lay-out of the book along with the 2 CD's is so easy to follow. When you load the CD in the computer, you can continue to repeat the Sanskirt Asana over and over again until you have it memorized. It gives you the correct pronuncation for everything.

Bill Kvistad
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on April 23, 2007
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This book and 2 CD combination is a thorough, well-organized and illustrated guide to the language of yoga. It includes such categories as body parts, asana names, important sanskrit terms and some chants.

The voice on the CD is easily understandable and you can either use the CDs with or without the guide. This reference also includes the alphabet and sanskrit terms in both original script and transliterated forms.

The material in this set is easily digestible and it is spirally bound for ease of reference. In addition, it is printed on high quality paper and for the cost it is an incredible bargain.

If you want to refine your pronunciation even more, then I would also pick up Sanskrit Pronunciation. This gives you even more practice and fuller explanations of tranliterationed Sanskrit. There is also more focus on commonly occurring philosophical terms.

You can view more of my recommendations for yoga resources on my profile under my listmania lists. However, if pronunciation of Sanskrit is what you are after most likely this resource alone will give you what you need.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gartner on November 14, 2006
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Nicolai taught Sanskrit for my yoga teacher training, and he's amazingly knowledgeable. This book groups sanskrit chants together and orders sanskrit words in a very common-sense manner...by mudra or body part, for example. It also lists a ton of poses alphabetically with a diagram of what the pose looks like.

The accompanying CDs are the real beauty of this package. It allows to to hear the word, say it yourself, and hear it again. It's a very powerful tutorial.

Should be required for all teachers and recommended for anyone who wants to understand that gibberish your yoga teacher is talking :).

-Richard
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jea on March 21, 2006
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This is a great way to learn the sanskrit and pronunciation. The accompanying CD was wonderful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Andrew on November 9, 2006
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I found this book/CD set to be really, really helpful in learning how to pronounce Sanskrit. I will say, though, that you do need to be seriously interested in learning the pronunciation or you'll get bored very quickly. I bought this book to help me pronounce terms I always hear in my Yoga classes, and it's been extremely helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chanda on January 28, 2008
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I should have read more about this book before ordering. It's just what it says it is. I ended up giving it to a woman who is studying to become a yoga instructor. It's not something a beginner would really need to have in my opinion. It just tells you how to say and read the sanskrit words. It's not the book's fault that I didn't know what it was! :) It's probably excellent for those looking for this type of reference. It doesn't tell you HOW to do the postures, or anything like that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JOZ on January 3, 2007
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I am a yoga teacher trainee and this book and the two CDs have been my main tool for learning yoga terms. The book and CDs are great tutorials, easy to use and I really, really enjoyed them. Nicolai's pronounciation of Sanskrit is superb!

The yoga terms in the book and accompanying CD are ordered in a very intuitive way and contain the most important yoga terms. The CDs are easy to follow and I have practiced my Sanskrit by listening to them and repeating the terms while driving to work in my car every morning. In my opinion, this product is a must have for everybody who is interested in getting a deep understanding of yoga!
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