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Nicolai Bachman Presents

Origins of Yoga & Vedic Fire Ceremony

 Where did yoga come from? What is the larger context of yoga? Yoga originally derives from the shruti (“heard”) wisdom elucidated in the Vedas and Upanishads. The multifarious aspects of yoga are related and ultimately stem from the 4 Vedas. Where do Sanskrit, mantra, tantra, Samkhya, and Ayurveda fit in? Exploring the structure and basic content of primary yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Shiva Samhita can give us a broader view of yoga. A Vedic Fire Ceremony (Homa and Agni Hotra), in which everyone can offer something into the fire while chanting a mantra, will be held at sunset. Q&A to follow.

Friday, May 19th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Investment:$45 when registering for individual classes
Early Bird by May 1st: $40

Origins and Language of Yoga Weekend


Register for the Full Weekend: $220 | Early Bird Full Weekend by May 1st: $205

*includes all offerings Friday - Sunday

Sanskrit Basics


Saturday, May 20th

12:00pm - 2:30pm
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Investment: $70
Early Bird by May 1st: $65


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. The class will read transliterated text (English letters with diacritical markings) alongside the original script.

Mantra Recitation - Exploration into Sacred Sounds


Saturday, May 20th

3:30pm - 6:00pm

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Investment: $70

Early Bird by May 1st: $65

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 verses that produce a more general effect. We will practice many different kinds of mantra, and unpack their constituent sounds to discover how they work.


Relax, Receive, and Restore -

Imbibing Sacred Chant in Restorative Postures


You will be guided through a slow and gentle restorative asana sequence. Resting in each posture, your heart and mind become quiet, open and receptive. Nicolai will then recite ancient and powerful Sanskrit chants. Sound directly affects the subtle body via the nervous system. Your body, breath and mind will imbibe the sacred vibrations as if drinking nectar.


Sunday, May 21st 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Investment: $35

Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other 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. Nicolai 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. His ongoing studies continue to broaden his repertoire and inform all future classes.Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Yoga (Sounds True 2005), The Language of Ayurveda, and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy (Sounds True 2010). He also wrote an easy-to-read paperback on yoga philosophy called Path of the Yoga Sutras (Sounds True 2011).

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