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Introduction to Sanskrit and the Gayatri Mantra

15th June 2019
at The Study Society

Introduction to Sanskrit and the Gayatri Mantra

Tutor: Gabriella Burnel

Date: 15th June 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: The Study Society

Type of Event: Forums

Places Available: 15

Title of the event: An Introduction to the basics of Sanskrit and the Gayatri Mantra

Description of event: An exciting and inspiring day spent with Sanskrit expert Gabriela Burnel.  Gabriela will help to demystify the ancient language and bring it alive in a fun an accessible way so that you will gain a deeper understanding of Sanskrit and it history.  Gabriela will address questions such as why sanskrit is relevant in a modern yoga class?  Practice pronunciation of yoga terms in a general class, e.g Adho mukha svanasana. The day will include a mixture of lecture, chanting, an asana practice and meditation on the Gayatri Mantra. Gabriella will help to demystify the ancient language, bringing it alive in a fun and accessible way so you will gain a deeper understanding of Sanskrit.

Gabriella will address questions such as why is Sanskrit relevant in yoga? Why use sanskrit in a modern yoga class?

With an interactive lecture on the language, we’ll practice together the pronunciation and chanting the Gayatri Mantra along with a fitting asana practice. We’ll learn the basics of how to pronounce common yoga terms in sanskrit too, such as para, hasta, aka, ashta, dwi, adho mukha svanasana.

Name of the tutor: Gabriella Burnel

Bio of tutor(s): Gabriella first came across the Sanskrit language as a toddler when her mother chanted Sanskrit prayers before she went to bed. Since then, Sanskrit has become a best friend to Gabriella, from being one of her chosen subjects at school from the age of 5-18, and then at Oxford University and beyond.Gabriella has been teaching Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit classes since 2012 in London and across the UK.Alongside Sanskrit, Gabriella sings, teaches Alexander Technique and Yoga, and leads Vedic Chanting / Kirtan sessions.The sounds of Sanskrit resonate with her, they make her feel at ease, and they give her strength - and she hopes to work with others to explore more of the magic, power and wonder that is Sanskrit.‘To attain spirituality is to realize that the whole universe is one symphony in which every individual is one note. His happiness lies in becoming perfectly harmonious with the symphony of the universe” (Hazrat Inayat Khan). This is what Sanskrit can do!

Start and end time: 10 am - 4pm


The Study Society
151 Talgarth Road
W14 9DA


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