World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) (17th : 2018)

Imparting Yoga Texts in Saṃskṛta : A Teaching Experiment and Its Outcome Mahadevan, Jayaraman

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Currently, Yoga texts in the Saṃskṛta language are taught worldwide through the medium of other languages. Scholars and teachers would agree that knowledge of Saṃskṛta is essential for better appreciation of yogic wisdom. In such a situation, can an attempt be made to teach Yoga texts in a time-bound manner, with maximum possible usage of Saṃskṛta, without getting into the nitty-gritty of Saṃskṛta grammar, even for a learner without Saṃskṛta background? A two-day international workshop on the Haṭhayogapradīpikā was organized at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in August 2017 to attempt an answer to the above proposition. There were 97 registered participants in the workshop (India, 89; other countries, 8). This paper, which is about this experiment, is in two parts: A) The description of the teaching experiment, and B) its outcome as revealed by the analysis of the written feedback forms.

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