Sanskrit: Level 1

Introduction to Sanskrit

We integrate traditional Indian and Western methods to provide an interactive experience of learning Sanskrit.

This course is ideal for beginners and those with some experience who would like to reinvigorate their studies. We focus on pronunciation and learning through sound, as well as reading, writing, and a little grammar using chapters from Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga.

Joining theory with practice, this course is taught through video lectures, audio, and written material, with weekly assignments to help you learn at home.

Now with dedicated Zoom sessions!

Start Date: 21 April 2024

Course Duration: Eight Weeks

Tutor: Dr Zoë Slatoff

Course Creator: Dr Zoë Slatoff

56 pages

Optional Assessment: Weekly Coursework

Pathway(s): Sanskrit

On-Demand Video

The main video component of your course. On-demand means you can watch at the time that suits you.


Zoom sessions
This course contains three dedicated live Zoom sessions with Dr Zoë Slatoff (recordings available for any you miss).

Thursday 9 May 7pm (UK time)
Thursday 30 May 7pm (UK time)
Thursday 13 June 7pm (UK time)

You will also be invited to join our general interest Zoom sessions throughout the term. These are open to all enrolled students and cover a range of topics related to indian thought and philosophy.

They are a a great way to meet students and tutors from other courses!

Sanskrit: Level 1


Special offer: Sign up for the first three levels of Sanskrit and get a 20% discount (applied at checkout)



Your Tutor

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Dr Zoë Slatoff

Dr Zoë Slatoff has created and tutors a comprehensive series of Sanskrit courses for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She has a PhD in Religion and Philosophy from Lancaster University and an MA in Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. She teaches Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy in the Yoga Studies MA program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Zoë is the author of Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga, a Sanskrit textbook based on classic yoga texts. She also taught for many years at her yoga shala in NY, Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side.
Introduction to Sanskrit
Sanskrit: Level 1
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