Sanskrit: Level 2

Sanskrit: Level 2 - an Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies online course

This course builds upon our Sanskrit: Level 1 course. We further develop our understanding through grammar and by chanting and translating verses from yoga-related texts.

We will study chapters 3 and 4 of Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga. This integrates traditional Indian and Western academic methods of learning.

Over nine weeks we learn masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns in all of their eight cases as well as more verbs and sandhi rules. This allows us to read from texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Hathapradipika, the Sivasamhita, and popular mantras.

Start Date: 15 January 2023

Flexible study!
Late enrolments open until 1 May

Course Duration: Eight Weeks

Optional Assessment: Weekly Coursework

Tutor: Zoë Slatoff

Course Creator: Zoë Slatoff

65 pages

3hr 58min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): Sanskrit




Each week you are provided with course notes (or you can follow along in the book if you have it), video, and audio files. We focus on proper pronunciation and learning through sound as well as reading, writing, and grammar.

There are weekly assignments.


Your Tutor

Zoe Slatoff

Zoë Slatoff

Zoë Slatoff has created and tutors a comprehensive series of Sanskrit courses for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Zoë has a Masters in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia. She is the author of Yogāvatāraṇam, a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students. Zoë is working on a PhD about the Aparokṣānubhūti – an Advaita Vedāntic text which integrates yoga philosophy, attributed to Ādi Śaṅkarācārya – at Lancaster University. Zoë is the Sanskrit editor for Pushpam Magazine, Nāmarūpa, and Robert Svoboda’s book Vāstu. She teaches daily Mysore classes as well as Sanskrit and yoga philosophy in New York.


Sanskrit: Level 2 - an Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies online course
Sanskrit: Level 2