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.
Videos are one of the most important parts of an online course.
Our courses offer two distinct types of video.
- Video on demand. Core videos for your course available to watch at any time. Audio versions are also available for download.
- Live Zoom sessions. We have six Zoom sessions open to all our students. These cover a range of topics. They let you explore other areas of study, and to meet tutors and students from other courses. Recordings are also made available after the session has ended.
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.
HOW IT WORKS
Course delivery is 100% online
7–9 weekly sessions
Study in your own time
Your tutor is available by email and forums
Communicate online with your fellow students
All course materials are delivered via the web
Student forums with tutor participation
Recorded lectures available in video and mp3 format
All required lecture notes included
Audio interviews with specialists in Hindu Studies
Supplementary materials taken from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies teaching and research programme
Assessment is optional and is on the basis of successful completion of a single essay of 2000 words, with the exception of our Sanskrit courses which are assessed on weekly course work.
Courses can be completed in as little as seven weeks. There is a final deadline for essays or course work of twelve weeks from the beginning of the course.