Pronouncing Sanskrit correctly is a beautiful way to more fully embody the teachings of yoga, your chanting and bhakti practices, and to show your respect to India and the people who preserved this wisdom for us over the millennia.

Rather than being a language of symbolic meaning, Sanskrit is a language of vibratory essence. That means you actually create the meaning of the word by way of pronunciation. This gives the potential for Sanskrit to be a highly healing modality.

In this course, you will learn to read and make all the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet. You will also learn the English transliteration of Sanskrit, which you may have seen previously as the little marks above and below the letters of the alphabet. This will prepare you to read anything in Sanskrit that has been transliterated, whether it's a sacred text or a beloved chant. Ultimately,  the focus of this course is on understanding how to pronounce the sounds that each transliterated letter in the alphabet signifies, so that over time you will be able to string them together with speed and precision.

This is a pre-recorded class, which you can complete at your own pace.

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Allison Dennis holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Music from ECU where she studied Sanford Meisner's acting technique. She sang in jazz, funk, and folk bands, recorded and performed as a singer-songwriter, and performed supporting and leading roles in a variety of plays and musicals. 

In NYC at the turn of the millenium, she acted and sang in Off Broadway shows, and ultimately flew in the wildly popular Argentine circus De La Guarda. A back injury during a show brought her to yoga in 2001. 

A herniated disc with nerve impingement made movement quite painful for the first three years of the injury, so her entry point to yoga was the philosophy of India, not the poses. She concentrated on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for a decade while becoming a yoga asana teacher as therapy for her own physical pain. Once mobility returned, Allison was finally permitted by her physical therapist to take on an asana practice. Within months she had signed up for her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2005.

From 2010-2018 Allison owned and operated Heart of Yoga School out of Carrboro, NC where she designed and taught three distinct yoga teacher trainings, culminating in a full 800 hour YTT program. She led nineteen long-term trainings while managing the School, guiding curious seekers to become teachers and home practitioners. 

She also spends 2-3 months a year in India, deepening her understanding of the culture and wisdom systems.

Visit for more info and to learn about her tours and retreats in India and Indonesia.