From Mātra to Mantra:
The Sounds of Sanskrit

This 8-week course is a meditative mind-body-heart journey into mantra, sacred sound. Mantra is used throughout the tradition and is an integral aspect of sacred practice. This course will help build a foundation by which you can start engaging nearly any aspect of yoga and the dharma tradition with understanding and precision.

An 8-Week Meditative Learning Journey Into the Heart of Sacred Sound

Each week, we will learn to hear and produce different sounds, called mātras, which are letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. These sounds are sacred on their own, and also come together to form mantras. Along with physical practice, we will also be working on core inner aspects of the practice, such as intention and awareness. Throughout the course, students will build an intimate relationship with their breath, sound, and speech while deepening their listening and sensing skills.

Each session of the course is limited to 12 students. Classes are 1-hour each week and held online. There are also weekly homework assignments (about 20-30 minutes). You will need a webcam, microphone, and a stable internet connection. Recordings will be available after each class.

Tuition for 8-Week Series: $220

This course is open to all levels, and is a required prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced classes.
If necessary, please email to apply for a scholarship.

NEXT SESSION BEGINS: Thursday August 2nd, from 11AM-12 PM PST

Class 1:

The Origin of Sound

अ आ इ ई उ ऊ

Class 2:

The Beginning of Movement

ऋ ॠ ऌ ॡ ए ऐ ओ औ

Class 3:

The Diverse Universe

क ख ग घ च छ ज झ

Class 4:

The Column of Light

ट ठ ड ढ त थ द ध

Class 5:

Vibrations of Consciousness

प फ ब भ ङ ञ ण न म

Class 6:

Connecting the World

य र ल व श ष स ह ज्ञ क्ष

Class 7:

The Five Acts of Śiva

अं अ:

Class 8:

In the Presence of the Sacred

ॐ गं ऎं श्रीं

Course Instructor:

Shivani Hawkins

Living Sanskrit Founder and Core Teacher
Student Experiences:
"I was expecting to learn how to pronounce mantras and words more accurately, but I actually discovered that how I breathe and speak affects the way I "show up" in the world and manage my personal power. That speaking with integrity includes how I actually form and articulate the words that I use."
Student Experiences:
"I experienced that Sanskrit is the vibration of the universe, a code that inhabits each of us and that we can be guided to tune into that knowing. Since I took the class, I have developed a new conscious connection to sound and intuition. I feel less intimidated and more curious about my own heritage. This particular class helped me understand nuances of tradition which were never explained to me by my Indian family in the US, to connect to my roots with clarity and joy! Thank you, Shivani!"
Student Experiences:
"Since I took the class, I have found that my relationship with mantras and Sanskrit literature has deepened immeasurably. Sanskrit isn't just a way of describing ideas, it is a way of transmitting the actual resonance and power of phenomenon being described. This particular class helped me transform my understanding of what we are doing when we use sound to transmit patterns of energy."
Student Experiences:
"Sacred sound and mantra lovers might consider this online offering... I am halfway through it, and can really recommend learning this subtle art from a native speaker who knows how to bring it to life. Shivani injects the practice with her beauty and grace and makes it feels so natural and gentle. My awareness of the profound connection between breath, energy, voice, sound, truth and divine presence is definitely deepening through these contemplative practices."
Student Experiences:
"Not a week goes by… that I don't think with gratitude how your Sanskrit class helped me. Even to the point of remembering your compassion when it feels like a tongue twister. Focusing on my breath and the pronunciation makes me go into meditation. I love chanting!"
Student Experiences:
"I experienced that Sanskrit is more than just a language for communication. It is a system for creating a more intimate relationship with the fundamental components of reality."

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