February 22, 2012

Top 10 Most Mispronounced Sanskrit Words.

photo taken in India by Melissa Smith

Fresh from the Texas Yoga Conference, Nicolai Bachman, Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) scholar and well known author of the book The Language of Yoga, takes a moment to share the mispronunciations and correct pronunciations of 10 most commonly used Sanskrit words.

If you teach yoga, you need to hear this.




More articles by Melissa, including a serenade by Steve Gold.


Editor: Brianna Bemel

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susana May 10, 2014 12:34pm

meh. I will believe this when a native sanskrit speaker pronounces the words.

Lakshmi Dec 8, 2013 12:48am

His pronunciation is pretty decent, which is refreshing! A lot of Western kirtan is just painful for the Indian ear. Much of it musically pleasant and you can often feel the devotion and ultimately that is most important, but it kind of just sounds like pretty gibberish a lot of the time.

Judy Petersen Sep 30, 2013 7:14am

People who live in different countries pronounce words differently just like people who live in the same country will pronounce words differently. I was taught that pronunciation used by most educated persons in a region is acceptable pronunciation.

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Melissa, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in Yoga Therapeutics, Restorative and Sustainable Yoga Teacher Trainer, International retreats, Alzheimers and other Dementias caregiver advocate, and Mindfulness in Schools Educator. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Alberta with her 2 sons and leads Retreats in Southeast Asia, Canada, Portugal, France and the United States. She also leads retreats for caregivers of Alzheimers in Texas and Alberta. Her teaching style lends itself toward mindful, slow with a dash of sustainable strength. Her for desire is for students to connect within and integrate their own intuition in practice offering each student the opportunity to deeply listen to their own body’s needs. Connect with her on Facebook, her Melissa Smith Yoga Website, and Instagram, or read other Elephant Journal articles.