Introduction to Sanskrit for Ayurveda

Enhance your Ayurvedic studies with the power of its mother language! A basic knowledge of Sanskrit is essential for understanding the true essence of Ayurveda. It enriches the understanding of the classical textbooks and also boosts the cognitive experience, improving the student’s memory retention and absorption of the material.

This course will introduce you to Sanskrit starting with the basics. It focuses on foundational skills required for reading and writing Sanskrit, plus a preface to spoken Sanskrit. Lessons begin with the basic sounds and the alphabet of the Devanagari, or Sanskrit script. Students progress further by learning to read and write their own names, transliterate simple words, and then build up towards reading Ayurvedic words and sentences. At the end of the program, students are capable of reading basic Sanskrit on their own and have the foundation to pursue further study in spoken Sanskrit.


Who should take this program


This course is open to all students, be it your first time studying Ayurveda or if you have already commenced your studies.


Learning Objectives

    • Write your name in Devanagari
    • Literate simple English sentences in Sanskrit
    • Read & write over 100 common Ayurvedic words
    • Read simple sentences from Ayurvedic texts
    • Set the necessary foundation for further studies in Sanskrit
    • Enrich your comprehension of Ayurvedic principles



Program Details



Module I – The Sounds and Alphabet of Sanskrit

We set the foundation for the course by sounding out the alphabet and end this first Module by writing our names in Sanskrit.

  • Introduction to the alphabet: vowels & consonants, grouping based on the human vocal system, and importance of pronunciation: duration (short and long vowels), aspiration (or not) of consonants  – 2 classes
  • Literation: the Devanaagarii alphabet – 2 classes
  • Write your name in Devanaagarii – at the end of the module
  • Quick intro to available transliteration mechanisms and key (e.g Google) – final class in module


Module II – From Sounds to Words

In Module II, we begin to literate simple sentences to help you internalize the alphabet. We do this so you don’t have to think about Sanskrit sentences, but only use the script.

  • Consonant modifications and conjunct consonants – 1 class
  • Literating English sentences using Devanaagarii script (written, not typed) – 1 class
  • Intro to available transliteration mechanisms and key (e.g. Google) – 1 class


Module III – Ayurvedic Vocabulary

Now that you understand the alphabet and devanaagarii script, we study about 50 common Ayurvedic words to prepare you for the Ayurvedic texts. Here onward, homework assignments will require both writing and typesetting using a transliteration mechanism.

  • Read and write some common words: introduction to common Ayurvedic words, and internalize proper pronunciation – 1 class
  • Usage of transliteration convention and mechanism: write words using English script – 1 class
  • Introduction to grammatical rules for conjoined words – 1 class
  • How to dissect conjoined words into their constituent words, and how to combine words into larger words – 1 class


Module IV – Introduction to Ayurvedic Texts

Combining your knowledge of the Sanskrit alphabet and Ayurvedic vocabulary from Modules I-III, we start reading simple sentences from Ayurvedic texts.

  • Expand Ayurvedic vocabulary beyond Module III – 1.5 classes
  • Read and write sentences from the texts – 1.5 classes


Module V – Towards Experiental Sanskrit

Going beyond the alphabet, script and word meaning, we dive deeper into understanding the full meaning of more complex sentences.

  • Introduction to basic sentence structure – 1 class
  • Identifying nouns and verbs in sentences, introduction to number and tense – 1 class
  • The beginnings of Spoken Sanskrit – 3 classes
  • Review, discussion, feedback – final class in module



  • Options for further learning
  • Transliteration mechanisms on computers and smartphones etc
  • Review, discussion, feedback



Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. There is no prerequisite for this course. However, it is designed to support students of Ayurveda and therefore covers terminology specifically used in Ayurveda. It is not a general Sanskrit introductory course.
Yes! This program is designed to be taken online only. Each session is live streamed and recorded for later viewing.
Yes! You can view the recording later if necessary.
Yes! Whether you attended in-class or live streamed this workshop previously, we welcome students again at a reduced rate. Please contact to register. Note: online registration is not available for retakes.