Episode: 120

Must Know Sanskrit Concepts for Yoga Teachers with Vikram Jeet Singh

Yoga teachers often experience the “impostor syndrome” where they ask themselves, “Am I good enough? I want to practice deeper yoga but I don’t know where to go.” I strongly believe that understanding Sanskrit concepts would help ground yoga teachers regarding this matter as these concepts help us enhance our understanding of yoga, and more importantly, help us apply it in our everyday lives.

To understand more about these Sanskrit concepts, I invited Vikram Jeet Singh back on the podcast. Vikram is one of those few teachers who effortlessly expounds on complex topics and makes them simple and relatable to help us put them into practice. In fact, he actually does something called Wisdom Wednesdays on Instagram where he beautifully breaks down and explains these Sanskrit concepts. So today we are diving into some of those concepts where Vikram adds layers and layers of contemplation and reflection for us as yoga teachers.

I feel like this is something that we as yoga teachers need to literally sink our teeth into a little bit more so I hope you find this conversation enriching and very helpful!

Sanskrit Concepts Episode Highlights:

  • Understanding the concept of Sanskrit
  • What is Abhyasa?
  • Vairagya, its relation to Abhyasa, and its misconceptions
  • Teachers being attached to yoga
  • Seva and its application in the modern yoga world
  • Seva of intention
  • What is Shraddha?
  • Raga and Dvesha
  • What is Shama?
  • What is Atha?

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Vikram Jeet Singh

Vikram took his first asana class at Modo Yoga in the fall of 2006 and right away fell in love with the practice. After regularly practicing for about a year and a half, he finished the 500 hour Modo Teacher Training in Kerala, India in March 2008. After teaching part-time for a few months, Vikram decided to switch careers and ultimately left his HR job to pursue a full-time teaching career. Vikram has taught at various Modo locations in the GTA since November 2008. Over the course of the years, he has accumulated over 11,000+ hours of teaching experience.


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