Ramana Erickson - Shakti Fest
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About This Project

Ramana Erickson has taught Sanskrit and yoga philosophy courses for more than twenty years in the United States, India, and Japan.

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Born in the U.S., Ramana first started practicing yoga and singing kirtan at the tender age of 10 under the tutelage of Swami Vishnudevananda at Vrindavan Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. At 13, Ramana became the youngest hatha yoga student to graduate from the Sivananda Yoga teacher training course taught by Swami Vishnudevananda himself.

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Ramana is also a master kirtan musician schooled in tabla, harmonium, hand cymbals, and singing. Guided by by Swami Tejomayananda, he immersed himself in the study of Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, tantric puja, and yoga. He is the tabla player and back up singer for the kirtan band Mukti featuring Prajna Vieira, and shares his deep, multi-faceted wisdom at the San Ramon Mata Amritanandamayi Center in the San Francisco Bay Area where he currently resides.

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Sanskrit Workshop: Pronunciation, Past & Present

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In this this 90 minute workshop, participants will have a good overview of the structure and proper pronunciation of Sanskrit using English transliteration. In addition, they will know exactly what all those dots and slashes above and below the letters mean when Sanskrit is transliterated, and will have more confidence about pronouncing Sanskrit words properly. However, this workshop is not just about the mechanics of the language. We will also go into the origins and esoteric side of Sanskrit and explain why Sanskrit is so powerful, why it is the language of Yoga and Kirtan, why it is used for mantras, how the language connects all of us to the universe at large – the macrocosm contained within the microcosm etc.