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Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.

The Ayurvedic Press

108 Sanskrit Flashcards with CD

Learn the Sanskrit Alphabet

by Nicolai Bachman, MA

These flashcards have been designed for those who want to correctly read, pronounce and alphabetize letters and words in the Devanaagari script of Sanskrit. The ability to read the original script is essential for correct pronunciation.

ISBN 978-1-883725-02-0
114 Cards, Booklet and CD

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"... should, without doubt, be in the yoga library of every teacher and serious student."

– Yoga Journal Review February 2005 issue

There are 108 colored flashcards and 6 cream-colored cards that surround them, containing reference information.

Card Features

  • All cards show the Devanaagari on the front and transliteration on the back, including all card numbers.
  • Reference cards (white) include an introductory verse, a mouth position diagram, the alphabet, vowel abbreviations, digits 0-9 and Vedic accent marks.
  • Professionally printed on color-coded recycled 80# cardstock cut to 3x4 inches
  • 2 different sort orders - progressive and alphabetic (for dictionary practice)
  • Includes all non-obvious unique ligatures and letter variations
  • Sanskrit example on almost every card
  • Position of the letters in the alphabet is shown graphically on every card
  • How to write each character, showing arrowed lines numbered for stroke order



Compact Disc Features

12 tracks:

  • Chant to Ganesha
  • Chant to the Heart
  • Introduction
  • Vowels and Special Letters
  • Punctuation
  • Consonants
  • Consonant/Vowel combinations
  • Compound Consonants
  • Words
  • Numbers
  • Alphabet - Guided chant
  • Alphabet - Chanted continuously

To promote correct pronunciation only Sanskrit examples are pronounced.

All sounds and examples are repeated twice with space for the student to pronounce. This gives a total of 4 sound impressions per card.

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. Nicolai studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an MA in Eastern Philosophy, an MS in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. His ongoing studies continue to broaden his repertoire and inform all future classes.

Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Yoga (Sounds True 2005), The Language of Ayurveda, and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy (Sounds True 2010). He also wrote an easy-to-read paperback on yoga philosophy called Path of the Yoga Sutras (Sounds True 2011).