Nicolai Bachman

Nicolai Bachman

Nicolai Bachman

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda 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. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified.

Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, The Language of Yoga and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy, and The Path of the Yoga Sutras. www.SanskritSounds.com


The Yoga Sutras define yoga by explaining the nature of human consciousness in a series of compact seed-like sutras. We will chant each sutra, then break it down word-by-word and discuss what it means and how it applies to our lives in this society.

Friday, January 5, 2018 6:30pm-9:30pm

Overview of the Yoga Sutras: History, Structure, and Key Concepts
Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:00pm-3:00pm
Outer Behavior: Yamas and Niyamas 

How we interact with others affects our heart-mind and those around us. Cultivating ethical behavior is essential for a civil society to flourish. Part and parcel with healthy social relationships is taking care of oneself.

Saturday, January 6, 2018 4:00pm-7:00pm
Personal Practices: Kriya-Yoga, Asana and Pranayama

The last three niyama-s (personal practices) make up a synergistic triad of tools that support the other limbs of yoga, and are necessary for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating an inner orientation. Refining and unblocking the body and breath prepare us for our journey inward.

Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:00pm-3:00pm
Turning Inward: Pratyahara and Samyama

Focusing our attention in a single place centers our heart-mind, ending outer sensory distractions and moving us deep into our inner light of awareness. The final four limbs cultivate a sattvic heart-mind and a higher state of consciousness

  • $400 Early Bird Tuition 
  • $499 after 10/15 
  • Eligible for 12 hours CEU with Yoga Alliance
  • Tuition paid applicable to Shanti Shanti Yoga School’s 200 hour program, if enrolled for Spring 2018
  • Counts for 12+ hours of advanced yoga studies with SSYS
  • $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your place if not paying in full, 3 payments of $100 deducted monthly to follow if before 10/15; 3 payments of $133 to be deducted monthly if after 10/15