Nicolai Bachman

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 M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. 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).

    Videos

    Satya: Truthfulness as Honesty and Integrity Video
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    Episode 8
    Satya: Truthfulness as Honesty and Integrity (September 2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 8
    , 7 minutes
    Satya, or truthfulness, is the second of five yamas that make up the first limb of yoga. If we value our individual conscience more than our own self-interest, we can become our own hero by maintaining our integrity.
    Available worldwide
    Yoga as a Path of Positive Transformation Video
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    Episode 1
    Yoga as a Path of Positive Transformation (2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 1
    , 9 minutes
    The philosophy and practice of yoga are designed to learn about who we are. In the process, we root out negativity and replace it with loving kindness.
    Available worldwide
    Namaste: The Inner Light of Awareness Video
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    Episode 2
    Namaste: The Inner Light of Awareness (2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 2
    , 7 minutes
    Yoga, in its broadest sense, includes a belief in the permanent divine light of awareness. It promotes kindness and selflessness and less attachment to material things.
    Available worldwide
    The Limbs of Yoga Video
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    Episode 5
    The Limbs of Yoga (September 2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 5
    , 5 minutes
    In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, yoga includes eight distinct parts – referred to as limbs – that, when practiced, refine and stabilize every aspect of our lives and lead us toward our inner light of awareness.
    Available worldwide
    The Heart-Mind Field of Consciousness Video
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    Episode 3
    The Heart-Mind Field of Consciousness (2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 3
    , 12 minutes
    Our consciousness is a field through which the inner light of awareness shines. Understanding how the heart-mind complex functions is essential to understanding how yoga works.
    Available worldwide
    Ahimsa: Nonviolence as Loving Kindness Video
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    Episode 7
    Ahimsa: Nonviolence as Loving Kindness (September 2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 7
    , 5 minutes
    In this essential yoga talk, Nicolai Bachman reiterates the central role of ahimsa – nonviolence – in yoga. He discusses some of the causes of violence, and some ways we can prevent or weaken its expression.
    Available worldwide
    Karma and Habitual Patterns Video
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    Episode 4
    Karma and Habitual Patterns (2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 4
    , 11 minutes
    Nicolai Bachman explores what karma is, why the theory of karma can explain the inexplicable, and how karma provides incentive to live a kind and honest life.
    Available worldwide
    Ahimsa: Nonviolence as the Foremost Practice  Video
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    Episode 6
    Ahimsa: Nonviolence as the Foremost Practice (September 2016)Introduction to Yoga Sutras
    Episode 6
    , 7 minutes
    Nicolai Bachman begins his exploration of yamas, the first of the eight limbs of yoga, by looking at the first element of that limb, ahimsa, which can translate as “non-hurtfulness,” or non-violence.
    Available worldwide

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