In this talk we'll cover some of the main reasons to study Sanskrit. We will discuss the differences between Eastern and Western approaches to learning the language and why it is helpful to integrate the two. It is also important to understand how many different possible translations there are for any given word, and how many choices a translator makes. We will go through some verses and different translations together to illustrate this point. Regardless of how much Sanskrit you end up studying, even a little bit of familiarity will change how you approach and understand the texts.The study of Sanskrit is a practice and a meditation in itself and will also help you build a deeper connection to the yoga tradition beyond the mat.