News from Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side

Yogāvatāraṇam Articles and Interviews

There have been some new reviews, articles and interviews for Yogāvatāraṇam.

Here is a list of some of the blogs, sites and magazines that have thoughtfully supported Zoë's work:

Nāmarūpa Interview

Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga Research........ at Home

Yoga City NYC

Homer White's thorough and insightful review on Amazon.

Remember Zoë teaches Sanskrit classes on Sundays at AYUWS.

Zoë has also had the pleasure of editing a new yoga magazine put together by Hamish Hendry and Ashtanga Yoga London. The magazine is titled "Pushpam" which means "flower" in Sanskrit. It is a beautiful contemplative read for anyone wishing to let new thoughts bloom through the springtime and beyond...

Thanks to everyone who has been enjoying the book! It is so nice to see Zoë's labor of love move out into the world. Here are some of the generous responses received so far...


“If only I had had Yogavataranam when I began my own study of Sanskrit! Acquiring a new language is a form of yoga; so is translation, and also the writing of a book. Zoë Slatoff-Ponté combines all these yogas to bring ancient wisdom into a modern context, clearly and carefully laying out all the essential but daunting conjugations, declensions, and sandhi rules of that beautifully crafted language. This is a book that can open up broad new vistas for any student of any of India's classical lores.” ―Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedacharya

“Many students take up Sanskrit because of an interest in yoga, but until now no primers of the language reflected this. Yogavataranam does more than fill the gap: beautifully presented, perfectly paced, and innovative, most of its many examples are taken from an impressive range of Sanskrit texts on yoga. It is to be recommended both to teachers and to students wishing to learn the language on their own.” ―Dr. James Mallinson, Lecturer in Sanskrit and classical Indian studies at SOAS, University of London, and co-author of Roots of Yoga

Yogavataranam is a treasure house of Sanskrit for all level of students. Zoë Slatoff-Ponté brings her years of expertise together in a comprehensive volume that clearly elucidates the basics of grammar for the beginning Sanskrit student, as well as giving deeper levels of instruction for more experienced students. One of the striking aspects of her book is the inclusion of verses from ancient yoga texts. Yogavataranam gives us the necessary level of learning to read these verses in their original language. In this wonderful book, Slatoff-Ponté makes this attainable.” ―Eddie Stern, director of Ashtanga Yoga New York and co-author of Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students

“Zoë Slatoff-Ponté and Ben Ponté have created a user-friendly Sanskrit grammar with the yoga student in mind. Unlike prior grammars which focus primarily on epic literature, this work aims to allow students to delve into Indian philosophical thought through immersive exercises that include readings from the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita, among other texts. The illustrations help guide the reader into the soundscape of Sanskrit through visual images. The typesetting and design of the book combine beautifully, helping to transform the project of learning Sanskrit into a joy rather than a task.” ―Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director, Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, Loyola Marymount University

“Crafted with complete concentration and dedication, Yogavataranam brings into the written realm an alive, lyrical experience to learning the language of Sanskrit. Slatoff-Ponté masterfully interweaves into the lessons Hindu philosophy, mythology as well as etymology with clarity and a rare delicacy making it a must read for all yoga students. Ben Ponté's poetic and layered art work breathes added depth and soulfulness into the knowledge so generously brought forth by Yogavataranam.” ―Sharmila Desai, co-author of Yoga Sadhana for Mothers, author of Sristi, certified by KPJAYI

New Farmigo Community!

We are very excited to announce that we are starting a Farmigo (an online farmer's market) community at the shala.

Farmigo lets you choose from a wide selection of farm-fresh produce, dairy, and artisinal goods, ordering as much or as little as want from week to week, with no long-term commitment. This means that you can practice and get your groceries at the same time!

To participate in this great initiative, place your orders by Sunday night at midnight and come pick up your groceries at the shala on Wednesday afternoons from 3-7:30pm. Vegetarian orders only please.

Use Coupon Code LOCAL20 for 20% off your first order.

Please note that the first pickup date will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 3-7:30pm (the website has the wrong date, but you can start placing your orders today!)


On Saturday, August 1st, from 3- 5 pm
Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side will host
a book launch, signing and art exhibition for Zoë's new book

Yogavataranam: The Translation of Yoga

Many of the pieces Ben created for the book will be shown for the first time.
Copies of the book and artwork will be available for purchase.
Please save the date and come celebrate with us!!

All are welcome.