॥ प्रज्वालितो ज्ञानमयः प्रदीपः ॥

Karnataka Samskrit University

Department of Sankhya and Yoga

योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां ।
मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन ॥
योऽपाकरोत्तमं प्रवरं मुनीनां ।
पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि ॥

Department of Sankhya and Yoga at Karnataka Samskrit University was  started in the year 2022. The Department will bring together traditional studies of Samkhya and Yoga along with practical and application-oriented study of Hatha yoga and Ayurveda for present day living. The primary focus will be on interdisciplinary studies using traditional methods from authentic scriptures

The Department of Sankhya and Yoga strives to be the source of innovative interdisciplinary programs that partner with specialists in yoga, ayurveda and practical yoga for present day living.  The aim of the department is,

  • To be true to the shastric texts and follow its methods to teach Yoga in the traditional format as taught by our Rishis (scientists)
  • To develop and apply theories, concepts, methods and tools of yoga studies
  • To analyze and apply traditional and scriptural knowledge in the context of a changing society.

The Department has faculty with diverse backgrounds – an enviable combination of traditional yogis and modern scholars, who have been trained in Yoga Shastras. The syllabus is tailored to provide a comprehensive knowledge to the students as per the guidelines of National Educational Policy (NEP). It encompasses both the traditional and modern features of Samkhya and Yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Chikitsa, and so. Students will also be trained in Samskrit reading, writing and understanding enabling them to become proficient in Samskrit communication.

Additionally, optional and elective courses from other departments are offered, promoting interdisciplinary studies.

The department will be encouraging students to participate in Vakyarthasadas, Spardhas and other scholarly competitions. There  will also be emphasis on interdisciplinary studies to bridge the gap between traditional and modern disciplines. .   The plan is also to collaborate with the Vedanta Department to contribute towards innovative courses like MA Vedanta Yoga.  The Department also plans on offering special programs for those in  the IT industry and be one of the few  institutions in Karnataka to offer this such an innovative program.. 

Another unique feature of the department is that it handles multi-disciplinary projects where students also have the opportunity to earn as a member of the project team.

Objectives of the Department:

. Understand Samkhya concept and Yoga Darshanas, related texts, and to explore  healthy and holistic life.
. Learn the above philosophies in the traditional and authentic way  using principles of Yoga
. Read and comprehend shastric texts (granthas) independently by the end of the course.
. Analyze traditional yogic texts and their commentaries.
. Introduce traditional asanas, pranayama, mudra and bandhas based on Samskrit texts
. Explore ancient Indian Knowledge Systems and its relevance in modern context.
. Train students to pursue research in multi-disciplinary studies.
. Train students on Yoga teaching methodologies enabling them to open Yoga training centres.
. Obtain placement for students in premier institutes such as IITs where multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research is undertaken along with regular placements.

Programmes Offered

Post-Graduate Programmes

Under- Graduate Programmes

  • BA in Yoga

Short-term Courses

  • Bridge Course
  • Functional Samskrita
  • Samkhya & Yoga darsanas

Extensional Activities

Workshops and Seminars and Conferences

 A Textual Study of Patanjali’s Yogasūtra with Vyāsabāsya

Lecture Series

Amarakosha Structure – Dr Sivaja S Nair



  • Siddhanta Knowledge Foundation – Shastra Mapping on Yogasutra Vyasabhashya

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Faculty Profiles

Dr Shivani V

Professor and Head

Dr Shivani is a Dean, Shastra Faculty, and Director, IQAC, Karnataka Samskrit University. She has completed her doctorate on ‘A Computational Model for Linguistic Study of Sanskrit – Balakanda of Ramayana as a Case Study’ and did her Post Graduation in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Sanskrit Vyakarana. Erstwhile Deputy Director at Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan, Veliyanad, Ernakulam, Kerala and guest faculty at Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad, as well as at Shabdabodha and language Technology, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
Shivani also held the position of Sr. Linguist, Department of Sanskrit Studies at University of Hyderabad. She has many publications and research papers under her credit. She has also participated and presented papers at many international and national seminars on
NLP, Machine Learning and topics pertaining to Computational Linguistics and Sanskrit Grammar.

Visiting faculty in the Department

  • Prof.Madhusudan Penna, VC, KKSU & Dean,
  • Dr.Jayaraman Mahadevan, Director
  • Dr. Santosh More,
  • Smt. Uma
  • Smt. Srividya

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