sri dharma mittra

  • Class Review: Master Sadhana Practice with Sri Dharma Mittra

    The deets.

    • Filming Location: Dharma Yoga New York Center, NYC
    • Style: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Intensity: Level 3 = Advanced Yoga Video (highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers)
    • Focus: Arm Balancing + Inversions Yoga, Backbends, Twists, Crazy Sweaty Flow
    • Average Rating: 5/5

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    Sri Dharma Mittra beautifully striking a Pincha Mayurasana variation.

    On the teacher.

    One word: Legendary.

    Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. In 1975, Dharma Mittra founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City and has since taught hundreds of thousands all over the world. Now, you can practice with this bonafide yoga master, too!

    On the class.

    This online yoga class presents elements of the Dharma III-IV Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa: a challenging, yet graceful and meditative posture series steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma Mittra's experience of the classical tradition. One of the joys of Master Sadhana is exploring variations of Sri Dharma Mittra's advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world today, as well as instruction on how to take the steps necessary to acquire these postures. This online yoga video features guided Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Deep Relaxation.

    Expect this online yoga practice to quiet your turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within you. (74 mins.)

    What people are saying.

    • A complete and devotional practice. It has changed my life. From depressed and overweight to blissed and healthily in my body. It all turned around when I started practicing Dharma Yoga. Thank you Sri Dharma Mittra.
    • Thank you very much Sri Dharma Mittra and everybody involved in the realization of being able to take his class online...This will be exactly what will get me back on the track of yoga after being though an operation last year.
    • How wonderful to be able to practice with my teacher's words and Master postures anytime. This practice demonstrates the traditional essence of the yoga practice and success requires demanding reverence to the teacher as it should be. This is true Dharma and I am grateful.
    • beautiful class... I couldn't do a lot of the poses like scorpion or headstand, but I found the class inspiring and moving. I feel amazing.
    • Excellent class for those seeking a traditional eastern style of yoga with a bit more oomph than your usual American yoga class. As a Dharma student in NY, the class was very true to his regular teachings. Loved it!

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    For more inspiring practices with Sri Dharma Mittra, check out his ever-growing collection of online yoga videos.

  • Impressions of Maha Shakti with Sri Dharma Mittra

    OK. I am completely, for the lack of a better word, obsessed with this online yoga class and totally in love with Sri Dharma Mittra.

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    Words that come to mind post-practice? Healing, humbling, challenging, relaxing, enlivening, and inspiring.

    This well-balanced, 42-minute class offers a little bit of everything. Start with a brief warm-up of Kapalabhati – an energizing form of pranayama. Follow that up with some unique Sun Salutations, spiced up with lots of side plank action (Vashitasana) and lunge twists. Though this class is beginner approved, expect challenging asana. I’m a yoga teacher, yet I wasn’t able to do everything. Fortunately, there are modifications for most of the poses, making this practice fairly accessible.

    vashitasana Sri Dharma Mittra in full Vashitasana...

    Also, expect lots of Savasana goodness. This surprised me. I’m used to ending my practice in Savasana, so it was kind of hard to accept that it was coming so soon in the practice. I was wondering, “Is this it? Are we there already?” Rest assured, there’s more. After I let go of my Savasana expectations, I definitely appreciated getting into the pose more. Savasana is a lovely opportunity to connect more with the breath and achieve greater stillness.

    Speaking of stillness…

    I love how Dharma Mittra guides you to stillness, even in some of the more advanced poses. In Sarvangasana and Halasana, his message really resonated when he said, “Learn how to meditate during the poses.”

    Sometimes we get so caught up in alignment, adjusting the pose, the elements surrounding us, and/or the activities of the mind, that we completely miss out on the benefits of the pose. Yes, alignment and awareness are important. Yet, in this practice, I found myself letting go and seizing all movements once I found my way into my full expression of the pose. I found myself resolving to stillness and receiving whatever the pose had to offer me in that moment.

    If you are receptive, each pose does have something wonderful to offer you. Sarvangasana for example, “…brings good mental ability, telepathy, cleverness, the veins of your legs rest, it brings radiant health, and some mental powers,” says Dharma Mittra. When you are fidgeting around or caught up in your head, you miss out on the magic.

    Speaking of magic…

    The deep, guided relaxation element of this class is so beautiful and healing. Expect to feel normalized and recharged!

    And last, but so not least, enjoy a simple, brief visualization meditation – the cherry on top of this delicious online yoga experience.

    In this meditation you will construct the symbol Om, visualizing it emerging on the space behind the forehead between the eyebrows. Simply create mental patterns of Om. This space, says Dharma Mittra is, "The seed of your mind – the location of your 6th sense.” By practicing this meditation, you are stimulating your Pituitary gland and tapping into your 6th sense.

    Yogis, it doesn’t get much better than this. Dharma Mittra truly does deliver the best of the best.

    ~Tess

  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

    We have some new and exciting classes to tempt you with in this week’s online yoga video lineup.

    core workouts  Gigi Yogini and students filming her new Hard Core on the Floor class at the Secret Studio.
    1. Chill Out. Supta that Padangusthasana with Annie Carpenter in yet another raved about, alignment-conscious "Quickie" SmartFLOW. This online yoga class is perfect for the end of the day, post airplane sitting, or traveling. Completely relax and restore and still the mind and body in this reclining yoga class.
    2. Got Core? Now you do. Try Gigi Yogini’s new Hard Core on the Floor class. Build strength. Connect to your center. Plus, rest easy knowing that the practice never picks you up off the ground. That being said, be prepared for a challenge intermixed with some humor and JOY.
    3. Play with Pranayama. Try an online meditation from a lineage of teachers in the Himalayan Mountains, brought to Jeanne Heileman from her grand-teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Learn a special form of Pranayama to heighten your access to the Third Eye, increasing the amount of Prana (Life Force) you are able to gather and maintain in that region. Once that gathering is established, be guided on where to move this amazing ball of Prana. This is a powerful practice and worth repeating to improve your ability to build Prana and then keep it inside.
    4. Free Up the Hammies and Shoulders.  Try Joan Hyman's new class - a short online yoga sequence designed to open the shoulders and hamstrings in preparation for a yoga practice or any type of athletic sport. There’s no need to roll out your yoga mat for this one. All you need is your lovely self, a wall, and a strap.
    5. Shake Up Your Shakti! Try a Mixed Level Dharma Yoga practice that gives one a very real experience of the classical yoga teaching that has made Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra in such demand as a teacher the world over for so many years now. Those new to yoga and those who already have an established practice will all find much to inspire them in this complete online yoga practice. Maha Shakti is primarily asana (yoga postures), but what's on offer here represents a complete practice including both guided Deep Healing Relaxation (7 minutes) and a final meditation (3 minutes). This program is an excellent introduction for those new to Dharma Yoga and the powerful teaching of Sri Dharma Mittra and it will make those that miss spending time with him at the New York Center feel very much at home. Overall, a well-rounded and complete yoga practice. "I look forward to serving you only the best of the best," says Sri Dharma Mittra.

    There you have it, yogis. Chill options. Core challenges. Pranayama play. Hammie and shoulder liberation. Plus, the best of the best. Enjoy!

    ~Tess

  • YogaVibes Partners with Master Yoga Teacher Sri Dharma Mittra

    We are deeply honored to partner with legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra.

    Cresent Lunge at Brooklyn Bridge Sri Dharma Mittra, Brooklyn Bridge

    As the founder of one of the earliest independent schools of yoga in New York City - the Dharma Yoga Center - Dharma Mittra has taught hundreds of thousands of students for nearly a half century. He continues to share the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops, and his "Life of a Yogi" Teacher Certification programs at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world.

    "If you have a little spiritual knowledge, you should share it with others. This is the highest expression of charity there is." ~Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra

    “We at the Dharma Yoga New York Center have decided to partner with YogaVibes in presenting the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra to honor the dictum quoted above,” says Adam Frei, Director of the Life of a Yogi Teacher Training Programs. “It is our sincere desire that those without access to yoga will now be able to access it wherever they are to help remove some of the darkness from their lives, the darkness that is ignorance. After researching the content providers currently online, we approached YogaVibes on the recommendation of a student of Sri Dharma Mittra's who had had a wonderful experience being filmed by them and having the filmed classes streamed by them. Our core mission at the DYNYC is to expose as many as possible to the expression of classical Eight-limbed yoga that is Dharma Yoga and we greatly appreciate this partnership with YogaVibes that is now going to help us reach that many more people, hopefully, for many years to come. You may not have the time or resources to come to New York or to wherever Sri Dharma Mittra or his certified teachers are teaching, but now Sri Dharma himself can come to you through streaming -- we thank YogaVibes for making this a reality.”

    We are delighted to make this a reality and offer a wealth of online yoga teachings with Sri Dharma Mittra:

    • Master Sadhana Practice (74 mins.) Quiet the turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within you in this challenging, yet graceful and meditative posture series steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma Mittra's experience of the classical tradition.
    • Yoga Nidra: Psychic Sleep Relaxation Method (45 mins.) Be guided into a state of deep relaxation where breathing and thoughts are slowed almost to the point of stopping, which can be as restorative as a full night's sleep.
    • Headstand Substitute (4 mins.) Learn ways to experience the benefits of headstand through modified versions without doing the full version in this free online yoga video.
    • Dharma Yoga Intro to Advanced Asana (11 mins.) In this free online yoga video, explore an introduction to Dharma Yoga Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa. This challenging and physically absorbing Vinyasa series was created by Sri Dharma Mittra to reintegrate the flow of prana throughout the spinal column and facilitate the movement of the vital life-force deep into all areas of the physical, metabolic, intuitive and bliss bodies.

    To find additional free online yoga offerings and full-length online yoga classes with Sri Dharma Mittra, visit Dharma Mittra’s page. Stay tuned for more yoga videos with Sri Dharma Mittra coming soon!

    ~TJ

  • Sri Dharma Mittra on Headstand, Ashtanga Yoga, & More

    YogaVibes is honored to present new yoga classes with legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra. Filmed at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City, the following free online yoga videos offer instruction on the physical (asana) practice of yoga, the 8-limbed path of Ashtanga yoga, and the mantra Om Namah Shivaya.

    • Dharma Yoga Intro to Advanced Asana - Experience an introduction to the practice of Dharma Yoga Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa, a challenging and physically absorbing Vinyasa series created by Sri Dharma Mittra to reintegrate the flow of prana throughout the spinal column and facilitate the movement of the vital life-force deep into all areas of the physical, metabolic, intuitive, and bliss bodies.
    • Headstand Substitute - For those who can’t do regular headstand, enjoy two extremely simple options. Learn ways to experience the benefits of headstand through these modified versions without doing the full version in this free online yoga video with master yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra. 

      Headstand Sri Dharma Mittra demonstrating the full expression of Headstand.
    • The Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga)- Listen as Sri Dharma Mittra explains the eight-limbed path of yoga (Ashtanga yoga) in this free yoga video. Sri Dharma will break down the 8 limbs: (1) Yama (universal practices), (2) Niyama (self-discipline) – the foundations of yoga – (3) Asana (yoga postures), (4) Pranayama (breath control), (5) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), (6) Dharana (concentration), (7) Dhyana (meditation), and (8) Samadhi (state of ecstasy or nirvana). Learning the correct practice of Ashtanga yoga under a learned teacher can help you to achieve radiant health, mental powers, and spiritual powers in a short time.

      8 limbs of yoga The 8-limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga.
    • Om Namah Shivaya - Elevate your mood and raise your vibration! Listen and learn the beautiful Om Namah Shivaya chant with Sri Dharma Mittra and his students.

    To practice Sri Dharma’s Mittra’s full-length online yoga classes, visit Sri's page on YogaVibes. For all things Dharma, please visit the Dharma Yoga Center website.

    ~TJ

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