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Sri Dharma Mittra
Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating ancient knowledge for achieving radiant health and spiritual development. He was born in the late 1930's, and excelled from an early age at wrestling and weight lifting. After spending 7 years in the Air Force, Dharma began studying Yoga in 1958. He met his teacher Sri Swami Kailashananda in 1964, and after immersing himself in intense study and practice of the eight limbs of Yoga—especially Karma Yoga—Dharma was initiated as a sannyasi, one who renounces the material world while seeking God.
Beginning in 1967, Dharma taught Yoga for 8 years at his guru's ashram and was celebrated for his skill and mastery. In 1975 he left the ashram and founded the Yoga Asana Center, known today as the Dharma Yoga Center. In 1984 Dharma completed the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, as an offering to his Guru, and for all Yoga aspirants. This original masterpiece was meticulously assembled from over 1,350 self-photographed postures and hand-assembled by Dharma himself. The poster hangs in many prestigious yoga schools and ashrams worldwide. He is the author of the book Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses published by New World Library, is featured in American Yoga and is the inspiration for Yoga Journal's book Yoga.
Dharma was one of the first independent Yoga teachers in the United States, initiating tens of thousands on the path of Yoga before styles of Yoga became popular. He has remained truthful to the original classical practice, and is loved by students from all walks of Yoga for his humility, humor, joy and kindness in teaching. Dharma has been offering daily classes in New York since he started in 1967, and to this day makes himself available regularly to anyone in need of help and direction.
Dharma Mittra conducts Maha Sadhana and Yogi Treasures for a Shortcut to Immortality workshops worldwide as well as ongoing, in-depth Life of a Yogi teacher training programs at the Dharma Yoga Center.
You may also enjoy our exclusive interview with Dharma: Sri Dharma Mittra on Ahimsa and Vegetarianism.
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