Dharma Yoga Center New York
Dharma Yoga Center New York is the home studio to Dharma Mittra, one of today’s greatest living teachers.
There are now 2 Dharma Yoga Locations in NYC, and a plethora of classes and workshops for everyone! More information below from the studio website:
About Dharma Mittra
Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating the ancient knowledge of how to achieve radiant health and spiritual development. He was born in the late 1930’s and has studied Yoga since 1958. After meeting his guru (teacher), Sri Swami Kailashananda, he immersed himself in intense study and practice of the classical eight limbs of Yoga and nine years of dedicated full time practice of Karma Yoga. Sri Swami Kailashananda is known as the first Guru to bring the practice of Hatha Yoga to the west in the early 1950’s. Sri Dharma was accepted and initiated as a sannyasi (one who renounces the world in order to realize God). During these years he had the esteemed honor of being the personal assistant to the Guru attending to all his needs.
Dharma Mittra spent many years as a full-time yogi and brahmachari (celibate religious student who lives with his teacher and devotes himself to the practice of spiritual disciplines). He then began teaching, only for his Guru and with selfless expectation. He was the main demonstrator for the Yoga asanas at the many lectures the Guru gave to the public in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. After many years as a celebrated teacher at his guru’s Ashram, Sri Dharma left in 1974 to found the Yoga Asana Center, currently known as Dharma Yoga New York Center.
Sri Dharma was one of the first independent Yoga teachers on the East Coast, initiating hundreds of thousands on the path of Yogic practice and teaching. Dharma Mittra began disseminating this knowledge before “styles” of Yoga became popular, and has remained truthful to the original classical practice. Students from all walks and styles of Yoga love his teachings. Sri Dharma has literally been teaching classes continuously every day since he started in 1967. To this day he still makes himself available regularly to anyone who walks through the doors of the Dharma Yoga Centers in need of help and direction. He is known as “the Rock of Yoga” due to his dedication and fortitude, and also as the “Teacher’s Teacher” for his experience and knowledge. Sri Dharma continues to inspire, enlighten, and reveal the real meaning of Yoga to Yoga teachers and practitioners daily. Sri Dharma writes: “It is my greatest joy to share with students this knowledge that I have acquired in the past 50 years of practice and study. Dharma Yoga practice will give one’s body the power and strength to have resistance to common illnesses and diseases. With proper encouragement and increased faith in the Guru, as one can improve his physical body and mental attitude rapidly, thereby igniting the higher motives of making one’s self useful to himself and all mankind.”
Dharma East | 297 3rd Avenue at 23rd St.
The Kailashananda Temple at Dharma Yoga Center was dedicated in 1974 to Swami Kailashananda. Our sanctuary evokes the presence of the great saints and sages of our era, who have given us much inspiration and a path to follow. We are an oasis for peace in the middle of bustling New York City. The Center is bright, spacious and airy, with two large skylights and air conditioning. We wish for everyone to feel comfortable in a personal, unstressful, family-like environment. Come a few minutes early to stretch out and relax before class. The center is available for workshops, kirtans, and other programs at very reasonable rates. Our yoga shop is open around the class times for your convenience.
Dharma West | 61 West 23rd St. 6th Floor
The beautiful new Dharma West Temple is a spectacular testament to Sri Dharma Mittra’s 50 years of teaching, located in the bustling neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan. At 72 years old, Sri Dharma continues to teach here, five days a week, with 13 practices and workshops that range in focus from postures and breathing to meditation and philosophy. In addition, Dharma West offers certain practices by donation as well as classes for beginners.
Classes & Workshop Descriptions
The Great Divine Whole and Complete Eternal Practices of Sri Dharma Mittra. Recommended for intermediate through advanced practitioners, this amazing session begins with spiritual purification discourses explaining how the ancient teachings can find expression in our modern lives, continues with a challenging Shiva Namaskara practice where special emphasis is placed on establishing the proper alignment and spiritual intention of each pose, and ends with a joyous Devotional Dharma Asana Satsang Jam.
Dharma I Basics
This is the most fundamental program offered, and is highly recommended to start a practice. This course will teach you the Dharma I series slowly and clearly in once-weekly hour-and-a-half sessions with with the same expert teacher for four weeks. You will be slowly guided through a few postures in every class to get to know each posture and its health benefits. You will learn important breathing exercises, which are key to restoring vitality and a balanced functioning of the inner workings of the body and mind. All sessions will end with guided Deep Relaxation session and meditation to recharge and renew. You will receive a firm grounding into a personal practice, increase your strength, flexibility and create a deep sense of peace.
Dharma II Basics
Continue to build on the yoga fundamentals learned in Dharma I Basics by joining this four week program designed for Dharma I Basics graduates and advanced beginners. Strength, flexibility, and balance will be enhanced. Headstand, scorpion and wheel are systematically taught. Personal corrections are given to eradicate incorrect alignment.
Dharma Yoga Asana Clinic
These highly valuable clinics will focus on proper placement and alignment in the practice of each pose. You will also learn the spiritual intention of the poses. As Sri Dharma Mittra always says in class: “Each posture is designed to bring the practitioner a specific state of consciousness.” There will be a Q & A period. This workshop is intended to give students the time to slowly work on the chosen postures and therefore make rapid progress.
Dharma Yoga Kids
Dharma Kids begins a great journey in child’s life. Combining classical Yoga with games, we teach good posture, poise, and grace, buildling your child’s sense of awareness, while keeping them engaged. Our Yoga program promotes a child’s natural muscle and joint flexibility, breathing, as well as a spirited joy of movement. We highly invest in helping your children become calm, one-pointed, self-confident, and physically strong, thus radiating health.
Teacher Training Certification
Our Dharma Yoga “Life of a Yogi” Teacher Training Immersion Programs are ideal for seasoned teachers, dedicated practitioners, and those discovering Yoga. Our goal is to disseminate classical Yoga from the lineage of living Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra, and to impart its essence by means of Divinely-realized techniques. When one is established in Yoga, sattva or peace pervades our life and teaching. The essential tools for teaching Dharma Yoga will be shared by Sri Dharma Mittra and his long-time, senior level, certified and dedicated teachers. These trainings immersions are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to change your life and your teaching skills.
There is little in the classical canon of Yoga not covered at both the 200 and 500 Hour levels, although as part of the 500 Hour TT, many subjects are covered at an advanced level, since one must already be a certified 200 Hour teacher and have some experience teaching to be eligible for this program. The 200 and 500 Hour programs exceed Yoga Alliance standards in all areas. Both trainings delve into the ethical rules (Yama) and observances (Niyama), the postures (Asana), the breathing exercises (Pranayama), concentration (Dharana), meditation (Dhyana), diet practices, purification techniques (Kriyas), physical and subtle (psychic) anatomy, the seven major energy centers (Chakras), seals (Mudras) and locks (Bandhas), philosophy, scriptural study, pedagogy, Dharma Yoga teaching methodology, Yogic lifestyle, Dharma Partner Yoga, Psychic Development, Mantra initiation and instruction, alignment, adjustments, assisting and correcting, and include actual experiential practice, clinics, lectures, Satsang and Kirtan. There is homework and reading assigned prior to the actual commencement of each intensive, assignments and an examination during, and an internship which includes required components such as teaching, assisting and service if one aspires to become a certified Dharma Yoga instructor.
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Deep Yogic Healing Relaxation Method – Dharma West
Lecture Immersion with Satya Narayana Dasa – Dharma West
July 11th – August 1st
Dharma I Basics Intensive w/ Andrew – Dharma East
Chanting of the Hanuman Chalisas
Yoga Remedies for Overcoming Stress & Depression – Dharma West
Special Open House for Dharma Kids – Dharma East
500 hour Life of a Yogi Teacher Training – Dharma West
September 15th – December 22nd
Dharma Kids Program – Dharma East