At one of our camp retreats, as we were sitting for lunch, Sri Dharma said "Why is everyone sitting around me? You can go to the tables and out in the grass to eat." No one moved. With a twinkle in his eye, he then said: "I know, you're sucking up my energy." We all laughed.
I think I'll tell him my name is Cinderella. That's what I tell a lot of people who forget my name. And my mind continued to wander. All of a sudden Dharma said, "Did you see the movie Cinderella?" He looked right at me.
Students from around the world send their congratulations for Sri Dharma's 80th birthday in video messages.
Dharma Mittra was doing yoga when very few people were interested, out of the deepest sincerity, honoring his guru and the teaching. He was never in it for the money or the ego. He is unchanged in that way and has stood the test of time.
I've learned to love myself, which means a constant awareness of how I nourish my body with food, what words I choose to think, how I choose my friends, and how I let people treat me. As I practice a compassion toward myself, I extend it outward and learn to see myself in others.
I will never forget the first time I heard Sri Dharma talk about the spiritual heart, to focus on the right hand side of the heart- our true selves.
Dharma Yoga is is a heart-centered lineage that aims to fully exercise the eight limbs of yoga through every aspect of the practice, and to cultivate a deep reverence towards God, and boundless love and respect for all beings.
Dharma I know does inspire us to be better Yogis through being the most perfect example of a Yogi I’ve ever been so lucky to witness. And yet, Dharma also inspires us as a powerful example of how to be a regular human. I would never have known how important this is had I only seen the endless stream of perfect Yoga quotes and YouTube lectures.
Dharma's simplicity, and authenticity. His being himself. His generosity. He is a yantra for all of these for me. When I think of him, I am reminded of all these important qualities. I am really not interested in any other yoga teachers. I found Dharma in my early 20s and no one else has made much of an impression since. Even yogis in India don't compare.