My yoga practice used to be very serious. It felt like medicine. It was helping me but it didn’t necessarily taste good.
I remember traveling to New York to the Dharma Yoga center in January 2015 for the New Years immersion. We had a whole crew from Baltimore and Dharma-ji kept helping each of us in the poses. I remember laughing at all of his jokes and writing down everything he said. However, the most important lessons [...]
When we did a forearm stand during our first sun salutation, I knew I wasn’t in Michigan anymore.
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.