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.
Sri Dharma made the little “hmm” noise he does sometimes and then said, “I don’t like bonfires too much.” He paused and I didn’t say anything. “They disturb the insects.”
Video: Dharma Yoga teacher Emi Tull and her students from various London studios send their love to Sri Dharma.
My dream is to open a Dharma Yoga School in Indonesia, one that follows the curriculum authentically according to the Dharma Yoga method and educates people about what the Dharma lineage is really all about.
Since Dharma Mittra assuaged my fear of falling from a headstand during a particularly crowded class, by demonstrating the three possible ways to tumble, headstands have become a regular part of my practice. Now I’m 9 months pregnant and still inverting regularly, and to top it off, my midwife says the baby will come on [...]
The Dharma lineage is deeply rooted in the traditions of yoga and I believe this association has immeasurable value and helps facilitate a feeling of sustained connection within the Dharma worldwide community, of which I am grateful to be a part.