One of the first obstacles for me was a lack of believing in and trusting in my own goodness. I have been in his physical presence during some of the hardest times of my life thus far - and each time I was falling apart inside, I got this feeling that he was seeing all of me - seeing all of the nonsense that was in my personality, all of the ways I wasn’t compassionate, all of the ways I was failing to be a Yogi – and loving me fully.
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.
At other studios, if you want to learn ethical lessons, you might get them in teacher trainings, as part of an exclusive yoga community, but in a Dharma yoga class, you can feel something connecting you to a higher force every single time.
Unlike some of the other studios where I teach, the Dharma Yoga Center holds tremendous spiritual vibrations. DYC has the traditional yoga setting and I feel Yogi Gupta's presence when I come there. It's incredible how asanas just come more automatically with Dharma-ji than anywhere else.
Sri Dharma Mittra has given his students a keen perception to see clearly what is needed through a wide range of practices to alleviate suffering so others may remove their ignorance. It's this approach that I am so grateful for.
I thought to myself, “how I so wish I could just remain here in the shoulder stand.” Just as that thought was passing. through my mind I heard Dharma cue, “now the plow pose, or if you would like just stay in the shoulder stand.” This about brought me to tears.
Yoga came into my life at a low point, and my curiosity to deepen my knowledge beyond the physical aspect was driven by my interest to learn from Sri Dharma himself.
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.
I am happy to say that Dharma Yoga has been received in the best possible way in Greece. Our students love the practice and many of them travel regularly to different places to practice with Sri Dharma and other senior teachers.
On our way up to the sixth floor Dharma talked to me about reflexes and the little boy’s response. He continued on as we took our shoes off, and finished his teaching with “if you act too quickly though, you may end up kicking the wrong person”.