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.
In 2007 I saw a poster of the 908 asanas in the first American-Croatian Yoga School in Zagreb, Croatia. I was so impressed with the many asanas and was left wondering who was that master yogi. Reading about him on the internet, I was surprised by his humility and simplicity, and connected to his words [...]
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.
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.
In honor of Sri Dharma's 80th birthday, long-time Sri Dharma disciple, DY teacher (LOAY 800 hrs), and vegan dessert chef, Pam Jones, shares a few of her vegan dessert recipes.
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 [...]
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.