Dharma Yoga

May 17, 2018   //   by Charon   //   The Blog, Workshop, Yoga Practice  //  No Comments

There is No Need to Fear Dharma Yoga

Sri Dharma Mittra

Sri Dharma Mittra

It use to intimidate me. I thought Dharma Yoga was only for true yoga warriors. For yogis who could already bend themselves into pretzels, immediately rise up into a headstand then hold arm balance poses for minutes on end.   

After attending my first Dharma Flow class, I fell almost instantly in love with this liberating and fun yoga practice. My previous intimidation was replaced by a new sense of freedom and trust for graceful exploration.

Read on as Emily, a Yoga District teacher, highlights the principles and practices of Dharma Yoga.

If you’re wondering about Dharma Yoga then don’t be afraid to try it. Feel free to attend one of our Dharma inspired classes (listed in post) and join us for the upcoming Dharma Day!

Dharma Day with, international teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra

  • May 20th, 2018 10am- 5pm
  • The Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • You can attend all day or select specific classes.
  • For more information or to sign up: Here

Origin & Principles of Dharma Yoga

Dharma yoga is based on the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra. It derives from various practices of yoga with a focus on the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Sri Dharma Mittra is a humble yet humorous teacher.  He is a true yoga master. He has been teaching yoga in New York City and internationally for over 50 years.

You may recognize Sri Dharma Mittra from the Master Yoga Chart of 908 poses.  It can be found in many yoga studios. His framed photograph hangs in Yoga District studios.  

 The principles of Dharma yoga is rooted in the classical system of hatha-raja yoga. It emphasizes a clear mind, vibrant health, and a kind heart. Dharma Yoga should move the practitioner closer to the goal of self-realization.

Sri Dharma Mittra often reminds his students, yoga without the ethical guidelines of Yamas (restraints) and Niyamas (observances) is like spaghetti without the sauce. Compassion towards all beings is at the heart of Dharma Yoga.

Master Yoga Chart of 908 poses

Master Yoga Chart of 908 poses

Dharma YogaDharma Yoga Class

Dharma Yoga classes are well balanced, beginning with a vinyasa then a hatha style of practice.

Starting with a warm up sequence called Shiva Namaskara (vinyasa in style).

Which is then followed by a series of “main” poses held for longer periods of time (more hatha in style).

In Dharma yoga the breath is not cued, but rather students are encouraged to allow the breath to be natural.

Come explore Dharma Yoga Class at Yoga District. Don’t worry, we keep it approachable and will help you to modify the sequence and poses to fit your body and level.

  • Mondays 6:30 AM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1.5-3 @ Columbia Heights
  • Mondays 12:30 PM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1-2  @ H Street
  • Mondays 5:00 PM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1-2  @ I Street
  • Tuesday 6:30 PM, Dharma Flow 1-2 + Restorative  @ Glover Park
  • Wednesday 6:30 AM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1.5-3 @ Columbia Heights
  • Wednesday 5:00 PM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1-2  @ I Street
  • Thursday 12:15 PM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1 @ 14th St.
  • Friday 6:30 AM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1.5-3 @ Columbia Heights
  • Friday 12:00 PM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1.5-3 @ Columbia Heights
  • Saturday 2:00 PM, Dharma 2 + Restorative @ H Street
  • Saturday 6:30 PM, Dharma Gentle @ 14th St.
  • Sundays 8:30 AM, Dharma Flow Yoga (All Levels) @ H Street
  • Sundays 10:00 AM, Dharma Inspired Flow Yoga 1-2 @ Glover Park

Dharma Yoga Readings, References & Resources:

Dharma Day

Dharma Day

Dharma Day

If you are interested in exploring Dharma Yoga then come to Dharma Day with teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra! You have the option to sign up for individual classes or to attend all day.

  • May 20th, 2018 10am- 5pm
  • The Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • Class schedule:
  • 9:30-10:00 Community Mantra & Chanting: Kirtan  (Donations class)
  • 10:00-12:00 Master Class
  • 12:00-1:00 Yoga Nidra
  • 3:00-5:00 All-Levels

For more information or to sign up: Here

Master Class

The workshop will include: Asana, Guided Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting, Lecture and Guided Relaxation.  Sri Dharma Mittra will provide profound sacred teachings on the ethical rules, nature of being, yogic diet, ancient varied breathing practices and sound techniques.

Yoga Nidra

This guided restorative session helps you break free from the stress of the noisy and restless world that maintains its presence in our bodies and minds at all times.

All- Levels

This workshop includes Asana, Guided Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting, Lecture on Purification, Guided Relaxation, and a “Devotional Dharma Asana Satsang Jam”


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