Sri Dharma Mittra

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Sri Dharma Mittra Mean?

Sri Dharma Mittra, founder of the Dharma Yoga New York Center, is perhaps best known as the creator of the “Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures,” considered an instructional masterpiece. Still teaching after more than 50 years, Mittra is also the author of “Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses” and released the “Maha Sadhana” DVD series.

He is known as the “teacher’s teacher” because teachers from other schools and ashrams come to him to learn and for his Life of a Yogi teacher training and certification programs. Mittra has also created more than 300 yoga poses and variations of poses.


Yogapedia Explains Sri Dharma Mittra

Born in Brazil, Mittra moved to the United States in the mid-1960s and studied under Yogi Gupta (Swami Kailashananda), who is credited with bringing the Hatha style of yoga to the U.S. Mittra developed Dharma yoga, a system of classical Hatha-Raja yoga.

The cornerstone of Mittra’s teaching is the first of The Eight Limbs of Yoga, yama, or the ethical rules. According to Mittra, it is impossible to succeed in yoga without yama. The first of the five yamas is ahimsa (non-harming or non-violence). Mittra promotes this yama through veganism and a live-food diet, and through kindness to all living beings, including animals.

Mittra’s Dharma yoga Shiva namaskar vinyasa levels I through V, integrates classic yoga with a physical mobilization of the body to reach the goal of yoga, which is union with the higher Self.

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