The "Rock of Yoga"
Sri Dharma has been teaching yoga in New York City since 1975. He was one of the first independent yoga teachers on the East Coast. He has been teaching Classical 8-Limbed (Hatha-Raja) Yoga since before it was popular and has become known as the "Teacher's Teacher," as he has taught many influential yoga teachers of our modern world.
He continues to teach over 10 classes a week to the public. He is the most humble, ego-less, compassionate man I have ever known. And he is absolutely hilarious! Being in his presence is truly a gift - so go take his class while you can! You can go drop-in to any of his classes, or go for his monthly offering "Maha Sadhana" on Saturdays from 3-6pm, take one of his 3-day immersions, or even one of his LOAY (Life of a Yogi) Teacher Training Immersions.
If you are curious about yoga, or curious about yourSelf, don't hesitate any more! Go see the master!
Check out more information about his offerings here: http://www.dharmayogacenter.com/
Sri Dharma's History*
Sri Dharma Mittra was born in 1939 in a small village in Brazil. He was raised in a poor Catholic family and learned about yoga as a teenager through books his younger brother was studying.
From 1958-1964, Sri Dharma served in the Brazilian National Air Force. He also practiced bodybuilding, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. During this time, his younger brother, Sattya, left Brazil for New York City to study with their future Guru, Sri Swami Kailashananda (a/k/a Yogi Gupta). After arriving in NYC, Sattya extended an invitation to Sri Dharma to join him to study with Yogi Gupta.
On September 14, 1964 he met his brother in New York City and the next day he had a private consultation with the Guru. Upon meeting the Guru, Sri Dharma immersed himself in intense study and practice of the classical Eight Limbs of Yoga and dedicated 9 years of his life to the full-time practice of Karma Yoga. Three years into his studies, he was initiated as a Sannyasi (one who renounces the world in order to realize God). During his years as a renunciate, he was also the personal assistant to the Guru - a very high honor.
In 1967, Sri Dharma was asked to teach intermdiate and advanced classes in Asana and Pranayama at the Yogi Gupta New York Center. He also helped prepare food, ran the juice bar and was the main handyman. He demonstrated Asana at Yogi Gupta's public lectures in the 1960's and 1970's.
With Yogi Gupta's blessing, Sri Dharma left the Ashram in 1975 and opened the Yoga Asana Center, which is currently known as the Dharma Yoga Center.