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Dharma Mittra: World Renowned Yoga Master

Sep 4th, 2012
Staff Writer

Sri Dharma Mittra: || Founder of Dharma Yoga Center.Yoga is not yet a world of much celebrity or fame, but if any yogi’s reputation precedes him, it is that of the man that some call “the Rock of Yoga” and the “Teacher’s Teacher”, founder of New York’s Dharma Yoga Center, Sri Dharma Mittra.

Perhaps best known for his work of 1984: “The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures”, Sri Dharma produced what would become an illustration of yoga recognized around the world. Using a Nikon camera and a remote control, Dharma took 1150 photographs as he performed 908 different poses, some of which had never been recorded in the yoga world before: poses originated by the teacher himself. “In some postures, I had to click the remote with my mouth and spit it out seconds before the flash went off,” Dharma recounted in his recent interview with Yoga Journal. Without the use of a computer, Sri Dharma organized 908 photographs around the Sanskrit “Om”.

Dharma’s childhood was spent in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where his father raised pigs. He recounts that there were “50 pigs one day” slaughtered at his home. “From then on, I couldn’t touch meat. It’s stained with pain and suffering,” he said in a Yoga Journal interview.

Dharma first came to the United States in 1967 to learn from his Guru Sri Swami Kailashananda (the first man to bring Hatha Yoga to the west). Sri Dharma has since dedicated his life to the discipline, and founded New York’s Yoga Asana Center in 1975 (now known as Dharma Yoga Center).

A man of great influence, Sri Dharma Mittra lives his life with unwavering passion and dedication. In his own words, “Live the golden rule. Purify your heart. Lose the ego.”