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Sri Dharma Mittra, Yoga teacher, founder of the Dharma Yoga Center

Sri Dharma Mittra, founder and director of the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City, has dedicated most of his life in service by teaching classical yoga, advanced postures, yama, and niyama, and the skills to lead a happy, simple, and fulfilled life. One of the first independent yoga teachers on the East Coast, he has initiated hundreds of thousands on the path of yogic practice and teaching.

Sri Dharma is the author of Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses and the instructional video series Maha Sadhana: The Great Practice.

Truly a "teacher's teacher," Sri Dharma began studying yoga as a teenager in 1958 through the esoteric and yoga books of his younger brother. From 1958 through 1964, Sri Dharma served in the Brazilian National Air Force and practiced bodybuilding, wrestling, and Brazilian jiujitsu. In 1964, he left the Brazilian Air Force and moved to New York City to study under Sri Swami Kailashananda, also known as Yogi Gupta. After intensive study of the classical Eight Limbs of Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and karma yoga, he was accepted and initiated as a sannyasi.

Sri Dharma began teaching asana and pranayama after devoting a decade as a full-time yogi and brahmachari—a celibate religious student who lives with their teacher and devotes themselves to the practice of spiritual disciplines. A celebrated teacher at his guru's ashram, he left in 1975 with Yogi Gupta's blessings and founded the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City.

Sri Dharma completed the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures in 1984, after he meticulously photographed himself in 1,300 yoga postures. The chart is hung in many ashrams and yoga centers worldwide, as a teaching tool and inspiration. He tirelessly promotes ahimsa (non-harming) through vegetarianism, veganism, and kindness to all living beings, especially the animal kingdom.

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