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Dharma Yoga – Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa

Open All levels welcome
Dharma Gentle
Dharma I & II: Beginner
Dharma II & II-III: Beginner & Advanced Beginner
Dharma II-III: Advanced Beginner & Intermediate
Dharma IV: Intermediate & Advanced
Master Sadhana: Intermediate, Advanced & Teachers
Maha Shakti: Open  / All Levels
Satsang & Kirtan: Open / All Levels (Seated)
Psychic Energy Purification: Open / All Levels (Lying down)
Psychic Development Techniques and Meditation: Open/ All Levels (Seated)
Deep Healing Relaxation Method / Yoga Nidra: Open/ All Levels (Lying down)
Maha Sadhana: Special once a month practice | Open/ All Levels
Dharma Basics I Mondays 7-8:30 pm, 4-week series starting the beginning of each month.
Dharma Kids: 12-week series ages 6-11 | Open / All Levels

Below are descriptions for all Dharma Yoga classes and workshops to help you decide which ones are suitable for you. Every class is open to all students, but it is suggested that you choose the level that is most appropriate for you so as to receive the maximum benefit.

Dharma Yoga Shiva Namaskar Vinyasas
are challenging and physically absorbing Vinyasa series created by Sri Dharma Mittra for the Dharma Gentle,  I,  II,  III and IV practices. They reintegrate the flow of Prana throughout the spinal column and facilitate the movement of the vital life force deep into all areas of the physical, metabolic, intuitive and bliss bodies. This promotes harmony within all these layers so a concentrated state of radiant health is achieved.

Dharma Gentle – I | Open,  All Welcome
Ideal for beginners, those returning after experiencing injury and those age 50 and beyond. This practice was created to add the healing and toning qualities of yoga to your life. We start with guided warm up stretches, and move into simple sitting and standing poses to loosen the joints, promote good posture and balance. Breathing exercises and relaxation promotes calmness between poses and at the conclusion of practice. Students are helped according to their needs.

Dharma I (Beginner)
This is the beginning level of the Dharma Yoga series. Students practice Surya Namaskar Vinyasa and Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa Level I to warm up the body, bring flexibility to all muscles and joints and wake up the nervous system. A gentle, yet powerful series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and mild inverted postures follow. This practice ends with Deep Relaxation, breathing exercises and concentration/meditation to remove impurities and bring a sense of well-being to the body and radiant peace to the mind.

Dharma II (Intermediate)
This practice builds on the fundamentals of Dharma I and is designed for those wishing to advance in posture practice. Dharma II will ignite the entire bodily system through practice. A series of deeper balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted variations will be taught, including the Headstand, King of Postures. This practice finishes with Deep Relaxation, breathing practices and concentration/meditation which will induce deep calm and simultaneously invigorate the students.

Dharma III (Advanced Intermediate)
This intermediate practice builds on the teachings of Dharma II and is ideal for those wishing to advance to a more challenging Asana practices. Dharma III will ignite the entire bodily system through practice, unleashing the life force within it. With regular practice, weight problems and disease become a thing of the past as one attains good health and increased stamina, and gains the opportunity to attain Self-realization. The balancing, back bending, twisting and inversion variations increase in difficulty. Special meditative Headstand and Shoulderstand practices are introduced. This practice finishes with Deep Relaxation, breathing exercises and concentration/meditation sure to bring a deep sense of calm, increased sense of balance, peace and invigorated energy to all students.

Dharma IV (Intermediate/Advanced)
This intermediate to advanced practice builds on the teachings of Dharma III and will ignite the entire bodily system through practice, unleashing the life force within it. With regular practice, weight problems and disease become a thing of the past as one attains good health and increased stamina and gains the opportunity to attain Self-realization. The balancing, back bending, twisting and inversion variations increase in difficulty at this level. Special meditative advanced inversions are introduced. This practice finishes with Deep Relaxation, breathing exercises and concentration/meditation certain to bring a deep sense of calm, increased sense of balance, peace and invigorated energy to all students.

Master Sadhana | Dharma IV-V (Intermediate, Advanced & Teachers)
This class is for intermediate and advanced students and yoga teachers. The practice features Level IV-V of Sri Dharma Mittra’s Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa series. Dharma Yoga Registered Teachers, apprentice teachers and students, as well as teachers of all backgrounds from around the world commonly take this class. Be ready for an amazingly graceful challenging practice steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma’s experience of the classical tradition. One of the joys of Master Practice is exploring variations of advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world of today, as well as the instruction in how to take the steps necessary to acquire these postures. You will be guided through a purifying Deep Healing Relaxation session and can begin to cultivate the settling of the mind through invaluable and profound sacred teachings on the Ethical Rules (Yama), the Yogic Observances (Niyama), the Laws of Karma, Yogic Diet, ancient varied breathing practices and sound techniques. Sri Dharma helps guide each individual to quiet the turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within. This class with a master is a hidden gem in the middle of New York City and is highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers. Caution: do not miss out!

Maha Shakti (Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced)
This is an Open / Mixed Level Dharma Yoga Practice taught by Sri Dharma Mittra and Adam Frei. We welcome new students as well as those with a regular practice.  It is mostly Asana / yoga posture-based, and includes Deep Healing Relaxation and meditation. A great place to start if you can not attend a Dharma Basics I or II course.  We look forward to serving you.

Satsang and Kirtan
Satsang is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as a “gathering in the company with the wise”. It is the traditional method of supporting the spiritualization of the student, Sadhaka or disciple with the teacher or Guru. There is both a non-verbal and verbal transmission to the aspirant from the teacher. It is also a means to honor the teacher for all the work they have done for the student in imparting the teachings and understanding of Universal Truth to them. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to sit in the company of Sri Dharma Mittra and special guests.

Psychic Energy Purification
This special practice provides instant, PURE ENERGY not found in food or energy drinks, and this energy is 100% natural! One session equals 1-3 hours of deep sleep, one hour of meditation or two hours of Yogic exercises (Asana), but is superior to them all. Soon, you will go beyond ordinary consciousness to where your thoughts become powerful and creative. The after effects of the practice are similar to those one experiences after a good, deep sleep. One feels really energized and positive! Deep Psychic Purification is for the man (or woman) of the future who gets his (or her) energy from within, rather than from outside. After practicing, there is no need for food, because the mind is calm and you feel energized and happy. Regular practice will allow you to tap into the boundless joy that is already within. (No special clothes or mats are needed to practice.)

Psychic Development Techniques and Meditation (Special Prescribed Practices)
is a series of mental exercises sequenced to improve your psychic abilities and promote the projection of your thoughts. They include specific breathing exercises, directed visualizations and two powerful mantras: the Mantra for Purification and the Mantra for Unification. These mantras will establish perfect psychic rhythm to mental patterns which puts power behind your thoughts, making it easier to achieve your goals and desires in life. These ancient techniques have only been passed down by word of mouth from teacher to disciple and continue to be taught in this way. This class culminates in a final meditation to make your personal dreams a reality.

Deep Healing Relaxation Method / Yoga Nidra
A guided restorative session, to break free from the stress of the noisy and restless world that maintains its presence in our bodies and minds at all times. This class will allow you to take the time to let all the cells of your physical body, joints and organs de-stress and begin to find balance. This result occurs on an unconscious level as your bodily systems become healthy, balanced and refreshed. You will then be ready to sit quietly for the final 15 minutes in the practice of contemplative meditation, to bring your awareness even further within and guide you toward the Real Self deep in your heart. From this place, it will be easy for you to acknowledge, see and feel the Unity in the diversity, the sameness of all. You will slowly realize “all is within” and “we are all one”. Each session includes different special practices and spiritual discourses.

Maha Sadhana with Sri Dharma Mittra
The Great Divine Whole and Complete Eternal Practices of Sri Dharma Mittra, recommended for intermediate through advanced practitioners. This amazing session begins with spiritual purification discourses from the Master explaining how the ancient teachings can find expression in our modern lives. You will be shown how to establish proper placement, alignment and the deep spiritual intention behind each pose. The workshop continues with an in-depth, long and challenging Dharma Yoga III-IV Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa practice, including healing Deep Relaxation and a reflective meditation practice. Also included is a joyous Devotional Dharma Asana Satsang Jam. Personal attention and helpful hints are given throughout the session, as well as direction toward the true goal of yoga — Self-realization. Pre-registration is recommended for this once-a-month special workshop held monthly from 3-6 p.m.

Dharma Kids
Dharma Kids begins a great yoga journey in a child’s life. Combining classical yoga with teaching good posture, poise and grace, and buildling your child’s sense of awareness, while keeping them engaged and having fun. Our Dharma Kids Yoga program promotes a child’s natural muscle and joint flexibility, breathing, as well as a spirited joy of movement. We help your children become calm, one-pointed, self-confident and physically strong, thus radiating health.

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