Maha Sadhana, or the Great Practice, presents the jewels of wisdom from Sri Dharma Mittra’s nearly 50 years of yoga practice—an extraordinary life dedicated to self-realization. In this DVD Dharma presents Level I of his remarkable teachings, an approach to yoga respecting the great foundations of this ancient practice: asana, pranayama, meditation, ethical rules, and spiritual study. The discussion topics, asana practices and other exercises are designed to be accessible to any able-bodied student, even beginners. Dharma is respected and revered throughout the world for his deep love and commitment to the practice of yoga, and for his warmth and devotion to his students. Dharma’s love radiates through every practice on this disc–let it guide you to the true transformational power of the path of yoga.
Highlights from the DVD include:
- 4 hours of rich, in-depth material covering all limbs of yoga practice
- Practices suitable for both beginning and experienced students
- Beginner Asana Practice — adjustable from 53 to 64 minute
- Intermediate Asana Practice — adjustable from 46 to 82 minutes
- Guided pranayama and meditation practices
- Spiritual Discourse — advice for aspiring yogis
- Dharma’s Asana Workshop — tips and tricks for poses
- Special feature: “Calling from Afar”, an 18-minute video retrospective of Sri Dharma Mittra’s life set to the music of Krishna Das
- 4 hours
- 1 DVD
- ALL region
“Far more than a straight asana practice, this DVD contains over four hours of in depth material that covers everything from meditation and asana to ethics and spiritual study. The materials on the DVD are designed to be accessible and challenging to a wide variety of practitioners from beginners to more advanced, experienced practitioners. Containing both beginning and intermediate asana sequences, Dharma takes the practice even further by presenting guided pranayama and meditation practices that provide a balanced and satisfying experience.
“Dharma has an engaging personality and an enjoyable sense of fun and lightness that draws the viewer in and counteracts the staleness that can sometimes accompany the fitness video experience. There is definitely something for everyone here. It is also a wonderful record of the wisdom of one of the great yoga masters we have the privilege to be exposed to in the West.”
— Yogi Times
“This is indeed a great practice, not only in length but also in information… As the first generation of American yoga teachers ages and passes on, it’s essential to preserve a record of yoga’s legacy worldwide to remind future generations of their roots. This DVD is important not only for its instruction but for its historical value as well.”
— Yoga Journal
About Sri Dharma Mittra
Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating ancient knowledge for achieving radiant health and spiritual development. He was born in the late 1930’s, and excelled from an early age at wrestling and weight lifting. After spending 7 years in the Air Force, Dharma began studying Yoga in 1958. He met his teacher Sri Swami Kailashananda in 1964, and after immersing himself in intense study and practice of the eight limbs of Yoga—especially Karma Yoga—Dharma was initiated as a sannyasi, one who renounces the material world while seeking God.
Beginning in 1967, Dharma taught Yoga for 8 years at his guru’s ashram and was celebrated for his skill and mastery. In 1975 he left the ashram and founded the Yoga Asana Center, known today as the Dharma Yoga Center. In 1984 Dharma completed the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, as an offering to his Guru, and for all Yoga aspirants. This original masterpiece was meticulously assembled from over 1,350 self-photographed postures and hand-assembled by Dharma himself. The poster hangs in many prestigious yoga schools and ashrams worldwide. He is the author of the book Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses published by New World Library, is featured in American Yoga and is the inspiration for Yoga Journal’s book Yoga.
Dharma was one of the first independent Yoga teachers in the United States, initiating tens of thousands on the path of Yoga before styles of Yoga became popular. He has remained truthful to the original classical practice, and is loved by students from all walks of Yoga for his humility, humor, joy and kindness in teaching. Dharma has been offering daily classes in New York since he started in 1967, and to this day makes himself available regularly to anyone in need of help and direction.
Dharma Mittra conducts Maha Sadhana and Yogi Treasures for a Shortcut to Immortality workshops worldwide as well as ongoing, in-depth Life of a Yogi teacher training programs at the Dharma Yoga Center.