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Class Description

Dharma Yoga Shiva Namaskar Vinyasas are challenging and physically absorbing vinyasa series created by Sri Dharma Mittra for the Dharma Gentle, I, II, III, IV, and V 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. The highest crowning meditative asanaspranayamas (breathing techniques), and Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep), which are embedded in the deep roots of Sri Dharma Mittra’s teachings, are also imparted to the students.

Dharma Gentle
This healing session is appropriate for all ages, who wish to finally add the healing qualities of yoga into their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those returning from an illness or injury, or who haven’t moved in a long time. It is recommended for those who are looking for an easy class, are ages 50 and up, and are pre-natal. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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Dharma I (Beginner)
This is the beginning level of the Dharma Yoga series. Students will practice DY Surya Namaskar Vinyasa and be introduced to DY 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 will 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.

200hr 2011

Dharma III (Advanced Intermediate)

This intermediate practice builds on the teachings of Dharma II, and is designed for those wishing to move advance through our progressively 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 certain 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 is designed for those wishing to move advance through our progressively challenging asana practices. Dharma IV 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 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.

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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 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. Melissa will help guide each individual to quiet the turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment, and realization of the Divinity already present within you.

Maha Shakti (Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced)
This class is open to a mixed level of students. This is a Dharma II-III class with direction and corrections given to each student according to their capacity. One is recommended to practice at their own pace, not push too much, and be at peace practicing either easier or more advanced variations independently within the Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa series and stationary meditative postures. Class includes a Dharma Talk on practical and spiritual philosophical methodology, varied discourses on karma and reincarnation, yogic diet, as well as classical breathing techniques.

LOAY 800hr students

Psychic Development Techniques and Meditation (Special Prescribed Practices) is a special 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 these 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.

yoga nidra 200hr 2012

Deep Healing Relaxation Method (Lecture)
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 to 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” as Sri Dharma says.  Each session includes different special practices and lectures.

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Holy 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. 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. Satsang will now be made available to all students weekly.

Maha Sadhana 
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 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. It continues with 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 real true goal of Yoga.

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