Dharma Yoga is a modern style of yoga developed by Sri Dharma Mittra, a student of Sri Swami Kailashananda. It is a Hatha yoga-based practice that focuses on self-realization and encourages students to lead a yogic lifestyle. The word “dharma” means “duty” or “righteousness” in Sanskrit, and the practice of Dharma Yoga aims to help individuals fulfill their duties and lead a virtuous life.
Dharma Yoga incorporates elements of different yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar yoga, as well as teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and other yogic texts. The practice typically includes pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, asanas (yoga postures), and relaxation techniques.
One of the key principles of Dharma Yoga is selfless service or seva, which involves performing actions without attachment to the results. This helps students to cultivate a sense of humility and compassion and to become more aware of the needs of others.
The practice of Dharma Yoga is suitable for practitioners of all levels, from beginners to advanced students. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining a steady, calm mind and encourages practitioners to focus on their breath and to approach their practice with devotion and sincerity.