Dharma Yoga for beginners with Nico Always on Tuesday 18 - 19 clock From now on you can get to know Dharma Yoga with Nico every Tuesday. Please bring: comfortable clothes, bottle with water.
Dharma Yoga for beginners with Nico
Always on Tuesday 18 - 19 o'clock
From now on you can get to know Dharma Yoga with Nico every Tuesday.
Please bring: comfortable clothes, bottle with water.
About Dharma Yoga:
Dharma Yoga has its roots in all nine forms of yoga, but is essentially a system of classical Hatha-Raja Yoga. It focuses on the Eight Limbs of Yoga of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga system and emphasizes the Yamas and Niyamas. It is the lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra, a great living yogi who still teaches in NYC.
Dharma Yoga is based on Ahimsa - non-violence or love: love for ourselves, for others and for all living beings. Sri Dharma Mittra defines Ahimsa as not disturbing anyone's comfort. Respecting everyone. Everyone progresses on the path at their own pace.
Only when we are firmly grounded in Ahimsa do we develop what Sri Dharma Mittra considers the most important quality: Compassion. The highest form of compassion is to see ourselves in others. This is a sign of the beginning of self-realization. And the goal of yoga is self-realization: to realize that we are not the body, that we are not the mind, but a part of God or the Supreme Self, which is on the right side of the heart and is the same in every heart.
Dharma Yoga as an asana practice is a graceful and challenging practice. Most poses are held longer than in vinyasa practices, which adds a level of difficulty. However, it can still be a dynamic practice. Practitioners are encouraged to move gracefully in and out of the poses like a dancer. Unified movement is important: moving together to create a common mind or awareness. In this way, students support each other on a psychological level.
According to Sri Dharma Mittra, asana practice is said to bring "radiant health," physical strength, and freedom from all diseases. It stimulates the glands and can allow us to access the astral body by focusing on specific points in the body. It purifies the body and helps to calm the mind. But the asanas are only a preparation for meditation. They are not an end in themselves.
Teachers are encouraged to give only the essential cues for each posture and let students find their own practice, sometimes leaving space and silence in the room for students to go deeper into their practice. Another interesting point is that we always start with the left side of the body, except for the twists where we start on the right side.
Finally, and very importantly, Dharma Yoga is a practice of devotion. Sri Dharma Mittra constantly reminds us of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, that the highest form of spiritual practice is not meditation, but renunciation of the fruits of our actions. This is also true of asana practice. Sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) are encouraged to sacrifice each pose to the Supreme Self and to move beyond the expectation of results. Asana practice thus becomes karma yoga. This is also in line with the final niyama, Isvara Pranidhana, devotion to the Divine. This devotion allows us to experience liberation in each posture, which can give us a taste of meditation in asana practice.
Dharma Yoga weaves many teachings together to bring all students closer to the goal of self-realization. Dharma Yoga is "a devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind, and a kind heart."
Come and practice!