Sri Dharma Mittra is founder and director of the Dharma Yoga Center, a sanctuary for the study of yoga in New York City since 1974. Know as the “Rock of Yoga” and the “Teacher’s Teacher”- Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating ancient classical teachings to help others achieve radiant health and spiritual development. A student of yoga since 1958, Sri Dharma Mittra was eventually accepted and initiated as a sannyasi (one who renounces the world in order to realize God) by his guru, Sri Swami Kailashananda. With total humility, Sri Dharma Mittra embraced the practice of karma yoga, and taught hatha yoga at his guru’s ashram for nearly 10 years.
After more than 45 years, Sri Dharma Mittra continues to teach classical Ashtanga Yoga. He helps students progress quickly to a deep understanding of their true self so they can lead happy and contented lives. He embodies “dharma” (one’s duty) and the virtues of yoga: kindness, patience, humility, fortitude, righteousness, humor, selfless service, ahimsa (nonviolence), vegetarianism, unlimited love, compassion, and understanding for all.
Sri Dharma Mittra is known to yoga students worldwide through his Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures. In addition to directing the Dharma Yoga Center, he is author of Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses and has produced the Maha Sadhana DVD series. He is a model in Yoga Journal’s book Yoga and Barnes & Noble’s American Yoga and is the subject of the book Dharma Mittra: A Friend to All.
A beloved teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra teaches nationally and internationally and maintains a regular teaching schedule at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York.
Gary Kraftsow is founder of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) and is America's leading teacher of Viniyoga. He conducts yoga seminars and retreats throughout the United States and Europe for yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and therapists. A student of T.K.V. Desikachar since 1974, Kraftsow opened the Maui School of Yoga Therapy in 1983. In 1999, he founded AVI. He has designed the protocol for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant on yoga therapy for low back pain. He has also been invited to consult on the yoga portion of an NIH study on developing programs to teach complementary and alternative medical modalities in medical schools, and has been asked to take part in a research project with Harvard University on yoga therapy for chronic anxiety. Currently the director and senior teacher of AVI, he is the author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation.
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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is cofounder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga, the premier Kundalini Yoga center in Los Angeles, California, and New York City. In 1972, she was baptized by her spiritual teacher and Kundalini Yoga master Yogi Bhajan with the Sikh spiritual name “Gurmukh,” meaning “one who helps people across the world ocean.” Since that time, Gurmukh has dedicated her life to fulfilling her namesake. For nearly three decades, students in Los Angeles and from around the world have sought out her classes in Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and pre-and post-natal care, and she currently works closely with the Amrit Davaa World Health Organization to bring much needed medical supplies and attention to orphanages in India, Tibet, and Mexico.
Gurmukh is author of The 8 Human Talents: Restore the Balance and Serenity Within You With Kundalini Yoga and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth With Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She has also produced three DVDs, including Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for Mothers To Be, Postnatal Kundalini Yoga for New Mothers, and Kundalini Yoga With Gurmukh. She leads workshops and trains yoga teachers throughout the world, and films Kundalini Yoga for Indian television station, KLM.
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa resides in Los Angeles with her husband Gurushabd Singh Khalsa and their many dogs.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As a young man, he lived and studied with renowned adepts before meeting his spiritual master, Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Tigunait is a regular contributor to Yoga + Joyful Living magazine and author of 14 books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, and the best-selling At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama.
Internationally known vinyasa flow yoga teacher and spiritual activist, Seane Corn shares her perspective at the Yoga Service Council conference on why a daily practice will help you to stay open-minded, inclusive and honest rather than avoiding your shadow personality traits while in service to others.
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