Dharma Basics


This class is taught by:

Anne Marie Gordon

Studio Director and Yoga Teacher
 
My interests in moving meditation practices began with Tai-Chi at 19. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in the study of self-realisation and yoga as a way to heal myself mentally and physically. These practices have made a remarkable difference in my life, and the experience continues to help me grow each day.

 

Growing up with a fast-paced, constant-driving, coffee-drinking, standard New York diet and lifestyle kept me frazzled and depressed. Finding the discipline of yoga was the perfect calling to bring energizing activity, compassionate thinking, and spiritual vitality back to my life.

 

In 2011, I completed my Hot Yoga training at Yoga Oasis, N.Y., moved to Sheffield with new goals and challenges, and began manifesting my ideal of studying with Sri Dharma Mittra.  
 
Now, I am grateful to have completed the 500hr Life of a Yogi training with him and the skilled teachers at the Dharma Yoga Center.  This training solidified my understanding of the practice, and continues to be the foundation on which I live my life.  
 
Every day, I continue to pursue my interests in yogic philosophy, nutritional vegan eating, being positively active, actively calm, and living according to the Yoga Sutras.

 

I’m excited to share the wisdom learned from various teachers and yoga styles to bring consciousness and gratitude everywhere.  

 

Certification & Education…
White Cloud Monastary Nei Gong – 2006
Study Abroad at University of Sheffield – 2006-2007
BA in English Literature from State University of New York – 2008
Yoga Oasis Teacher Training with Mary Grace – 2011 (200 hrs)
Adjustment Clinic with Abby Hoffman – 2013 (18 hrs)

Life of a Yogi Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra - 2015 (500 hrs)

This class is taught in a warm room and is perfect for beginners.
 
Dharma Yoga is a classical Hatha-Raja style yoga, meaning that it incorporates the Eight Limbs of Yoga as part of every practice. These limbs correspond to: the ethical rules and observances of a yogic lifestyle (yama/niyama), the practice of physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), use of concentration (dharana), and meditation (dhyana) in order to realize the unity of the whole being, and rest in a state of absolute bliss (samadhi).

We will energize and strengthen the body through the physical posture (asana) practice, settle and restore the body/mind through deep relaxation, practice a level appropriate breathing exercise, and take time for stillness in meditation.

This vinyasa begins to explore the Dharma Surya/Shiva Namaskara sequences more closely, offering more basic modifications of postures. This class follows the structure of a typical Dharma class flow, it introduces inversions (headstand, shoulder stand), incorporates deep relaxation, breathing techniques and meditation.

Sri Dharma Mittra has been teaching in New York City since 1975. With over 50 years of personal practice and teaching experience, he is known as ‘the teacher’s teacher.’ Dharma’s teaching method aims to firmly establish the student in effectual practices that bring about Self- Realization.