What is Dharma Yoga?

Dharma Yoga is a fluid yet demanding style, created by the school of Sri Dharma Mittra, which is based on the traditional yoga practice of this master with more than 50 years of experience and who continues to share the practice at his center in New York.

The foundations of this practice are the Yamas and Niyamas, especially Ahimsa (compassion towards all beings, avoid creating neither physical violence, nor verbal or mental), as the root of everything else, and its meaning is highly devotional (devotion to that which is supreme in ourselves).

It promotes a meditative and spiritual practice, even and especially in the practice of asanas, because they are approached as an offering. Sri Dharma Mitrra always highlights the ultimate purpose of yoga as the goal of his practice: the supreme self-realization of the Self or the supreme self-knowledge. As the Dharma Yoga Center website says, Dharma Yoga incorporates “the nine forms of yoga, including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Kriya, Bhakti, Japa, Laya and Jnana”, although in essence it is a classic Hatha Raja practice. “A devotional practice that focuses on good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.”

Dharma Yoga allows the student to progress through four sequences of movements that are linked to each other. It also has a very high degree of freedom on the part of Gráinne, who ends up constructing the practice based on the collective energy that is breathed at every moment in the room.

Gráinne always talks about the six mother postures of yoga, which are the foundations on which the balanced practice of Hatha Yoga is based, asanas that you will find with different variants in all the Dharma classes: Padmasana, Paschimotanasana, Bhujangasana, Sirsasana, Sarvangasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana.

A practice of Dharma Yoga is also usually identified by the Shiva Namaskara opening sequence and because inverted postures or headstands are done half way in the practice. Backbending and chest opening asanas are predominant in the practice.

It provides many benefits on a physical level and also helps to control thoughts and increase concentration. In fact, when moving into the postures one thinks more about offering the practice towards the absolute, like a prayer in movement, which is why it is considered one of the most devotional styles. The heart opening asanas also serve to unblock emotions and feelings that are locked inside.


  • Increases flexibility: with this practice, you will notice some loosening in your body. You will have no pains and aches in the body.
  • Strengthens the nervous system and calms the mind: Dharma yoga practice improves the blood flows and controls the body by strengthening the nervous system.
  • Improves concentration: it offers calmness and mental clarity due to which you can concentrate.
  • Promotes deep and restful sleep at night: Dharma yoga offers relaxation to the body by taking the person away from the hectic routine.
  • Supports bones strength and development: the Dharma yoga practice makes your bones and muscles strong and enhances the flexibility. It makes your spine erect and you avoid poor postures. It increases bone strength by lowering levels of cortisol and increased levels of calcium.
  • Supports cardiovascular health: Dharma yoga practice boosts up your heart rate which lowers your risk of suffering from heart attack or depression.
  • Reduces anxiety, worry, and depression: it relieves stress and improves your mental well-being.
  • Improves balance: regular yoga practice enhances the proprioception leading to fewer falls and injuries.
  • Increases body awareness: it gives you peace and offers mental, physical and spiritual health.
  • Relieves back pain: yoga Dharma is a form of meditation which eases the pain, improves strength and makes you active.

Cost & Booking

Email Grainne at Dharma Yoga Academy or call 07738 268834 to request more information.