Legendary Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra—who has taught yoga since 1967 and founded the first independent school of yoga in New York City in 1975—is turning 75 on May 14th and to celebrate we want you to comment and share your favorite stories and memories of Dharma. Check out an exclusive message from Dharma on his thoughts about turning 75 and find out how you can celebrate with him and his crew in NYC below.
I feel thankful and blessed to have this opportunity. I am very fortunate that at 75, due to Karma from my past deeds, I am able to consistently maintain a healthy diet and that I am able to keep up with my meditation and deep healing relaxation in Shavasana. I am grateful to feel physically well, despite that an old body cannot do everything you might want it to do. In reality, I feel better than I did when I was 20 years old and am overall without any physical problems as far as my health is concerned. The body may be older, but the mind is very sharp now. For example, if you ask me today what is seven times nine, I have to think about the answer for a little while before it comes to me. But, if you ask me about subtle or spiritual matters, the mind is very sharp and the answer comes almost immediately. So, I feel extremely grateful to the L-rd for having provided me with the opportunity at this age to remain in excellent physical and mental shape. All this is no doubt due to some deeds in the past and I can only wish for others that they should be similarly blessed. It's all very simple really. Without the help of G-d, the Almighty One, nothing would be possible. New York, NY, May 14, 2014: Sri Dharma Mittra turns 75 years old on May 14th, 2014. Events will open with a special Master Class taught by Sri Dharma Mittra on May 14th from noon to 1:30pm at the Dharma Yoga Center (61 West 23rd st, New York, NY) followed by a vegan cake and treats. All are welcome. Following this a weekend immersion will be held on May 16th, 17th and 18th. The immersion consists of classes on asanas (physical poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, deep healing relaxation and partner yoga. The immersion is like a retreat but it is unique in that it will be held in the heart of New York City. Sri Dharma Mittra and other senior teachers will lead the classes and all are held at the Dharma Yoga Center (61 West 23rd st, New York, NY). The first class starts on Friday May 16th at 5pm and the last class concludes on Sunday May 18th at 3pm. The final program is a donation event and includes satsang and chanting with the Dharma Kirtan Band followed by a vegan potluck extravanganza. Longtime students as well as new practitioners will attend the immersion and celebration. All are welcome to register for the workshop at www.dharmayogacenter.com.