We’re catching up with some of our favorite presenters from this year’s conference and taking a bite out of their Big Apple experience. Click here for more info on YJCLIVE and be sure to use our exclusive YOGANONYMOUS promo code YN14 to get $50 off of your main weekend pass OR full event pass.
This week we got up close and personal with NYC local, Dharma Mittra. Check out what he had to say below:
Where do you currently live/primarily teach? I live and teach in New York City. I've been doing so now for almost 50 years.
What first comes to mind when you think about NYC? The energy and technology here is amazing! I think it's the best place on the planet to practice yoga.
What's it like teaching Yoga in New York? In New York City, we have all the temptations available, so we are tempted constantly, but we also have all the comforts. To teach yoga in New York City is a real pleasure.
Best yoga pose for New Yorkers? One of the 8 most important yoga poses: Shavasana (Corpse Pose). Consciously while in Shavasana, the body and mind are set into a dreamless sleep-like state, thus energizing, relaxing and rejuvenating the body. Finally, body sensation goes and only boundless consciousness is left. With this experience comes the realization that we are not the body or the mind. This is done to experience what it will be like after we are dead while we are still living.
What are you most excited about for this years YJ Live! event, and what will you be offering? I always appreciate the opportunity to teach at Yoga Journal Live! Events. When everyone comes together with one purpose in mind, a collective consciousness is formed. Then we all help each other psychically and progress is really fast. I plan to offer the best of what I’ve learned practicing and teaching for the past almost half-century.
Favorite thing to do in NYC outside of the studio? I like to spend time with my family, take care of our pets, watch a good documentary on Netflix, occasionally shoot pool and ride around town on my Segway.
Go-to Big Apple “guilty-pleasure”? Sometimes, I give the senses a little pleasure and enjoy a vegan wrap sandwich from Terri's or Blossom (two vegan eateries near the Dharma Yoga New York Center).
Anything else that you’d like to add about this year’s Yoga Journal LIVE! in NYC? Just that it's wonderful when people come together to study yoga. I look forward to seeing you there!