Dharma Yoga – What Is It And What Are Its Benefits?

Do you want to learn a unique form of yoga? Learn Dharma Yoga! Practicing this yoga gives your body the required strength and ability to fight most illnesses. Dharma yoga poses has a series of 908 postures which help you to maintain physical as well as mental fitness.

Dharma yoga was founded in 1984 by the spiritual and yogic guru, Dharma Mittra. He completed this Master Yoga Chart and compiled 908 yoga poses. Few of these poses are included in Hatha Yoga.

Most of the asanas listed by the Dharma yoga guru should be practiced only by advanced yoga practitioners. If you are an intermediate or basic yoga practitioner, you should always perform asanas under the guidance of a yoga guru.

The prominent Dharma yoga poses which one can learn and practice at home are listed below. Follow the step by step guide and get started:

Dharma Yoga Poses

1. Ardha Baddha Padma Prapadasana:

ardha baddha padma prapadasana

This is also known as the half-bound lotus tip-toe pose.

  • Sit down on the floor in Sukhasana (comfortable cross-legged position)
  • Bring your body on your toes.
  • Place your hands (palms) on your waist. (One can even join the palms in prayer position and place them in front of the chest)
  • Lift up your left leg and place it on the upper side of the right thigh.
  • Look straight, close your eyes and relax.
  • Remain steady for 10 seconds and release.

2. Akarna Dhanurasana:

akarna dhanurasana

This is known as the shooting bow pose.

  • Sit on the floor with your legs spread straight in front of you.
  • Slightly lean forward to catch the big toe of the right foot with your right hand. At the same time, catch the big toe of the left foot with the left hand.
  • Pull the right foot back and place the big toe of the right foot next to the right ear.
  • Try to sit straight in this pose and stretch your body ( do not stretch your body beyond your capacity)
  • Return back to the first position. Relax.

3. Ashtanga Namaskara:

ashtanga namaskara

This is known as the sun salutation – eight point bow pose.

  • Lie down on the floor on your belly with your head resting on your chin.
  • Look straight.
  • Place your hands (palms) on the ground beside your chest, fingers pointing in the front direction.
  • Lift your buttocks/ hips off the floor as much as you can.
  • Place your feet on your toes and balance your body in this position.
  • Relax.

4. Eka Pada Galavasana:

eka pada galavasana

This is known as the one-legged pose of Sage Galava.

  • Stand on the floor in a straight position.
  • Bend your body forward from your hips until your hands reach your toes. Place your hands slightly ahead of your feet.
  • Bend your arms slightly from your elbows.
  • With a slight jerk, lift your legs off the floor and fold them from the knees.
  • Place your left leg on the outer side of the right arm. Straighten your right leg from behind.
  • Look downwards and remain steady for 10 seconds.
  • Relax.

5. Durvasana:

durvasana

This is known as the pose of the sage, Durva.

  • Stand on the floor in a straight position.
  • Lift your left leg and fold it from the knee.
  • Slightly bend your upper body forward.
  • Place the foot of your left leg on your shoulders from behind.
  • Keep your right leg straight on the floor.
  • Join your hands (palms) in prayer position and place them in front of your chest.
  • Remain steady for 10 seconds.
  • Relax.

Try these unique yoga poses from Dharma mitra yoga module and discover a new way of staying fit and healthy! Happy practicing!

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  • Rekha

    Yoga is sooo extensive! Just when you think that you have read all there is to it something new pops up! This is kind of yoga that i have even heard off before. Thanks! This is just what i need. A boost in immunity!