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Dharma Mittra - Maha Sadhana Level 1


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  • Actors: Dharma Mittra
  • Directors: Ian Albert and Mark Holmes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Pranamaya, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GXMU7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Maha Sadhana: The Great Practice presents the jewels of wisdom from Sri Dharma Mittra's more than 50 years of yoga practice an extraordinary life dedicated to self-realization. Maha Sadhana Level I is designed for all able-bodied yoga students, even beginners, and covers asana, pranayama and meditation to create a strong foundation for success on the path of yoga.

Highlights from the DVD include:

  • 4 hours of rich, in-depth material covering all limbs of yoga practice
  • Practices suitable for both beginning and experienced students
  • Beginner Asana Practice adjustable from 53 to 64 minutes
  • Intermediate Asana Practice adjustable from 46 to 82 minutes
  • Guided pranayama and meditation practices
  • Spiritual Discourse advice for aspiring yogis
  • Dharma's Asana Workshop tips and tricks for poses
  • Bonus: Calling from Afar , a retrospective of Dharma's life set to the music of Krishna Das

Review

A generous four-hour record of this widely respected teacher's work. This is indeed a great practice. --Yoga Journal

Yoga master Dharma Mittra offers over 50 years of gems from his practice in [these] beautiful, useful, high-quality DVDs. --LA Yoga Magazine

The richness of information on these DVDs makes them a valuable resource for students at all levels and from all schools of yoga. The best part for me, though, is just watching Dharma practice and hearing him talk. The deep devotion with which he does the asana, pranayama and meditation practices is truly inspiring. And the charming humor, wisdom and love with which he speaks reveal a being who has realized his divine nature and shares it with us here. --Yoga Chicago Magazine

Yoga master Dharma Mittra offers over 50 years of gems from his practice in [these] beautiful, useful, high-quality DVDs. --LA Yoga Magazine

The richness of information on these DVDs makes them a valuable resource for students at all levels and from all schools of yoga. The best part for me, though, is just watching Dharma practice and hearing him talk. The deep devotion with which he does the asana, pranayama and meditation practices is truly inspiring. And the charming humor, wisdom and love with which he speaks reveal a being who has realized his divine nature and shares it with us here. --Yoga Chicago Magazine

Customer Reviews

Nevertheless, it's pretty to look at it and it made him famous and this DVD offers excellent instruction.
louienapoli
This video is a perfect way to start your Yoga practice - the postures and the physical practice are great, and the spiritual discourses are absolutely amazing.
Juliana Sanfelici
This will not bother you if you are on the floor DOING the sequence, as you will not even be looking at the screen.
Ms Muffintop

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beginning Pantanjali's Path on January 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Expertly sequenced to further develop one's practice, this DVD will definitely prepare one for more advanced poses. As an owner of many many yoga DVDs, I find my self returning over and over to this one. Contains everthing one needs to develop a solid meaningful practice Although, I don't completely agree with his spritual discourse he provides excellent asana and pranayama workshops. DVD Includes 3 beginning asana practices(53 min, 58 min, 64 min, which are basically the same with extended time on sun salutions)and 3 intermediate asana practices (46 min, 64, 82 min). I was initially afraid of pranayama after reading BKS Iyengar's Light on Yoga, he writes" In Pranayama the yogi uses his lungs as pneumatic tools. If they are not used properly, they destroy the tool and the person using it." This DVD gives good easy to follow initial pranayama instruction (26 min) and the practice includes rounds of Kapalabhati and Nadi shadona pranayama for a total of 8 min.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Hernandez on November 14, 2007
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I have seen Dharma Mittra excelent asana performing in other videos or shows. First I felt a Little disappointed because I was looking for hints on advances postures. Then I recalled it is a Level 1 video. Dharma Mittra really teaches a level 1 routine. It is very, very useful for people starting on yoga, specialy if they are over 40 years. He shows the real adjustments needed for stiff columns and stiff legs. All yoga teachers play with their ego showing how flexibles they are. I know Dharma Mittra is quite flexible and an awesome yogi, but this video is focused on a real level 1 routine. Younger teachers should learn from this no ego teacher.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Brennan on October 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Sri Dharma Mittra has finally blessed us with an epic pair of DVDs for our home sadhana. These DVDs are of the highest quality, and every facet of Sri Dharma's eight-limbed expertise shines through with radiant luminosity. Because Dharma covers all aspects of the yoga practice, not just asana, these DVDs are really in a class by themselves. Dharma's advice and instruction for us on the path of yoga are precise, inspirational, and light-hearted.

The special-feature montage of Dharma's life with music by none other than his good friend Krishna Das is elegant and moving.

I practice with these DVDs often, and am always inspired and challenged by some new nuance in the practice by this living yoga master. I recommend them consistently to my students, and many of them report a similar experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms Muffintop on February 4, 2012
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I actually don't think any yoga video except Linda Arkin is good for the absolute beginner. If you have NEVER done yoga, please, find a live teacher. Learn some basics so you don't hurt yourself by accident. Then supplement your practice with a video.

I initially bought the advanced Dharma Mittra dvd. I have been doing yoga daily for about two years and fancier myself not a beginner. $29 seemed like a lot for video, yet I was encouraged by how much material was covered. After receiving the level 2 video I thought maybe I'm not THAT advanced lol. I did watch the section with tips and instruction and that was enough for me to want to buy the level 1. This man is a lovely teacher. It is encouraging to think there are yogis out there older AND stronger than me!

This is my new favorite workout. I like that he holds poses for three to five breaths. The sequencing makes my body feel good, strong, stretched out, lithe and flexible when I am done. I am close to 50 years old. I also liked that there were many choices, it's not just one workout. You can chose from two different sequences and make them longer or shorter. IF you are used to bells and whistles, this video is pretty sparse. It's one guy doing the sequence while he voice over explains the moves. This will not bother you if you are on the floor DOING the sequence, as you will not even be looking at the screen. The background music is ambient drumming.

Be aware of: early on in the beginner sequence there is a shoulder stand. Not much prep, you just roll right into it. If you have not achieved full confidence in your shoulder stand PLEASE learn how at a studio before you try this at home. Second, if you practice shoulder stand ONLY with blankets and props, this dvd won't work for you because the shoulder stand is in the middle of a sequence. You roll in and out of it three times. You would get annoyed if you had to turn off and on the player while you got your props out of the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By louienapoli on May 5, 2013
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Disclaimer: I took a few classes with Dharma Mittra several years ago, and I was impressed by his knowledge, his ability to teach, the fact that he's in better shape than most people half his age, and above all by his authenticity. This guy is the real deal. Although he is a great hatha yogi, he always underscores, like Iyengar, that asana practice is but one limb of a greater whole. Nevertheless, it's pretty to look at it and it made him famous and this DVD offers excellent instruction. It is his Level 1 DVD but I think if you have no experience with hatha yoga, it will be difficult to follow the moving poses like the sun salutations. I view this more as an aid to practice for someone with some classes under his or her belt who wants to develop a home practice away from the studio. There are different lengths or practices depending on your schedule along with a basic pranayama practice, guided relaxation, and a great lesson in concentration using trataka, gazing (in this case at a candle flame). I have maybe ten or fifteen yoga DVDs and this and the Level 2 are among my favorites. Also, unlike most of the DVDs I've seen, Dharma Mittra emphasizes the inner focus during the poses. The guy's a national treasure in Yogaland and this is a really wonderful DVD.
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