Underpinning all of this was Sri Dharma Mittra. Like the subway itself, he was the constant presence throughout the eight days – serving all who came, but unaffected by it all. He himself had already travelled to the end of all the lines and was willing to take everyone as far as they wanted to go. Day and night, week after week and year after year – the subway is running. So too is Sri Dharma: leading teacher trainings in New York, flying to Hong Kong for a conference, patiently answering questions, posing for selfies and signing autographs. Back to New York again to lead another training.
At the end of the eight days Sri Dharma shared with all the trainees some final thoughts on teaching yoga today. What had the strongest impression on me was his thoughts on keeping up with your own practice. “A Yoga teacher must have a Yoga practice,” he said in a way that was part reminder and part warning. Clearly, he walks the walk. Many months removed from the training and that message is still a great motivation and inspiration to me during my daily practice and teaching. I'd like to mention a special thank you to my mentor for Kim Jeblick for her wisdom and guidance and to director of training Adam Frei for running a training program of the highest quality and integrity. I’m grateful for Sri Dharma’s continued dedication in sharing the knowledge, all the mentors for their unwavering support and all my fellow trainees for their inspiration. Om Shanti.