Inside the yogi's belly: Sri Dharma Mittra

Inside the yogi's belly: Sri Dharma Mittra
Sri Dharma Mittra

Sri Dharma Mittra, the founder of Dharma Yoga Center in New York, is a modern day yoga master and a foundation of New York’s yoga community. Dharma, who is in his seventies, still practices everyday and teaches multiple classes a week. Here, he shares his food philosophy and a few of his favorite meals.

Dharma Mittra gives us advice on how to practice kindness on your plate:

A smooth start

Smoothies have been a large part of Sri Dharma Mittra’s 99.9% vegan diet for years. His favorite recipe (and usually his main meal of the day) is a large handful of peeled sprouted almonds, one large banana and a cup of fresh juice or non-dairy milk (rice, hemp or soy) blended until creamy.

Simple pleasures

For snacks and simple meals, Sri Dharma Mittra loves avocados, oranges, a combination fresh juice of half mixed greens and half carrot and occasionally cuts a large cucumber into thin slices to eat with hummus.

Kind considerations

"Always remember to offer the food before eating it," he says. "In this way, we show gratitude for that which sustains the body and encourage the mind to move towards Divine Union or yoga with every bit of food offered and consumed." 

Dharma also feels that to make real progress in yoga, your compassion must extend beyond your pets. “One of the best ways to put Ahimsa, or non-violence, into practice right now if you haven't already, is to cease eating the flesh of our inferior brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom and emerge from this great darkness immediately,” he says. “Keep Ahimsa in word, thought and deed, and you will make rapid progress in yoga.”  



Yeah, what's that fraction of a percent that's NOT vegan? If you're gonna do it, go all the way.

Thank you for your peaceful

Thank you for your peaceful outlook. Thank you for not eating animals.


Perhaps he's like me and occasionally has a bite of something offered to him. It's usually the sweets that get bite does it and reminds me that I really don't miss out on what I enjoy most.

Thank you Dharma Mtittra for

Thank you Dharma Mtittra for being you! And a teacher! And a leader towards non-violence! And love for the animals! And Woo Hoo! A true master. Dharma Mittra for president! ;-)


I love this website! And I love yoga.... been doing it for years.

But I just have to laugh sometimes....

"....His favorite recipe (and usually his main meal of the day) is a large handful of peeled sprouted almonds, one large banana and a cup of fresh juice or non-dairy milk..."

So this full-grown, active man has, as his MAIN MEAL OF THE DAY, a few almonds, a banana and a cup of juice? Really? That is definitely a great snack, but wouldn't hold the men I know for more than an hour. Most women and children I know wouldn't consider that an actual meal.

I don't mean to poke fun at any one individual, I'm sure this guy is awesome and I am equally as sure that I could learn a lot from him, but come on, that's kinda funny. (I'm sure he's just stuffed after that feast! "Not one more almond or I'm gonna bust!!!" haha!)

Reply to Anonymous

Sri Dharma Nitra is not the only yoga master who has only one meal per day. There have many others including Sri Swami Satchidananda. He only had one meal a day usually in the middle of the day.

If you adhere to yoga philosophy and practice the science of it, your body food requirements will change and in time your body will begin to use prana for nourishment. After all, prana is really the energy that our bodies need and consume.

99.9% Vegan?

What makes up that .1%? Honey? I'm always curious to see other vegans eat. Thanks for sharing!

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