The Dhira Yoga Center is dedicated to cultivating peace, both in ourselves and in the world, to nurturing health and happiness, community and compassion. We do this primarily by offering daily, accessible to all, challenging and fun, vinyasa yoga classes (“vinyasa” yoga is a type of yoga linking breath and movement, a flowing meditation from pose to pose) and Intro to Yoga classes.
Our philosophy and classes are rooted in the Classical Yoga of Pantanjali. We emphasize the lightness of enlightenment, and thus, our approach to the yoga practice, though ardent and disciplined, is captured neatly in the words of the sage Swami Satchidananda, “Above all else, yoga is fun!”
In addition to our yoga classes, we offer workshops, courses on the classic philosophical yoga texts: The Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, teacher training, meditation and the healing arts of Reiki and massage.
Our name, “Dhira”, is Sanskrit, and translates as “courageous”. “Dhira” is also associated with such virtues as being “steadfast”, “very gentle” and “very learned”. A consistent yoga practice over time cultivates such virtues along with health and happiness.
In 2004, we began our journey in upper Manhattan, in the community of Inwood, as the “Inwood Peace Yoga Center”, a beloved and loving, joyful community of yogis. We’ve now reincarnated as the Dhira Yoga Center, a home for all looking for a friendly place to practice yoga. We hope you will join us.
Our center has a beautiful studio in which to practice, with an eco-friendly bamboo floor, a changing room, a massage room, two large bathrooms and a reception area. In addition to our over 20 yoga classes per week and all of our other offerings, we are a welcoming and loving community of yogis. Come join us, take off your shoes and stay awhile! We now offer virtual live-streaming yoga classes as well every day.