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General Ashram Yogi Program

Experience the yogic lifestyle in the peaceful environment of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville

The mission of the General Ashram Yogi Program—like the Farm and Kitchen Internships—is to support participants as they go deeper into the teachings and practices of Integral Yoga. Through sadhana (spiritual practice), svadhyaya (study of sacred texts), and Karma Yoga (selfless service), Ashram Yogis maintain a more easeful body, peaceful mind, and useful life while they serve in various Ashram departments, for example, the kitchen, the farm, housekeeping, reception desk, library, and more.

Prerequisites

This program is open to those who have served for at least one month in the Living Yoga Training (LYT) Program, with the recommendation of the LYT Coordinator, and to graduates of one of the Ashram’s month-long Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs, with the recommendation of the main Teacher Training instructor.

Ashram Yogis commit to serving for three (3) consecutive months, with a monthly review, renewable with the approval of the Residential Services department. They may choose to be General Ashram Yogis, serving wherever they are most needed, or they may apply to either the Kitchen Ashram Yogi Program or the Farm Ashram Yogi Program

Questions?

Call
434-969-3121, ext. 176 or 178

Email
[email protected]

For financial information, please visit Ashram Yogi Programs’ Finances. 

Sadhana Requirements

As a program that offers a full immersion into the yogic lifestyle, the Ashram Yogi Program emphasizes the importance of commitment to sadhana. Those who do not fulfill the following sadhana requirements will be asked to leave the program.

  • Group Meditation – 10 sessions per week (5 morning meditations: 5 am or 6:20 am, and 5 afternoon meditations: 12 pm or 6 pm)
  • Hatha Yoga (postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation) – 5 sessions per week, including at least 2 Integral Yoga classes
  • Ashram Yogi Meeting – Every Wednesday 9:15 – 11:45 am
  • Karma Yoga (selfless service) – 21, 27, or 33 hours of service, including two kitchen cleanups each week
  • Evening Programs/Classes/Special events – 2 per week, including Satsang

Sample Schedule
(may vary depending on Ashram activities)

5:00 – 6:15 AM Meditation (also at 6:20-7:30)
6:20 – 7:50 AM Hatha Yoga class
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 11:45 AM Morning service shift or free time
12:00 – 12:30 PM Silent Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 4:45 PM Afternoon service shift or free time
5:00 – 6:30 PM Hatha Yoga/Meditation
6:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Evening service shift/class/free time

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