Dress Code & What to Bring

Dress Code

 Program participants are advised to wear clean, loose-fitting, and modest clothing 

  • Please wear modest tops. If wearing a tank top, please
    cover shoulders with a blouse or shirt.
  • Tights and Leggings may be worn if covered by tops that
    come to or close to the knees.
  • Pants should be modest and clean.
  • Shorts for both men and women should come to or close
    to the knees.
  • Short-shorts or miniskirts are not to be worn, even with
    leggings or tights.
  • If shorts are worn to LOTUS, Chidambaram, or Guru Bhavan,
    please cover them with a cloth wrap. These are available at the entryway in the temples. Or, you can use a shawl as a wrap.
  • For Satsang and special events, do not wear shorts. Please
    dress appropriately for attending a sacred event. White or light-colored clothing is preferred, but other colors are fine if
    modest and clean.
  • Shoes are not permitted in Ashram buildings, except in lobbies and kitchen.
  • Bare Feet: If you walk outside without shoes, please wash feet
    or cover them with socks or slippers when entering buildings.
  • Swimwear: Please wear non-revealing modest bathing suits for women and boxer-style trunks for men at swimming areas only.
  • Scents: Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances like
    perfumes and essential oils.

 

Please bring
  • Alarm clock (cell phone can be used as an alarm clock)
  • small Flashlight
  • extra Laundry Quarters (you will be provided with enough  quarters and detergent for washing and drying approx. 8 loads)
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Toiletries, Shower Tote carrier, flip flops for shower (soap, shampoo, dental items, moon cycle items, etc.) 

  • T-shirts for Kitchen service – loose, comfortable & modest
  • Hatha Yoga Clothes – loose, comfortable & modest 

  • Hatha Mat – for classes (a few yoga mats are available for use in the yoga classrooms) 

  • Meditation Cushion (some wool blankets and meditation benches, as well as chairs, are available at the main Meditation Hall)
  • Satsang Clothes – dressier, more formal attire in white or lighter colors (many wear white but it is not required) 

  • Slip-on shoes –  such as clogs, mules or sandals (shoes are not worn indoors) 

  • Closed-toed & Non-slip shoes for the kitchen (required) 

  • Slippers/socks for indoor use only (in Sivananda Hall & Dorms, etc.) 

  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Ear buds or Headphones if you choose to listen to inspiring or meditative music (optional)
  • Journal/Diary, pens and pencils 
(optional)
  • $20 cash for deposit at the Ashram Library if you wish to check-out books
  • Art supplies (optional; some are available in the LYT Lounge) 

  • Sneakers/Hiking/Walking shoes (optional) 

  • Natural Mosquito/Tick repellent spray (optional) 

  • Epinephrine (EpiPen), if you’ve experienced severe allergic reactions in the past 

  • Prescribed medications for entire stay, if applicable
  • Umbrella, rain jacket, rain boots (optional)
  • Winter jacket, scarf, gloves, snow boots (optional)
  • Hat(s) – to protect against summer sun or to keep the head warm in the winter 
(optional)

 

 

Please do not bring 

  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco. (Abstention from alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco applies on and off grounds during your participation in the LYT program.) 

  • More than is needed for a month’s stay. Space is limited and rooms must be kept clean and neat. Storage space is limited to the overhead bunk, dresser, and closet area.
  • Projects or anything that may draw your attention away from your inner journey. 

  • Pets 

For Tenters
  • Flashlight and/or Headlamp
  • Tent with all Gear (including Rainfly and Tarp(s) with Rope), Warm Sleeping Bag, Pillow(s), Blankets)
  • Towel(s)
  • Natural Mosquito/Tick repellent spray
  • Alarm clock (battery-operated)
Additional Helpful Information
  • Towels, sheets, and blankets are provided.
  • There are laundry facilities, and you will be provided with detergent and $30 in quarters for washing and drying. 

  • There is a library; however, a $20 cash deposit is required when you check out books. You can retrieve your deposit when you return the books.
  • There is no ATM available on the property. However, there are gift shops and a cafe that accept credit cards.
  • The ashram offers computers for your use in both the LYT Lounge and the Library.
  • In consideration of program participants, guests and Ashramites who may have allergies or who may be sensitive, we ask that you do not wear perfume or fragrances during your stay.
  • Cell phones may not be used in any of the buildings nor on the lawn between Sivananda Hall and the dorms. Cell phones may be used for phone calls at the far ends of the parking lots and at the phone booths to ensure that your conversations do not disturb others. 

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a yogic environment.

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