An extended time in the ashram, from one month to a year or more, can be a priceless opportunity to come to know oneself; to stop hiding from ourselves, or becoming lost in distractions and inconsequential activities, and open up to who we authentically are. An extended stay is for those who can find some time in their life in which they are relatively free from work and family commitments, and who sincerely aspire to follow the path of self-development, selfless service and inner transformation through yoga and the spiritual path.
Such a stay is not designed to be overly comfortable. Its purpose firstly is to empower us to become more fully alive to life in the moment, able to face and adapt to life with a greater self-belief and inner resources. Secondly its purpose is to catalyse a new way of being so that we live more and more in Awareness, rather than mechanical patterns of mind and body. To facilitate this, ashram life can often be challenging as we come face to face with ourselves, and are encouraged to break through self-limiting concepts of who we are and what we are capable of. Such challenges provide the fuel for authentic awakening, supported and guided by senior teachers.
It offers the chance to live and practice for a period of time within a small group of like-minded people, in a simple natural environment that is rooted in core spiritual values and teachings.
Contact the ashram's operations manager if you are interested in an extended ashram stay. People usually come for a short period first as a prelude to a longer subsequent stay. Usually people start an extended stay in the capacity of a yoga student, open to learning more about the practices, attitudes and lifestyle of yoga. With time and experience, people can also step into the role of a volunteer departmental head. Details are available from the ashram's operational manager.