Karma Yoga FAQ
Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service. Known as the yoga of action, it is the foundation of life here at the Ashram. Karma Yoga is translated into our daily work as service to the community. We work together in the kitchen, garden and grounds; we build houses and repair our buildings; we clean and care for our spaces. All residents and guests participate in Karma Yoga and engage with work as a spiritual practice.
The Karma Yoga you are asked to do also depends on your skills, physical capabilities and the length of time you are planning to be here.
If you join us as a full-time Karma Yogi, your schedule will be the same as the residents: we work 6 days a week, 8 hours a day, with one day for reflection. If you are a half-time Karma Yogi, you will be working 6 days a week, 4 hours a day, with the afternoon for personal reflection and practice.
A typical day for residents or Karma Yogis includes: Hatha Yoga – 6:50-7:50 a.m. Breakfast – 8-8:30 a.m. Karma Yoga – 8:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch – 12:30 p.m. Karma Yoga – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Reflection break – 3:30-4 p.m. Karma Yoga – 4-5:30 p.m. Dinner – 6 p.m. Satsang – 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Yes, you are welcome to sign up for a course at anytime. Please see our Course Calendar for offerings, dates and fees.
Karma Yoga is based on generosity and offering. Selfless service is doing what needs to be done. All tasks provide an opportunity for service and learning. We do take skills and interest into consideration, but the priority is doing the work that needs to be done together.
We will take your skills into consideration, especially if you have made a long-term commitment to being here as a Karma Yogi. If you are a professional, please be generous with your knowledge, as we may be in need of your expertise on a project that arises.