Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way! Founded on the principle of service, the Ashram is a living example of a generosity-based intergenerational community. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service/volunteering and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.
The Two-Month Karma Yoga Program is for people who want to take time away from their daily lives to learn more about themselves and their life choices. This is an extension of our previous popular One-Month (OM) Program. Minimum two months has emerged as an ideal time-period because of the health requirements created by the pandemic. The program starts with a two-week guided quarantine period – much like a personal retreat – before full entry into Ashram community life as a full-time karma yogi.
The program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service/volunteering while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness. The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.
We especially welcome young adults (18-30). Whether you are on a gap year, taking time out to consider next steps, or wanting to expand awareness of your spiritual path, this program can help. Through learning to understand symbolism, the power of speech and mind, and through exploring your attitude to work and service, you can create a firm foundation for your future.
The program is also open to those of all ages. And we welcome you to return for this program if you have previously completed the Yoga Development Course, 10 Day Yoga Journey or One Month Karma Yoga Program.
The Two Month Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer. See Pathways for Living & Serving in the Ashram Community for more information.
Through Karma Yoga I have found a new way of learning and working. It’s not about recognition; it’s about offering my work based on what I can do and what I know, within an environment of abundance and support. Ametisse Gover-Chamlou
Here is an overview of what your time here would look like:
First two weeks:
Quarantine period due to COVID-19 precautions. This will be like a structured personal retreat as you enter into the Ashram community.
Your days will include:
- Personal practice time
- Light Karma Yoga (outdoor selfless service)
- Reading Ashram books and self-reflection on each book
- Communication with a representative from the Ashram (buddy-system)
- Health monitoring
- Personal creative pursuits
- Pre-recorded satsangs
- Three nutritous meals
Week 3 includes:
- training & Karma Yoga in different areas
- workshops introducing practices and self-development processe
- reflection day
Weeks 4-8 include:
- 5.5 days of full-time Karma Yoga (working in different areas)
- daily reflection breaks including writing/sharing in small groups
- weekly evening class
- weekly half-day workshop
- weekly reflection day
- final week includes review and planning as well as exit interviews
Based on six-eight hours of Karma Yoga daily, depending on the day; elders (60 and over) can request fewer hours.
- library; bookstore; meditation rooms; beach and forest walks
Participants are also welcome to attend lunch-hour activities (such as sacred dance/music or learning sessions on various topics), as well as special events. Each participant is assigned an Ashram contact person to help with ongoing questions.
No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included. We welcome any financial contribution participants can offer towards supporting the program.
This program is funded by donations made to the Ashram’s Learning and Outreach fund. Donations of any size, made in a spirit of generosity, are welcome. Even a small donation reflects your desire to help someone else have the same opportunity, and can be made at any time.
Two months, with opportunity for extension.
Variable, depending on your availability.
In order to fully process applications, we ask people who are new to the Ashram to register for and participate in a Yasodhara Online Offering.
Returning Karma Yogis: If you have already participated in the One Month Karma Yoga Program, the Yoga Development Course or the 10 Day Yoga Journey please download and complete the form below.
For more information, please contact us.
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What Program Participants are saying:
It’s neat to see how the work as a karma yogi – repairs and maintenance – has evolved into my current construction work. I continue to bring the teachings into my life as much as I can and I look forward to the next time I will be able to visit the Ashram.