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EXPLORA Yoga Retreat - Eat Pray Love – Living in an Indian Yoga Ashram

First the book, and then the movie; "Eat Pray Love" has intrigued a lot of people the world over. Especially in the western world, there is a growing interest among people to come and live in a yoga ashram in India. Surely there are lots of questions which come to peoples mind, as one book or a movie is not capable of answering the numerous question. So we decided to throw some light on this subject.

What is a yoga ashram?

Ashram in general, and a  yoga ashram in particular is a place which is dedicated to the deeper study of the subject matter of spirituality, and the science of yoga. The tradition of ashrams is very old in India. It emerged much before the foreign rule which made modern India known to the world as we know today, much before the emergence of Christianity or Islam. The system of ashram or gurukula is the only system of imparting training for the masses, enabling them to take care of and live properly in peace and harmony with others. There are many references in the history of India where ashrams have been described. In fact it is a norm for almost everyone to go and live in the ashram for some years, to learn the skills for life. It is because of the Ashrams and the Gurukula system tradition the Vedic culture of India could be saved, and yoga is just one of them. So it would be just right to say that ashrams served in a great way to preserve and propagate the knowledge of yogic sciences to all. Yoga is lived there, and the yoga is not limited to the physical practice - the whole philosophy of yoga is learned. Spending some time in such a place works on many levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In an ashram there is always a guru, a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. So it would be just right to say that ashrams served in a great way to preserve and propagate the knowledge of yogic sciences to all. Yoga is lived there, and the yoga is not limited to just physical therapy. Spending some time in such a place works on many levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In an ashram there is always a guru, a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The Ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. So it would be just right to say that ashrams served in a great way to preserve and propagate the knowledge of yogic sciences to all. Yoga is lived there, and the yoga is not limited to just physical therapy. Spending some time in such a place works on many levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In an ashram there is always a guru, a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. a yogic lifestyle is adapted. Yoga is lived there, and the yoga is not limited to just physical therapy. Spending some time in such a place works on many levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In an ashram there is always a guru, a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. a yogic lifestyle is adapted. Yoga is lived there, and the yoga is not limited to the physical practice - the whole philosophy of yoga is learned. Spending some time in such a place works on many levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In an ashram there is always a guru, a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful. a teacher or a master who guides the people coming there. The teachings are imparted in a non-formal way, unlike the classroom setup. The ashram provides a safe and secure space for higher spiritual practices, and the sadhana done there is very efficient and fruitful.

How can I join Indian Yoga Ashram?

This another question people keep asking. One can join a yoga ashram very easily. But before that the question needs to be asked: what is the purpose in doing so?Explora Yoga Retreat in Goa. If you want to join indian yoga, If you are looking to join the ashram to adapt to the life of a sannyasin (monk) then it requires a lifetime commitment. There are several orders and traditions of sannyasa (monk hood), primarily 10, where one can dedicate his life to learning and teaching yoga, and higher spiritual practices. In search of ashram there is always a spiritual guide or a guru. Under whose guidance the ashram is run. To join such an ashram, a very strong will is required. An example of this child of ashram is the Bihar School of Yoga. Ashram life is not easy or comfortable, and this is not the priority. The priority is spiritual growth. Ashrams the living standards are very basic. Austerity is one of the best practices to follow. There are set rules and regulations to follow, The communal living requires a certain amount of discipline. Most of the Indian Yoga Ashrams require prior notice. In some you may just walk in, but it is best to make reservations. Most of the yoga ashrams are now posted on the internet, so doing some online research in this area is highly recommended.

Are there free yoga ashrams in India?

Yes, but you want to make your own choice. What are you looking for? Yes, there are ashrams where one can get free food and accommodation. And yes, there are yoga ashrams where you have to pay for the services provided. Some personal research and / or guidance and recommendations will always be helpful. One thing should be understood: the free yoga ashrams are incurring expenses to run, and it is run on donations. It is an old tradition in India to support activities and people who do not like to live in the country.

Is a Yoga Ashram some kind of a cult?

No, a yoga ashram is not a cult. On the surface sometimes it may seem so. Ashrams are places of higher spiritual practices, so a certain child of discipline, rules and regulations is maintained. In yoga as the drive to the deeper understanding of the philosophy of yoga. And then there are other ashrams which deal with other practices of the six major philosophies. Depending on which area of ​​yoga and tantra you are interested in, you may choose your child of place. In some indian yoga ashrams, a certain dress code is to be maintained. Different places have different set of rules and guidelines. It is highly recommended that you make proper inquiry in detail before you pack your bag for your spiritual journey.

Are you as strict as you are?

As stated above, most Indian yoga ashrams are following a tradition or a lineage which goes many years back. There are certain rules and codes of conduct to be observed. This can vary from being very strict. to mild restrictions like no smoking and drinking in the campus. These ashrams are centers of higher spiritual growth and deeper studies in the human consciousness. Living in an ashram requires a lot of self-discipline, and therefore keeping away from the world outside. To encourage this, some of the ashrams do not allow any kind of modern communication devices to be used in the campus, like mobile or laptops with internet. However, with the modern times some of the ashrams have been adapted to the changing world, and the rules have been made more flexible.

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