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Conversation in the Lawn.

Studying in the nice weather.


Browsing books in the library.

Gardening on the land.

Working in the garden.

Staff group photo 2009.

Swamis and teachers at the temple.


Seva Study / Volunteering


Seva Study | Karma Yoga | Staff

Seva Study

The program of Seva Study (Karma Yoga) is a residential program, with the spiritual volunteers fully immersed in the ashram for a minimum of one month . The idea of selfless service (seva) is an important concept in most Indian religions and yogic traditions. Because God is perceived as having a relationship with others, as well as oneself, serving other people is considered an essential devotional practice of indirectly serving God. Therefore this residential program is designed following that religious formula. It is designed to help you to practice selfless service (Karma Yoga) in action and spirit in daily life.  You are required to live in our ashram during the program period and take meals at our ashram and participate in all programs and classes.   

During a time of transition and economic uncertainty, the seva study program offers individuals in transition an affordable opportunity to re-evaluate their lives while living and serving in a peaceful spiritual community.

Making a Commitment

The program is for Yogis wanting to commit 1 to 3 months. Karma yogis are accepted year round for those wanting to commit on a per month basis, from a minimum of one month to three months. Written application and interview required before commencement of your seva study program.

NOTE: A Call to Builders, Gardeners and Maintenance People- the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm seeks people interested in yoga who have practical skills in construction, general maintenance, gardening and landscaping for the ashram's upkeep.

The seva study (karma yoga) program is a structured program designed for those wishing to immerse themselves in the principles of yoga. Experience the Yogic lifestyle through a daily schedule of meditation, physical exercises, devotional practice, philosophical study and selfless service.

The daily schedule includes an asana class, 4 hours of cooperative service as well as 2 to 4 workshops weekly and independent study and reading assignments. Enquire for college credit. Seva study program starts on 1st & 15th of the month.

Click to apply for Seva Study (Karma Yoga) Program

Seva Study Rates

  - $900/month for dorm residency, first month
  - $700/month for tent residency, first month

For subsequent months of seva study, a 25% discount off the regular accommodation rate is given. We encourage people to commit for longer terms (3-6 months), however an initial one month trial period is necessary. After a seva study student successfully completes his or her first month, a 25% discount applies to the second and third months, and applies retroactively to the first month's stay.

For tax purposes, according to our legal advisor, your stay is not taxable according to IRS because of the schedule  requirement daily schedule of the ashram starting at 6am meditation and ending at 10pm meditation as  well as because  accomodations in the vicinity of the ashram is not possible, the ashram is being in a secluded valley, away from town. Kindly consult your own tax advisor at your own discretion.

Karma Yoga

Give time to practice Karma Yoga (selfless service): it would be a delight in having you as a Karma Yogi for 20 hours a month (one full weekend per month). There are many projects underway at the Farm and your input would be of great service.  Karma Yogis pay just $30/day which includes room and board, 2 vegetarian meals, yoga classes, workshops, and satsangs.

Email us if you would like do contribute to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm with service or materials.

Contribute to Building Projects

Come together to work on ever developing building projects. See your effort manifested every time you visit the ashram as a new facility, or expanded garden. Contact us to find out what projects are going on.

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The core of the ashram's teachings is carried through the senior swamis (monastics) and resident Yogis and teachers as well as a host of invited teachers, performers and lecturers. The resident teachers and swamis lead an integral yogic and dedicated life, full time without remuneration, with the sole goal to improve themselves by the practice of Yoga and to share with others the teachings. Invited teachers come for specific programs to share their teachings.

Those who wish to become staff must first have successfully completed TTC (Yoga Teachers Training Course) and spent time at the ashram as a seva-study resident. Permission to be staff is at the discretion of the ashram director. A minimum committment of three months is required; committments of six months or a year are also possible.  You may apply to become staff by filling out the application form.

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