The asan (ashram) is the spiritual home to thousands of disciples who lovingly donate their talents and time to further the holy mission set forth by its founders millennia ago. Though not all efforts can be highlighted herein, there are a few people on the asan team that you will see on a daily basis.
Having lived here more than 30 years, and trained by Shri Surajnath Siddh himself.
In the guru’s absence, Dungarnath is responsible for all spiritual rituals, conducts individual healing rites as well as morning and evening puja.
As brother to Shri Surajnath, for ten years Premnath has served on the board of Shridev Jasnath Trust, and been the industrious assistant manager of the asan and its many projects including construction and development of funding.
Recently promoted to Ashram Manager, he will oversee the development of the Eco-Retreat and Yoga School in Rampura, home to our 4,500 indigenous, medicinal, and fruit trees.
Director of Yoga Programs
Sherry Minnard, PhD Scholar, M.Sc Creativity & Change Leadership SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA, Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists; Lead teacher in Rajasthan Hatha Yoga Institute and Yoga Therapist in the Shridevi Ayurveda Wellness Center at Shri Jasnath Asan (ashram). Shree relocated to Rajasthan, India from New York in 2013 to improve her practices in the seat of the Siddha Yogis, and to increase her understanding of yoga’s interdependence with nature and social development. Shree teaches Hatha Flow, provides private 10-day yoga counseling sessions for those who are unavailable for group programs www.utsavamaa.org/shakti-manifest , and has launched programs for young adults at the ashram focusing on personal leadership and outstanding communication. Read her blog Shree Beeja, and watch her online interviews I WANT TO LOOK LIKE THAT GUY and I’M A YOGA WARRIOR. You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Priya Lata M.
Event Marketing Manager
B.A. Sociology – Society & Religion, Priya joins us from Mumbai to help spread the word about our education programs and events. She lives by Shiva’s Consciousness in peace, alertness, destruction of the wrong things. You can see more about her at Instagram/ShivaConsciousness
Ashram Guardian & Puja Dancer
A celebrated army veteran who has made the ashram the home of his Seva worship, Ramuji contributes dance to our nightly puja, takes care of both green yards as well as the vegetable garden.
He is also responsible for serving guruji and his guests’ meals, and lovingly cares for the ashram’s animal inhabitants.
He is graduated in B.A.(Business Administration).Joining to us after his position in the Taj Hotel in Jodhpur, Jakhar has been with SJA for 6 years as general administrator. But don’t be surprised if you see him on a tractor, in the garden, or driving guests back and forth to the train – He is our go-to-guy!
Joining us from the U.K. Kate found her way to the ashram through the Workaway volunteer program and quickly found her footing in our first publication ‘Yogi Recipe Book’. As a gifted and enthusiastic designer and food branding expert, she now provides the ashram’s product and service development initiatives with a needed bit of research and design, ensuring we meet our full potential for visitors and family alike.
Pheri Dancer, Singer, Drummer
Coming from a loyal Jasnath family in Kharawala, Jogesh completed the 10th class, and has now been performing selfless service at the ashram for 11 years. Besides taking care of disciples and guests, Jogesh also drives guruji to programs, sings bhagans and plays music, and performs the Fire Dance with our pheri (travelling jaggran team). Jogesh enjoys serving guruji and the ashram so much, he has decided to stay forever.
Chief Cook & Kitchen Manager
Papu is constantly visible to the asan’s inhabitants and guests as chief cook for four years. He creates nutritious menus in accordance with the principles of a pure sattvic vegetarian diet. He prepares each meal with love and local ingredients, from environmentally sustainable sources.
Second Cook, Reflexologist in training
The perpetually happy Jagdish is a quick English learner with a focus on wellness. He splits his time between the Bhoganshala and Shridevi Wellness Center where he seeks to make guests welcome and relaxed, either by booking their appointments and preparing rooms, or by delivering the best foot massage in all of Rajasthan.
Deeparam Hakhar, from Nimbal Kot, District Barmer, Rajasthan. Mom and Dad Lali Devi and Manaram. Likes playing Kabaddi (Indian wrestling game) and cooking. After a few months at the ashram, he remarked through his persistent smile, “The management way of thinking, here, is with Loving attitude. I want to be here, give some service, and make my life better.” You can enjoy Deepu’s service by eating his delicious millet bread every day during your stay. He will also invite you into the roti house for a lesson beside the fire. His magic roti hands are featured in the Ashram’s first publication ‘Yogi Recipe Book’.
Born in a Marwari family, Ravi Kumar spent his childhood at Bhagalpur. After finishing class XII from DPS RK Puram, he pursued B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has worked in leading organizations of digital content and entertainment industry. He is a regular contributor to the betterment of our projects. He has published Uncanny Meanderings of Cannes Current and Lucky Meanderings of Lunar Current
Recruiting Coordinator, International
Lucia Sorrenti is a German based citizen of the United States, who has a passion for international education, travel, and yoga. She has traveled extensively in India, and volunteered at women’s empowerment organizations in both Jaipur and Jaisalmer. Lucia goals are to provide vocational, health, and wellness education and training in India and internationally.
The ashram cannot operate without the many faithful, long term volunteers who make festivals and every-day operations possible. The legacy of the ashram is built on generations of exemplary Indian families, and disciple seva who come when they are needed. Taking an absence from their home life, they ensure this spiritual community remains viable and available to all visitors.
B.A. + P.G. diploma in Yoga Education from Jai Narayan Vyas University JNVU; BPED (Bachelor of Physical Education) is an example of a long-term servant. He has assisted Guruji for more than 6 years in many capacities: cooking, cleaning, managing staff and guests, as well as photography, event planning, marketing, performing arti and kirtans.
Karma yoga is selfless service, the process of achieving perfection in action. Sevadhari’s come to live at the ashram
for weeks or months and contribute their time and effort in the act of karma yoga, benefiting the comfort and maintenance of the inhabitants and guests. While performing seva, sevadhari’s take yoga and meditation classes, participate in all spiritual activities, have full access to the library, and three organic, nutritious vegetarian meals.
SJA International Affiliates
Shri Jasnath Asan’s international yoga affiliates seek to bring yoga to their larger community, living always within the principles of a yogic lifestyle. They send groups of yoga students or teachers to the ashram annually to enhance their training in the traditions of Hatha Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and further their understanding of the interdependence of yoga and the ecology.
SJA German Affiliate
Diploma in Tourism Management and Yoga Allicance ERYT500.
Sarah has been leaving in India for five years. She came to India as a nineteen-year-old volunteer to teach children in Delhi’s slums for a year.
During this time she fell in love with India, its people and culture and decided to stay.
Whenever her schedule allows her, she comes to Shri Jasnath Asan,which has become her second home in India. (Watch her movie on this page!) Here she conducts Yoga retreats, teaches Yoga and English classes for adults and children and supports the Ashram Team at Yoga Therapy clinics and
Yoga Teacher Training Courses.
Now she is organizing trekking, cycling, Yoga and cultural Trips in India to introduce more people to the magic of India, and the ashram. To discuss your next vacation, connect with Sarah:
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