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.

Premnath Bhadu

General Manager

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.

Ramuji Saran

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.

Jakhar Malunath

Accountant/Chief Administrator

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!

Papu Sai

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.

Jagdish Kumar

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.


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.


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.

Shreejan Sita

SJA U.S. Affiliate

PhD Scholar, Integrative Medicine, M.Sc Creativity & Change Leadership SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA, Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists; Yoga Therapist in the Shrievi Wellness Center, and owner of Sita Wellness LLC in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Shree relocated to Rajasthan, India 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 Therapeutic Hatha Fundamentals, leads the popular Yoga Lifestyle Workshop every winter , and has launched programs for young adults at the ashram focusing on personal leadership and outstanding communication. She is the founder of Utsava Maa, the annual Celebration of the Great Maa festival. 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

Sarah Appelt

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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