May 17 – 29, 2016
Shri Jasnath Asan
Panchla Siddha, Nagaur, Rajasthan

The culture in India for women has been changing for many years, in the cities and villages. Laws have been passed in support of widows, divorcees, professionals, and those wanting higher education. In 2010, one day after International Women’s Day was inaugurated, the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed. It requires 33% of seats in Parliament and state legislative bodies be reserved for women. In Gujarat 33% of police officer positions will be reserved for women. Panchayat positions all over India are going to women who want to make a difference in their village. These and many more changes are occurring in our country.

Help Empower Our Girls

Shri Jasnath Asan is helping prepare our girls to occupy these and other leadership positions, including
leadership within their own lives, with a residential empowerment retreat focusing on:

  • Yoga & meditation
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Visioning
  • Setting Goals
  • Time Management
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Self Defense

Program Description

The English/Hindi camp combines the discipline of yoga, with the divinity of a spiritual life and the fun of camp. It allows students to understand the principles of vegetarianism, respect for all religions, develop a love and respect for nature. Yoga asana and meditation will be taught and practiced daily to help keep the body healthy, flexible and the mind focused. Students are able to identify with their inner self within a group setting by practicing yoga.


  • Asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting
  • Music lesson
  • Theatre improve activities
  • Dance
  • Active learning lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Personality test
  • Games & sports
  • Reading, journaling, group discussions and writing small opinion papers
  • Karma yoga chores

Your daughter will have fun with new friends and discover new interests. It is a unique and exciting way for her to spend 14 days in the summer.

Program Schedule, Monday – Saturday
5:30 Wake up call
6:30 Meditation & Chanting
7:30 Yoga class: asana, pranayama
8:30 Light breakfast
9:00 Karma Yoga
10:00 Lecture 1 – Girl Power
11:00 Yoga Nidra
11:30 Lunch & Rest
2:00 Arts
3:00 Lecture 2 – Life Leadership Skills
4:00 Lecture 3 – Yogic Lifestyle
5:00 Sports
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Puja & Satsang
9:00 Self Study
10:00 Lights Out!


Textbooks and other reading assignments will be provided.

  • ‘Ideal Girl’ by Oopadei Amarmuni
  • English-Hindi dictionary


  • The dormitory is simple and comfortable.
  • Bathroom facilities have warm water.
  • Students will be responsible for their own laundry.
  • A mattress, two sheets, pillow and pillowcase are provided.
  • Three meals each day are provided.
  • Students will be supervised by staff.


The program is taught by ashram staff and disciple volunteers that are available throughout the course to care for the students.

Shri Surajnath Siddh

Ashram leader and President of Shridev Trust, program Sponsor. Spiritual advisor, satsang, puja and kirtan. M.A Yoga Psychology, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger. 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Shreejan Sita (Sherry Minnard)

Director of Yoga Programs. M.Sc. Psychology of Creativity and Leadership, State University of New York, U.S.A. RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Aruna Choudhary

Program Matron Guide
BSc Jodhpur University; Marwar Ratan Award from Meharangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur. Ex Lions Club President. Retired Social Worker. VP of Minority Women’s Association Academy of Literature. Several Awards for Blood Donation camps and Women’s Empowerment programs throughout the region.

Pooja Choudhary

Program Co-Facilitator
B.A. & B. Ed, Student in Master’s Program – Economics
N.C.C. in “C” Certificate, N.S.S., N.I.C. Camp

Chanchal Choudhary

Arts Teacher

Sau Jani

Karma Yoga Coordinator

Guest Lectures

Veena Pradhan

District Magistrate, Nagaur

We are so grateful to Mdm. Pradhan for delivering the closing speech at our 2014 closing ceremony. She provided the girls and audience with inspiration and optimism that India will succeed in its vision if all talent is brought to bear in solving our small and large problems. Her words were a shining example of the voice and opinion that our students were encouraged to develop during the 14-day camp. The students and camp teachers met with Mdm. Pradhan after the ceremony, during the meal, to continue the discussion of how to get more women involved in politics and governance of our districts. Thank you so much Mdm. Pradhan for gracing us with your continuing strength and enlightening presence.

Gajara Choudhary

District Education Officer of Jodhpur

SJA is grateful to Mdm. Choudhary for making time in her busy schedule to help us launch the first Girls’ Yoga Empowerment Camp. On the first day, she prepared the girls with a speech explaining the importance of the life skills they were about to learn. In her own life these life skills became a part of her success, bringing her to the current day managing more than 400 public schools in the Jodhpur district. We invite Mdm. Choudhary to visit again and watch SJA become a contributor to the success of Rajasthan, brought by the strong girls we educate and inspire.

Sunidhi Beniwal

B.A., L.LB. (HONS.) & L.LM. in Business Law, employee NGO for
Women’s Empowerment as a counselor

Student Qualifications

  • Enrolled in or completed 10th class
  • Reads/speaks a little English
  • Self-governing

Course Completion

A course certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Parents are invited to join the completion ceremony. Both students and parents are welcome to stay at the ashram on the night after completion. Accommodation on the night of graduation is free of charge for both children and parents.


The camp tuition is free. Donations are accepted. Students are responsible for the cost of their transportation and any personal expenses.

Registration Informations

  • The camp is open to only 30 students in 2016 so do not hesitate with your registration. Your registration is confirmation of your arrival and full participation in the program. If you change your mind after registering please send an email alerting us of your withdrawal to
  • We recommend arrival the day before the program begins for registration
  • Students need to bring any medication they require, towel, 3 yoga asana clothes (kurta and pajama), water bottle, torch with spare batteries, clothes for day trips and a passport size photograph.
  • To maintain the serenity and atmosphere of the ashram, students are not allowed to bring the following items into the ashram: non-veg foods, intoxicants, walkmans, ipods, radios, electronic games, mobile phones or teen magazines.
  • Students will not be admitted for partial stay, they must stay for the entire duration of program.
  • To graduate the program and receive the Certificate of Completion, the student must demonstrate competency in a 12-asana program ‘Surya Namaskar.’ There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Students are not allowed to receive or make phone calls from personal phones. Ashram phones are available for use.
  • Parents are allowed to visit during camp, but not join or disrupt classes or rehearsals. Family members should meet with their daughter inside the campus.
  • The ashram cannot be responsible for any item of value.
  • A small amount of pocket money for necessary sundries in the village can be kept in the ashram safe.

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