瑜伽讲习班和静修会是丰富和加深练习的好方法， visiting an 修行 is a more traditional option to immerse yourself in the practices and teachings of yoga. Similar to a monastery—a spiritual hermitage created to provide spiritual instruction under a specific teacher and/or lineage—ashrams are entirely focused 上 yoga practices and philosophy. While a visit to an 修行 can be an adventurous and authentic yogic experience, it can also be weird and uncomfortable, especially to Westerners or the uninitiated. During my last stay at an 修行, I jotted down nine things that would be helpful for you to know before visiting an 修行 for the first time.
Different 修行s enforce different rules based 上 the teachings of their tradition. Most centers will insist 上 a vegetarian diet and will not allow consumption of caffeine, drugs or alcohol. Some may even have rules 上 celibacy and the separation of sexes. Following the 修行’s schedule and attending certain classes is usually required or is strongly encouraged. Modest attire may be required, with the strictest rules in the temple spaces to have your shoulders and knees covered. Just like a yoga studio, 输入 the practice spaces and temples barefooted. The more traditional an 修行 is, the more likely they will strongly enforce their rules and ask you to leave if you are disobeying them.
Ashrams are founded by gurus as spiritual centers for them to live in and/or to teach their students. While you are not required to accept this teacher as your guru when visiting, most 修行 residents and visitors will be ardent followers. If the 修行 has a living guru, expect an air of reverence and devout worship towards 大师，可能对新手有些奇怪和喜欢. Many 修行s continue to exist after their gurus have left their bodies and will usually have a temple for the deceased guru in honorarium and as a place to worship and perform pujas or ceremonies. If a guru has multiple 修行s you may or may not want to schedule your visit while the guru will be there. I highly recommend you read up 上 the life, teachings, and temperament of the 修行’s guru before visiting.
The main attraction of visiting an 修行 is to have ample opportunity to practice yoga in all of its forms, so be prepared to experience yoga both 上 and off the mat. Most 修行s offer a morning and afternoon yoga class as well as workshops and evening programs. Expect more meditation and pranayama integrated into the yoga classes and/or offered as separate classes. Traditional 修行s will also offer 上e or two satsangs (spiritual gatherings) per day that include chanting, lecture, and discussion.
Most 修行s offer seva (selfless service) programs of varying lengths. These allow guests to experience a deeper immersion in the community and to stay at the 修行 for a longer period of time. 通过 volunteering to work 30-40 hours per week, seva participants receive discounted rates or a free stay depending 上 the 修行 and length of commitment. Some 修行s require all guests to perform some seva during visits, which can be a fun way to interact with the staff and long-term volunteers.
The food will likely be prepared sattvic—vegetarian, simple and healthy. Those with strong attachments to certain foods or with sensitive bellies might be unhappy with 修行 food and thus should check out the 修行’s sample menus. Most 修行s serve meals at regular times buffet style. I recommend taking small servings and then going back for more of what you liked. Some may have a little store or cafe for snacks between meals, but it is best to not stuff yourself as this will be uncomfortable when practicing so much yoga.
Expect to meet very interesting people while visiting an 修行 as they attract visitors from all around the world. If the 修行 has a strong seva program, expect to see a lot of young adults. I recommend seeking out the “old timers” of the 修行 as they will have great stories to tell as well as enormous wisdom to share. Don’t be shy—at every 修行 I’ve visited I’ve found that people are very friendly and easy to strike up a conversation with.
Expect to rough it a bit during your stay—most 修行s have tiny rooms, small beds and shared bathrooms. Many 修行s will have an affordable dormitory housing option and some will offer even cheaper tent camping. Some 修行s will have a few expensive rooms with fancier accommodations and private bathrooms. While you won’t spend a lot of time in your room, you’ll probably end your days tired and will want to rest comfortably.
An 修行 is not a hotel, spa or resort, it is much more simple and rustic in its accommodations and amenities, so don’不要期望五星级的客户服务或被宠爱。它’s a good idea to see what linens and amenities are provided and to check the 修行’s 上line reviews to get a better sense of what to bring for any individual needs or concerns.
Most 修行s are located in remote locations (some can be a bit of a pilgrimage) and usually have expansive, beautiful and well-maintained grounds. Expect to find ample opportunity to find solitude and introspection, which may be a helpful respite to the often busy 修行 atmosphere. While you will experience interesting places to walk around and explore, remember to be respectful as some places may be off-limits to visitors.
如果您想深入了解瑜伽的练习和教,，我强烈建议您 visiting a traditional yoga 修行. The more research and preparation you do prior to your visit, the more you will feel comfortable during your stay. At the very least, try to show up to your chosen 修行 with an open mind and a sense of adventure.