In traditional yoga, an ashram is a hermitage where a spiritual master lives together with disciples. Since the earliest days of civilization, ashrams have existed in the East as centers of study and spiritual practice under the guidance of a master.
In general, ashrams are located in natural, secluded environments, whether in forests or the mountains. The epic Mahabharata describes Sri Krishna, during his youth, living in the ashram of his master Sandipani Muni, who imparted teachings and guidance upon him. The Ramayana tells us that Lord Rama and his brothers studied from the sage Vashishtha in his ashram, and Sita lived the last part of her life in seclusion at the ashram of sage Valimiki.
The Ramakrishnananda Ashram is a peaceful and tranquil place located in the Catskill Mountains in New York State, USA. It was founded in 2011 by Prabhuji, under the inspiration of his spiritual masters.
The ashram offers an ideal environment for sadhana, or “spiritual practice,” such as yoga, worship, and meditation.