M.A. Center, San Ramon

Karma Yoga Program

A Karma Yoga participant gets a hand from a young visitor

The Amrita Karma Yoga program is designed for those who would like to experience living in spiritual community while engaging in a service project. Participants stay on-site at the ashram and volunteer their time.  This provides them an opportunity to deepen their spiritual practice by participating in the center’s daily schedule. Karma Yogis are also able to receive guidance from Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya. And they can choose to join many of the classes and workshops offered at the Center while they are here.

What is Karma Yoga?

In its most basic sense karma simply means action, and yoga translates to union. Thus karma yoga literally translates to the path of union through action.

Why Karma Yoga?

The beauty and charm of selfless love and service should not die away from the face of this earth.

Every action we perform in life is karma. If one can learn to put one’s heart into an activity with attention and love, each simple action can be transformed into a source of inspiration and joy.

Karma Yogis have the opportunity to experience how selflessly working for others brings a sense of inner joy and wellbeing.


"I came here with the intention to perform selfless service for Amma, to be a part of the community, to cultivate spirituality, and to develop my sadhana. I feel it’s helped me to maintain the right attitude to be able to make progress on my spiritual path. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience and I am grateful to be here serving Amma. I would recommend this to anyone wishing to excel in their spiritual life." - Steve

The karma yoga program in San Ramon ashram was a very nice and deep experience that I keep very close to my heart. My days always started and finished with spiritual practices that made me stay focus in my spiritual goal thought the day. The residents and other karma yogis were very nice, welcoming,open and loving, always willing to help out and made me feel part of the family right away. Everybody had something to share , lessons kept coming pretty much out of each interaction. My work days at the orchard were very rewarding, I felt closer to Amma, while dedicating my entire day to serve my heart felt really open and full of love. By the time my program was over I felt very accomplished and inspired to do more seva. It made me realize not to take for granted how fortunate I am and must give back to those that are suffering inspired by Amma's love and message. I am very greatful for this experience and can't wait to go back! - Adriana

"Karma Yoga at the M. A. Center has been positively life changing for me. I've been part of the program on and off since 2011, doing seva with both the organic orchard and the AIMS project. The kind, devotional atmosphere, and the ashram's natural beauty helps me to go within and deepen my connection to Amma. Service is purifying to my mind and helps me feel more selfless and expansive." - Kalpita

Some of our recent Amrita Karma Yoga projects include:

Medical Supplies for AIMS
Sorting medical supplies to be sent to Amma’s charitable hospitals in India.

Construction Projects
Contributing skilled labor to maintain the ashram buildings.

GreenFriends Farm Orchard
Helping implement sustainable agriculture at the Farm.

The Amma Shop
Helping the international hub of the Shop with inventory, packing, design and display.

Those who are interested in the Amrita Karma Yoga program are invited to apply for a two-week to two-month stay. A nominal fee is required. For more information, contact KarmaYoga@macenters.org