I am the mother of 65 children trying to stay in shape - read on!
Sri Ram Ashram supports a home for abandoned children, a school for 550 students through class 12, and a charitable medical clinic. The ashram, which means “home” in Sanskrit, was started in 1984 by Baba Hari Dass, a mauni sadhu, (silent monk) and is supported by Sri Rama Foundation of Santa Cruz, California. Currently the ashram is home to 65 children, ages 1 month through young adulthood.
I have been living much of each year at the ashram since 1993. In 2006 I took a one-year sabbatical to improve my health. During this time I started training at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, which became an integral part of my quest for fitness. However, as much as I love CrossFit, the WODs were difficult to continue once I returned to India. Eventually I recruited the older boys of the ashram to join me and thus began the Sri Ram Ashram CrossFit journey.
At first the boys were skeptical but after a few months they became hooked. Together we studied technique, scoured the internet for WODs and improvised equipment. The other children watch with awe and we plan to expand our program to include all age groups. CrossFit has been wonderful for the ashram; we are honored to become an affiliate.
We are grateful to Coach and Lauren Glassman for their inspiration and generosity, to Tony Budding for his support and to Jim Baker and all the trainers at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central for their patience and good humor.
This web site is maintained by the children of Sri Ram Ashram, who in addition to becoming fitter, will hone their English and computer skills as they post.
For further information please visit our web site at
Sri Ram Ashram
UK, India 249408