An ashram would traditionally, but not necessarily in contemporary times, be located far from human habitation, in forests or mountainous regions, amidst refreshing natural surroundings conducive to spiritual instruction and meditation. The residents of an ashram regularly performed spiritual and physical exercises, such as the various forms of yoga. Other sacrifices and penances, such as yajnas were also performed. Many ashrams also served as gurukulas, residential schools for children under the guru-shishya tradition.
Below are occupations available in a ashram. Not all shown occupations are completely distinct to a ashram. Illustrated below, along with jobs only found in a ashram, are a few moderately related and general jobs that are found in (but not limited to) a ashram.