Documentary: At the Ashram
Uma Lescault and her peers live, work, and pray at the Shiva-worshipping Hridaya Hermitage in Industry, Maine. The 25+ members of the ashram live off the grid in the beautiful Maine woods, practicing the yogic lifestyle and following their two gurus, Bhagavan and Mirabai.
At 18, Uma - then Hridayani - took vows within the community, shaved her head, and changed her name. She devoted herself to the gurus and to work at the ashram, and is the resident teacher of the community's children. Recently, Uma was married to the guru's son.
Photos courtesy of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Fall 2007.