Sadhvis, like their male counterparts,
devote their lives to deep meditation, a particular god,
yoga and spiritual discussion and other related practices. Some live in
isolation, while others follow the sadhana through organized groups
that are separate from or on the fringes of society.
The ultimate goal of the sadhvi
lifestyle is achieving spiritual liberation, or moksha.
Sadhvis may be yoginis (and often are), but yoginis are not
The practices and sadhvi lifestyle vary among the Hindu sects. Of those that live the monastic life
as organized groups in compounds, some are members of sub-sects that
consist only of sadhvis, but other sects permit sadhvis and sadhus
with separate living quarters. A few Hindu sects do not permit
sadhvis for fear the celibate sadhus would be corrupted.