For men and women the stages of life are similar. Both have to undergo the same levels of life.
Vedic path refers to the three stages of a person:
The initial stage, which is Brahmacharya: the study and learning
of Vedas and Gayathri Upasana, and worship of Agni through oblations
twice a day.
The second stage is the Grihastashrama (getting into marital life)
and offering oblations to Agni by performing Agni upasana , Yagas ,
etc. along with the life partner which are meant for the evolution of
one’s self in the spiritual realm.
The Vanaprastha is the continuation of Grihastha stage along with the wife in a secluded place and continuing agni and other worship. After completing the houshold duties the couple may retire to a forest.
The final stage is offering one’s body after death to the Agni
that was worshiped.
It should be understood that vanaprastha is the continuation of
grahastha stage after discharging the duties and retiring along with
the wife and continuing agni upasana, penance, and nitya karmas.
To lead a life as prescribed by the Vedas, here is the system to be followed by one and all:
Initiation into Gayathri Upasana Study of the Vedas or understanding
the messages given in them.
Agni upasana as part of Gayathri Upasana and vedic study
Getting into married life and continuing Agni Worship as a couple –
Offering one’s body in the fire worshipped by the couple (The concept
behind the ritual followed for cremation in the present day)