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Yoga Ashrams Offer Cheap Rent and Alternative to Being Homeless

Unemployeds Find Spirituality and Low Rent at Yoga Ashrams

Living off unemployment and scraping the bottom of your checking account each month? Well if you can stomach no meat, alcohol, and sex along with required meditation, tent cities may not be your worst-case scenario. A yoga "community" in the woods could be!

NPR reports that at least one yoga ashram has seen an uptick in newcomers since the economy nosedived last Fall. Yogaville, which rests in Virginia's Appalachian foothills, never intended to be a safe haven for the nouveau poor, but it welcomes new residents whether they've come for the unlimited yoga or the $300 rent.

While there's no credit check or competitive admission process, there are a few catches. To see where Yogaville gets you,


In exchange for a dorm room, three vegetarian meals a day, and monthly rent, residents are expected to perform daily chores and practice the yogi lifestyle. What's that entail? Abstinence from meat, alcohol, and sex form the sacrificial trinity, and yoga classes and five meditation sessions per week meet the physical requirements.

One resident, who moved in after a layoff, found Yogaville's attitude toward unemployment as refreshing as a sun salutation. He said before people responded to his job loss with somber sympathy but not so in Yogaville. "That's so great!," people said, "All these doors are going to open up for you." Namaste!


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fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
As a single yoga-loving vegetarian who doesn't drink much, this sounds like a great retreat! I wonder what the sleeping conditions are like...?
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
No alcohol, No meat, and Unlimited yoga and meditation sounds great! It's the sex part that is hard
stephley stephley 8 years
It'd be interesting to hear what the people there have to say about it Kia - if this catches on, how could they keep up with demand?
kia kia 8 years
Hmmm. I go to an ashram three times a week for the yoga teacher training program I am in. I haven't noticed an increase in folks. However I don't hang around the dorms much. I think I'll ask if this trend has been happening where I am learning.
jenna21 jenna21 8 years
Sounds like a cult...
Roarman Roarman 8 years
If that pea green, hot pink unitard is the provided uniform, I am so there.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I'm with you catterpillar girl. I can do without alcohol no problem (in fact, I already do). I can probably go without sex if everyone else around me is doing it... But there's really nothing that can make me not want to eat meat.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No alcohol, sure, No meat? no thanks.
stephley stephley 8 years
It sounds like a good retreat to destress, but I wouldn't want to live with their abstinence rules for too long.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
That picture just feaked me out! I thought the hands were holding shoulders....eeeeeek. freaky. I donr know what to say about the article really.. :shrug:
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