Chi feeling totally out of whack but you don’t have the cash to get that thing realigned at a fancy yoga retreat? (Clearly we have no idea what Chi actually is and have confused it with your spine.) Well today’s your lucky day because a few yogi-friendly meccas are making spiritual vacays a little more accessible. Enlightenment and free exercise awaits, after the jump!
Instead of charging a few thousand dollars a week, the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA charges just $300-$900 a month for room, board and classes in exchange for a few hours of work a day. And by “work” we don’t mean super manly labor like chopping down trees and building sweat lodges, it’s generally more along the lines of helping prepare lunch, cleaning rooms or washing dishes. Sort of like what you already have to do at home anyway.
The Ananda Ashram Yoga Society in Monroe, NY offers a work-for-spiritual-harmony sort of deal, too. If you’ve got a lot of free time and very little cash which, let’s face it, a hell of a lot of us do these days, take an unpaid staff spot at the Ashram and they’ll give you a place to stay, food to eat and all the yoga lessons your soon-to-be-buff body can handle. Not a bad deal, if you ask us. Bonus points if you get an Eat, Pray, Love-level book and film deal out of the whole thing, too. [The New York Times]