Black Friday 2016 Deals for Yogis and Runners

I unfortunately have to be physically near a mall on Black Friday. I’m visiting my in-laws and they live near one. Other than that, I am hoping to be as far away from shopping centers as possible for the remainder of the year. I used to be one of those people that got up super early to catch the first deals at the mall but I’ve discovered you can get the same awesome deals without leaving the comfort of your bed. And I’ve just become a grumpy old lady that doesn’t like crowds and how crazy people get towards one another over a tv.

I’m pretty good on gear this year so I’m hoping to be spending my long weekend logging miles for my first marathon or getting some hikes in. But for all of you, I’ve compiled deals that I’ve been seeing to prep you for your holiday shopping or gift-giving needs. Most are for Black Friday/Black Friday weekend and based on what I see, I may update for Cyber Monday.

Alo Yoga – 30% using code INSTA30 or ALOVIP30

Athleta – 20% online and in-stores

Beyond Yoga – 30% off online using code BLACKOUT 

CorePower Yoga – 20% off gift card purchases online or in studio

GapFit – 50% using code TGIF50 (applies to everything at Gap in-store or online)

Manduka – 25% off their gift guide items and free shipping for $50+

Old Navy Activewear – 50% off this and the rest of the store

Onzie – 40% off the entire website on Friday with code GIVINGBACK

Sweaty Betty – 25% off Black Friday weekend

Target – 30% off C9 Activewear for Black Friday

Fitness Trackers – list of deals for fitness trackers/smart watches

Runners! Pretty full list of Black Friday deals from Runner’s World for gadgets, clothes, and brands. I noticed a Garmin GPS watch at $80 off. Check out the list here.

 

Free 2-Month Membership – MyYogaWorks

September is National Yoga Month, which means there are free/inexpensive options for yoga. I’ll try to post any deals that I come across as I see them. Or please feel free to share them in the comments.

The first one is for MyYogaWorks. I’ve done a review for them here (AND I think this deal might still be good) and for those that can’t make it into the studio, the online yoga site is offering 2 FREE months of yoga to brand new clients. A credit card will be required but as long as you cancel before your two months is up, you should be fine. Use this link or use the code YOGA2. The deal expires 9/30/2016.

Win a Teacher Training Scholarship

I listen to yoga podcasts (am I revealing something super nerdy about myself?) and it’s crazy to hear how inexpensive yoga teacher training used to be…I’ve heard $600 or nothing at all depending on when you started teaching. AND there definitely weren’t hourly requirements back then either.

This isn’t the first time I’ve groaned about how expensive teacher training can be. I’m always on the lookout for scholarships or discounts. Most that I come across prioritize yoga teachers who already teach in underserved communities (so if that is you, there is a lot out there!). And I would love to devote my time teaching to underserved communities but reality means rent, food, utilities and other basic necessities of life that make that life very hard and nearly impossible living in the Bay Area. Even if you teach at studios or high end gyms as some of my colleagues do, they are still struggling. The yoga industry has become super expensive but that is not reflected in teacher pay. If you are a full time teacher, you are running around town teaching over 20 classes a week and it’s super exhausting. When I quit my job and took on 10-15 classes a week, I lost some of the joy and inspiration that I enjoy so much in my current teaching. And you are constantly hustling. Which is why I enjoy it as a side job/hobby.

And if I haven’t inadvertently scared you away yet from becoming a yoga teacher, here is some good news! CorePower Yoga is offering 3 teacher training scholarships this fall across the country. So if you have been considering this path, check out the link and be ready to answer how yoga has impacted your life and why you want to do yoga teacher training. And always check out the official rules. Contest ends September 2.

 

Coupon Code for the SF Marathon 2017

Are you the type of person that can’t commit to something next week? Well then this post is not for you.

If you are willing to commit to a race almost a year ahead of time, then you could be rewarded with some pretty decent savings. This post is for The San Francisco Marathon, which I ran a few weeks ago for the fifth time. I especially love the second half since it reminds me how grateful I am to be in this city, whether as a tourist or resident.

If you aren’t familiar, there are a TON of options for this race, including an opportunity to run 52.4 miles! But the main events are the full marathon, the first half marathon, and the second half marathon. The first half starts along the Embarcardero, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, and then back over the bridge to Golden Gate Park. The second half starts in Golden Gate Park, goes through some iconic SF neighborhoods, and ends on the Embarcardero. The full marathon covers both courses.

The first half tends to be the draw for most people but personally, I didn’t care for it. First off, it starts at 5:30 AM. 5:30 AM?!?!?! Unless you are an elite runner, you feel like you are in a can of sardines by the time you get to the bridge. It feels like a shuffle versus a run since it is so packed with people and there really isn’t  a whole lot of room to move around the crowd. Karl the Fog tends to take over the bridge towers and the first half is hilly. The perk is that you are done early enough to hit up any popular breakfast/brunch place without having to wait in line since you will be the first one there.

The second half has my heart. It’s more sleep friendly, though the start time was an hour earlier this year at 7:15. There are some rolling hills but the course is net downhill. You go through Golden Gate Park (hello Buffalos!) and so many wonderful SF neighborhoods including Haight Ashbury, the Mission, Potrero Hill, and Dogpatch. You run by AT&T Park, under the Bay Bridge and then finish on the Embarcardero.

The race next year is scheduled for July 23, 2017. It will be the 40th anniversary and the marathon is currently priced at $110 and both half marathons are $95 each. The coupon code 10TSFM40 will get you an additional $10 off and is good through November 1, 2016. That means $85 for the half marathon and nowadays, that is not a terrible price

Happy running!

International Day of Yoga!

June 21, which also happens to be the summer solstice, was declared International Day of Yoga by the United Nations back in 2014. This means free yoga for you!

Here are some resources that I came across to help you get your yoga on during the last two weeks of June.

  • Yoga Alliance offers some national and international ways to participate, including an event in Seattle where a ticket (not free but $30) gets you a Seattle Mariners baseball game, post game yoga session, and a Mariners yoga mat. Not bad!
  • Athleta sponsors the Solstice in Times Square yoga event, where thousands of yogis take advantage of yoga classes taught in Times Square all day on Monday June 20. Various class times and teachers are offered throughout the day with the first class at 5 am (ugh!) and the last one at 7:30 pm. Donations benefit nonprofits offering yoga to underserved communities.
  • Athleta is also offering free in-store yoga classes between June 18-21. They note giveaways and other activities. Click here to find to learn more and find a local class.
  • Specifically in SF, there will be an event on Saturday June 18 in Golden Gate Park. The event is free and offers classes, meditation, talks, and live music.

Enjoy!

Discount on San Jose’s Rock n’ Roll Races

It’s been a hot minute, I know.

Came across this deal and wanted to share – Groupon is offering some savings off of the Rock n’ Roll race series in San Jose, with a 5K at $30 to the half marathon at $79. This race seems to be priced a little more affordably than some of their other races in the series. While the discount isn’t huge, it’s still a discount and it beats scouring the internet for discount codes. You have two more days to buy the deal from Groupon and then you will still need to register for the race via the instructions – read them carefully. The race is in early October.

Happy running!

Free Subscription to Yoga Digest – ENDS TODAY

I just saw this today so hopefully some of you will be able to take advantage of this deal.

Yoga Digest is a yoga lifestyle magazine and is offering a free print and digital subscription for 1 year. No credit card information needed. No strings attached. My Yoga Journal subscription expired and I didn’t renew so looking forward to checking out this magazine.

Sign up NOW since the offer is only good through tonight, Sunday May 15.

Free Yoga Teacher Training?????

Have you been thinking about yoga teacher training and the costs have got you down? Yoga Garden San Francisco is offering one lucky person a scholarship for a FREE 200-hour teacher training. FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I sort of want to apply.

To qualify for the scholarship, you must be available for their 12-week program starting in April OR their month long immersion in May, 2016. To apply, click here. All entries must be submitted by March 14.

Good luck!