In honor of National Yoga Month, Yoga Journal is giving away 70 yoga mats. 11 mat brands are included and if you are curious what they are, check out the contest rules. If you’re ready to offer up your email, click here to enter. The contest ends September 30, 2016. Good luck!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This has nothing to do with yoga, running, or health. But in light of Leo finally winning an Oscar AND this being my last week of work at a job I’ve loathed, enjoy!
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.
Sorry, but this is not my normal blog post. I don’t have any resources to share at the moment. I am however, choosing to share a very real and up until recently, private struggle in my life, where letting the realities and fear of being even more broke prevent me from being happy and thriving. But when there is a will to change (and a super strong support system combined with a hell of a lot of hustle), there is a way.
It’s been almost two years since I’ve been unhappy with my day job. Yeah, a f*cking long time. I’ve been looking for well over a year now trying to hold out for the right job and I just wasn’t finding it. Choosing to work in the nonprofit world is, at the end of the day, just another job and as with any job, I believe you should be compensated well for your talents. But since that is less likely to be the case in this world, passion is usually the other motivating factor. I definitely am not passionate about my job and I was feeling trapped, stagnant, and losing focus and momentum. My systems of support at work (former colleagues and now friends) slowly moved on and it was just me that was left last May. I stopped caring. I became depressed, breaking down into tears at work, on many BART rides home, and many times crying myself to sleep at night. I was a miserable and an unpleasant person to be around and I hated that person I had become, which made me more depressed. Last month, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. This week, I’ll be giving my two weeks notice and quitting. This decision did not come lightly nor did it happen overnight as some financial preparation was required. I had to discuss this with my husband since it greatly affects us both and even though we are nervous about it, he supported my decision to be happy.
A part of what will be cushioning me for a couple of months is teaching yoga. I love teaching and when I had so many of those bad days and didn’t feel like teaching, I ALWAYS walked away feeling better. But I knew the few classes I had a week wouldn’t make a huge difference. I never ever thought I would create a website about my teaching – it somehow didn’t feel right as a part-time teacher, felt vain for advertising myself, and also felt incredibly vulnerable to put yourself out there and open yourself up to judgement. But I love the practice, am good at teaching, and wanted to use this time to share more of the practice through more classes and hopefully some private sessions. I started to work on the content and on the day I created my email for my site, I went to teach and for the first time, a student came up to me inquiring about private sessions. Really?? This has never happened before and it happened the night I set up my email, which I was able to give out. That was a sign to me that this was the right decision. I went home and quickly finished my website and openly shared it with some friends and family for feedback (not even something I do with this blog) before openly sharing it on social media.
I am fully aware of my blog audience, BUT if you happen to be in a better financial position or know people or companies that would be interested in private yoga in the Bay Area, please check out www.serenangoyoga.com and help a broke girl out.
As for my day job, as soon as I made the decision and put the word out to close colleagues and friends, things started to look up on the opportunity front. Nothing concrete yet but it’s felt a lot more promising and optimistic than it has in a long time. It was also a nice reminder that I have an amazing and incredible network of people and I’m so lucky and grateful to have them in my life.
Why am I sharing this?? When you are broke, you are so much more dependent on your sources of income and you can’t just make changes to your life without any consequences. I couldn’t just quit without some preparation – life realities such as rent and the need to eat don’t just go away. Compromises need to be made. But at the end of the day, how much is your happiness worth? Ever since I made this decision, there have been signs and indicators that what I’m doing is the right decision for me. My overall mood is starting to improve and the fire inside of me is starting to light up again.
I came across this quote on my instagram feed a couple of days ago and it was just one more thing that was telling me that if I follow what I love (in addition to a lot of freaking hard work and dedication, cuz let’s be real, shit rarely falls into your lap), it will hopefully be the right path. And hopefully me sharing is somehow helpful for you. Maybe you are not in a job you hate but you are feeling stuck and uninspired. Are you holding on to something that no longer serves you? Are you letting fear, even if it is a very rational fear, get in the way of you becoming your best self? Okay, I’m starting to get cheesy here but you get the point. You can make change happen. There is almost always a way. So why not now? Sometimes it’s super, super, SUPER scary. But it’s way scarier to never know what could have been.
Cross your fingers for me.