Discount on Camp Pendleton’s “World Famous Mud Run”

CampPendletonMudRun

Have you ever wanted to test how much of a bad-ass you are during a run? Well this course/deal is for you. I did the Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run last year and it was pretty much responsible for my long break in running. Okay, I was already mentally fatigued from always trying to PR and was ready to take a break. This race just pushed me to that edge. Hills, wall climbs, crawling through muddy rivers, and Marines cheering you on/yelling at you are what you’ll encounter in this 6.2 mile race. Not sure how long this will last for so if are interested, reserve your spot now. Cost is $45 which is a 50% off deal at LivingSocial.

Gear Review: Pure Karma’s Kristy Legging

I was rifling through the sale rack at CorePower Yoga after one of my front desk trade shifts and came across these uber soft leggings.  I normally avoid this rack as much as possible but there were so many new things on the rack and I couldn’t resist.

Pure Karma seems like a relatively newer company based on what I saw on their website.  Here’s some more info about them (taken from their site): “Pure Karma is founded on a simple idea: It shouldn’t cost extra to do the right thing.  For us, doing the right thing means using eco-friendly fabrics in our line of fitness, yoga, and active lifestyle products – made here, int he USA. And charging less instead of more so you don’t have to choose between saving money and doing the right thing.”

purekarmaI tried on an x-small pair of the ‘Kristy’ leggings in charcoal and they fit like a glove.  Even after lots of washings, the softness of the fabric that made me pick this up remains.  There is a wide waistband with some detailing on the sides but unless you are wearing just a bra top, it’s probably going to be covered by your shirt.  I’m 5’2″ and there is slight bunching at the bottom but nothing bothersome.  If you are short like me, you could pull them down and around the heel as I’ve seen a lot of people do (I don’t get this at all – is it just me??).  I have only used these during hot power yoga sessions and after thoroughly drenching the leggings in my sweat (gross I know), they dried pretty quickly.  I’ve also done the check for sheerness and these passed the test.  Overall, I’m extremely happy with my purchase, especially since they were on sale for me.  At the regular price of $56, they are still a tad pricey if you don’t have disposable income but they are about half the price of the more expensive yoga pants.  Limited sizes being sold at Amazon at various price points depending on the size.  Currently only available in black.

Hump Day Inspiration

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.”

Many of you have probably seen this video.  I just re-watched it for almost the tenth time and if you haven’t seen it, get some tissues ready (a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” playing in the background certainly doesn’t help with the waterworks).  During the past six months, there were moments when I felt defeated and my morale was low but whenever I watched this, I’m motivated again by this man’s resilience and determination.  Arthur Boorman was a disabled vet and was told he would never be able to walk unassisted again and ended up gaining A LOT of weight.  Then he discovered yoga with DDP and worked through fall after fall after fall that would have left me frustrated and stopped me in my tracks.  Boorman’s transformation at the end of the video is quite inspiring and you are left with the message that you can do anything if you believe in yourself. So never ever give up.

Living in Yoga Pants, Just Not to the Bar

The majority of what I wear these days are yoga and running clothes since that is what I spend my ‘funemployed’ days doing.  They have made up 90% of my clothing purchases over the past few years and make up 99% of what I wear outside of my pajamas.  While it’s super comfy, I feel like I’ve been super lazy about how I dress, especially since I moved to San Diego, a city where it’s pretty much acceptable to wear t-shirts, jeans, and flip flops everywhere so it’s easy to become super complacent.  However, I’m definitely not so complacent that I wear my yoga pants as clothing to go out to restaurants or bars.  Even if you have yoga pants that make your behind look great, why would you wear something you sweat in while out and about?

I’ve been wanting a new pair of skinny jeans for awhile now and decided to hit up Nordstrom Rack.  I normally hate stores like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Ross, etc since I have no patience to go through racks of stuff just thrown around with the most minimal amount of order and organization.  It’s just overwhelming.  However, the last time I bought a nice pair of jeans, I went to Nordstrom Rack and all their pricey jeans are located in one section and organized by brand and size.  I haven’t been able to find cheap skinny jeans that looked good or fit well and refuse/can’t pay for $200 jeans.  Since I had a gift card to Nordstrom, I was hopeful I could find some quality jeans for not much money.  I was specifically looking for gray or black jeans so it made the search even easier.  I tried on about 4 or 5 different pairs with various sizes in each one since it’s been a while buying actual clothes.  I ended up with the softest pair of gray jeans that it might as well be like wearing yoga pants.  The length was pretty perfect especially since I’m pretty short – there was minimal bunching at the bottom.  With my other pair of skinny jeans, I always had to hike up my pants every few minutes – these hug my lower half in all the right parts.  One minor thing I noticed was that the inner seam on the bottom of the left pant leg kept rotating towards the center of my shin.  Minor.  The jeans are J Brand mid-rise skinny jeans in warm gray.  I saw plenty of them at the Nordstrom Rack in San Diego.  They cost $80 (less for me since I had a gift card) and retailed for $180.

JBrand mid rise skinny jeans

Possibly Prepping for a Home Practice…And Discounts on YJ DVDs

So my front desk trade at CorePower Yoga is being discontinued and I’m working to find another trade opportunity before my current trade deal expires.  As I mentioned in a previous post, these trade opportunities can be hard to come by so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find something soon since I certainly can’t afford $130/month for membership.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do if something can’t be worked out so I’ve been playing around with a couple of ideas.

1. Put it on the credit card.  This is definitely the very last option and not likely to happen but I’m listing it first since it’s the easiest way to continue with my current yoga practice.  Doing the breakdown if I went to classes 6 days/week (I pretty much take class everyday), this option would cost me less than $5 per class.  A sub-option of putting a yoga membership on the credit is to shop around for a studio with a less expensive rate.

2. Checking out the daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.  I’ve already seen some decent deals ranging from $30 to $40/month to studios I’ve wanted to check out anyway.

3. Taking advantage of the freebies.  There are enough studios out there that offer some sort of free deal for new students, whether it be one free class or a free week.  I’ve been compiling a list (very short list) of studios that offer these free deals in the area.  I think this will get me a total of a few weeks to a month of yoga at various studios.

4. Starting a home practice.  There are various approaches to this option.  I could create classes for my students and actually “take” them myself, not just testing them out through my body, but this is unlikely to last long.  There’s a reason why yoga teachers still take classes or people get coaches for their training.  I will get a yoga practice in but it won’t be nearly as challenging as if someone else was guiding me.

Another part of creating a home practice could include subscribing to online yoga classes through sites such as Yogaglo, My Yoga Online, YogaVibes, or Yogis Anonymous which I’m more inclined to do.  All these sites offer various styles of yoga and classes from some well-known teachers.  All you need is a computer and an account and you can stream hundreds of classes from anywhere.  Here’s a breakdown of what I found in terms of cost for each of these sites:

  • Yogaglo – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $18/month
  • MyYogaOnline – starts at $10 per month or you can get two months for $16 with an online coupon code.  Another coupon code exists for a free one week trial period as well.  I haven’t tested out the validity of the codes so if you are interested, check them out here.
  • YogaVibes – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $20/month
  • YogisAnonymous – this is an actual studio in Santa Monica and they stream free classes during the week and as long as you catch it during the scheduled time, you have free access to it.  Otherwise, it costs $15/month to stream the classes.

And finally DVDs are an option.  But the purchase of a DVD only gets you so much and after that, it’s the same class over and over again.  This can be valuable depending on the type of DVD you get.  I purchased a stress reduction yoga DVD by Hala Khouri for a couple of reasons.  I rarely take gentle/restorative yoga classes and I am unlikely to pay money for it unless it is included in my membership so for me, I wanted to have it so I can come back to it whenever I needed it.  Additionally, I’m interested in providing yoga to underserved communities that don’t have access to yoga and this DVD would be beneficial in trauma reduction for those communities.

So if you want to consider a few DVDs for a home practice to save some money, Yoga Journal is offering an Earth Day sale with popular yoga DVDs going for $5-10.

Crossing my fingers that another trade opportunity comes through!

YJ DVD Sale

YJ DVD Sale

Dedicating My Run to Boston Today

My heart goes out to everyone affected by the senseless acts of violence at the Boston Marathon on Monday.  Being a runner, this news was especially heartbreaking.  I just kept thinking how it could have been me at the race and an even scarier thought, how it could have been my loved ones waiting at the finish line.  I was actually planning on going out for a run when I first heard the news.  I was glued to the television most of the day and as the horrific and devastating images and videos surfaced, I clasped my hands over my mouth in disbelief.  I cried this morning when I saw the images of the 8 year old boy that was killed yesterday.  There is a heaviness at the center of my being and I just can’t grasp the madness and inhumanity that exists in our world.

Rising above that inhumanity yesterday was the outpour of support and compassion in Boston and all over the world.  I was so touched by the growing list of people in Boston opening up their homes for stranded runners, runners continuing to run to nearby hospitals to donate blood, and strangers helping each other to safety.  One image/quote that kept circulating social media sites that exemplified these acts of kindness was one of Mr. Rogers.  This image truly inspired lightness and hope in me and clearly, many others.  So in case you haven’t come across this yet, I wanted to share it and hopefully, it can bring some solace to such a tragic event.

Today, I dedicate my run and my yoga practice to Boston and everyone around the world affected by these senseless acts of violence.

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Save Money on any Rock ‘n’ Roll Race this Saturday

Save$13

Many of the Rock ‘n’ Roll race registration fees can be pretty pricey ranging from $150 to nearly $200 for some of the half and full marathons. I get that more money is necessary to put on events of this size but really?? The only Rock ‘n’ Roll race I did was the inaugural Las Vegas race at night and I was extremely disappointed. It may have been the first time that the race was done at night, but it was not the first time the race was done in Las Vegas so MANY of the little things that bothered me and many others should not have been issues. But that has been my only experience with this race series and I’ve heard good things from other people. With that being said, if you are eyeing one of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races, there’s a deal to save $13 off any race on Saturday, April 13. Or if you want to hold off a bit, they offer this deal on the 13th of every month.  The discount code is LUCKY13.  Register here.

To Wanderlust or Not to Wanderlust…And How You Can Participate at a Fraction of the Cost

Wanderlust Tahoe

This year, the Wanderlust Festival in Tahoe/Squaw Valley starts on my birthday and I thought it would be a perfect way to celebrate.  Four full days of yoga with some of the most well known yogis during the day and music to fill your evenings.  A friend of mine went to the Wanderlust Festival in Oahu and raved about it.  She also mentioned her boyfriend had access to a cabin in Tahoe that we could use at no cost for this festival.  I assumed with lodging taken care of, this would make the festival a bit more financially accessible.  So I went onto the site and checked out ticket prices and financial accessibility went out the door.  4-day passes are $475 and 3-day passes are $395!  If you did the full four days and had to pay for travel/lodging/food, this festival would cost close to $1,000.  Who are they targeting to attend this festival??  Clearly, not unemployed people like me.  Even when I was working, this would have been difficult to manage.

Earlier this year, I wanted to attend the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco and tickets were EXPENSIVE.  I don’t remember the exact cost when I looked late last year (close to $1,000 is what I’m coming up with), but early bird prices for the 2014 conference is $600.  Add lodging, travel, and food to that and well, you know what I’m getting at.

There is a way to participate in these yoga getaways for a fraction of the registration cost.  As with many conferences and events of this scale, there are typically volunteer or work-exchange opportunities, which I have done in the past but for work-related events.  Both Wanderlust and Yoga Journal Conference have these volunteer/work-exchange opportunities.

For Wanderlust, they look for volunteers to fill a minimum of three shifts starting the weekend prior to the event to the Monday after.  Shifts are 5-6 hours each and you are given one day off where you can schedule classes like everyone else.  You also have access to all the music events as well as some swag from the sponsors.  There is an application fee of $15.  Check out Wanderlust’s volunteer page for more information.

For the Yoga Journal Conference, you will need to be available for a full FIVE days without any other commitments.  You work up to 16 hours, with many of the shifts being a door monitor, and are not guaranteed any classes.  Here’s the part I don’t like.  You have to pay them a “nominal” fee of $200 as a commitment to work the conference.  You will be rated on your performance and if you meet their standards, you will get $100 back a month later.  So you are still out $100 in addition to all the other expenses you might incur.  Check out Horizon Conference’s info page for more details about YJ’s Work Exchange Program (they manage YJ’s conferences).

If you are interested, sign up early!  For both of these opportunities, I see it as a way to get a feel for the festival and the inner workings of these large events, network with others in the yoga community, and the bonus are the workshops and the classes.  I most likely won’t go this route for Wanderlust if I somehow magically come up with the funds (birthday present, anyone?) but I’m thinking about it for the YJ Conference in SF in 2014 since I’ll be living up there.