Black Friday Deals


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For years, I would wake up super early and head to the mall with my mom to take advantage of the Black Friday deals where I mostly bought stuff for myself.  Maybe it’s my old age but I can’t handle the crowds and lines anymore.  The whole waking up early part is not too appealing either.  Online shopping is the only way I shop on Black Friday if I do any shopping at all.  Here are some deals that I came across that might interest some of you.  I’ll continue to add more throughout the morning as I find them.

Manduka – 25% off site wide through 12/2

Athleta – 20% off site wide

Gap, specifically GapFit – 50% off everything

CEP Compression – 10% off and 40% off clearance

Beyond Yoga – 30% off with code CYBER13 through 12/2

Yogitoes – 25% off everything

DiscountMags – It’s the gift that keeps giving!  Lots of great deals on sports and health magazines


Enter to Win a FREE 200-hour Teacher Training at YogaWorks

Yes you read right.  FREE.  Of course, you have to do a little work for it.

Everything in my mailbox today was for me and yoga-related: Athleta catalog, a renewal notice for my yoga teacher insurance, and the latest issue of Yoga Journal.  I was eager to flip through the pages of my magazine since I failed to update my address for my subscription and didn’t get last month’s issue.  I passed by an advertisement for YogaWorks and normally would have kept on going but luckily for all of you, I noticed this awesome offer.  The text was pretty small so I’m assuming they wanted to limit the amount of eyes on the opportunity?  Who knows.  Anyhoo, YogaWorks is offering a FREE 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014, which typically costs around $3,500, at select locations (looks like studios in New York and California).  All you have to do is write an essay in response to this question: what are you excited to learn and how will you apply your training to your life?  Applications are due December 15 so start writing!  Click here for the full details.

For those not looking for teacher training, YogaWorks offers online classes that you can try for free for 14 days.  If you have gone through the free trial and are considering getting the subscription service, you can get 50% off first month’s fees with the promo code MYWYJ50.

Free Bike Light Giveaway in San Francisco

This post has nothing to do with yoga or running.  But it is health related and is for all the broke cyclists out there in San Francisco.

Through the “Light Up the Night” campaign, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority are giving away free front and rear bike lights to cyclists who don’t already have them.  Not only does this increase your safety while biking at night, but it’s the law.  I don’t know about some of you but it freaks me out biking around next to big buses and cars during the day – I would NEVER bike at night without ensuring I was visible to vehicles.

The giveaway stations will be in the Lower Haight tonight (November 21), the Mission District on Tuesday December 3, and Civic Center on Tuesday December 17.  Times for all days are from 5 – 7:30 pm.  You must have your bike with you so it can be installed.


Scholarship for Yoga Teacher Training

pranaandyafoundationTeacher training is freaking expensive.  I’m just barely starting to pay back my fiance for the loan he provided me for my own teacher training.  And while I would love additional training, it’s currently out of the question for me.  But for all the amazing yoga teachers working with underserved communities, The Yoga Alliance Foundation and prAna will be awarding 2 scholarships of $2,225 to teachers interested in attending a 300-hour training in 2014.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants need:

  • To be teaching yoga to underserved communities and populations
  • To demonstrate financial need, which means you can’t make more than 2.5 times the federal poverty level (and the federal poverty level is pretty low)
  • To be an active member of Yoga Alliance for the past 6 years

Check out prAna for more details.  Applications are due December 2 so get on it!

For those that don’t meet the qualifications, there are other opportunities out there if you are interested in furthering your education/work with at-risk and underserved communities, even if you are not a yoga teacher.  You should have a good foundation with your own personal practice but these trainings teach you how to incorporate the healing benefits of yoga and enhance the work you are already doing.  I took a weekend training with Hala Khouri through YogaWorks and was able to get close to 50% off the workshop fees.  I also looked into Street Yoga‘s training and applied for their scholarship (for all my fellow social workers out there, it’s NASW approved and you can get CEUs).  Unfortunately with so many people applying, they were only able to offer a $50 discount.  Hey, a discount is still a discount!  It just wasn’t enough to make it affordable for me.  I haven’t looked into Prison Yoga Project but I imagine there might be some opportunities there.  Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA offers various workshops and trainings but I didn’t easily find any options for scholarships/discounts.  If it’s not listed, it never hurts to ask.  They do offer a fellowship for their yoga teacher training program if you are willing to commit to teaching 100 hours to underserved communities after finishing the program.  There is probably a ton more out there – these are just a few of the resources I came across when I was looking to expand my education.  On my to-blog list, I’ll get around to researching other scholarships and financial assistance resources for yoga teacher training so stay tuned.  Have a great week!

Free 21-Day Meditation Challenge

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I’m getting this information to you a few days late but the last two weeks have been the longest two weeks at work.  I am in freaking need of a vacation. Which sort of segues into my post.

I’ve attempted two of these challenges before and failed miserably.  I take that back.  The fact that I was even able to get 8 or 9 days into one of the challenges is HUGE.  The Chopra Meditation Center, in partnership with Oprah Winfrey, offers a free 21-day meditation challenge.  Each day, there is an approximately 15 minute guided meditation along with mantras and tips to help you lead a more intentional life.  Chopra’s voice is deep, melodic, and calming and you can’t help but feel relaxed.  I definitely enjoyed it when I did it but I would forget or just not make time for it.  And I really want to make time for this to help find some more clarity and calmness in my life – Work has been hectic and I feel like I’m spending all my time putting out fires and one of the MANY health benefits of meditation is stress reduction.  This is especially timely with the holidays around the corner.

The theme for the current challenge is desire and destiny.  Day 1 of the challenge started this Monday and each session expires 5 days after it’s been released.  Hopefully you are getting this in time to experience the challenge from the beginning.  And the best part…it’s FREE to participate.  You can also choose to buy this meditation and all other meditation challenges so you have access to it whenever you want.  Happy meditating!

Manduka (and More) Products on Sale

Hello readers, hope you are all having a great weekend.  It’s been beautiful in SF!


I came across this deal in my inbox from GearBuzz, which is operated by Competitor (I think I was signed up or started receiving emails after doing their Rock n Roll races).  I’m not sure how GearBuzz is affiliated with this site but oftentimes when I actually click on the deals being advertised, it takes me to a site called LeftLane Sports, which has deals for footwear, clothing and gear for “outdoor, fitness, and action sports enthusiasts.”  This site is similar to a lot of other shopping sites where you have to be a member or sign in via your email in order to access the prices.  I finally signed up since the deal that caught my attention was from Manduka.  The deals include eKo Lite mats starting at $30, bolsters starting at $40, towels at $30, and other items such as blankets, totes, blocks, and straps.  Granted you can some of these other items elsewhere without the Manduka name for a lot less.  But if the brand is selling point, check it out quickly…perhaps do some early holiday shopping.  The sale ends this Thursday, November 14.