Outdoor Voices Discount

Hi friends! Happy new year!! I hope it’s off to a happy and healthy start for all.

I’ve been a bit overwhelmed, in a good way, with work recently and I know the postings have been less consistent. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not keeping an eye out for deals. I don’t want to post every single sale I come across (seriously, if you are willing to get lots of emails, just sign up to receive emails from the companies that you like and will get sale notices all the time! You should NEVER EVER be paying retail for GAPfit stuff since they have big sales all the time) unless it’s a very very good deal.

Came across this discount code and realized I personally hadn’t seen one yet for Outdoor Voices. This recreational clothing company has blown up over the past year. Their clothes look super cute but I haven’t gotten around to buying anything from them since I have plenty of workout clothes and can get great discounts elsewhere if I need something. But I did come across a promo code that I wanted to share: HEY2017 will get you $20 off your first order. I tested it out and it doesn’t look like it applies to their Kits. I don’t have a need for new gear so probably won’t get anything this time around but happy shopping if this is useful!

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.

 

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!

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!

Going Even More Broke on Purpose and Hopefully Finding Happiness Along the Way

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.

rumiI 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.

Cold Weather Got You Dreaming of Yoga Retreats?

You’re not the only one. Sun salutes on some secluded mountain top with a pristine lake in front of you or maybe a sunny white sand beach where you can spend your days in a bikini. Sounds divine. Well, if you are like me, we might have to keep dreaming. Unless you won that crazy powerball jackpot. In which case, you should share the love and take me with you.

I was giving a friend, who is new to yoga, some resources on navigating the yoga world with a limited budget. When I listed my blog, I felt slightly embarrassed giving him something that I neglected. I didn’t forget about it – I have been compiling the topics in my head. I was just lazy.

Anyhow, if some dreamy yoga retreat isn’t in the cards for you this year, you can take classes from the Wanderlust events…online. They have about 30 FULL-LENGTH classes filmed live at the Wanderlust festivals from top instructors. I watched one of the videos but to be honest, it was awhile back and I don’t recall the experience. But just add this to your list of resources in case you want to switch things up with all those other online resources. Here’s the link to their YouTube channel to get you directly to the classes but they have a ton of other videos such as lectures, interviews, and some shorter classes.

Yes, another online resource. You do miss out on the community of people around you (unless it’s such a packed class and the person’s mat is touching yours – no thank you). But technology has made this practice a lot more accessible for someone like myself who can’t afford to pay for yoga classes every day. Also, using public transportation in SF adds a lot of time to everything you do. A 1.5 hour class usually means 2.5 hours out of my day so a home practice means I’m more likely to get a class into my day. And whenever you can get your yoga in, it’s a good thing.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Runners and Yogis

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

I’ve always liked this quote and actually wrote it down twice in my journal today. But let’s be honest, I love new fitness related gear and accessories. I actually just took advantage of an REI member discount last week and got a much needed (well, much wanted) GPS running watch.

So once again this year, here’s a list of running and yoga related deals that I compiled from my search on the internet for Black Friday/Cyber Monday/general holiday deals so you don’t have to! Just don’t take advantage of these deals at the expense of trampling over people or being in front of the computer all day.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Runner’s World has compiled a pretty awesome list of deals from a ton of retailers including Beats by Dr. Dre, Garmin, Apple Watch, Athleta, New Balance, Saucony, Oiselle, and CamelBak.

ALO yoga – 30% off full-priced items; promo code AYB30

Athleta – 20% off sitewide from Black Friday until December 1

Beyond Yoga – 30% off regular priced items, extra 15% off sale; promo code: EXCLUSIVE

Gaiam – 20% off sitewide on Black Friday plus free shipping with a minimum $25 purchase

Gap – 50% off sitewide and in-store, including Gapfit; promo code BLKFRIDAY

Lucy Activewear – 30% off this entire weekend

Mala Collective – 20% off sitewide through Monday November 30

Manduka – 25% off sitewide from November 24-30

Picky Bars – 30% off sitewide through Monday November 30

Sweaty Betty – 30% off; promo code: BLACK30 (IMO, this company’s stuff is RIDICULOUSLY expensive to begin with)

Zensah – 50% off selected items; promo code ZensahBF50

Zobha – 20% off Black Friday and Saturday; promo code: THANKS

2XU Compression – 30-40% off depending on how much you spend; deals go through November 29

CorePower Yoga – $80 for a $100 gift card in studio

Yoga Tree (for those in the Bay Area) – 5-class pack for $64 from November 26 – 29

UPDATE: Amazon has Cyber Monday deals with 30% off certain items including shoes. I just got another pair of running shoes with the discount! Promo code: cybermon

Feel free to share other deals in the comments section.

Ridiculous Deal on Coffee

I don’t know about all of you but coffee is responsible for my AM runs and yoga sessions. Even if I’m not doing any of these things, without it, I can’t really function and am pretty much a miserable person. And if you’re like me and coffee fuels your life, this deal will perk you up.

Whole Foods is selling a cup of coffee for 25 cents. That’s right, a quarter. Might as well be free. Actually, I take that back. Quarters are super valuable to me (coin-op laundry anyone??).

The deal lasts through the end of September and there is no limit to how many cups you can get. So go get your coffee on but beware of getting sucked into the rest of the store…