National Yoga Month

It’s September, which means it’s National Yoga Month!

If you are a reader of this blog, chances are, you know the amazing benefits of yoga. If you are newer to yoga, National Yoga Month was designed to raise awareness and educate people about the health benefits of yoga – you can read more about those benefits here at the Yoga Health Foundation website.

You can also get yourself a Yoga Month card, which is good for ONE FREE WEEK OF YOGA at participating studios nationwide. This is good only if you are new student at the studio. So if you are newer to yoga or if you have been practicing for 10 years, sign up for a Yoga Month card and check out some new studios/teachers in your neighborhood.

International Yoga Day – June 21, 2015

So Sunday is International Yoga Day and it’s not just NYC celebrating.  In San Francisco, the celebration will include “yoga breakout sessions, meditation, talks on spirituality and live music from Grammy nominee Jai Uttal.”  The event will be held at the Marina Green and is completely FREE, though you have to RSVP.  The event is from 9:30 am to 2 pm but I have no idea what is happening when.  I can’t seem to find a schedule anywhere online, even on the event pages. So if there are uber resourceful people out there, please leave the information in the comments.

I imagine there might be other events in other cities as well.  Check with your local yoga studio or your favorite internet search engine to see what might be happening in your backyard.

Solstice in Times Square – FREE Yoga Event in NYC

New Yorkers and those planning to be in New York on June 21 – There will be thousands and thousands and thousands of yogis doing sun salutes at the Solstice in Times Square event, which is offering five FREE yoga classes throughout the day. Though the event is free, though they do have charities they are working with and encourage donations. Here is the schedule:

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Lauren Imparato

11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Douglass Stewart

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Rajashree Choudhury, Donna Rubin, and Jennifer Lobo

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Mary Dana Abbott

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee

You do need to register for the event and you can only choose one of the five classes that are offered. Yoga mats will be provided free of charge at the event for registered attendees and water will be provided while supplies last. So all you need to do is show up. Enjoy!

Also, if you haven’t already and you are interested in a membership, you can get a 14-day free trial plus a three month subscription for only $3. Click the link here and use code 3FOR3. This deal expires on 5/20/15.


FREE Online Yoga Conference This Weekend

Oh hey. Yes, it’s been awhile. I hate the whole “I’m sooooo busy” reason but in part it was true – full time job, teaching five yoga classes, trying to squeeze in my own personal practice and training for a half marathon. Oh and those family and social obligations. But, there were lots of days where I mindlessly watched TV or was doing something totally unproductive. And you know what, sometimes, you need those days. For me, it was a few months.

Anyhow, I came across this on my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago and thought to myself that I definitely needed to post this on the blog. But procrastination is one of my best qualities so here it is coming to you now.

Yoga International is hosting a FREE three-day event, the Living Yoga Conference, full of presentations, practices, and workshops from 13 renowned teachers such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, and Elena Brower to just name a few, and it’s all happening online.  There will be “over 15 hours of presentation, practices, yoga classes, and guided meditations”.  There is also an option for the conference pass for $99, which gives you unlimited access to all the presentations, video downloads, and bonus materials.  YogaDork, who is a media sponsor, has a discount code for 10% off the conference pass.  The code is LYC1699.  Events start 10 AM Eastern time all three days so for all the non-morning people on the West Coast like myself, get that pot of coffee set up the night before.

ALSO, Yoga International offers a TON of FREE yoga classes on their site ranging from 15 minutes to full 90 minute classes! FREE FREE FREE full length classes!!!  Pretty awesome.  There is also a lot of other resources on their site (I saw a tab for yoga videos and articles in Spanish) so if you are looking to learn more about yoga on and off the mat, be sure to check out the site.

Yoga Journal LIVE! in San Francisco this Weekend

Hey broke-ass yogis!  Yoga Journal LIVE! (when did they stop referring to it as the conference??) is THIS weekend in SF and I’ll be attending!  I won these tickets through a silent auction where I was the only bidder so got a weekend pass for only $125 – pretty sweet score. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for at least SIX HOURS of yoga both Saturday and Sunday but I’m super excited to be taking classes from some amazing teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, Maty Ezraty, and of course Annie Carpenter.

As I’ve mentioned, you can be a part of the event for free!  Here are some of the highlights that caught my eye that will be held in the Sangha Space (I’m listing stuff that interests me but if you want to check out the full schedule in that space, click here):

1. Life in Balance Lecture Series – An Evening with Innovators to Discuss How Yoga is Shaping Modern Society.  Panelists Congressman Tim Ryan, Beryl Bender Birch, and Gopi Kallayil will talk about the impacts of yoga on public policy, health care, and technology.  Open Q&A to follow.  This event is not free but open to the public and tickets aren’t too pricey – $20 advance purchase and $30 at the door.

2. Kid’s Yoga.  For those that have little kids, it’s never too early to get them started! Two options to pick from during the weekend.

3. Community Class with Laura Burkhart.  FREE 1 hour class with an SF-based teacher who conducts philanthropic work through her company and teaches at YogaWorks and Yoga Tree.

4. Bhakti Flow: Devotion in Motion with Rusty Wells.  I’ve heard so many amazing things about Rusty, most recently from colleagues, and I used to take classes from a former students, who was amazing!  I will definitely be taking class!

5. Anatomy Q&A: Troubleshoot Your Pose with Harvey M. Deutch, PT.  I am super bummed this conflicts with the Rusty Wells class, otherwise, I would totally be in this class.

Hopefully you are able to take advantage of some of the offerings.  And don’t forget to check out the Yoga Marketplace where there might be some freebies!

Normalcy and National Yoga Month

It’s amazing how quickly time passes.  I kept thinking of posting (and had things to post about!) and somehow, time and wedding planning got the best of me.  I’m happy to report that wedding planning is OVER.  I’m still having wedding nightmares – PTSD for sure.  While it was wonderful to marry my best friend and spend time with friends and family in one place, albeit brief, I can say that I will never do this again.  Looking forward to resuming “normal” life activities.

Okay, so I was hesitant to post this since National Yoga Month is September and today is the LAST day of the month (where did this freaking year go??).  However, you can still benefit through next month.  Head over to the Yoga Health Foundation website and search nearly 2,000 participating studios to take advantage of one FREE week of yoga.  Offer is good for new students to the studio only.  Be sure to connect to the studio/read the fine print for all the details.

I’m so looking forward to returning to my practice tonight after a 2-week hiatus.

More Free Online Yoga!

YD Yoga

This time, courtesy of the YogaDork blog.  Here’s what they had to say on their blog post today:

We’re very pleased to announce that starting today we will be regularly featuring free online yoga videos courtesy of the one and only Yoga International. Enjoy our first offering, a shakti flow practice to get the energy flowing and the blood pumping. Our Valentine to you.

Have a happy Friday/Valentine’s Day!


September is National Yoga Month!


Which means…free yoga!

Celebrate by checking out the Yoga Health Foundation for information on events happening around the country as well as how you can get one free week of yoga at participating studios.  It was quite annoying how slow the site was so I wasn’t able to get a whole lot of information.  Yoga Journal’s blog has picked out a few ways to participate, including a few free online yoga classes offered by Athleta and Yogaglo (go to the YJ link for those free classes).

I plan on trying again later to see what’s available near me.

Employed!! But Still Too Broke for Yoga…

So it’s been a few weeks since I last posted and there is a good reason!  I found a job and an apartment in San Francisco.  Both were time consuming as I had two interviews I had to go on for the job and as soon as I got the offer letter, I drove to SF to trek around the city for two days looking for a place with my fiance.  We have heard horror stories such as 50 people attending apartment showings, people outbidding each other on how much more they were willing to pay to get the apartment, and people even bringing cookies to the showing.  In the back of mind, I was mentally preparing to live outside of the city at least for the first year but that was not necessary!  Everything fell into place two weeks before we had already planned to move and starting last Wednesday, I’m currently training out of the organization’s Orange County office before I start work up north.

So since this blog is about tips on how to navigate the running and yoga world on a budget, I will leave my personal update as is.  Since I knew I was going to be busy packing, I ended my yoga for trade membership with CorePower Yoga not too long ago.  While I may be employed, working in the nonprofit world while living in the most expensive city in the United States probably means you are still broke and still can’t afford a yoga membership.  I’ve been running all last week while in Orange County to get my exercise in but it’s been over a week since I’ve had a yoga class and my body is just screaming to be stretched out.

Here comes Google to the rescue.  Seriously, if you have a question about anything, ANYTHING at all, google it!  My site is a compilation of my tips and experiences but at the same time, I collect a lot of information from the internet and just put it together for you here.  So if there is something you don’t see on my blog, you know what to do.  I wish I was as enthusiastic about this next part as I was about google.  I typed in “orange county free yoga” and had a ton of places pop up that offer a free first visit or free first week.  I came across Ra Yoga and they offer a free week to new students so I went to check it out yesterday after work.  Parking in their lot was not happening so I had to park around the corner in the residential area.  Studio was super cute but unfortunately, I was disappointed in my class.  I had picked out a level 2 heated vinyasa class and I was expecting to have my butt kicked since I haven’t done any yoga in awhile.  Unfortunately, I did not get the workout I was looking for – the instructor kept saying we would be flowing but she talked so much between each pose so we were stuck just sort of holding it.  Is it bad that I was a bit annoyed by her voice??  While I may not have gotten my workout in, I realized I was super stressed out and had been clenching my teeth.  I think just dedicating the time to breathe and slow down really helped to calm my nerves so that was good.  Let’s hope the next class I take is better.  At least I didn’t pay for it, right?

I’m sure the in the not too distant future, you’ll find some posts regarding navigating the pricey yoga world in San Francisco.  And definitely more posts on online yoga sites – I will have hardwood floors in my new place so I’m actually excited to explore a home practice again!