Discount on San Jose’s Rock n’ Roll Races

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.

Happy running!

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MyYogaWorks Groupon Deal

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If you follow the yoga industry, you are probably familiar with some of the big name yoga instructors.  Kathryn Budig, Vinnie Marino, Maty Ezraty, Annie Carpenter, Briohny Smyth, etc.  What do these yoga instructors have in common?  They are all YogaWorks trained and one is the founder of the company.  I’m bummed I didn’t discover YogaWorks earlier when I was living in Los Angeles but I have had some recent experiences with them in the studio up here in San Francisco and I’ll share my review of my experience in the near future.

If you are interested in exploring their alignment-based yoga classes in your own home, there is a groupon deal going on for MyYogaWorks.com, their online yoga studio.  This is being offered for a very limited amount of time.  I’m told it’s some sort of test phase so if you are interested, you only have a couple of days left to sign up.  Check it out here.  $35 for a 6-month membership or 12-months for $65.  Definitely not bad.  Like most other sites, you can sort videos by level or duration.  Other features include choosing videos by the benefits or target areas. Just an FYI, not all instructors listed above have instructional videos on the site.  I’ll be testing out the site and providing a review at a later time.  I owe you guys a lot of reviews!

Deal for YogaDownload.com

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Happy Saturday readers!  I came across this deal on Groupon and wanted to share it.  This is for an online yoga site called YogaDownload.com.  I briefly browsed through the site and they have classes broken down by so many different styles of yoga including core, strength training, and yoga with weights classes. You have the ability to stream the class or download it directly it to your computer so you can play it with or without an internet connection.  You can also pick classes by teachers as well, though I only recognized a few names, though coming from me this doesn’t mean anything.  It looks like they are working on putting together this section called a pose guide, where pictures of the poses and their names, are sequenced specifically for each class.  The idea is that this tool can provide you a visual for what the pose looks like.

I don’t know if I would try it out but the deal is pretty good.  You can pick between two options: $15 for a 3-month subscription or $29 for a 12-month subscription.  Definitely can’t beat those prices!  Unless it’s free, of course.

Gear Review: GRID Foam Roller

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If you are broke and active, you probably can’t afford regular massages to keep your muscles limber and relaxed.  Self-massage in the form of a foam roller is your answer.  I used to think foam rollers were torture devices, especially when I first started using it to massage out a tight IT band.  But the more I used it, the less painful it became.  Here is an okay deal on a wonderful foam roller so you can massage out the kinks in all areas of your body!

I bought the GRID foam roller a couple of years ago and I love it and still use it regularly.  Most foam rollers start to break down and you have these weird dents that you have to start working around but not this one.  It’s designed for repeated use and won’t break down the way regular foam rollers do – at least it hasn’t for me (the site claims this thing can handle up to 500  pounds).  The center is hollow, meaning it is more eco-friendly since it cuts down on materials needed to create the foam roller.  And since you can use it for what seems like forever, you won’t have to buy another one and add to the landfill.  The GRID foam roller is broken down into areas that act like fingertips, fingers, and palms, depending on what your needs are and what part of the body you are working.  Although to be honest, I would try and use these different areas of the GRID at the beginning but now end up just popping on – I normally use it on my legs and back so I don’t feel/notice the different areas.  The GRID can act as a core workout tool as well -when I massage my calves, quads, or hammies, I can feel my abs firing up.

I highly recommend using a foam roller, and specifically the GRID, especially if you are a runner.  If you have never used a foam roller, this one comes with an instruction manual to help you out.  Groupon is currently having a deal where you can get it for $30 vs the regular cost of $40.  You can also go to Amazon and get the same deal for the black one.  So if for some reason you are dying to get the camo-colored one, jump on the Groupon deal and I’ll try not to judge you.

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