How to Pay $1.67/Class for 4 Months of Yoga in Boston

New Client Yoga Deals in BostonOk this title is admittedly misleading because you’d have to take class every single day to get the price down that low BUT my trickery doesn’t take away from the bottom line: there are killer deals for new clients at most yoga (and fitness) studios. To continue my #GRONKonomics post series with 360 Savings from Capital One, I want to breakdown the best deals for yoga in Boston.

At the start of 2015, I was just really committing myself to a regular practice, so even though I’ve lived in Boston for years, I hadn’t been to most of the yoga studios here. That meant I got to take advantage of new client specials for months. It was awesome. And I don’t know about you, but if I feel like I’m getting a deal on a class package, I am extra motivated to go as much as possible and really get my money’s worth. Unlimited classes for 30 days? Game on. I will literally go Every. Single. Day. as if it’s some sort of competition to drive my price per class down. CAP_15_GRONK_Tip3 (1)

There are lots more yoga studios and class offerings in Boston, but here are the ones I’ve either gone to myself or intend to go to soon.

New Client Specials for Yoga Studios in Boston

YogaWorks (Back Bay Yoga) | 2 weeks for $25

I love Back Bay Yoga (now called YogaWorks)! It’s close to Btone so some days I’ll double up and do a yoga class after a megaformer beating. The two are the best compliment to each other.

[ONGOING] $5 Community Classes – Usually at 2PM (although there are a few later options during the week I believe), YogaWorks offers community classes for only $5. There are also a ton of hour-long classes on the schedule that you can take for only $10. 

Karma Yoga | 2 weeks for $25

Karma Yoga’s Newbury Street location is right behind my apartment, so it was really convenient for me to take advantage of their new client special last winter when a block was about the maximum distance I was willing to walk. I didn’t go every day of the two weeks, but I definitely got my $25 worth!

South Boston Yoga | $5 first class + 2 weeks for $25

Now that I don’t live in Southie any more, I rarely make it out that way *sad face* but South Boston Yoga is worth the train ride and I really should go back. Your first class is only $5 and when you’re at the studio, they’ll then offer you an additional 2 weeks for $25.

[ONGOING] $10 Community Classes – I’m pretty sure these are only offered a couple times a week, but check the schedule!

Prana Power Yoga | 1 week for $25

I just tried Prana Power Yoga for the first time last week and loved the class. I went to their Cambridge studio which is right down the street from Life Alive so the combination made for the perfect afternoon across the river.

Core Power Yoga | 1 week FREE

I can’t believe I STILL haven’t tried Core Power Yoga! People rave about it, but I rarely get my butt outside Boston Proper to workout. I’ve heard whispers that CP is looking to open a location in the city so I’m holding out for that.

North End Yoga | 30 days for $45

When Btone’s North End location opens up next month (I’ll be teaching there Tuesday & Wednesday mornings!), I’m looking forward to buying NE Yoga’s intro special and checking out the studio. There are so many awesome places to workout in the city, but I tend to stay within my neighborhood these days for convenience. Teaching in the North End will give me a good excuse to try out some studios there and hang out at all my old favorite spots (I used to live there).

Health Yoga Life | 1 month for $45

I don’t make it to Beacon Hill often so I haven’t tried Health Yoga Life, but it continually pops up in lists of yoga studios to try in Boston, and they’ve got a great new client special!

If you’re new to Boston, take advantage of these new client specials! Studio hop until you find the one you like best. Something I’ll do with these types of specials is calculate how much I’m saving and then transfer that amount immediately into my savings account. So if I buy an intro special at a new studio and get to pay $45 for an unlimited month instead of $150, I’ll make myself put $105 into my savings account (rather than spend it on the inevitable new pair of shoes I don’t need). This system has helped me take my savings from dismal to just mildly pathetic (hey, baby steps, ok?!). 😉

CAP_15_GRONK_Tip4360 Savings from Capital One includes great tools like My Savings Goals to help you with things like this. You set up goals with customized nicknames; calculate the amount you need to save and when you’ll reach that goal; and then can track the whole saving journey. It’s so satisfying to watch small amounts saved start to add up! To get more info or visit In addition, you can follow Capital One on Facebook & Twitter and get all of Gronk’s #GRONKonomics tips by following his Facebook page and Twitter account as well. I’m sure some of you hardcore Bostonians already follow him though …

Boston peeps—where’s your favorite place to practice yoga?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Capital One. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Creating a Healthy Kitchen on a Budget: Start Small with These 3 Organic Swaps

3-organic-swapsMy fellow Pats fans will probably be just as excited about my latest blog project as I am. This month, I’m teaming up with 360 Savings from Capital One and Rob Gronkowski to share some #GRONKonomics saving tips. Gronk got a lot of press recently when he revealed in his book that despite coming across as a (loveable) goofball, he hasn’t spent a dime of his football salary and is actually extremely financially savvy.

I wanted to tie in his saving tips with healthy living because I know it can seem that eating clean, whole foods regularly and belonging to a gym or fitness studio can at times feel impossible without a six-figure income. Trust me, I know that struggle all too well. A trip to Whole Foods to buy all-organic groceries for just a couple days can run me more than my monthly phone bill sometimes. COME ON!! I bet we’d all love to have a pantry and refrigerator stocked full of organic, locally sourced, non-GMO foods, but (especially depending on where we live), that can be unrealistic to accomplish all at once. Let’s take the first #GRONKonomics tip and apply it to cleaning up the food quality of your kitchen: CAP_15_GRONK_Tip3

You don’t need to throw out everything and start from scratch. Start with small goals and changes! And remember, organic is not always synonymous with “good for you,” just like food science is not always the big bad scary thing it’s often made out to be. You’re not going to get cancer if the apple you ate for breakfast isn’t organically grown. I promise. However, if the bulk of your kitchen is highly processed, pre-packaged food-like products, you’re setting yourself up for health issues. That, too, I promise.

If you want to start cleaning up your kitchen, here’s where I’d start.

1. Beef

I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon because of the recent news claiming bacon gives you cancer. Cows are big business. The more cows, the more dairy and the more beef. To meet high demand, some factory farms inject the animals with growth hormones (rBGH) and feed them (genetically modified) corn to help them reach large sizes as fast as possible. If beef is a big part of your diet, it’s worth spending the extra money on high-qualify, grass-fed meat.

2. Produce with edible skin that routinely tests high in harmful pesticide levels.

Have you heard of the dirty dozen? It’s a (somewhat subjective) list of produce that is often recommended to buy organic for a few reasons, but mainly because non-organic crops are typically sprayed heavily with harmful pesticides (emphasis on “harmful”—organic crops are often treated, too, just with different agents). Everyone’s “dirty dozen” list seems to be a little different when you look into it, and I’m not expert enough to discern, so I’ll just list a few that continually come up:

  • Apples
  • Peaches & nectarines
  • Celery
  • White potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell pepper
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes

When prioritizing what produce to buy organic, I think about if I’m eating the outside layer of it. Notice that all the fruits and veggies on that list have edible skin, and skin is the first point of contact with topical sprays. On the other hand, with, say, avocados, you’re removing that tough outside skin before eating.

3. Whole grains

I include grains on the list for two reasons. First, you typically buy grains (think rice, flour, etc.) in bulk, so it’s an economical investment. That big bag of organic brown rice will last for weeks in your pantry, unlike produce, which can feel like a total wallet drain if it goes bad before eating. Second reason is because grains are, like beef, BIG business and produced in mass. High demand = enter the genetic modification, pesticides and harmless chemicals to increase supply. It’s worth paying a little more for quality. CAP_15_GRONK_Tip1

Capital One Bank emphasizes helping individuals get more out of their savings. Last time I walked by one of their Capital One Cafes I saw a board with a list of free educational events they were putting on about smart saving and a bunch of other financial topics. Joe and I both looked at each other and were like “Umm … considering the state of our savings accounts we should probably go to every single one of these” (haha).

360 Savings accounts require no fees, no minimums and provide competitive interest rates. You can visit any of the three Capital One Cafe locations in Boston to get more info or visit In addition, you can follow Capital One on Facebook & Twitter and get all of Gronk’s #GRONKonomics tips by following his Facebook page and Twitter account as well. I’m sure some of you hardcore Bostonians already follow him though … :)

Food industry experts, RDs and fellow health aficionados — I want to hear your thoughts! What three items would you put at the top of your buy-organic list? Or do you not prioritize buying organic when creating a healthier kitchen? I want to hear from you!  


Race Recap (+Playlist): Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

tufts-health-plan-10k-women-recapYesterday I ran the Tufts Health Plan 10K celebrating women, and hot damn was it a better way to spend October 12th than by honoring that a**hole Columbus!

Jokes aside, I had so much fun and crossing the finish line just reaffirmed for me that I did the right thing in applying to run the Boston Marathon for a charity team. I’ll keep you guys posted on that, but I just found out that my application got through to the second round, so I’m once step closer to getting accepted! But back to yesterday’s race …

My (Lack of) Preparedness for the Race

My original plan was to prepare by running three times a week—a shorter run, a longer run and some speed work in the form of a Barry’s Bootcamp class. For a while that was going well and I was really enjoying regularly running again! Welp. That changed.

Three weeks ago, I tweaked my knee, and although it was nothing serious, I had to stay off it for a week. Right when I was ready to resume running, a family emergency took Joe and I to New Jersey where working out was honestly the last thing on my mind. So yesterday’s race was the first time I’ve ran in three weeks.

Let’s make the situation worse. Against my better judgment, when I got back to Boston on Saturday, I was CRAVING a good workout, and did Btone classes both days leading up to the race. As anyone who’s taken a couple weeks off the megaformer and then returned will know, I was SO SORE on race day morning. Whoopsies. If you follow me on Snapchat (nicoleperr), you probably got the hint that I was unprepared (ha!) … snapchat-tufts-health-plank-10k

I contemplated backing out of the race at least ten times, but ultimately knew that I could finish (even if it was super slow), and am so happy I went through with it in the end!

Race Day


Post-race with Sarah & Rachel

The race started and ended by the Boston Common so there were a bunch of tents and a stage area set up in the park. With a later start time of noon, there was ample time for runners and their families to walk around the park and Public Garden and hang out beforehand. The weather was gorgeous, but a little too hot for running. The majority of the course wasn’t in the shade and oh man–the sun killed me. With my circulation issues though, I would take the heat over the cold ANY day.

Tufts Health Plan graciously gave me and a few other local bloggers a free bib to run the race, and with that came access to their employee tent. After the race, I headed there to hang out and munch on a veggie wrap and a BOMB chocolate chip cookie. I always do the squeeze test before committing to a cookie (if you’re not soft, get the f outta here), and these were the perfect consistency. I’m not sure why I feel this a necessary detail to include in a race recap, but let’s just go with it.IMG_3648

The Race Course + Results

tufts-10k-recapThe course was basically a tour of my neighborhood, which was so convenient! I walked to the start line and walked home afterwards. The home stretch even took us right by my apartment. Another great thing given my lack of training was how flat the course was. There was one hill, but it was such a gradual incline that I barely noticed it. thp10kthp10k-recap

This was actually the first time I wore a watch during a race (I know, I know–welcome to 2015, Nicole), and it made the experience so much better! I used the Timex One GPS+ that I reviewed last month, and it helped so much with pacing and motivation. The watch also syncs to RunKeeper (which I just started using–I used to use the Nike Running app) so you can send your stats directly to the app. I forgot to stop the watch when I crossed the finish line (whoops) so the numbers are a little different from my official results, but here are my unofficial split times if you’re interested:


I felt awesome the first four miles. The fifth mile started to feel tough, and then the last mile+ was a big struggle for me. Those split times don’t exactly reflect that, but I really had to tap into my mental game to will myself through mile 6.

Official Results: Finished in 54:30 with an average 8:47 pace.

I went into it telling myself I just wanted to finish the race, but secretly hoped to come in under an hour. I know I could have run faster if I’d prepared, but I am pumped with 54:30.

My 10k Playlist for the Race

The morning of the race, I threw some of my current favorite songs into a playlist. I’m obsessed with Young Love (feat. Koko LaRoo) – Felix Cartal so that jam got repeated a few times. :) I’ve included the original playlist I made on Spotify as well as the same songs (with the exception of a few I couldn’t find) in an iTune playlist if that’s what you use.

sale-alert-shopbopThis has nothing to do with the THP 10K, but I had to share the news that the Shopbop friends & family sale just started. You can take 25% off your order with code INTHEFAM25. Their activewear boutique is amazing but pricey, so this is the perfect occasion to actually buy something instead of admiring from afar (at least that’s what I’m telling myself …). Happy shopping!

Have you ran the THP 10k for Women before?

What’s your fastest 10k time?

Have you ever gone into a race without preparing?