Welcome to the Lunar Year of the Tiger!
In the Chinese tradition, Tiger years are said to be forward-facing, abundant, successful, powerful, and vivacious. The legend says that the Jade Emperor challenged all the animals in the Kingdom to a “Great Race” where the winner would win his favor. During the race, the Tiger was sure he would win, but ended up placing third after the Rat and the Ox.
In the story, Tigers are said to be competitive and ambitious, but extremely generous. This year is associated with Yang energy, known for its masculinity and high level of activity, which can lead to rapid changes, sudden disruptions and a new outlook on life (not bad coming out of 2021).
As we get deeper into this year, it’s important that you set yourself and your home up to handle the changes with grace and ease by clearing out bad and old energy. These steps can make your home feel lighter and brighter, and in turn set your mind and body up for a successful 2022.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle
While the start of a new year is a great time to recharge and reset your living space, there are other times when this practice can be useful.
Cleansing your energy is especially important if you’re taking our online yoga classes! Having too much mental and physical clutter and negative energy in your home can keep you from having a truly successful class.
Before I practice, I clean my space (if I see dust on the floor, I can’t focus on anything else!) burn a stick of incense and play relaxing music. This can help cleanse the room’s energy while also helping get my mind in a space where I can really let go and give in to what the class has to give me.
Try one, or all, of these tips and feel the difference in your home! I promise you’ll feel lighter, brighter and ready to tackle anything 2022 sends your way.
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!
For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.