Beam Me Up – with extra Vitamin D!

By Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD

We all know it – but sometimes, it can be hard to admit that most of us in the midwest don’t get enough sunshine, especially during these colder months. Without extra sunshine, changes occur in our mental load, energy levels, and definitely within our Vitamin D levels. 

Vitamin D may seem just like another vitamin, but it is oh, so important. It not only supports your bones, teeth and muscles, but it also aids in the absorption of calcium, and supports the process of magnesium and phosphate. Having adequate levels of Vitamin D plays so many roles within your – yes, mental health – but also brain development, heart function, and much more. 

Although most of the classes we attend at Power life provide some extra heat to warm us up, that unfortunately doesn’t mean we are receiving rays. The next time you make your grocery list, check out how you can add extra Vitamin D into your daily lifestyle.

Mushrooms: Yes, this weird little fungi is the only item in the produce section that contains Vitamin D. However, the kicker here is that the mushrooms have to be wild, and exposed to UV light to actually produce Vitamin D. Check out the label to ensure they are what you are looking for. If you can’t find them, ask to speak with someone to request to order them.

Salmon: Fatty fish such as salmon provides a great opportunity to consume more Vitamin D; although you won’t be consuming your entire daily recommendation with a single filet. Wild caught salmon typically holds a higher amount of Vitamin D, but of course the amount can change based on where the fish was caught and what time of the year.

Dairy Products: Dairy products like cow’s milk, cheese and yogurt all offer benefits of Vitamin D. These items are all fortified, which means that Vitamin D has been added into them. These products also contain calcium; pairing with Vitamin D helps increase the absorption of calcium.

Eggs: Did you know that within an egg, most of the protein is actually found in the egg white? Eggs are so nutritious and offer so many benefits, so don’t throw any parts out! However, the egg yolk is where Vitamin D lives. The content can depend on sunlight exposure and certain types of feed that chickens are given, but you can always look for verbiage on the egg carton, stating if the Vitamin D content is higher.

Supplements: I always like to recommend food before supplements, but in this case, incorporating a Vitamin D supplement may not be a bad idea for the majority of the population. Specific individual needs are different based on gender and age, and even lifestyle situations such as pregnancy and breastfeeding. When looking for a supplement, know that the FDA does not regulate them, but supplements sold in the United States are required to follow Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). Keep your eyes out for labels like NSF International or United States Pharmacopeia (USP) that offer third party testing for supplements, and set standards for supplement purity and potency.

This Fritatta recipe is right up my alley, as I’m a lover of eggs anytime of the day. It’s easy to prep and provides leftovers. I also love this because it gives you options as to what vegetables you want to add in. As a bonus, you could add in mushrooms. Paired with the eggs and cheese, you are already making your way up to those Vitamin D levels you need!

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About Kirk: 

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. 

About Christen: 

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.  

Two Light Studio Parking Information

We validate parking for THREE garages in the area!

  • Two Light garage located directly north of the studio. Please bring your ticket inside for validation.

  • Three Light garage at Main and Truman. Garage entrance on Truman. Please bring your ticket inside for a validation sticker.

  • Power & Light garage at 13th and Grand. Please ask for a parking pass at the studio 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 couple minutes late due to parking, please call the studio to let the instructor know to wait for you before locking the doors.

Blackstone Studio Parking

  • 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!

    Please note:

    • 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.

    • Please do NOT park in the Crescent Moon lot − you will be towed!

East Village Studio Amenities

  • 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.

Beam Me Up – with extra Vitamin D! Info