I am 5 months postpartum, still trying to figure out what my new normal looks like. Some days it feels like I’m nailing it, doing everything perfectly, and am on top of the world. Other days it’s like I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing and am starting over at square one. The truth exists somewhere in between those two feelings.
I don’t fully know what I’m doing (reminder to self: you’re still very new at this whole motherhood thing) but I have gained a bit of confidence in some of the day-to-day acts, enough to get by.
Funny enough, that’s all very similar to how I felt when I started my yoga practice.
But as I head into half a year of being a parent, I have given myself a challenge: I want to start prioritizing myself again. I want to look for ways to be a great mom, yes, but also a full human.
In these five short months, I’ve learned that in order to be a good mom, I have to be a whole person. I can’t just be a caregiver or a partner to my husband—I have to be me.
“Keep taking time for yourself until you’re you again.”
So to do that, I’m working on creating a routine that gives balance to my day, where I can be all the things I want to be. Where I can prioritize doing things for me. And in the whirlwind that is summertime, it becomes really really hard to do that.
The thing about getting into a routine is that:
My routine is going to be focused on balancing work, teaching, caregiving and myself. I’m going to start small, working to add just one single yoga class into my week. Then, when that feels attainable, I’ll add two. And then maybe a massage (OK, I’m getting ahead of myself here).
Without a routine, I feel like I never have time for anything. Right now, I’m lucky if I practice yoga once every two weeks.
As a teacher, it feels like all my time is spent helping others advance their practice, but when it comes to my own practice, I put it on the back burner in favor of more pressing things (feeding my baby, taking a nap, vacuuming … quite literally everything feels more important right now).
But the truth is, yoga is important.
And the longer I’m away from it, the more important I realize it is.
If you’re like me and are struggling to prioritize yourself and your practice in a world full of other “very important things,” (whether or not those things are babies) consider sitting down and creating a schedule of the tasks you need to get done.
You may be surprised that, when you actually take the time to look at what you have to do, taking an hour out of the day for yourself is very attainable.
And once you actually start doing it, you’ll realize it’s not only attainable—it’s essential.
You’ve got this.
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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.