About 5 years ago, I was working in the fashion industry. I was traveling like crazy to New York and LA, working with high end designers, living what I thought was my dream, but at the end of the day it left me feeling stressed, fatigued, and completely exhausted. I distinctly remember the moment I said out loud, “I’m going to quit my corporate job, teach yoga, and never be stressed again!” It felt so freeing. ha I may have been a little naive but I was also determined to feel better! Two weeks later, I quit.
The following year I did the only thing I knew how to do, I threw myself into my work. I knew how to work hard and channeled that into learning as much as possible about the yoga industry. I felt free at times, but that lingering stress was still there, and over time, it came back with a vengeance. I was now teaching 20 classes a week, including early mornings, and private classes. I was driving all over the city, working late into the evenings. Again, I found myself physically tired, stressed, and emotionally exhausted…only this time, without a 401K.
At same time, one of my friends, a successful lawyer, who seemed way busier than me, was just killing it at life. He had this calm, content way about him and could handle whatever was thrown his way. I finally asked him what his secret was, and he said, “I meditate”. He had just gotten back from a weekend meditation training in NYC with Emily Fletcher. She is an expert meditator and teaches high level performers about stress and how to perform at the top of their game. I was immediately curious, went home and googled her, and watched hours of her YouTube videos.
She said that stress has become an epidemic, medical researchers are calling stress the Black Plague of our century. Stress is responsible for 90% off all doctor visits, according to the world health organization. She went through the entire process of exactly what stress was doing to our bodies, and honestly it wasn’t pretty. I was hooked, I immediately signed up for her two-week online course, ZIVA online.
My first-time meditating was a whirlwind of thoughts, “what am I doing?”, “I should be working on my to do list.”, “am I doing this right?”, “What am I going to eat for dinner?“. I kept thinking, this can’t possibly be it! And then I think I fell asleep…
But the more I learned the more I realized that was it! I began to understand that having thoughts during a meditation is completely normal and to be expected. Emily explained our 4th state of consciousness, the bliss field, and how you will never know that you are there, when you are there. She explained the significance of having a mantra (simply a mind vehicle or tool to bring you from your left brain thinking into your right brain being). The interesting thing about meditation is you don’t have to do much, you really don’t have to do anything at all. Meditation is more about letting go and giving your body deep healing rest.
So, are you willing to invest 2% of your day, to make the other 98% of it better?
If you are interested in guided meditation, Power Life offers multiple opportunities throughout the week! Check out your local studio’s schedule!
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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.