Finding Peace in Transition

By Linsey Birusingh

Transitions force us out of familiar, old ways of being and into uncertain, new ways of operating. Whether its taking on a new role at work or reforming personal relationships, the mindfulness we cultivate through yoga can not only ease the unsettling feeling of transition, but help you find peace in the process.

My divorce papers were filed over one year ago, and today, we still seem far from our final court date. I have no clue what my life will look like or what I’ll have when it finally wraps up. Though I have an idea of how I want things to be, I still know there is plenty outside of my control. The unknowns and lack of control are more anxiety-inducing than I ever imagined. I’ve had to call upon all of my resources, starting with my community.

No one should go through change alone. Your community, whether family, old friends, your partner or workout buddies are a needed, grounding presence. Intentionally envelop yourself with people who know the real you. These should be people you trust and can listen to when your thought process is clouded with emotion. They can help you keep a higher level perspective, while providing a sense of love and normalcy we all crave. If you feel like you have no outside support, invoke a therapist you can vent and talk with. Create a framework of support and don’t be afraid to use it.

Just as important is to consciously avoid toxic coping behaviors, while sticking with healthy routines. Though it may sound obvious, it is easy to fall into the quick, easy ways of feeling good when we’re harried. It takes commitment to go to yoga class on the days you don’t have energy. It takes willpower to not rush back to the bad relationship or numb feelings with a drink. And if you do get off track, give yourself grace. Be vulnerable enough to let a trusted friend know your weaknesses and routine aspirations. This transparency helps hold you accountable.

It’s common to worry about the future or lament about what could have been. Don’t let rumination keep you from taking in the good things around you, right now.  You need them. Whether it’s your child’s smile or a routine sunset, don’t take for granted the beauty and positivity surrounding you. We practice presence in yoga precisely because it is so hard to remember in tough situations.

At times you’ll be frustrated, but don’t rush the process. I’d urge you to take that pause we use so often in yoga to give you real life breathing room. Decisions you make now, big or small,  dictate your new direction. Be willing to sit with the discomfort and listen to your inner wisdom. Transitions are rich with life lessons. Even the worst predicaments can turn into positive growth opportunities.

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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.

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