Hit the Hydrating Foods 

By Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD

In the studios, you likely hear a lot of talk about making sure you stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after class. (You can also learn how to kick up your hydration game with water in this blog post!)

Do you know why it is wise to stay hydrated? Because it keeps you moving and grooving! When you are dehydrated, you might feel extra tired, experience headaches, and generally feel not like yourself. While everyones hydration needs differ, you should always make it a priority. This might look like drinking water and other fluids, but you can also experiment by adding hydrating foods into your meals and snacks.

So, let’s talk about options other than water. Produce is abundant in the summer; it seems like we just can’t get enough of it with our hot Midwest temperatures! Keep reading to learn some hydration-boosting foods you can incorporate into your diet to start EATING your hydration:

  • Watermelon is a juicy shot of lycopene (an antioxidant), fiber, vitamin c, and magnesium. Just one cup of watermelon provides over a half cup of water. Of course, an easy way to eat watermelon is to slice it and eat it off of the rind. But you can also grill it or try this Watermelon Feta Basil Salad that is bursting with flavor.
  • Strawberries are also high in lycopene, reduce inflammation within the body, and may protect again heart disease. Another bonus – they are delicious! 91% of strawberries weight comes from water, so adding them as a side or making them part of your main meal is going to help support your hydration status. This Vitamin C-Packed Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie would be so refreshing after a sweaty class.
  • Cucumbers are full of water (95%!) and add a nice crunch to a salad or snack. They can contribute to your hydration levels with a refreshing and light mouthfeel that isn’t heavy. Cucumbers can also be added into a stir-fry or add a twist for a Cooler Cucumber Cocktail.
  •  Oranges are huge for your immune system and heart health – and also provide fiber which can help keep you full. Oranges are an easy addition to a fruit salad, but I love the idea of a snack that includes an orange, cashews, and string cheese. This would provide fiber and protein – the perfect snack! These Orange Popsicles would be a fun and easy option. My daughter loves making homemade popsicles similar to this – they always seem to be a hit!
  •  Peaches for you, peaches for me. I LOVE peaches, and I was raised buying flats of Colorado peaches in the summer. They provide an exceptional amount of potassium, B vitamins, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Peaches are 90% water and are another fruit that is full of fiber. I love adding sliced peaches to pancakes. These Banana Oatmeal Pancakes feels like something that would be fun to whip up – with peaches on top, of course!

How do you stay hydrated on and off your mat? If feel you don’t drink enough water, try adding in other fluids or eat food that is hydrating. As always, start small and create attainable goals. Remember, small steps make a big difference!


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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.

Hit the Hydrating Foods  Info