House Plants: 101

By Macy Nossaman

House plants. They’re good for the air, can be a cost-effective food source, and add a splash of liveliness to any space. Feel like you’ve killed every plant you’ve tried to grow? Have a pet who likes to nibble on leaves and stems? Are you just simply unsure where to start? No matter your answer, keep reading for some tips, tricks and plant recommendations for your next in-home gardening adventure.

For the “I kill every plant I touch!” people:

  • Asparagus Fern: This delicate plant looks beautiful in a hanging basket and can withstand a missed watering every once in a while.
  • Lucky Bamboo: What’s easier than a plant with no soil?! These plants are some of the easiest to care for, and can be trained to grow in cool shapes. Win-win!

 For the “I want something pretty AND functional” people:

  • Snake Plant: These gorgeous plants are (nearly) indestructible and require little attention. Plus, NASA says they make great air purifiers! That’s a win-win in our books.
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe is a succulent that is easy to grow and removes air pollutants. Open a stem and you can use the gel inside to heal burns and cuts. Goodbye, sunburn. Hello, clean air. 

For the “Ugh, my pet eats EVERYTHING!” people:

  • Echeveria: This purple-and-green succulent is nonpoisonous and spineless, so it won’t harm if a curious kitty takes a nibble.
  • Boston Fern: A popular, nontoxic house plant, Boston ferns make a great addition to your home and are safe for curious animals.
  • Pro tip: Of course, you can try moving plants out of reach of your pets. But if that doesn’t work, we suggest spraying your plants with diluted lemon juice, as many dogs and cats avoid citrusy scents.

For the “I want to grow something I can eat” people:

  • Basil: This herb grows great indoors and can be used in tons of your favorite recipes! Bonus points: Basil is also safe for pets.
  • Cilantro: Another great herb that grows perfectly on your kitchen windowsill. Throw this herb on just about anything.

Have more tips to share? I am all ears! Sound off in the comments.

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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.

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.

House Plants: 101 Info