“I’m really proud of myself.” Without any qualifiers or lengthy preambles, that’s the response I gave my friend when he asked how I’d sum up my year.
It felt weird to speak so confidently about myself and my accomplishments. But why? Why is it so easy to be a cheerleader for people around us, but when it’s time to do the same for ourselves, we soften it with messages that downplay our awesomeness?
Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with ourselves is arguably most important but tends to sit on the back burner. How often do we take time to really get to know ourselves? To slow down and understand what lights us up and what drains us? Do we bravely listen to what our deep-down voice needs, or do we busy ourselves to avoid what our gut is truly asking for?
We’re so good at extending love and curiosity to the special people in our lives. What would it look like to give the same attention to ourselves?
Last year I got super honest about how I wanted to feel and the life I desired. I knew it would be hard and messy, and that I’d want to distract myself with HBO shows, cleaning the basement, devouring chips and queso – ANYTHING to avoid the hard work. I did it anyway.
Rather than setting goals or resolutions, I declared specific feelings I wanted to embody. I wanted to feel bold, grounded, selective and connected to my purpose. As I went through the year, I used those feelings as the filter for my choices, relationships and actions. Bringing intention to how I wanted to feel showed me what to make space for and what to ditch. It showed me the junk I was settling for and illuminated things I actually deserved.
It wasn’t always easy. But relationships are like that sometimes, right?
This is why I was so quick to give my friend the response I did. Because the work was hard and the results were immense. Of course I was proud.
When you commit to how you want to feel, you’ll learn a ton. It’ll become easier to see what’s working and what’s not. You might find things that once mattered a lot, don’t carry the same weight. Fiercely defending the life your deep-down voice desires is a beautiful way to honor your relationship with yourself.
Choose one or two feelings to cultivate this year. Align your decisions and actions to those feelings. Write them on a sticky note. Tell a friend. Be messy and fumble, but stay on your path.
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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.