Sometimes You Want to go Where Everybody Knows Your Name

By Ashley Burkett

“Sometimes you wanna go

Where everybody knows your name

And they’re always glad you came

You wanna be where you can see

Our troubles are all the same

You wanna be where everybody knows your name”

I might be dating myself a little bit here, but as a child I remember watching the show Cheers where everyone gathered at their favorite watering hole. I can’t tell you a single thing about the storyline or characters, but I remember the theme song.  It made people feel like the bar was a place where you could always go and would always be welcomed.  A place where you could go to forget all your troubles, walk in and the smiling faces there knew your name.   A place where you could go to feel like part of a community.

Sound a little familiar?  Sound a little (a lot) like Power Life?

For me, Power Life is a place where I can distract my mind from all the chaos  going on the other 23 hours of the day.  During those 60 minutes, I’m not thinking about the decisions I made at work, or what is going on in the world around me.  I’m thinking about the pose the instructor has given the Power class, about breathing my way through the next single-legged posture in Barre, or about whether I really can do anything for 30 seconds, as you’ll often hear Lisa tell us in Sculpt class. The postures and the movements are challenging, but I’m surrounded by my fellow Power Lifers who are also meeting the same challenges.

Day to day, each one of us faces a challenge that is unique to us. For me, it was the cancer diagnoses of my mother-in-law. More than anything, my heart wanted to be at home and with family. But like the amazing human my husband is, he encouraged me to make time for myself at Power Life. He knows Power Life provides a refuge for me take my mind off the stresses of the day.

However, as a society we are also faced with new communal challenges. Together, we have, and still are, facing a set of uncertainties that we never had to face. I wonder, will I ever be able to see all my colleagues together again? Will I ever be able to travel freely again?  Will I be restricted from seeing my loved ones when they are sick?

How many of you had to shift your day-to-day routine? You don’t get to see those familiar faces at work anymore?  At school anymore? We, together, have these communal challenges, but thankfully we’ve still have Power Life. A communal place where we can still come together as individuals. Individuals who need Power Life as a venue for tackling their challenges, but where we still feel like part of a community.

Whether our troubles are the same or not, in Power Life we have a place where we can walk in, they know our name, and I’m certain they’re glad we came.

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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.

Sometimes You Want to go Where Everybody Knows Your Name Info