Stand Your Ground

By Annika Peick

So, yes, we’re all spending more time at home right now. But that doesn’t mean we’re all sitting around eating bonbons. (Side note, where did that phrase come from? Anyone ever actually had a bonbon? Please let me know what they taste like.) Whether you’re an essential employee still going into work, or you have a full-on work from home set up, or you have kiddos to help educate, or you’re one of the millions of people affected by COVID-19 in some other way, it’s easy to lose your head. As we take things day-by-day – sometimes even minute-by-minute – it’s important to find some strategies you can use to calm your mind and quiet the noise. I’m not expert, but I do care A LOT about helping others. So, here are a few ways I’ve been coping with the madness:

  • Turn your to-do list into a “Look at everything I did!” list: Each night before you go to bed, make a list of 3-5 things you accomplished that day. You’ll be amazed at how this slight mind shift can uplift your mood. You might even start to notice you’re more productive the next day!
  • Sing (+ Dance) It Out: Stay with me here. I am by no means the next Whitney Houston, but singing and dancing can be a great way to clear your mind of stress and embrace the present moment. Whether you belt one out in your car (this is my personal fave), in the shower, or while you make dinner, it doesn’t really matter. Hit some high notes and let your body move! (If you want some guidance on dance, I hear Tik Tok has some really great ones making the rounds right now… Just saying.)
  • Check Your Tech: When we see photo after photo of other people’s lives, it’s easy to pick ours apart with a fine-toothed comb. Yes, someone probably has a more streamlined home office. And yes, some people are using this time to refine skills or learn new ones. But remember, not everything you see on social media is the whole story! Technology is great, just be mindful of when it creates a spiraling, negative effect on your mood.
  • Move Your Body: With so much going on, it can be easy to put your physical practice on the back burner. That’s where Power Life comes in! Remember to check out Power Life LIVE on YouTube for FREE classes and workouts you can do from home.

I feel I should say this again… I am not a mental health professional, so please remember to seek help if you feel you need it. Tele-therapy is a real and wonderful thing, people! What are some tricks you use to keep yourself grounded and present? 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.

    • 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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