Student Spotlight: Maggie M.

By Bethany Lang

Community is the cornerstone of Power Life. We like to create space in the blog each month to get to know one of our students. This month I got the chance to speak with Maggie M. from our Kansas City market. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about Maggie!

Bethany: Tell me a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are some things you like to do outside of work and Power Life?

Maggie: I am originally from Alton, Illinois (near St. Louis) and work in public relations at an ad agency here in Kansas City. I’ve been in KC for about seven years, which is crazy! Outside of work, I like to be active and spend my free time with my fiancé Joe, friends and family. When I’m not working, you can find me on walks with my dog, hanging out in our backyard drinking wine with my friends, getting things done around the house or planning our next get-together or trip. I have two little nieces who live nearby and just love spending time with them as they grow up.

 

B: Tell me a little bit about what fitness means to you. What was your very first fitness class like? What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?

M: Fitness is a huge part of my life! I grew up in an extremely active family and it was always just a piece of our puzzle. I grew up dancing and playing all the sports I could; I loved the team aspect and working toward a common goal. My mom is a great role model and I’ve always looked up to her. She taught group fitness when we were younger, runs marathons and finished her first half Iron Man in 2018! I have two brothers who also make fitness a priority – one is a physical therapist and the other is in med school. My dad coached us in sports growing up and loves getting a workout in, too! I’ve found that for me, working out is just as much mental as it is physical. I truly NEED it to feel like myself and get through my day-to-day life. The workout doesn’t have to be super intense, but even a quick walk and some Vitamin D make all the difference. It’s also been an awesome way for me to meet new friends and grow my social circle in Kansas City. The community here is wonderful!

 

B: What’s your favorite thing about Power Life?

M: The community at Power Life is amazing! The people are all so warm, accommodating and welcoming. I never felt out of place or like I was “new,” it was just easy. And a little thing – I love how the teachers greet you by name when you check in for class. It makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger and that you belong!

 

B: What is your favorite class to take at Power Life? Why?

M: Sculpt all the way! I love how it combines yoga movements with intense cardio and strength training exercises. When I tell people I’m going to yoga, I’m fully aware that most of them think we are sitting in a room and meditating (nothing wrong with that!). Sculpt is an upbeat workout that combines so many different movements, and with a background in dance, I love working out to the beat of some good music!

 

B: What advice would you offer to someone thinking about joining Power Life?

M: Just take it at your own pace! Often, people hear that the room is heated and are immediately intimidated by it or don’t think they can handle it. But, the heat is one of my favorite parts about Power Life! It gives you the ability to sweat out everything negative from your day, or things that have been holding you back. It’s a little cheesy, but it’s super cleansing for me, and when I leave the studio I’m ready to go take on another part of my day without any baggage holding me back mentally.

 

B: What is your life mantra? What does it mean to you?

M: I love words and quotes, so this is really hard for me to choose 🙂 But I would have to say – you get out what you put in. Attitude is everything, regardless of the situation, and it’s all about how you react to the good or not-so-good moments of life. Not everything is going to be sunshine and rainbows, and while you don’t have control of the unknowns, you do have control of how you react. And, you may just inspire someone else!

 

B: What inspires you?

M: People! I’m a natural extrovert and love being around people. My career has allowed me to be collaborative and creative, and often that comes from simply bouncing ideas off people and hearing different points of view. I’m lucky to be able to work in an industry with so much collaboration and team work.

 

B: If you could give younger you one piece of advice, what would it be?

M: Trust yourself! Often, we get so bogged down in what everyone else is doing. Don’t be afraid to be true to yourself and act on what feels right for you – it doesn’t have to be right for everyone else.

 

B:What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

M: To be a mom 🙂

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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.

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