Student Spotlight: Marcia Rhodes

By Bethany Lang

During these crazy times it is more important than ever to keep our community connected. I took some time to get to know one of our students, Marcia Rhodes, a little better. Keep reading to learn a little more about Marcia!

 

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?

Marcia: My day time job is in the tax and accounting world. I love endurance sports, marathons, ultras and Ironman triathlons help me find my peace in life. They help me continue to push myself, find new limits. I have a small but mighty family, my sweet husband and 11 year old son complete me, and our 4 dogs complete our family. When I’m not training for my own races, I can be found cheering on my son in all his sports and helping manage all his teams, a never ending job for a coach’s wife.

 

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 = Happiness! I don’t take my ability to workout for granted. I have been given a gift of a healthy and able body, whether that’s racing, walking my dogs or pushing myself at Power Life – it’s truly a honor that I get to do this each day.

My first fitness class at Power Life was a sculpt class and I thought I was going to die. I had just finished a half Ironman about a month before the first soft opening class, so I was in great cardio shape. It tore me up and spit me out on my mat but I felt amazing at the same time and I instantly fell in love with it.

 

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

M: The teachers!! They truly lead me to a better version of myself. I love the music, the heat and the community, the classes are so upbeat that I forget I’m getting my butt kicked.

 

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

M: I CAN’T pick a favorite class because I truly love all the formats! They each give me an energy needed for that moment. I have never left a class feeling empty or underworked.

 

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

M: You won’t be able to find another studio that rocks out like Power Life. I have been to lots of different places and Power Life is so different. With all the different formats of classes, you never find yourself getting bored or tired of the same routine, because it’s anything but routine. The teachers put so much effort into their playlists and workouts. The community is full of kindness, warm smiles, high fives (before social distancing) and judgement has never been in the atmosphere. Why wouldn’t you join?

 

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

M: I have lots of different mantras for different times. Ironman triathlons are long days and can be filled with some dark times.

My two favorites:

Anything is Possible with God.

The devil whispers to the warrior, “you can’t withstand the storm.” The Warrior whispers back, “I AM THE STORM!” Warriors come in all shapes and sizes. This quote reminds me that I am capable of many things, no matter my size, age or strength, I simply need to believe in myself.

 

B: What inspires you?

M: Kindness is contagious and can inspire you to do great things, no matter how small they may seem.

 

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

M: FOLLOW YOUR HEART! Enjoy the journey of growing up and embrace the bumps in the road. They make so much sense later in life, so don’t fight them.

 

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

M: This changes a lot for me because I try to in the present moment and live for today.

Right now I’m learning Spanish with my son. My grandparents are from Mexico and I never took the time to learn Spanish from them. I want to honor them by learning their first language. My grandma is 94 years old and looking forward to having a conversation in Spanish with me.

 

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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.

*Starting July 8, 4th Street will temporarily become a one-way. Students will only be able to enter our parking lot from the North via Court Ave. and exit it going south. Thank you for understanding!

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