The Magic of Winter

By Jenna Washnieski

Maybe it’s because I grew up in northern Wisconsin, where snow would linger in the ditches well into May, but winter doesn’t bother me. The shorter days and chilly weather are my built-in excuse for being cozy, quiet and reflective under a pile of blankets with my furry mastiff. 

Winter isn’t for everyone. I get it. The lack of sunshine can take its toll. But there is a special magic to the winter season if you allow yourself to embrace it. Everything in nature uses winter to regenerate, and so can we!

Think of the perennials in your yard. Right now they’re tucked into their cozy flower beds under a blanket of soil, soaking up nutrients, conserving energy and preparing to unfurl once the days get brighter and warmer. Imagine you’re a daffodil!

My favorite part of this season isn’t just my embarrassingly early bedtime, it’s about the time I carve for reflection. This time of year means taking time to review my year and decide what I want to let go of and what I wish to carry forward. 

In his book, “Atomic Habits,” James Clear shares that the process of review and reflection are critical to long-term improvement and sustainable change. So often, we zip from one thing to the next, crossing off our lists, not taking time to celebrate wins and or investigate mis-steps. The winter months give us the perfect opportunity to engage in this critical step. 

The dark, cold months allow us to be still and get curious about what lights us up or drags us down. They give us time to peer down our dark hallways and learn who we are and who we desire to be.

If I’m a daffodil, the process of reflection is my version of soaking up nutrients. It’s about gathering and processing information that allows me to learn, grow and unfurl in the most beautiful way as the days get brighter. 

Embark on your own winter reflection…

  1. What were your favorite moments and highlights of the year? What do all those moments have in common?
  2. What were you most proud of this year? What did you learn about yourself as a result?
  3. What was the most difficult challenge you had to overcome? How did you make it through?
  4. What do you wish to leave behind? What will you make more space for in the months ahead?

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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.

The Magic of Winter Info