The Values Series: Dependable

By Annika Peick

If you’ve spent any amount of time at Power Life, you’ve hopefully sensed that we’re a very values-driven organization. Everything we do – from how we teach classes, to the community events we host, to how we clean the studios – is guided by our five core values. Those values are (in no particular order other than the not-so-catchy acronym I made up for myself):

  • Dependable
  • Welcoming
  • Energetic
  • Connection
  • High Standards

Five values. Six simple words. TONS of meaning within the context of our studios and beyond. Over the next few months, I want to dive a little deeper into what each of these words mean to Power Life, to me, and what they could mean for all of us off the mat. Buckle up, and I hope you enjoy the journey!

I’ll kick things off with Dependable.

Living the value at Power Life:

Group fitness is intimidating. You’ll often hear instructors (myself included) say that making it to your mat is the hardest step of all. That’s not just lip service; I very much believe it to be true! That’s why day after day, class after class, we strive to deliver a consistent experience. We take it to heart when people say that Power Life is the best part of their day, and we’re honored that so many people depend on us to provide a safe space to grow and learn. What’s one thing you know you can always count on at Power Life? Let me know in a comment below.

Living the value off the mat:

It’s one thing to walk into a group fitness studio and know you’ll get a great class from a great instructor. It’s another to think about how we can be dependable off the mat.

I like to think of myself as a pretty dependable person. I do things I say I’m going to do (who doesn’t love checking something off a to-do list?!) I show up when I say I’m going to show up (this is where my fiancé would like me to admit that I often arrive RIGHT when I say I’ll be there…) But those two qualities don’t necessarily make me dependable, do they? If I’m being totally honest, I think they might just make me a yes woman. And, as the wise Ron Swanson once said, “Never half ass two things, whole ass one thing.” Slowly but surely, I’m learning that being dependable looks like saying yes only to the things that serve me. In turn, that will help me serve others. It looks like being truly present in every moment rather than worrying about whatever comes next. In turn, that will allow me to be fully connected and present with the people and places right in front of me. That’s dependability. And in my book, that’s worth a whole lot more than a tick mark on a to-do list or a warm body in a space.

What are some ways you strive to be dependable off your mat? Let me know in a comment below.

Stay tuned for more in the Power Life values series. Next up… Welcoming!

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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

Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!

For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the 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 little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.

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.

The Values Series: Dependable Info