Who’s in your toolbox?

By Jenna Washnieski

I bought an electric drill recently. It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I love how powerful I feel when I’m effortlessly installing hardware to hang things on my wall! As much as I love my new drill, it’s only one tool in my collection. 

I obviously can’t get every house project done with my drill. I need my hammer, pliers, wrench and screwdrivers. My drill is great, but it can’t do it all.

This is how I feel about romantic relationships. Movies and songs paint pictures of our partners being our “everything”. They give us the illusion that one perfect person will somehow fulfill all our emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

Expecting our partners to be the Swiss Army Knife of humans is not only unrealistic, but it’s completely unfair. Guess what happens when we put a bunch of expectations on someone? Disappointment. Maybe resentment. One person can’t do it all. And that’s ok! 

I can’t expect my man to share all my interests and hobbies. Besides, I love having things that are only for me. I don’t need him to share the same level of excitement I do about 90s rock music! Also, he doesn’t need to possess every desirable human characteristic because it’s way too much pressure. We live in a world where dating resembles online shopping, and we’re tricked into believing we should constantly seek a sweeter bargain. No one is, nor should be perfect.

This is why it’s important to have a well-stocked friendship toolbox. Just like my hammer and pliers have their unique roles, so do my friends. I have friends who enjoy long spiritual conversations and those who simply want to grab a quick beer. I know who to call when I need a pep talk and where to go to be distracted by silliness. 

What I’ve found even more important than a great partner and toolbox of friends, is a solid relationship with myself. Rather than relying on other people to love and support me the way I crave, I discovered it’s up to me to give this to myself. When I learned to do this, I became more secure in my relationships and less inclined to put the impossible responsibility of fulfilling all my needs onto someone else.

If you feel pressure to be something “more” in your relationship, you’re not alone. It’s easy to compare your relationship and feel like you’re not stacking up. Is that pressure real, or is it a story your insecurity is telling you? 

Spend a moment taking inventory of your toolbox and give a shout out to the people who make your world better. And use these conversation starters with your partner (or pals) to uncover what makes your relationship special:

  1. What  qualities do I bring to your life that no one else does?
  2. What things do we do together that are unique to us? What activities do we love doing separately?
  3. Tell me something that makes you feel special and loved.
  4. What is one new shared hobby, ritual or activity we can start together?

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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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