Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Karen Then, Bikram Yoga Teacher & Director of Bikram Yoga Victoria Park!
♥ First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!
A yogi who had another life as a corporate tax manager for 15 years before deciding to pursue her dream of teaching yoga full time and then opening up a yoga studio – Bikram Yoga Victoria Park – to share her passion with more people in one space (with the support of her loving, ever-patient husband)!
♥ Tell us about your daily beauty routine.
As I have dry sensitive skin, morning routine is just cleansing with lukewarm water and Vanessa Megan Rosewater Spray. After a Bikram yoga session (either practicing or teaching), I would cleanse my skin with the Vanessa Megan Clementine Organic Foaming Cleanser. If the skin is feeling dehydrated, I will use the Vanessa Megan Jasmine Face Cream. I keep it simple as I am a busy person and don’t have much time for a long complicated routine.
♥ What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?
♥ Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?
A 6 monthly trim with Davina from Head Office, Perth CBD.
♥ Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?
Bio Oil when the skin is feeling extremely dehydrated after cleansing and instead of using my Vanessa Megan Face Cream, I use Bio Oil and leave it overnight. It does wonders for my skin tone and hydration.
♥ Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?
Doterra Peppermint and Wild Orange Lip Balm, blusher (Clinique) and Vanessa Megan Rose Spray.
♥ Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?
Lots of fluids for hydration and Juice Plus (branded line of dietary supplements containing concentrated fruit and vegetable juice extracts fortified with added vitamins and nutrients.)
♥ What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet?
Crossfit! For strength and endurance!
♥ Describe a typical day of eating for you.
I have a muesli bar (or bircher muesli) for breakfast, Green or protein smoothies in between meals, a long black (coffee) every 2 – 3 days because I love the smell and taste of a good brewed coffee, nourishing lunch with (soupy) noodles + protein (chicken or fish) with vegetables and dinner is usually light – either a salad with loads of avocado, nuts and Danish feta cheese or with rice/ quinoa. If i am extremely hungry (low in energy) –my meal will include more protein (fish or chicken) with steamed vegetables together with my avocado salad. Every month, I do treat myself to a small piece of red meat (steak or lamb) as my body does function better with some red meat every once in a while.
Other treats which I may have throughout a typical day could include savoury muffin or soup. I do also treat myself to the hot chips and sea salt with vinegar if my body craves it or eggs, spinach & bacon for weekend breakfast!
♥ Describe your fitness routine.
I am usually active every day with yoga as everyday will usually involve a yoga class to practice my yoga unless I am already teaching for the day.
I also try to do a personal home practice for 20 minutes + 20 minutes meditation 1x per week which is especially nurturing and centering for me during a busy week.
My new years resolution this year is to try Cross Fit so that I can balance out my yoga practice with new physical activities for additional strength building!
♥ Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.
Acupuncture and as mentioned above Juice Plus. I find acupuncture very relaxing and balancing for me as I am a high energy individual and having an acupuncture treatment every fortnight helps me to slow down, relax and take a bit of down time for myself.
♥ How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?
Movies with my husband or girlfriends (depending on the movie).
I do find the best way to de-stress is to have 1 hour to myself at the beach or get a Thai massage session in at Thai Thai Day Spa in Langford.
What do you think of Karen’s routine? If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!