Between work, school, pets, families, social events, and extracurricular activities, our time gets booked quickly! Sometimes finding time to move our bodies can takes a back seat. What I’ve always loved about Power Life is that no matter when I can find time to spend 45 or 60 minutes in the heat, there is likely a class being offered. For those days when the only time I have to squeeze in movement is right before I have to log into a meeting, I was looking for tips to make it look like I hadn’t just spent two hours in a 100+ degree sauna (not dramatic, I show heat and sweat so easily). After some trial and error, here are my best post-class beauty hacks that will leave you feeling confident that no one will even know what you were doing right before you log on to zoom for that meeting.
Hack #1: Cold Shower
If you’re like me, your first thought when reading this was probably “absolutely not”. As someone who has been forced to take cold showers before, I know they are difficult to power through. However, when you only have 20-30 minutes to get ready post-workout, doing a quick 2 – 3-minute rinse off in a cold shower will immediately help lower your body temp. I love this as a first step for two reasons! One, lowering your body temp will help prevent you from continuously sweating while getting ready. Trust me when I say there is nothing worse than sweating while trying to apply makeup, do your hair, get dressed, etc. The other reason I love a quick, cold shower post-class is that it will help start to reduce redness in your face (we’ll touch on other things that can help with this later on)!
Hack #2: Waterproof Mascara
When it comes to getting ready or freshening up, makeup can sometimes take the most time. If you’re trying to squeeze in a midday or post-work-before-dinner-with-friends workout class, waterproof mascara is a must. It doesn’t have to be a fancy brand, anything in the Target beauty section will do, but having something that can withstand the sweat, towel-offs, and a quick shower will save time.
Hack #3: Braids and Dry Shampoo
Getting your hair back to looking like you haven’t been sweating in a 90 degree+ room is a challenge when you have limited time to freshen up after class. Those with long hair know that when working out the natural tendency is to throw our hair in a bun on top of our head to keep it all back. If you know you won’t have time to wash/blow dry your hair after class, try throwing your hair in a braid for class instead! Sweat naturally helps set your hair so with a braid, natural-looking waves are possible whether you’re walking out wearing your hair down or in a low, slicked-back pony! A braid can also help retain your natural part which can speed up your hair-styling process. Regardless if you rock a braid in class or default to a messy bun, dry shampoo is a must-have for your gym bag. Applying dry shampoo on your roots will help soak up sweat and bring volume back to your hair all while leaving your hair smelling like you had time to wash and condition your hair after class! If you don’t have a go-to dry shampoo, Batiste is a great brand to try out – it smells amazing, is reasonably priced/easy to find, plus they have different colors of dry shampoo to match different hair colors.
Hack #4: Facial Spray
While it usually takes time for post-workout face/neck/chest redness to totally go away, keeping a refreshing face mist on hand can be used to help with rehydrating and reducing that redness. Aloe and cucumber are two must-have ingredients in a facial mist you’re using for a few reasons! The first is that cucumber has a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect on skin which is proven to help ease redness or any other skin irritation. For anyone who has had a bad sunburn and used aloe, this probably won’t come as a big surprise, but aloe is one of the best hydrating ingredients for your skin. In addition to being highly moisturizing, it also is proven to unclog pores and leave your skin feeling soft. While there are lots of face mists/sprays out there to try, Mario Badesco has a great, inexpensive facial spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea which you should consider a new staple for your gym bag in 2022!
With these four hacks, I hope you’re able to enjoy all the benefits of working out – the movement, the hard work, the heat, and the strength building – without any of the stress of how little time you may have to freshen up after class before you pick back up on your to-do list. I also hope these tips help you feel confident knowing that you can take time for yourself while also leaving a workout looking and feeling your best!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.