Monday, February 2, 2015

Keeping the Faith

I've recently been introduced to a Japanese skincare line that's going to make the unofficial milestone of turning 35 next week a breeze. While at Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beaute last month, I discovered Faith--and am I a believer. After using their 6-step "Lamellar Veil" ultra-moisturizing series twice daily for a little over two weeks, I can safely say: This. Line. Rocks. I'm undisciplined when it comes to sticking with "upkeep" habits and so using six bottles of anything twice a day sounded like a small hassle, but the results already outweigh the little bit of dedication Faith requires. I'm especially in love with their once-a-week Face Pack, a thick mask which washes away your complexion's impurities after just a few minutes. The bottles of Essence, Lotion, and Gel all contain what is eponymously called "Faith Gelatin Collagen." I'm less inclined to know exactly this means (but I'll tell you anyway: natural phospholipids, gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen, phytosterols, and other multi-syllabic ingredients) and more apt to just keep using a pump of each product, both morning and night. Come and get me, 35, I'm ready for you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Manspreading


The MTA has recently created a NYC subway campaign targeting male riders who can't help but spread their joy. And while these akimbo passengers take up a tad too much urban real estate with their distally-placed knees and wide-open thighs, maybe it's time to look at this from a more holistic perspective. Cobbler's Pose (Baddha Konasana) is a powerful hip opener that promotes better abdominal and reproductive organ function. It also provides easy access to the sacral chakra, and when this puppy is tapped into, cleared, and balanced, all sorts of creative energy may begin to flow. So are we really going to deny subway passengers a hip-opening chakra cleanse? Maybe. But before rolling your eyes at the next offending manspreader you spot on a crowded A Train, consider his unwitting path to enlightenment.  

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolution. Day 2.

So why was I out on 57th Street in the freezing cold on New Year's morn, waxing well-being? NBC needed a quick sound byte on how to start the new year off right--namely, how to stick with a resolution. Keeping the goal simple is the first step, but being ok with slips along the way is perhaps the more important aspect. Rather than view a resolution as a potential achievement with a pass / fail outcome, approach the new year with an intention instead. Often in yoga we set an intention in the beginning of class, a theme or purpose that helps us remain centered throughout the arc of the sequence. So why not approach a new year the same way? I've rarely made it through the month of January when attempting to honor a resolution--once the ball drops at midnight, I'm on a timer for how quickly I'll drop the ball! But by setting an intention, I can focus my energies on a greater goal: being mindful, staying more aware, and experiencing the year with purpose. (For 2015, I want to focus on taking more creative business risks. And drink less Mexican martinis.) Something I can return to at times of transition or challenge (just like on my yoga mat). It works a heck of a lot better than creating a scenario where one is likely to fail by month's end--go 12 for 12 instead!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Taking NYC Appts From Dec 15 to Jan 3

Hey, New York Peeps! I'm happy to be offering Pilates, Yoga, and Thai Healing Sessions over the holidays. Please reach out if you have a time in mind and let's make it happen. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best.

Friday, November 14, 2014

You Ready To Fire It Up?

I'm thrilled to be teaching yoga at HEAT Bootcamp on Sundays at 9:45AM

Come rock out with your chakras out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lost in Austin (3)

October in New York
October in Austin
Mid-October in Austin feels like early June in New York--which is messing with my circadian rhythm and annual craving for Candy Corn. Autumn is New York's strong suit: the city is still pulsing from September (the Monday of all months) while the cool air and changing leaves sharpen the senses just in time for hibernation. It can be 50 degrees or 70 degrees on any given Halloween; either way, parade attendees are still wearing their thong-themed costumes. (Oh look, another slutty witch!) Austin has its fair share of Oktoberfests, pumpkin displays, and sexy Halloween ideas as well (Oh look, another Ebola hazmat costume!), but it lacks the Northeast seasonal shift that makes this time of year so darn romantic and / or contemplative. Residents are still going for late-afternoon dips in my complex's pool. Women haven't put away their cute sandals. People are still vying for parking spots in the shade. Though as one Austin friend recently noted when I wrapped a light linen shawl around my bare shoulders while enjoying dinner at an outdoor cafe, "See, we have a fall." Autumn is in the eye of the beholder.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Introductory Thai Special

Hey, Pilates South Austin! Fit to be Thai'd? 
Try my Thai Healing Session at an introductory rate of $100 for 75 mins.

"Barbara is hands down the best Thai yoga practitioner
I've worked with. Her attention to detail combined with an
incredible sense of intuition make her a master at her craft."
Matt Mason, Best Selling Author, San Francisco

"Barbara Purcell's hands un-Thai'd all my knots.
Bless that woman and her magic touch!"
Ann Cooley, Director / Choreographer, NYC

"This is really good stuff!"
Jeff Schiller, M.D., NYC 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taking NYC Appointments Oct 10-15!

There are still spots available for yoga, Pilates, and Thai healing sessions!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lost in Austin (2)

Lone Star cardio broken down into three distinct categories:

Texas Two-Stepping with a fancy footin' fellow New Yorker to a Conjunto band comprised of spirited octogenarians. This makes for a rather David Lynch-laden scenario: feline, leggy women in black skinny jeans and halters swirling around the dance floor with their mis-matched cowboy compadres while the Polka-pumping accordion of the region's Germanic roots urge each couple onward into a chaotic Tejano waltz.

Back-to-back Pilates equipment classes downtown with the venerable Mandie, where the powerhouse becomes the most important place of worship for your sweaty soul to inhabit. Don't let the machines intimidate you: once you've mastered the "wunda chair's" trapeze-like resistance springs, it might be a good time to submit your resume to Cirque du Soleil.

Contending with I-35 at rush-hour is a challenge for all...and only the strong will survive. I scoffed at the notion of traffic "congestion" before moving here. Make no mistake: MoPac, Lamar, and any vague "Loops" should be avoided between the hours of 5 and 7PM by anyone who doesn't identify as heart healthy. To sit for 60 minutes on a 5-mile stretch of road is no longer a syndrome reserved for LA. Employ ujjayi breath while in these vehicular binds. As a fortune cookie copywriter once wrote, "What is in the way is the way."