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Rainy Day Hack

Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

We’ve recently had some brutally gloomy days with cold rain and weird fog. It was a “driving with the headlights on during the day” kinda day, and you couldn’t tell what time it was because the lighting never shifted. It was very low vibe. Even the dogs just wanted to stay home, curled up, snug in their beds. Working out on days like these can appear against the grain.  It can seem forced. The last thing you’re thinking of...

Hold Everything

Most people are not psyched about forearm plank. There is very little “I love forearm plank” being said in the studio. You and I can go our whole lives, never do another forearm plank, and be just fine. It’s not like air. We don’t need it.  With that said, forearm plank gives us more bang for our buck than pretty much any other equipment-less strengthening exercise. There are so many benefits: it builds heat. It strengthens...

Ten Toes In

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Every once in a while an athlete really catches my eye, and without knowing any of their legendary plays or stats, I’ll ask, “Hey, who’s that?” I tend to hone in on body language, form, breathing, and other things like that. Not knowing much about the sport helps me look beyond the sport and simply see the art of the athlete.  One such athlete – a true artist – is a football player on the Kansas...

Off the Mat, Inside the Closet

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My message to you today is – get organized.  Or if you are already pretty organized, take your organization to the next level. Your well-being and your home organization are more connected than you think. I’ve found that getting your stuff organized can propel your sense of well-being to new heights.  I recently got a closet system installed in my hallway/walk-thru closet/dressing area. It’s between the laundry room and my bedroom, so I now have an abundance of...

Tap Into Truth

Ellen Barrett "let's move!"

Ever since I read, “The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment. It’s what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor,” I’ve been intrigued with Martha Graham, the famous American dancer/choreographer (and the author of the quote). I just learned that Martha Graham created not just dances, but also her very own, very specific, body conditioning method. I’d describe it as...

Creating Confidence

Pale Blue _ Ellen Barrett

I live in rural Connecticut these days and when I have to go into New York City, I drive in. I’ve gotten really good at driving into the hubbub of Manhattan, and I know all the ways in and out. I even know the best parking strategies. The repetition of going in and out of the city month after month, year after year, has given me a keen sense of awareness, and has strengthened my...

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Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

I have a love/hate relationship with winter. I love sweaters and snowy sunsets, and I do think there’s something about fully experiencing all four seasons that’s good for the soul,  but anyone that spends five minutes with me this time of year will know seeking warmth becomes my full-time job.  Oh, I struggle so hard!  But I’ve been on this planet for a while and I know myself and what I have to do. I...

A Lion’s Breath

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Here we are, on the precipice of 2023.  This tends to be the time of year for simultaneously looking back and looking ahead, and I do think it’s healthy to have some sort of closing ritual and bid 2022 adieu. I’ll watch the sunset on January 31st and wave it goodbye. “Thanks for the memories! That’s a wrap!” And before looking ahead and focusing on our 2023 goals and aspirations, let’s pause and take a moment...

Go on the Offensive

I really do pay attention to things and I am a bit worried about the state of health in the US. There is a lot of chronic conditions and chronic pain, and so many people, women especially, go from doctor to doctor seeking help to no avail. From what I’ve gathered, the ones that tend to break out of the never ending doctor visit-to-doctor visit cycle, go on the offensive by doing these three things:  ...

Go Big, Dream Big

Ellen Barrett Go Big, Dream Big

Have you noticed people looking down and keeping their arms tucked in tightly to their sides? Think of rainy day posture…eyes focused on the ground, small steps, contracted body language. There’s nothing wrong with this physical alignment in certain situations (like when you’re walking in the rain!), however, when it becomes your default mode, it’s a problem. To this I say, reach up and look up.  Go on and physically extend your arms overhead and physically turn your gaze to the space above...

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