Ready For Action

The black legging….what did we do before black leggings? Some fashionistas might not love the fact that a black legging is part of an unofficial “uniform” for millions of women, but there is a solid reason why: black leggings are functional. You and I can move freely in them! Fitness clothing is just clothing you and I can move in, right?  Also, black leggings can be spruced up.  In the winter, I wear sweaters with my workout wear....

DIY Neck Health (Barrett Blog)

Neck Health DIY

There’s a reason why we use the term “pain in the neck” when describing something or someone annoying. Neck pain is annoying, and I think everyone at some point in their life, has experienced it first hand. Often, we don’t know the cause of our neck pain. It just shows up. Did I sleep in an awkward position? Did I strain my neck at work? Did I lift something too heavy? It’s important to know that while exercise...

Barre Cardio With Ellen Barrett

Cardio is Synonymous With Feeling Good

I grew up in one of the snowiest parts of New York State, with a polar bear father who never turned on the heat, and a very unusually low body temperature (never breaking 97degrees). Discovering aerobics in the 80’s was divine intervention. I’m not kidding. It saved me from the agony of being cold. To me, cardio is synonymous with feeling good.  Cardio is my favorite. When I was a student of Pilates, I was blown...

Give it your all 💫

There are blurred lines between “frozen in fear” and perfectionism. In this week’s inspiration board’s pep talk, I denounce perfectionism because often it prevents taking action.   Don’t get me wrong – It’s great to care. In fact, make sure you care! However, as the saying goes….”if you don’t shoot you don’t score.” Too many people never even attempt to make the shot because of perfectionism.  What’s the cure for perfectionism? Focus on effort. Do your best...

Ellen Barrett LET'S MOVE!

Drink Your Drink. Live Your Life. Step Into Your Truth.

I felt inspired to share a story with you all… I was at a cocktail party a few days ago and was drinking a glass of water. (The bartender very kindly put in a lime slice for some pizazz!) Almost everyone I mingled with at this party, gave me some grief about drinking just water. “Live a little, Ellen.”“Are you sure you don’t want something stronger?”“A glass of wine won’t kill you.”  I haven’t seen...

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

In the US, we’re heading into Memorial Day weekend, which is sort of like a kickoff to summer. It is always “hit or miss” weather-wise. I remember sunbathing by the pool in 80 degrees this time of year, and I also remember torrential rains for four days straight. You just never know.  Memorial Day weather in Connecticut is a metaphor for life. You never know what’s in store. Things don’t always go as planned.   An often overlooked “skill” is to not get thrown off too easily....

ELLEN BARRETT Yoga Pump

Your Immune System on Exercise

There is significant scientific evidence that suggests exercise done right increases immunity.  (Emphasis on “done right” meaning not too intense, yet not too mild. For me, 30-45minutes where my breathing gets slightly challenged and I break a sweat, is ideal.) I have no doubt that exercise has helped strengthen my own immune system, and the immune systems of my family members and clients. Also, ask any doctor, this is common knowledge in the medical world and believed...

ELLEN BARRETT Mindful Movement

Where Are Your Shoulders?

Stop what you are doing right now and look at your posture and notice…where are your shoulders? Chances are, if you are reading this while sitting at your desk or while looking at your phone, your shoulders are rounded forward. [Insert crying emoji😢] When shoulders are rounded forward, the neck and chest muscles are always “on” which ultimately tires us out and causes muscular strain. When shoulders are rounded forward, the airway to and from...

Happy Mother's Day From ELLEN BARRETT Mindful Movement

I’m going full divine feminine! Would you like to join me?

About a year ago,  I read that “busy-ness is trauma response.” I felt that statement. My whole adult life, I’ve been busy. When I had a lull in things to doit would stun me. It induced a moment of shock in a way, like, “Wait, what’s next?”  To make matters worse, I’d magnify the busy-ness. When someone asked me how I was doing, I’d respond, “So busy.”  For all women on Mother’s Day – even if...

Empowered Wellness with Ellen Barrett

Weight Releasing Action Steps

I am a people watcher. Airports, at the beach, at coffee shops, on the NYC subway….I people watch, hard. Yesterday, I was sitting in my car, waiting for the red light to turn green, watching folks traverse a cross walk in Saint Augustine, Florida. It was a looonnnnng light. I noticed three things: 1. While being overweight is very different from being obese, both situations create labored movement. Joints are over burdened. Body temp elevates too fast. Breathing...