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Stand Your Ground (& Have No Fear)

There was a lot of snow and ice in my childhood and I never thought much about it, but when I moved back to the Northeast as a 30something, after eight years in southern California, I had a big scare with one incident. I had rushed off the Metro North train, wearing sneakers and a backpack, heading to my car which was parked in the New Haven Connecticut commuter lot. It was dark and cold,...

you’re the one you’ve been waiting for

I had been seeing some form of the word “discouragement” in print a lot, and after like the tenth time seeing it, it held my attention. I found it odd that that word kept popping up so often.  Webster’s dictionary defines discouragement as having lost hope or confidence. As I pondered the “why” of it showing up in my world, I came to the conclusion that lately, I had been so so discouraged. The universe was simply...

Today! With a Twist!

Ellen Barrett Spine Twist

On those days you can’t get a full workout in, or maybe you can’t even carve out a five minute walk…or perhaps you are a bit under the weather ….on those days, all I ask is that you do a spine twist to each side. You can do spine twists while lying in bed, sitting at your desk, standing in your kitchen or lounging on the couch. They are incredibly beneficial. Here’s what they do:...

Joy & Happiness

Ellen Barrett

I’m reading a homeopathy book about flower remedies by Dr. Bach. He is famous for creating spiritually healing tinctures. His book is just so good  – I’ve underlined half of it – and I can’t believe I haven’t read it until now! It’s filled with nuggets of wisdom and it’s totally lifting me up! A big theme for Dr. Bach is the interconnectedness of the body, mind & spirit, and he considers the human body...

The Best Ever Fitness Resolution

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

I’d say I’m an energy snob. My goal each day is to keep my energy at its most inspired level. It’s not about achieving anything or pushing myself to the brink of exhaustion. High vibes win out over prowess, y’all!  And I know I am not alone. Many of you have made the switch to the good life, where we view workouts as a feel good experience. Where we nurture our body, mind and spirit with...

Breathe In. Breathe Out. Repeat.

Ellen Barrett Breathe

We breathe in through the nose or the mouth. That air goes into our lungs. Then the oxygen from that air gets dispersed via the blood to every cell of the body. When we exhale, we breathe out mostly carbon dioxide, which is unwanted and unneeded, making room in our cells for the next big inhale. It’s simple, yet miraculous.  In essence, the whole body breathes. “When you feel like life is out of focus, always return to...

Open Space

Ellen Barrett Open Space

I jokingly say that my 12 year old son has been to every yoga studio and group exercise room in New England. (For a long time it seemed as though every day was “bring-your-child-to-work” day!) The same thing would play out each time: I’d unlock the doors, and he’d rush into the big open space with excitement. He’d then proceed to run around and slide around in his sock feet, and then do laps around the perimeter. Oh, the joy of a big open space! ...

Go Easy & Go Steady & Go

Ellen Barrett Gentle Barre

I put a lot of thought about what workout to release on January 1st, and at first glance, it might seem I “went against the grain” with releasing Gentle Barre. Like the title suggests, it is gentle. It’s a steady 30minute focused, feel-good routine. While the exercise industry at large is turning up the intensity and luring you to push yourself to the limit, I’m offering something more moderate. What I know for sure is...

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Autobiography of An Aerobics Instructor, Ellen Barrett

I went for a winter walk with my lifelong pal yesterday and we had a deep discussion about our journeys. My friend, who was a volleyball star in high school and college, is a nurse now with her oldest child in college, is stumped as to why and how I still “move my body for a living.” She remembers taking my aerobics classes at “Gold’s Gym” in Dewitt, New York, in 1995! She is both...

How To Make Exercise A Habit

Ellen Barrett How To Make Exercise a Habit

You’ve probably seen those fitness fanatics at the gym. Self-proclaimed gym rats, they love working out. They smile as they sweat and are enthusiastic about all things fitness.  While I’m no gym rat, I do love working out, and I know many of you do too. We enjoy movement. We don’t view it as a chore. In fact, we miss it when we are pulled away from our regular workout routine. When we travel or go on vacation,...

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