The Barrett Blog

Heart of Gold

Ellen Barrett

Make sure your heart is in front of the head. Try to lift the heart and drop the shoulders. Does your heart lead the way? It is rare for me to see an adult with their heart open and shining bright, outside of class. I’d say the #1 alignment issue is a closed off, tight, sunken heart. Thus, getting that heart of yours unsunk is a major and ongoing alignment goal.  The physical act of aligning the heart center...

Three Trends (Here to Stay?)

Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

As a minimalist, I find a yoga mat to be the best fitness prop there is. I roll it out and a workout ensues. The exercise industry will always be reinventing and/or creating gizmos and do-dads, and it will always be evolving. I don’t go to trade shows or fitness conventions anymore, but I feel I stay “current’ as I visit other studios and gyms often, and I also regularly meet up with my fitness...

Step Into The Flow

Let's Move!

When I look at this action shot from Quick Core Fusion, my first reaction is, “No strain.” You can tell that Krystal, Amy and I are flowing. There’s a lot to be said about flow. Flow makes effort feel better. (Huh? How does effort feel better? And what exactly is flow?) Flow is a way of moving the body where there is ease and effort simultaneously. It’s not all yang, and it’s not all yin…it’s a bit of both. Flow has five...

Feel Good Energy Generating Haven

ELLEN BARRETT Let's Move!

Deep thought of the day: your workout should make you feel good about yourself. It should make you be proud of your efforts, grateful for your body, and inspired to live a high vibe life. End of story.  For most of us, our workout is optional. It’s a choice we make. In fact, we often jump though hoops – from hiring a babysitter and navigating traffic to buying the right gear and waking up an hour or two...

Another Tool In Your Toolbox: Mudras

ELLEN BARRETT Mudras

Mudra is a Sanskrit word meaning “gesture.” The most common mudras arehand gestures. Doing the peace sign is a mudra. Waving the hang loose symbol is a mudra. Giving the middle finger is a mudra. You and I have been “mudra-ing” our whole lives without even realizing it. Our hands are extensions of our hearts and a reflection of our mental state, so by placing our hands in intentional ways, we potentially direct attentions and energies in...

The Serenity Prayer & You

ELLEN BARRETT

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I canand the wisdom to know the difference.” Somewhere, somehow, I bet you’ve heard the opening line of the  “Serenity Prayer” which is written above. Apparently, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous started incorporating into into his program is 1941, and it goes even further back than that. I love it. I love everything about it. I saw this...

A Workout Ritual You Should Try

ELLEN BARRETT Blog

There’s a lot we can accomplish when we are sitting on our mats. We could do a pre-movement chat, have a meditation or intention setting session, or do a breathing exercise. I also think the act of sitting on our mat could be part of the warm-up, where we ground and settle our bodies, and get situated with where we are in space and time. Simple stuff, right? But these simply things aren’t benign. They can really...

New Workout Alert: Fresh Yoga

Ellen Barrett Fresh Yoga

This 30minute workout is a true yoga workout, where you’ll thoroughly engage all the muscles of the body, but do so in a calm, unhurried fashion. Most everybody I meet today, is seeking some sort of stress relief, and I think this workout really helps with that, but at the same time, your muscles will feel this. Remember, your workout doesn’t have to only be about physical health, it can also help with mental health. Lots and...

Fitness’s Ground Zero

ELLEN BARRETT Own Your Space

Years ago in Montana while driving on a dirt road, my husband and I met a moose. It came out of a wooded area to our right, sauntered across our path, and disappeared into the wilderness to our left. Our car came to a full stop and we just stared and took it in. I’ll never forget that moose. He was strong and calm and elegant (and huge!). He didn’t panic at the sight of us...

I’m a Big Fan of Freedom

ELLEN BARRETT Mindful Movement

There are two things I really scratch my head over. One is crazy impractical foot wear. I don’t see it as much in real life anymore (thankfully) but every once in a while I spy a stiletto at the supermarket on an icy winter day, and inwardly feel pain. The second one actually is very common these days, and that’s extreme nails. Just the other day at a clothing store, the store clerk waved around...

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