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Mobility 101

Mobility 101 Ellen Barrett

Limited mobility is pretty common these days. The way I see it is, it’s a symptom of modern living. It’s very easy in our society to be too comfortable, too sedentary, and have too many conveniences. Those long drive-thru lines make me cringe. We go from plush sofa to a cushy bed to the driver’s seat of a car day after day. Mobility isn’t tapped into in typical life.  The good news is the human...

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Ellen Barrett Blog Post

Inhale for 4 seconds ➡️ hold for 4 seconds ➡️ exhale for 4 seconds ➡️ hold for 4 seconds ➡️ repeat  Feeling untethered? Try this breathing pattern for one minute (or more). I call it the 4×4 breath, and it’s a mini-miracle, creating a solid sense of mental stability, however long it lasts. Mental stability is when an individual can cope with the normal stresses of life, and as one of the teenagers I work with weekly said after doing this breathing exercise, “Mental...

“Please, Enjoy Your Workout”

Ellen Barrett "Please, Enjoy Your Workout"

Words have a strong effect, whether we are conscious of their power or not.  “I hope you enjoy your workout” is a tagline I’ve casually used over the years, and I never put much thought into it until recently. “Enjoy” is in joy, so to enjoy your workout connotes working out in a sort of self-created vortex of joy. Is this too woo woo, or should I continue? ???? Cooking in joy changes the food, and I think exercising...

Combining Workouts

Ellen Barrett Combining Workouts

Combining two or more of our Mindful Movement video workouts is a FANTASTIC idea. I’m all for it! If you have the time, energy and drive, you can’t go wrong with any combination. Here are five workout combos I’m really into right now: Affirmative Flow/Power Express – 30minutesGet grounded, centered and empowered and then grab those weights and hustle through a quick sculpt session. In 30minutes, you can set a high vibe, can-do tone for your day. BalletSculpt with...

If There’s a Will, There’s a Way

We’ve had a lot of snow lately and my beloved trails are too icy to hike on, so I’ve resorted to taking my daily dog walks on the country roads surrounding my house. Rey (the dog) and I walk by some beautiful fields, a little lake, and a few gorgeous properties, saying hello to horses and ice fisherman along the way. I am forever aware that it is charming and serene, even when there are...

The Upside of Injury

Ellen Barrett Blog Post "The Upside of Injury"

Pain is memorable. I will never forget the pain from my knee injury. I don’t know how I got my knee injury, as the pain just appeared one day, but everyday it is gone, I am aware that it is gone, and am extra grateful. Like all Injuries, mine felt very much like a curse, but evolved into a blessing. It made me cry, it slowed me down, and was very trying at times, but it educated and humbled me, and gave me a deeper appreciation for feeling...

It’s Thrilling

Ellen Barrett Moving Meditation

Do you ever really pay attention to how you move? Do you notice how you shift your body weight into each step? How your body expands on an inhalation? How it settles down on an exhalation? We sure do glorify busy-ness in our type-A world, but that busy-ness sometimes needs to be left at the door, especially when it comes to movement.  Our latest video workout, Moving Meditation, intentionally focuses the mind and slows down the breath, so we can move...

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:...

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