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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...

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