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La Luna Bella

La Luna Bella Blog Post

Did you see that full moon last night? It was simply gorgeous – so big and bright. As I was basking in the moonlight, I felt lots of cosmic love. I know that might sound strange, but the moon is my homegirl, and we go way back.  Yes, I’m one of those people who go on midnight hikes on full moon nights and celebrate the new moon with my own intention setting ritual. Even as a young child, I was hypnotized...

Let’s Take A Walk

Ellen Barrett Walk With Weights

Originally – way way back – the idea for this workout came from emails from you. Many people wanted a longer walking workout, so my first working title was “Long Walk” but my 11-year-old son put the kibosh on that saying, “That is way too basic.” The next working title was “Endurance Walk” which I held onto for a few months but never really loved. I finally settled on Walk With Weights because after describing the workout to someone I said,...

Shake It Off

The Barrett Blog "Shake It Off"

Fear gets lodged in the heart center, smack dab in the middle of our lungs. It tightens and constricts. It makes our breath shallow and rolls our shoulders forward. Prolonged fear literally stops us in our tracks. I am usually not a fearful person and I definitely try to steer clear of fear-mongering, but I honestly haven’t been able to completely avoid it in 2020. It’s at the grocery store, on the cover of Time...

A Miracle Cure

Ellen Barrett Breathing Awareness

Every week, I teach yoga to a group teenagers. I adore them and class is never boring. After over five years, I’ve learned to expect the energy of this group to be one of two things: hyper and unfocused OR lethargic and low-energy.  You’d think different energies would require different teaching strategies, but actually I ‘treat” these energies the same. I simply bring their attention to their breath. Sounds unremarkable, right? Yet, I’m finding breathing...

YOU’VE GOT CLASS

You"ve Got Class!

The last big video shoot we had for Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement was February 24, 2020. Who knew that craziness would ensue so soon after that day? By Mid-March 2020, life as we knew it was turned upside down.  All summer long, I plotted my next video shoot and prayed everyone involved stayed healthy and prayed our government wouldn’t close down production. I prayed the weather (and the power!) would cooperate too. Well, my prayers...

Yurt Love

People have noticed that I am often doing yoga in a yurt. Yes, it’s true. It’s not my own personal yurt (sadly), but I do get to teach in it several times a week. I’ve been in love with yurts since the very first time I stepped foot in one as a 20something. I remember that particular yurt very vividly – it did not have a heater or a/c unit but it did have a...

When You Are Feeling Unambitious…

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

When you’d like to workout but you’re feeling a bit “unambitious” about it, here’s what you need to do – just get to the mat. Just get to it. Maybe sit or lie down on it. Maybe stand on it. Just get to that mat with bare feet and comfy clothes and stay there.  Something wonderful happens when you get to the mat – you nurture your self with movement. It might be seated in...

Upper Body Blast Is Here

Upper Body Blast Ellen Barrett

Upper Body Blast is here! This workout is wispy. I know that seems like a strange way of describing a workout, but it’s the best word for describing this one. I wanted the spine to be included with the arms. So often, when it comes to muscle conditioning, the spine gets “locked” in place, and looks and feels stiff. The intent in doing this is to stabilize it and engage the core – which is...

Good Influence

Good Influence

My pal brought over homegrown corn, tomatoes and string beans the other day. I was so grateful. This same person texted me, “I’m up for a hike, let’s go!” She also invited me to a cool yoga class happening on a rooftop deck. This friend is what you call a good influence.  A good influence prompts positive behavior. He or she will have your back and help you lead a truly healthier and happier life. They’ll...

A Deep Bow To Water ????

A Deep Bow To Water ????

As I write this, my family and I have had no power or cellular service for over five days. High winds tore through Connecticut and our rural area lost many big trees. The line directly in front of our house has not been tended to by the power company, so we will be playing cards by candle light again tonight. It has been very inconvenient. People can’t reach me and I haven’t been able to...

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