The Barrett Blog

Bringing Energy In

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

Whether you’re sleep deprived or not, there are moments when one needs more energy. It’s easy to fall into a coffee habit when experiencing a lull, and I certainly went through that phase, but there are way better techniques for bringing energy in. Here are my top five instant (and free and painless!) energizers:  Do Five Minutes of Meditation – often we feel fatigue because our minds are on overdrive. Mediation helps slow the mental chatter which in turn settles our nerves. I love an open-eyed mediation,...

When “Easy Seat” Isn’t Easy

Ellen Barrett How To Sit Cross-Legged

Kids sit cross-legged with ease, but something happens along this road called life, where what was once easy, becomes difficult. For the record, it’s  not “old age.”  There are millions of examples of elders sitting cross-legged with no problem. What it is is an example of “use it or lose it.”  You know those fit tests that see how fast you can run a mile or calculate how many pushups you can do in a minute?...

Tap Into Your Tenacity

I’ve watched many people give up too soon. They feel as though they’ve run out of steam when it comes to getting in shape, or they’ve hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock and believe it’s a sign from the universe to throw in the towel. I can’t emphasis enough that this thinking is complete and utter hogwash. Not only does it stop you in your tracks, it can also do a number on your self-esteem. There comes a...

Outside-The-Box Is In

Ellen Barrett Fusion Fitness

We step out of bed, walk to the kitchen where the countertop height provides total ease, and where we don’t have to stretch or strain in the slightest to pour ourselves a glass of water.  We then position ourselves in a car or a bus or train where we find another comfortable sitting position, then many of us find a desk next where we sit some more. We walk between locations, but leisurely walking is still...

New Workout Alert! Pilates Mix Is Here!

Ellen Barrett Pilates Mix

Pilates Mix is a 20minute series of standing and traditional mat Pilates. It is slow paced for a workout, but is actually pretty fast paced for Pilates. The routine requires focus and body awareness, especially awareness of what’s not moving. We’ve had lots of requests for more Pilates workouts, and I really love blending standing stuff with mat work. Pilates Mix is not a huge calorie burner and it’s not going to “wipe you out” so to speak. It’s subtle, mindful and concentrated. It promotes symmetry and...

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