The Barrett Blog

Ground to Crown

“Let’s go from ground to crown.”I say the aforementioned statement a lot, especially at the onset of classes, as it covers a few bases. First, it’s a check in – how’s it going? Second, it’s grounding –  am I here, now? Third, it’s alignment – is everything in the right place?  All it is is bringing your mind’s eye to your feet and proceeding to work your way all the way up to the crown of your head. Noticing. Feeling....

Come On….Impress Me!

Would you consider yourself limber? I bet most of you would, because you see how good it feels and how functional it is. But you know what? You’re a unicorn. Limber is not the norm. When I’m out and about in the world, i see the opposite of limber. I see tight, constricted, stiff joints, especially in men. It’s a real shame because being limber is entirely up to each individual. Sure, someone might be...

The #1 Workout Sabotager Is….

Okay, so you’ve planned for a 3pm workout. It’s 45minutes long. You’ve got your exercise clothing on and your water bottle nearby. You’re ready to workout, but there’s one more thing to do – put your phone on airplane mode.  It’s 2023, and from what I see in my classes, with clients, and with myself, the cellphone is the #1 workout sabotager. It has a tendency to intrude, interrupt, and disrupt. I know there are...

New! Yoga With Weights!

Yoga With Weights Ellen Barrett

There’s a brand new workout debuting this week on Let’s Move! and it’s a slow-flow, all standing, 20minute yoga sculpt called Yoga With Weights. I love love love mixing yoga with fitness modalities because 1. it’s fun, entertaining, and helps hold people’s attention. 2. it provides movement variety, and 3. it saves time.  20minutes of yoga is always an excellent choice – and I am not knocking pure yoga when I say this – but 20minutes of yoga with weights turns up the “yang”...

Play. Ground.

Happy Baby pose, where you lie on your back and grab your big toes, is a natural action that I remember watching my own baby organically do, way back when he was an infant in his crib. I marveled, thinking, wow, yoga is innate. Plus, the name of the pose was so apropos. Then there’s the dancers I’ve spent time with over the years. They are so body-oriented, they can’t be idle for long. Even when...

Three Cheers for Gentle

The idea that “gentle” is for babies or for the injured, but aside from those specific demographics, you should be embracing intensity, is still alive and well in the world today, but not in my world. In my world, gentle is sustainable, nurturing and a winning aspect of longevity. What is a gentle workout? First, gentle might just be slower. It might just be shorter. It might just be avoiding certain ranges of motion that cause pain. Gentle doesn’t mean less effective.  Secondly,...

The Yang Needs the Yin!

Ellen Barrett, Mindful Movement, Excessive restlessness, 2minute meditation, outside-the-box fit tip, grounding, stillness, yang/yin

The biggest problem I come across these days in yoga classes, which I don’t remember ever seeing twenty years ago, is excessive restlessness.  There are lots of people who just cannot get settled on their mats. At the onset of class, they twitch, they breathe with irregularity, their eyes struggle with being shut or with holding a singular focus, and there is an overall inability to find a comfortable seat. This type of person used...

Boss Move

Ladies, it’s our nature to ebb and flow. Our energies and moods fluctuate and our needs constantly shift. One day we’re extroverted and have loads of energy, and the next day we might need to prioritize a good nap. In 2013, the big catalyst for writing the 28 Days Lighter Diet was my realization that our culture ignores – and rewards us when we do – one of the most important aspects of women’s health, the menstrual...

Hamstring Happiness

A happy body needs happy hamstrings, yet nobody pays much attention to their hamstrings unless they’re tight or sore. I say ignoring your hamstrings is a fitness cardinal sin. Here are three simple ways to create some hamstring happiness:  1. Give your hamstrings a massage. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you and knees bent. Then take your fingers and “dig” into the backs of your thighs. Start behind the knee and work...

Deal of the Century

Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

You want to know what the most neglected, underrated, and underestimated aspect of physical fitness is? Extension. In most people’s daily life – and in their workouts – the body stays in its tiny little box, never busting out. Overtime, ranges of motion get smaller and smaller, and the body’s comfort zone shrinks. In turn, the body is easily uncomfortable.  Don’t be an average Joe! Take this call to action: be sure to stretch. Stretching can...