The Barrett Blog

Low and Slow

There are year-long courses on breathing and whole books written on breathing. There are breathing specialists and hundreds of breathing studies currently going on around the world. Breathing is a big deal and when it comes to quality of living, society is seemingly getting hip to the vital role it can play. But if you are like me, and you “breathe just fine,” then breathing is super boring. At least that’s how I viewed breathing for most...

Workout Colors?

The deeper into winter I go the more black I wear. It’s a habit from way way back. This year, I’m attempting to kick this habit to the curb and wear splashes of color as much as possible. On Friday, I wore a cheerful yellow cropped sweater, and I honestly felt happier, and everywhere I went people said, “Oh, great sweater,” but I think what they really meant was, “Oh, it’s so nice to see a...

Empowerment Is Inevitable

Ellen Barrett

Empowerment Is InevitableBecause it is so easy to feel disempowered today, I am obsessed with helping you stay empowered. I actually obsess over it! I’ve complied the five big ways we can use exercise to boost our sense of empowerment. These five things help us look, feel and function great, and the best part? We’re in charge. Yes, you and I can work on them ourselves, nothing standing in our way. Here they are: Almost all kinds...

It’d be in your best interest to have this mindset

There is an empowered wellness mindset, and it is as important as the movement portion of wellness (or maybe more so) because, to paraphrase Joseph Pilate, “The mind is the master behind the movement.”  There are three big overarching pillars to the empowered wellness mindset – three things, that when I see them in other people, I just know they’ll achieve their goals and shine brightly. Here they are, accompanied by a simple self-talk affirmation:  A “can-do” attitudeI can do it.Many people, especially those...

Zoom Out

Way back in 2000, I was living in Los Angeles and driving all over the city for work. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in my car. My car was littered with coffee cups, takeout containers and granola bar wrappers. I think I consumed 80percent of my meals in that Jeep Cherokee! For my resolution that year, I averred: I’m not going to eat in the car. I was disgusted with myself and I thought this...

Do the Work or Step into the flow?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, do the work is fine to say, but I prefer step into the flow. There are no shortcuts to empowered wellness, so by all means, do the work, but when you re-frame all the necessary effort as alignment, there’s an ease and a grace underlying our action steps. Wellness becomes more easily sustainable and less dogmatic. We really should all be asking ourselves, “How do I step into the flow?” Tune in  ✔️Set “the” goal (feeling good) ✔️Take charge ✔️123….that’s...

FengShui For Your Force Field

Energy Reset is 15minutes of breath and flow that induces a sort of reiki effect, or like Feng Shui for your force field. Creating it and releasing in on December 21st was completely intentional. (Solstice Blessing to one and all, BTW.) For the longest time, I’ve wanted to create something like this, something that’s simple and is all about vibe –Energy Reset is it. This teeny workout is all standing, completely low-impact, moderately paced and is not about...

Compassion Not Comparison

There’s a quote/affirmation that is thrown around a lot in the self-help world and it goes something like, “There’s no competition because no one else is me.” I remember hearing it long ago and liking its concept, but moving on from it without much thought. Lately however, I’ve revisited this notion, and think it’s a super valuable mindset, mainly because it’ll help prevent any sort of self-esteem weakening comparisons.   Another quote/affirmation that I’ve honed in on recently is, “Happiness...

Getting Serious About Air

You and I can say no to contaminated water, and we can say no to contaminated food, but we can’t hold our breath for long. Air goes in whether it’s clean or not, so boy am I grateful for clean, fresh air. It sure is a luxury. Because sadly, air is not all that clean these days, indoors or out, as the atmosphere around us has been compromised, all over the USA and the world. Many of us are still unable to breathe free and clean,...

Persistence is Easy?

The secret to fitness success is persistence. It’s just so important to keep on keepin’ on, you know? January tends to be this “hop on the workout bandwagon” month. And by the way, kudos to you if January gives you the push you need to exercise after not exercising for a while. Motivation comes in many forms, and maybe watching others gear up and work out gets you geared up too.  However, lots of people are workout dabblers. They get really...