The Barrett Blog

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...

Time For Your “A” Game

I  womaned-up when I became a mother. There was a level of responsibility that whacked me in the face. I thought, “I must have energy for Luca, and always have my wit’s about me.” It felt like I finally took ownership of my life.  That was over twelve years ago, but funnily enough, right now in dealing with the covid crisis, it’s like de ja vu – I’m feeling this need to woman-up all over...

Fitness & Faith

Ellen Barrett

Joe Pilates famously said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”  He couldn’t have been more right. It is the first requisite. The body is meant to move and wants to move. Feeling strong and capable is foundational to joy. Now, what’s the second requisite?  Well, I’d say it’s faith. Faith in it’s broadest sense, meaning complete trust or confidence in something. So for this topic, that means faith in your body’s ability to function, to heal...

Tribe of Unicorns

Self-help guru, Lisa Nichols, has a big go-to tip for successful living – find your tribe of unicorns. This very much resonates with me, especially this year, as I’ve relied on my tribe of unicorns more than ever. (I include my dog in my tribe!) My tribe encourages me to eat healthy, and to still have fun. My tribe won’t let me get pulled down by fear. My tribe exercises with me, and invites me on...

Remedies For Emotional Fatigue

On Saturday night, I stood in my kitchen, attempting to make dinner for my family, when a wave of fatigue fell over me. I had had a busy week and the day flew by with a bit of rushing around, but I was well rested and hydrated, and it was only 6pm. I quickly realized I wasn’t physically fatigued – I was emotionallyfatigued.  I get the sense that a lot of us are experiencing emotional fatigue...

Two Simultaneous Epidemics

Ellen Barrett Blog Post

Your body craves balance – balance in every possible way – but one example of balance I harp on incessantly is the one between the front body and back body. (Lucky for us, it’s one that mindful movement can fix easily too.) Most of our days are spent in forward flexion, i.e., sitting, slouching, rounded.  This is the posture of sitting, driving, texting, eating and cooking, and if we sleep in the fetal position, sleeping too. Too much...

Leveling Up

Ellen Barrett Blog

Spring has sprung here in Connecticut, USA, and all of nature seems to be telling us to level up. The birds are fluttering about, the daffodils have broken ground, and Rey and I spied a big black bear, awake and on the move on Good Friday! Leveling up means pursuing things. It’s action. It’s gusto. It’s rising to a higher vibration. It’s advancing. My son, for example, is in sixth grade, but he will soon be...

“…Always In Command Of Yourself.”

You may have heard of this man, Yogananada. He wrote a very famous book called “Autobiography of a Yogi” which transcended the yoga world and made its way onto bookshelves everywhere. The book showcased his journey on becoming an internationally renowned guru. (Some points of the book are hard to believe!) I’ve read Yogananda’s book over and over again and have many highlighted sections. When I’m feeling out of sorts, I pull out “Autobiography of...

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