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New Workout Alert: Fresh Yoga

Ellen Barrett Fresh Yoga

This 30minute workout is a true yoga workout, where you’ll thoroughly engage all the muscles of the body, but do so in a calm, unhurried fashion. Most everybody I meet today, is seeking some sort of stress relief, and I think this workout really helps with that, but at the same time, your muscles will feel this. Remember, your workout doesn’t have to only be about physical health, it can also help with mental health. Lots and...

Fitness’s Ground Zero

ELLEN BARRETT Own Your Space

Years ago in Montana while driving on a dirt road, my husband and I met a moose. It came out of a wooded area to our right, sauntered across our path, and disappeared into the wilderness to our left. Our car came to a full stop and we just stared and took it in. I’ll never forget that moose. He was strong and calm and elegant (and huge!). He didn’t panic at the sight of us...

I’m a Big Fan of Freedom

ELLEN BARRETT Mindful Movement

There are two things I really scratch my head over. One is crazy impractical foot wear. I don’t see it as much in real life anymore (thankfully) but every once in a while I spy a stiletto at the supermarket on an icy winter day, and inwardly feel pain. The second one actually is very common these days, and that’s extreme nails. Just the other day at a clothing store, the store clerk waved around...

Enthusiastic Movers

Do you remember who you were at age seven? I was a little kid that roller skated in my basement, took walks in the woods with my dog, Lucy, pogo-stick raced with my brother, and did endless loops around the neighborhood on my bike. I was an enthusiastic mover, and I bet to some extent you were too.  Of course, as adults, we’ve been on the other side of this, at times – where we...

The Paradox 🕊️

I really do love getting to studio spaces early – way before class starts – and settling in. A big open clutter-free sacred space is my jam. Natural light and soothing colors are like icing on the cake. It feels like a calm church. My body softens and my breath deepens, and if I was a bit fatigued or frazzled upon entering the space, now I’m refreshed and ready to flow. For many years, I taught in...

Cultivating Workout Enthusiasm

Cultivating Workout Enthusiasm With Ellen Barrett

“Let’s go!” “Let’s eat!” “Let’s do it!” Let’s Move! Yes, let’s! There is a sense of enthusiasm in phrases like these. It’s precisely that sense of enthusiasm I want to convey in classes and on my website because it makes it way easier to get to your workout, and enjoy it. Workout enthusiasm is a mindset anyone can possess. Here’s how to cultivate it:  1. First off – remember it’s a privilege to have a human body, no matter what condition it is in. You’re alive...

Hip Tips

Hip Tips With Ellen Barrett

It’s tight hips season! Well, at least it is for me and most of the people I work with. It’s like the tension from winter has moved out of our shoulders and is now lodged in our hips. Tension makes us vulnerable. It drains our energy, doesn’t feel good, and often makes us more susceptible to injury. So what’s a girl to do?  First off, give yourself a bit more warm-up time. For example, if you’re heading out...

There’s a New Workout (and it’s an Extravaganza!)

Five-Star Fusion With Ellen Barrett

Five-Star Fusion is a smorgasbord. It’s not a restaurant review (as my husband thought it sounded like 😂), but it’s just as delicious. Yes, movement when it keeps us in an invigorated state – and doesn’t cross the line into irritation – can be downright delicious.  I love taking classes and I do try new workouts whenever I get the chance. My favorite types of classes to teach and to take run the gamut, but they...

You Know What’s Youthful?

Ellen Barrett "Youthful Movement"

When our society discusses the idea of “youthfulness” it focuses on  wrinkle-free skin or “being able to eat anything I want without gaining weight.” Something that gets overlooked (and something we truly have a lot of control over) is youthful movement. What does that look like? Well, I’ve boiled it down to two things: it’s “capable” coupled with “ease.” Youthful movement equates to a big comfort zone.  Can you sit on the floor and play with puppies? Can you run...

Ever Since 2020…

Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

It always goes back to empowered wellness. Movement – which I think is a life-changing component – is still just one component. There are a myriad of components, big and small, obvious and not-so-obvious, from getting proper sunlight, to having solid relationships, to making sure nutrition levels are strong. So many things can contribute to a healthy life – the list really does go on and on.  Since 2020,  I’ve become a bit of a “plant lady” and...

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