The Barrett Blog

Grumpy Quadriceps?

When stretching the quadriceps, I not-so-jokingly say, “This stretch is not a crowd pleaser.” Over the years, I’ve learned that nobody really enjoys opening up this muscle. As a trainer, I am tempted to skip it and avoid the grumpy looks, but our quadriceps are really tight – begging for a good stretch! The more we sit, the more we need to stretch our quadriceps, and even when we don’t sit all day we still spend most of our lives...

Make a Date With Exercise

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

I teach regular classes at a hotel called Troutbeck. It has a wellness spa that includes a nice little yoga program with a gorgeous yoga barn. Locals are members and attend classes, and classes are also open to guests of the hotel. I bring this up because I’ve been very inspired by the guests. Many guests have never done yoga before, or they haven’t been in an in-person exercise class setting before, yet somehow, they sign up and make it to...

Going the Distance

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

All I wanna do is go the distance.” – Rocky Balboa Rocky, the self-help guru? I think so! My family and I watched one of the Rocky movies over the weekend and there was one scene where Adrien is trying to talk Rocky out of fighting Creed. His response is, “All I wanna do is go the distance.” I immediately felt a ping upon hearing it. I thought, “That’s what I want to do too, Rocky…just not...

Set Your Sights On…

Ellen Barrett Blog "Drishti"

“Where the eyes go, the body follows” is (sort of) a famous yoga saying and it’s actually really profound, and layered. It’s about one’s drishti, which is Sanskrit  for gaze AND focus. It begs the question, “Where are you putting your attention?” In pure movement terms, where your eyes are IS where the body goes. Think Cobra pose – a big part of the pose is looking up. That upward gaze helps the body “snake” upwards into a more robust position,...

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,...

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