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When You Are Feeling Unambitious…

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

When you’d like to workout but you’re feeling a bit “unambitious” about it, here’s what you need to do – just get to the mat. Just get to it. Maybe sit or lie down on it. Maybe stand on it. Just get to that mat with bare feet and comfy clothes and stay there.  Something wonderful happens when you get to the mat – you nurture your self with movement. It might be seated in...

Upper Body Blast Is Here

Upper Body Blast Ellen Barrett

Upper Body Blast is here! This workout is wispy. I know that seems like a strange way of describing a workout, but it’s the best word for describing this one. I wanted the spine to be included with the arms. So often, when it comes to muscle conditioning, the spine gets “locked” in place, and looks and feels stiff. The intent in doing this is to stabilize it and engage the core – which is...

Good Influence

Good Influence

My pal brought over homegrown corn, tomatoes and string beans the other day. I was so grateful. This same person texted me, “I’m up for a hike, let’s go!” She also invited me to a cool yoga class happening on a rooftop deck. This friend is what you call a good influence.  A good influence prompts positive behavior. He or she will have your back and help you lead a truly healthier and happier life. They’ll...

A Deep Bow To Water ????

A Deep Bow To Water ????

As I write this, my family and I have had no power or cellular service for over five days. High winds tore through Connecticut and our rural area lost many big trees. The line directly in front of our house has not been tended to by the power company, so we will be playing cards by candle light again tonight. It has been very inconvenient. People can’t reach me and I haven’t been able to...

Less Is More

Less Is More

My family knows this well (and we picker about it!) – I don’t like a lot of stuff and I am not a fan of anything too complicated. This applies to everything from home decor and outfits, to meals and fitness. I am a minimalist and I believe less is more.  A less is more mentality can be good for us. It can save us money and resources, it can save us time, and it can help us maintain a sense of serenity. Here are my top three, super easy “less is more” wellness-related activities...

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