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Mood Boosting Cardio With Ellen Barrett

For my entire life – without realizing it until fairly recently – I have used “doses” of cardio as mood boosting medicine. When I was an 8 year old, I freakishly took my dog on walks into the woods when I could have stayed inside idly watching cartoons. (Where were the adults 😉?) In my early teens, I’d bike to my friends house even though I could have gotten a ride. In college, when feeling blue...

Breakfast With Luca

Breakfast With Luca

I’m a mom of one, a bona fide morning person, a nutrition geek, and a huge believer in “get your day started right,” so breakfast with my son has always been a big thing. We live in a culture that tends to race through meals, and while the rest of the day may require eating on the go, breakfast time is old school in my house. Simple but home cooked food. Real dishes. Real glassware. Sit...

WOW is Me

Self-Acceptance on the Ellen Barrett Blog

It’s easy to get down about aging, especially as a woman. There is so much negative messaging about getting older and many of the celebrities of the moment convey serious fear over it. If we follow their lead, I think we are doomed. Work on yourself. Be the best you can be, but accept yourself right here and now too. If you can do that, you win. I love being the age I am. I’ve come...

Like a Well-Oiled Machine

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

Symmetry is honest to God so important yet often ignored. Alignment gets more play, and while alignment is just as crucial, function and flow need both. When bodies are misaligned and asymmetrical, they feel strain and unease, like a sliding door with a wonky track. If you’d like to move like a well-oiled machine, here are five things to do that facilitate the one-two punch of symmetry and alignment:   We all have some specific nuances within...

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Ellen Barrett - Make Working Out a Habit

“I used to workout, then I stopped.” “I joined a gym, but then I didn’t go.”  ” I bought a treadmill, but never use it.”  How does one ingrain the daily habit of movement? For me, daily movement is very ingrained, but it was easy to ingrain. I genuinely enjoy exercise, I have positive feelings towards it, and I’ve never seen it as anything other than feel good. What’s your relationship to exercise? Do you...

“Express Barre” is Here

Express Barre With Ellen Barrett

There’s a new workout and its goal is truly effective, feel-good fitness. Express Barre is mindful and graceful – just 20minutes delivers a head-to-toe Ballet conditioning workout. In honor of our newest workout, I thought it’d be nice to share the five signature components of a barre class:  So there you have it folks, Barre in a nutshell. Don’t worry – it’s not Ballet, but rather Ballet conditioning (big difference). Be sure to give Express Barre a try this week (today!), and experience these five...

Heart of Gold

Ellen Barrett

Make sure your heart is in front of the head. Try to lift the heart and drop the shoulders. Does your heart lead the way? It is rare for me to see an adult with their heart open and shining bright, outside of class. I’d say the #1 alignment issue is a closed off, tight, sunken heart. Thus, getting that heart of yours unsunk is a major and ongoing alignment goal.  The physical act of aligning the heart center...

Three Trends (Here to Stay?)

Ellen Barrett Let's Move!

As a minimalist, I find a yoga mat to be the best fitness prop there is. I roll it out and a workout ensues. The exercise industry will always be reinventing and/or creating gizmos and do-dads, and it will always be evolving. I don’t go to trade shows or fitness conventions anymore, but I feel I stay “current’ as I visit other studios and gyms often, and I also regularly meet up with my fitness...

Step Into The Flow

Let's Move!

When I look at this action shot from Quick Core Fusion, my first reaction is, “No strain.” You can tell that Krystal, Amy and I are flowing. There’s a lot to be said about flow. Flow makes effort feel better. (Huh? How does effort feel better? And what exactly is flow?) Flow is a way of moving the body where there is ease and effort simultaneously. It’s not all yang, and it’s not all yin…it’s a bit of both. Flow has five...

Feel Good Energy Generating Haven

ELLEN BARRETT Let's Move!

Deep thought of the day: your workout should make you feel good about yourself. It should make you be proud of your efforts, grateful for your body, and inspired to live a high vibe life. End of story.  For most of us, our workout is optional. It’s a choice we make. In fact, we often jump though hoops – from hiring a babysitter and navigating traffic to buying the right gear and waking up an hour or two...