Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

Promoting Right Action ūüíę

The more grounded you are, the more present you are, and the more present you are the less reactive you are.  Reactive behavior is usually not in anyone’s best interest. Some examples include, reactively running to the kitchen and eating a tub of ice cream after a stressful phone call, or reactively shouting obscenities at someone for cutting you off in traffic. Lately in the news, there has been a tremendous amount of reactive behavior on planes! Dare...

Ellen Barrett "Let's Move!"

Basking in Empowered Wellness

I keep hearing people use age as an excuse for lack of mobility, lack of physical fitness, or pain in their bodiy, saying things like, “I’m too old to sit cross-legged on the floor,” or  “Running is out of the question at my age,” or “Everyone in their 50’s has a bad back.”  My message today is don’t blame age. That’s not to say challenges don’t come with age – it’s just that age is unchangeable. Age is what it is...

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Radiant Health?¬†It is not even a thought of most¬†doctors. I feel like the¬†bar is set¬†really low for us. Just “getting by” health-wise or¬†weight-wise¬†is touted as a success.¬† My dream for you is not fitness or weight loss. It is¬†radiant health. Radiant health is feeling great and having the energy to function¬†optimally. A 12 hour day on your feet? No problem.¬†Life throws a curve ball?¬†You adjust accordingly and thrive.¬† There is another part of radiant health...

Ellen Barrett

How to Thrive at Thanksgiving

In the United States, it’s Thanksgiving week. It can be a challenging week on many levels, but it is especially challenging for those of us wanting to stay on a healthy living path. Be sure to spend some time today setting an intention for yourself. For me, it’s to stay grounded and¬†move my body everyday.We tend to get way off-routine this time of year, and sometimes that “off-routine energy” continues until New Year’s. You can...

Staying Well Right Now

Season’s change. Right now, in Connecticut, it’s beginning to feel like winter. While every time of year has its greatness, this time of year, late November specifically, has always been hard for me. I already miss the barefoot ease of summer, and winter is not fully in effect. It’s colder and darker, and nature is still in route. We ‘ve left the shores of summer, but haven’t “landed” in winter, and I think that’s why I can...

10Day Kickstart with Ellen

10DAY KICKSTART: DAY 10 LOVE ‚̧ԳŹ

“Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.” –¬†Rumi After years of working with people and being privy to some clients’ destructive inner dialogs, I realized self-criticism is the biggest obstacle to true wellness, and it usually comes from a place of self-loathing. At first, I thought, “Oh, it’s just words” but as my understanding of health and happiness grew, I realized that words  stem from beliefs, and beliefs rule the world. How we feel about ourselves...

10Day Kickstart with Ellen

10DAY KICKSTART: DAY 9 SERENITY

“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we are frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.” – Marianne Williamson For a long time I thought finding serenity was getting rid of stress, but it’s¬†actually¬†diverting your¬†attention away from stress and¬†towards the¬†peace of¬†now.¬†I know that sounds corny, but for most of us, stress isn’t ever completely going away. The top athletes have mastered serenity.¬†During competition,...

10Day Kickstart with Ellen

10DAY KICKSTART: DAY 8 GRACE

GRACE (noun):¬†simple elegance or refinement of movement Grace is a mix of self-awareness and serenity, in action. Some people seem to, naturally, have loads of it. Others need to call it in. There is someone alluring about grace and I think grace turns ordinary movement into a thing of beauty.   How can we cultivate more grace? It’s easier than you think. All it takes is to move calmly and pay attention. I think “hyper” is the polar...

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10DAY KICKSTART: DAY 7 MINDFULNESS

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness in movement is self-education. You learn yourself.¬†At first it’s physical things, like you learn how your ankle tracks when you step forward, and¬†that lunging warms up your quads. Then it’s more than physical¬†– just the other day, I learned¬†that my¬†breath tightens with thoughts of the approaching holidays!¬† Our workout today is the most mindful one on the¬†ellenbarrett.com¬†platform. It’s¬†Moving Meditation,¬†20minutes of meditative...

10Day Kickstart with Ellen

10DAY KICKSTART: DAY 6 BALANCE

“Root yourself in this earthand it will root itself in you.‚ÄĚ‚Äē¬†Sheniz Janmohamed Having good balance gets more and more precious as the days go by. From navigating slippery steps to tripping over the cat and¬†catching yourself from falling, balance¬†is just so handy to have in real life. It’s one of the most¬†underrated¬†byproducts of regular exercise. I really do notice that the people who move their bodies on a regular basis have better balance¬†than the ones...