Ellen Barrett's Focused Flow

New Video Workout: Focused Flow

“Where attention goes, energy flows” is the motto of this invigorating 20minute yoga fusion class  All you’ll need is a “sticky” yoga mat. Barefoot is highly recommended.* This video will appear on Let’s Move! by 9am EST on November 21, 2022.

Ellen Barrett "Wellness is a Journey"

Wellness is a Journey

Fitness is a self-help tool for authentic wellness. The goal is wellness. Or another way of looking at it is, the destination is wellness. And you and I are never not on a journey towards wellness. We never get to the top of the wellness mountain and stick a flag in it and say, “Done!” If you’re breathing, you’re journeying!  Remember when Oprah showcased her dramatic weight loss on her talkshow? She even wheeled out...

The energy of right now

The Energy of Right Now

I went on my usual sunrise dog walk this am and I slowed it down a bit and meandered, really taking in the energy of right now. The leaves have almost completely left the trees. The farmers have harvested their last crop of hay. I hear the geese on the move overhead.  My favorite purple and yellow wildflowers are no longer sprinkled into the landscape. It smells like November. These observations don’t make me happy...

The Barrett Blog

it’s In Your DNA

Many of the conveniences of modern life have made our range of motion smaller, our muscles weaker, and our cardiovascular capability reduced. We have garage door openers, drive-thru’s, and escalators. As the late great Anne Marie Benstrom said, “Do you know how much effort it takes to churn butter? No, you don’t!”  It is no coincidence that the rise of the fitness industry coincides with the rise of modern conveniences. Society had to add intentional...

15Minute Workout Combos

At times, a 15minute workout may be enough. Other times, it may leave you wanting more. Here are some of my favorite 15minute workout combos. They’ve got great synergy and they’ll extend your workout to 30minutes while maintaining a sense of invigoration.  Quick Fix + Yoga Mat Work   activate and warm your muscles, then settle down and stretch (equipment: a yoga mat and a blanket)💚Power Express + Stretch 360 get the heart pumping and your body warm, then it’s all about circles!(equipment: a yoga mat...

Ellen Barrett

It’s Simple 😊

I’m a fan of hanging out on a yoga mat. Whether I’m teaching or taking, I get to class early and simply hang out. It’s a habit, but it’s also a craving. On the mat is one of my favorite places!  I contemplated this lately, asking myself, why am I so lured to on the mat? It really is so ingrained. If, by chance, I don’t get to class early and miss my mat hangout, I do notice the...

Just Fold It

Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, teaches the art of folding, for folding well keeps your belongings safely, cleanly, and beautifully stored. You and I fold things every single day. We fold laundry, linens, and yoga blankets, and we probably do most of this folding intuitively. Well, the body folds too, and the benefits are vast. From a standing and seated position, we can fold forward. From a supine position, we...

Standing Stretch With Ellen Barrett

Not Just Stretch…Standing Stretch 💫

A new release called Standing Stretch on Let’s Move has arrived, and it’s short and sweet, ultra grounding, a bit flow-y, and subtly choreographed. By standing up, the act of stretching has an innate balance challenge, which enhances core engagement and muscular integration. What does this mean? It means the stretch will be less passive and more dynamic. The transformation happens with stretch. Cardio is crucial as is strength training, and everything needs everything else, but the stretch is when the energetics change for the...

Ellen Barrett Blog

A Secret Ingredient to Thriving

Exercise is an opportunity to tune inward, towards yourself, but to look at it a different way, exercise is an opportunity to tune out the BS. I recommend we take advantage of this exercise opportunity every single day, since there’s a lot of low vibration out there! In all seriousness, have you noticed that giving your undivided attention to your workout – be it 15 minutes or an hour – is a form of escape from reality? And that...

Ellen Barrett Mindful Movement

Promoting Right Action 💫

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...