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Elena Brower
Mama, teacher and author of Art of Attention, Elena has studied yoga, meditation and healing with master teachers since 1997, and has been teaching since 1999. Known for bringing a resonant, relevant voice that speaks directly to your heart, Elena offers weekly asana and meditation classes in New York City as well as international trainings and retreats. She's taught the world's largest scale classes at the Museum of Modern Art, the Great Lawn at Central Park, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Montreal's Old Port, and has been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, ABC and NBC News. Elena's groundbreaking yoga workbook, Art of Attention, has been translated into 5 languages. Her meditation coursework and first film, On Meditation, are devoted to cultivating meditation as our most healing daily habit. For details, writings and schedule, visit her site. Enjoy current classes with Elena on

Entries by Elena Brower

Art of Attention: The Frequency of Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:06 PM

"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through those eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded." -- Goethe

On the occasion of my 44th trip around the sun, I was prepping to teach in Berlin in a 2nd floor dance...

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Your Highest Self Is Calling

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:04 PM

This choice I'm making, I know I know better.
This thought I'm creating seems a trap, a net.
This action I'm taking should be way higher,
and I can't bridge this gap; no matter how I try
Yet, my heart knows.

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Yoga and the Brain: How to Be Attentive Through Spirituality

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In his TED talk, "The Art of Misdirection," Apollo Robbins gives a brief and accessible overview of how our mind allocates attention and then, with an incredible pickpocketing performance, shows how susceptible we are to misdirection....

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Art of Attention: The Quiet Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 10:30 AM

On a recent Thursday evening, in a downtown loft space, 250 New Yorkers listened to the sound of their own breathing.

As part of a private showing of ON MEDITATION, a potent documentary film which I'm executive producing, I led a post-screening meditation. It was a profound few...

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Art of Attention: Remapping Our Minds

(11) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Love really is a state of equality consciousness: no speculation, no assumptions or opinions. Love is happening when we're relating, directly, to what is happening. Lately I've been learning how to relate directly to my life rather than through my memories or expectations. I'm actively rooting out my expressions of...

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Art Of Attention: Misconduct In The (Yoga) World

(307) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 9:20 AM

2002. Inner Harmony Retreat, Southern Utah. Forty of us in the room. Amongst us were Desiree Rumbaugh, Deb Neubauer, Noah Maze, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Ross Rayburn, Sianna Sherman, Mitchel Bleier, Todd and Ann Norian, Michelle Synnestvedt, Amy Ippoliti, Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Anthony Benenati. It was an unforgettable time;...

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9 Yoga Poses to Connect the Body and Mind

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Body vs. Being

In our quest for fitness, the ideal is to feel fit both in our bodies and in our emotional lives. In yoga, my mission is to bring you an experience of both your strong physical body and your clear emotional body.

The relevance of this mission:...

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Why Yoga Is Like Life Coaching

(9) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 8:38 AM

Yoga teaches us to live in the present moment. Yes. Certain schools of yoga posit that the present is the only reality, and all else is illusion -- yet our minds manufacture distracting "illusions" all the time. Our inner voices are constantly re-hashing situations, projecting, speculating, doubting. In yoga practice,...

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Art of Attention: Meditate in 1 Minute

(16) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 8:42 AM

My mom recently asked me about meditation. I had three minutes to communicate this practice to her, over the phone, in a way that would both serve AND inspire her to continue a practice on her own. I was nervous and had no plan, but this is what I shared,...

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Understanding Why We Keep Secrets

(47) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

This is our ode to our humanity, our wellness, our intelligence.

This is our ode to our secrets.

We all think we have secrets; actually, they have us.

The number-one reason people keep secrets or lie is to "keep the peace." We hold onto secrets to keep other people...

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Art of Attention: Meditation

(16) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 11:48 AM

It took me 13 years of teaching asana, and over 17 years of practicing it, to finally take a seat for meditation. Until recently, if I managed to sit down to meditate, I felt the irresistible magnetism of the dishes, the inbox, laundry and the cabinet to reorganize. Nothing could...

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Art of Attention: Are You a Servant to Your Best Self or a Slave to Your Worst?

(18) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Allow me to preface this post: my intent here is to begin a dialogue. After receiving much-appreciated feedback on the first draft of this piece from trusted colleagues, it's clear that this is an important distinction, and that I may not please everyone with my articulation. I simply want everyone...

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Art of Attention: Authoring Your Life

(12) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 8:46 AM

There were two working titles for this piece: "Authoring Your Life" and "Raising Your Vibration." I chose "authoring" because it's a bit more accessible. (And because it took me over 10 years to stop cringing when I heard the word "vibration" mentioned with regards to my energy or my practice.)...

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Art of Attention: Stand Still and Choose

(33) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 8:50 AM

Recently I was on an airplane watching a show in which two adult women were discussing a falling out they'd had. One of the women, upon being confronted with a description of her behavior, replied by saying "Well, that's just HOW I AM and I can't change that." Once I...

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Art of Attention: Unplug and Recharge in 3 Steps

(6) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 9:03 AM

My shortest post yet -- which I hope is practical and useful for all of us. Unplugging to me is more than checking out and taking a bath (although it's my favorite pastime, especially with gallons of salt and baking soda and essential oils). Unplugging...

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Art of Attention: From Complaint to Gratitude

(32) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 9:48 AM

About 10 years ago I sat down with my teacher Hugo Cory and he changed everything with one request: no more complaining. In that moment I remember wincing, nervously smirking and then insecurely, impetuously countering, "I don't complain, I'm a yoga teacher."

Ten years later, after...

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Art Of Attention: Yoga As Scaffolding For Your Life

(19) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 10:10 AM

I'm honored to be traveling extensively to teach Anusara yoga to teachers worldwide. In weekend intensives, I'm hoping to communicate the crux of the method to already-experienced teachers from other traditions, in order to create an expansive and uplifting experience for their students all over the world. In...

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Art of Attention: Eat, Pray, Love. In That Order.

(39) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 1:40 PM

With gratitude to Elizabeth Gilbert for making those three words, in that order, a household term. Here goes how it works, starting with a brief exposition.

Charmed childhood; diverse town on Long Island, friends who were intelligent, or athletic, or musical, or some combination of...

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Art of Attention: Breathing For Healing Sleep

(23) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 8:10 AM

A few words to characterize most human brains: busy, loud, stubborn, and scared. For many of us, our overactive brains keep us from opening to our deepest, most loving, most comfortable selves. When we are not open to these aspects of ourselves, we either hide by hibernating (literally or figuratively),...

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Art of Attention: When Doing Nothing Is Everything

(22) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 10:55 AM

"When the smallest fragment of Truth enters a man, he can do nothing but obey."

In the recent weeks I've taken a leap - talking about our role, exploring the role that each of us plays, without exception, as portals for energy [either healing or destructive energy] and how we...

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