Elena was brought to her first yoga class in college and found it a respite from being yelled at in dance class.

She shares how yoga is a way in and also a way out. It isn’t about the postures but a tool for becoming responsive rather than reactive, especially with those closest to us in our lives.

Elena has overcome addiction in her life and found that keeping her word to herself was a huge motivation for navigating this process.

She speaks openly and candidly about her journey and her relationship to her mother even beyond her physical death—how connecting with our loved one’s and even strengthening relationships once people have passed is so valuable. She tells us to “get near death because death is so holy.”


Elena Brower on Overcoming Addiction and Cultivating Devotion


In our conversation we also chat about:

  • Elena’s daily practices that keep her grounded
  • How pranayama is the single best way to bring a sattvic (peaceful) state
  • Her definition of self-love and how she lives this
  • Devotion to oneself and creativity
  • Blessing your energy centres
  • How death is not to be feared and how yoga can free us

To conclude, Elena shares with us a beautiful and touching poem from Pixie Lighthorse that she read to her mother before she died.


Elena Brower is a mama, teacher, author, speaker, and yoga teacher since 1999. Her book Art of Attention, has been ranked number one in design on Amazon, and has now been translated into six languages. Elena’s second book, Practice You: A Journal, has just been released by Sounds True.

Her Elevate Mentorship Program is beloved worldwide for adding analog creativity to online coursework. Elena has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Well and Good NYC, Positively Positive, and more. Practice with Elena on YogaGlo.com, listen to her Audio Courses on Sounds True and her site, elenabrower.com