inspire: elena brower.

Posted on April 25th, by mb in inspire, yoga. 2 comments

just this past week i was in elena’s class at the tadasana festival practicing next to at least 100 other people. as she navigated the room teaching the speaker system kept shorting, making it so we couldn’t here her over the loud, and really beautiful, live music. after a half hour of this, she just stops as we are in a transitional runner’s lunge and puts her arms in the arm to signal silence.

she says something to the affect of “the microphone is making me nuts, and the music is a little too loud for me to speak over today. now doesn’t the truth feel good?” and proceeds to smile really big.

this is exactly why i love elena.

though she definitely teaches yoga, to call her a yoga teacher is not a fair description. she is a teacher. period. whether it’s instructing crescent pose, or how to navigate your relationship with grace, elena is honest, raw, and real, and that’s what sticks. that’s what keeps you coming back for more. i want more.

what’s the best part of your day?
when i can get really close to jonah and he lets me linger near his little cheek for more than 5 seconds.

what inspires you?
my parents.

your favorite trip.
has to be italy, spain or france, some sort of fairly long drive, and a combination of rich greens and blues on which i may feast my eyes.

what’s your ideal sunday?
a fast run with my son on his scooter, my own yoga practice, a long shower, then lunch with my family (including parents, boyfriend, his son, his son’s mama who’s become one of my dearest friends, my son, my son’s daddy – we’re all in it together and have the best time).

your favorite words of wisdom.
mediocrity or genius? fear or love? your call.

when do you feel most “you?”
practicing yoga in my own house.

what fulfills you?
my son’s happiness.

your favorite outfit.
white jean shorts and white marni blouse.

what’s on your ipod?
at the moment, i waver between garth stevenson and random rab.

five things you love.
my family
steamed kale with my sweet white miso dressing

my son’s artwork
getting coached to tell the truth when i don’t want to

how you feel in one word today.

2 Responses to “inspire: elena brower.”

  1. Elena says:

    Angel. Love you and appreciate you so much. Loved having you in class this weekend.

  2. mb says:

    ah, thank you. hope to be practicing in your presence again very soon. xo

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