Luminary Profile: Elena Brower

Elena BrowerElena Brower is a woman who shines in more areas than we can count! As a yoga teacher (the founder of Virayoga), writer, mother, creator of the essential oil fragrance GIVE, meditation film producer and more, she has been inspiring individuals across the entire globe with her heartfelt and practical teachings. We are deeply honored to share her words with you.


If you could share a piece of wisdom or comfort with a younger version of yourself, what would it be? 

Spend more time alone. Spend more time cooking. Practice being kind to your family, unwaveringly kind. Learn how to tell the truth in an elegant, respectful way. 


Elena Brower

What is the simplest change you’ve made in your life that has had the biggest positive impact? 

Quitting smoking cigarettes.
Apologizing to my family for being shitty to them for
too long. 

What foods & practices are essential to your wellbeing?  

  • At least one meal a day involves a heap of steamed greens.
  • Green juice with lemon, apple and ginger, every day whenever possible.
  • Bathe as much as possible, in the tub, with oil. 
  • Yoga at least 15 minutes every day.
  • Meditation 11 minutes every day. No matter where. 
  • Workout with Shawna Cordell at her gym at least twice a month.
  • Drink Kangen filtered water as much as possible.

Elena BrowerWhat experiences nourish your soul when you’re feeling depleted?  

MUST SLEEP AT LEAST 6 HOURS. Preferably 7 but my promise is at least 6. I get facials monthly, acupuncture weekly, colonics, shiatsu and network realignment as much as necessary. 



What are you passionate about sharing with the world? 

My work is to bring meaning and relevance to the yoga practice. I comb through all sorts of ancient texts and recent teachings for ways to make the postures and transitions relevant to our life experience today. People leave my class inspired to be better in their homes, listen well to their kids and parents, and to remain centered no matter what the context, especially when they’re NOT in yoga. 

Connect with Elena:

Jonah’s mama, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, Elena has been teaching yoga for 14+ years. After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked in textile and apparel design for 6 years, trained to teach with Cyndi Lee, then began studying Anusara® yoga with John Friend and became Certified. After ten years of study with Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory, and current in-depth study and collaboration with the Handel Group™, Elena’s teaching offers the practices of yoga as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; pure empowerment for your body, mind and heart.
From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park in New York; from the playa at Burning Man to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, she is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but Elena’s true privilege and service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. She holds Reiki Levels I/II Certification and practices Pranic Healing. She loves collaborative teaching, alongside colleagues such as Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Noah Maze, Christy Nones, Amy Ippoliti, Bill Mahony, Ross Rayburn, Elizabeth Rossa, Schuyler Grant, Nikki Costello, Seane Corn, Faith Hunter and Kathryn Budig. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Natural Living, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, ABC News, and NBC News. She is also the voice for Deepak Chopra’s groundbreaking video game LEELA, which blends meditation with game play. As the Executive Producer of ON MEDITATION, she is curating a series of short films regarding the reality of meditation. Recent classes are available online at Yogaglo.
Along with her own Art of Attention writings, Elena contributes to the Huffington PostKris Carr’s CrazySexyLifeelephant journalTheDailyLove, and is an original board member of YogaEarth. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE that proudly benefits Women For Women International, with another scent in the works that will benefit Every Mother Counts.

Portraits of Elena by Chloe Crespi


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