Elena Brower is our role model for living a beautiful, balanced life that honors mind, body, and spirit and helps us live our best selves. A mother, humanitarian, artist, teacher, bestselling author, and host of the Practice You Podcast, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. After graduating from Cornell University in 1992, she designed textiles and apparel for almost a decade before focusing on yoga, meditation, art and writing. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, and her second, Practice You Journal, is a bestseller. Her third book, Being You Journal, was released in early 2021. Both Practice You and Being You are being utilized as teaching tools in a variety of settings from universities to teacher trainings.
Elena's yoga and meditation classes are featured on Glo.com. Her virtual Mentorship portal is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework, and Perceptive Parenting audio course is a source for positive parenting tips for kids of all ages. Elena's spoken word poetry can be heard on Above & Beyond’s Flow State albums. She works to elevate bright futures for girls and women through her support for Girls on Fire Leaders and On The Inside.
This episode of Sunlighten Spotlight highlights the importance of stillness and the place meditation and “just” sitting has in our lives.
Watch, learn, and allow yourself to embrace time to restore your mind, body, and soul with Elena Brower.
Our culture compels a driving energy to push ourselves to do more, produce more, and go one more. In order to do that, we must allow ourselves time to recover and rest. Elena elevates the importance of sitting as something that should be non-negotiable. She explains why and even shows us how in her conversation with Connie Zack. Some of what they cover include:
- Why sauna is so good for self-healing
- What happens when we sit still
- Resources for meditation
- How to cultivate yin energy through silence
- Do a short meditation with Elena and Connie
- Tips for mindset to reduce noise and stress
- What to do if you feel resistance to sitting, silence or meditation
- How sauna has helped her have a smooth menopause experience
Elena loves her sauna time and treats it as a sacred time to meditate, breathe and rest.
Starting with her walk down to the sauna in her robe with water bottle in hand, Elena cherishes each moment of her sauna experience. She saunas between 3 to 5 times a week for 40 minutes in her mPulse sauna, using the detox, pain relief, or cardio program. She also created her own custom “EB Meditation Program” using all three wavelengths at maximum strength. She loves to apply essential oils; her favorites are Doterra’s Balance Blend and frankincense. Once she settles in, she uses the time to meditate, breathe and rest. She keeps her sauna a “sound-free zone” and hasn’t hooked up wifi or speakers.
Elena mentioned author Joan Halifax – Fruitful Darkness, Standing at the Edge, Being with Dying
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