Portrait of the Annapurna Woman is an ongoing series featuring divine women who embody the nurturing spirit of Annapurna Lliving. Today we introduce author & Yogi, Elena Brower.

How do you start your day?

Praying and chanting.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?

Bathe in a very salty bath, or practice yoga, or go out for a run.

What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?

Snuggling with my child and my man.

What are you currently reading?

Emotions and Essential Oils. The Path of the Empress.

What are you listening to right now?

The song Fifth Avenue by Gold Panda. Making new class playlists. Most of the time I'm listening to Kundalini mantras these days.

What does nourishment look like to you?

Home cooking, some lean protein, dark greens and one dark chocolate to finish it off.

How do you make space for play?

I struggle with that, but I play a lot of chess with my son, and we get outside often. We visit Museums a lot. I make time to hang with my girlfriends as much as I can.

What are some favorite mantras you cling to?

I love Kirtan Kriya lately... Sa Ta Na Ma. We sing the Mul Mantra most mornings around here.

Please share some words of wisdom you've learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.

You're not here to learn; you're here to remember.


 Elena Brower is a renowned author, yoga teacher and speaker. Influenced by several yoga traditions including Katonah Yoga, Para Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, she is recognized internationally for her expertise in combining physical alignment and the art of attention. Since 1998, Elena has been offering these practices as a vehicle for approaching our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. 

She is the author of Art of Attention, a yoga workbook that has been translated into five languages and the creator of, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide. Her next book, Practice You, will be published in 2017 by Sounds True. Elena is also an executive producer of On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey, a film that intimately explores meditation experiences, now being screened on international flights and on National Public Television. She's contributed to the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Origin, Mantra, and has been featured in Yoga Journal, the New York Times and on major network news channels. Experience Elena's Audio Meditations on her website here.