I Have a Yoga Crush on Elena Brower.

Via on Jan 31, 2010

Move over, Waylon. I have a yoga crush on Elena Brower.

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I must start by saying how grateful I am for this social networking age we live in. Facebook and Twitter have given me the opportunity to connect with fabulous fellow teachers around the world that I have yet to meet and practice with. One of those teachers is the luminous face behind the New York City studio, ViraYoga. Elena Brower is a headliner in the Anusara community and the new international face of Adidas Yoga. She is, in a word — breathtaking. I had the honor of practicing with her today in Santa Monica at the equally luminous YogaGlo. I emailed her ahead of time knowing that I would be a good 20 minutes late because my class ended exactly when hers began. I realized the odds of being let in were slim and yet she told me flat out, ‘Come. Come for sure. We will save you a mat’! I am so glad I did because I got to bask in her warm energy for a full two hours as she taught us about the loops of Anusara. She started class by sharing a quote by Leonard Cohen that I plan on sharing in my own words over and over again.

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.”

I was hooked the minute she shared that. I knew I was in a room with a gifted communicator and already felt space expanding in my body and heart. The real kicker was when she made me blush. I was settling into a single pigeon when we made eye contact and smiled. Out loud, directed straight at me with her smiling eyes she said, “What a beauty. Gorg!” I melted directly into my hip opener, half out of space, half out of the consumption of red on my face. Someone hadn’t made me blush since my ex-boyfriend told me. . .well, that’s personal. Point is, my crush on Elena Brower had begun.

I am constantly inspired by those who possess such beauty, strength and knowledge, and yet know that we are all flawed. It is the flaws that make us unique, that encourage us to grow and that leak light into our core. We often forget who we are at our center because we spend so much time focusing on perfecting the casing surrounding it. Her teaching encouraged using grace, symmetry and alignment to make space. From that space we can pull in intention and encourage the already innate grace we possess to prosper and grow. We constantly reawaken this space with a regular yoga practice to engulf ourselves in beauty. All I can say is that if yoga will give me the kind of light and beauty that radiated from within this lovely woman — I’m sold. Thank you, Elena. Shine on, sister.

Bonus, an ol’Walk the Talk Show video of Elena on her home turf, Virayoga, in NYC.

Follow Elena:

virayoga.com

virayoga.blogspot.com

facebook

13045_223256076339_538051339_4229027_5409387_nWhen Kathryn isn’t nursing her new crush she is a lover and teacher of yoga by day, a wizard in the kitchen by dinner time and a professional dog snuggler at night.

Follow Kathryn @kathrynbudig or on Facebook

www.kathrynbudig.com

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editor’s note

Our staff and contributors have authored a series of hard-hitting investigative journalistic “green crushes” here at elephant—on the likes of Treehugger founder Graham Hill, Entourage’s green-lovin’ loverboy Adrian “Greener” Grenier, sweet Summer Rayne Oakes, NASCAR race car drivin’ Leilani Munter; FEED Bag’s Lauren Bush, everywhere-all-at-once yoga teacher Tara Stiles, our friend the green journalist Olivia Zaleski, hobbitish Dominic Monaghan, hunky Rogan Gregory, yoga teacher and elefriend Malachi Melville…and recently Hemalayaa Behl of Bollywood Booty fame and our friend Elena Brower of Virayoga.

About Kathryn Budig

Kathryn is a lover and teacher of yoga by day, a wizard in the kitchen by dinner time and a professional dog snuggler at night. Follow Kathryn @kathrynbudig or on Facebook. Find her at kathrynbudig.com

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14 Responses to “I Have a Yoga Crush on Elena Brower.”

  1. Elize says:

    First: fantastic video! showcased Elena artfully & allowed her to truly illuminate…
    Second: Kathryn, your honest & praise-filled writing show your own open heart & inner light. Thanks for being so open & inspiring!

  2. Elena Brower says:

    i cannot believe how much i heart kathryn budig… so much LOVE ~ elena

  3. Catherine Davis says:

    welcome to the club kathryn. everyone who practices with eb gets a crush. thanks for putting it down so clearly though….she is amazing

  4. Donna says:

    Love this – great sharing and growing together. The video makes me want to fly directly to New York, drive to Soho, and live in that studio. Beautiful, enriching, inspiring.

  5. Danielle Hutchins says:

    I'm cultivating my own Elena yoga-crush as well. I drove about an hour to NYC to take my first class with her last Saturday, however, she was with you in California. I had a lovely class with Tara Glazier instead….I took the Yogaglo class on Sunday and found Elena very inspiring and beautiful ~ Tara's class was very similar – I could definately feel the influence of her teacher/employer. I look forward to a face-to-face class soon. Namaste! ~ Danielle Hutchins

  6. Erica says:

    Beautiful quote. I love the video! "Everyone is beautiful, even if they're ugly." Such truth in such a funny comment–and SO yoga!

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  8. Hillary says:

    totally sweet, kathryn… I get it elena inspired me to be a teacher and go for it… xo

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  13. Mads says:

    Thanks for the share Kat!
    I love the way you write girlfriend! I'm sure there are many girls with girl crushes on you… Me for example… I also have a girl crush on my yoga philosophy teacher… I want to be like her one day! LOL

    oxox
    Namaste peeps

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