Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA

Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA   

Before teaching yoga and meditation, as a textile designer, a clothing designer, living both in NYC and Italy, I fell in love with fashion and art. After six years of that seasonal, cyclical work, I longed for more connection in my days. After spending one year learning how to teach art to children, I found yoga and started to find myself. That was in 1998.

Since then, I’ve studied with many of the great teachers of our time, opened and closed a yoga studio, loved and lost, had a child, wrote Art of Attention (my first book), taught one of the largest yoga classes on record, started a business, and found my way to sobriety. The choice to be open about my journey  has granted me the honour of being in service to others, and now I’m informally “sponsoring” several women across the globe. That’s turned out to be the best part.

Their daily check-ins help me stay in my heart, and remember who I am. They think they’re getting the gift of the assist – but I’m receiving the best gift of all.

The practice of yoga and meditation is how I practice being human. I keep it simple, I make sure I move, sit and listen daily, and that’s helping me be a steady presence for my boy. Going to talks, shows, and exhibits keeps me creatively inspired. Learning to toss what’s no longer needed, both materially and existentially, are helping me keep things super organized and easy for myself. I plan ahead. I take my family on trips that make us happy, and keep us connected. These are all results of my years of yoga, all ways in which I make art of my attention… ritual, steadiness, inspiration, organization, simplicity, happiness. All signs of a good practice.

A few ways to practice making art of your attention: stay close to yourself, and do sweet things for yourself daily. Honour the past, and remember that collaboration is good medicine for the future. Meet new people, listen well, learn from everyone, be grateful, and don’t forget to meditate. Meditation refines your attention, and attention is what allows us to see ourselves, and see within ourselves, in order to elegantly approach anything, everything.

*Excerpted from Amanda Kriebel’s Spotlight Interview with Elena Brower for Our Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

About the Author

Mama, teacher, speaker, and co-author of Art of Attention, Elena has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999.  After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked as a textile and apparel designer for 6 years, and has been studying with master yoga teachers since 1997. Elena offers yoga and meditation 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 for your body, mind and heart.

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park, from the Old Port of Montreal to the Eiffel Tower, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga and meditation, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. Elena’s two audio meditation courses, 4-week Art of Attention and 7-day Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence, are beloved globally for creating consistent, accessible practice.

Currently Elena teaches weekly and monthly classes in New York City, as well as retreats and trainings worldwide. She is also the founder of Teach. Yoga, a global hub of content and inspiration created by the teachers, for the teachers.

Elena will be coming soon to Wanderlust NZ as well as Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane. Check her Calendar for details and to save your space.

As a gift to our readers, Elena is offering a discount to her “Art of Attention” Course. This approachable, accessible, innovative course gently guides you into your own meditation practice, a practice that will encourage you to release stress, sharpen your mental focus, and hold a more tranquil, healing perspective. Your practice will help you navigate the challenges of your life with more fluidity and fluency. Click on this link to start this audio meditation course at a special discount.

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Midlife Turning Points -Empowered Women

Midlife Turning Points – Anne Noonan – Australia

 Midlife Turning Points -Empowered Women

Our second half of life can be so much better than the first. I truly believe that we can turn our health completely around if we grab hold of it in time. And when we do, our whole life can change. Relationships, business, personal success and our purpose can turn up in amazing ways.

At the age of about 46 I found myself facing a hysterectomy. I was excited about it. I just wanted this hell of a cycle that began at the age of 11 to be over. When my cycle began in primary school it determined where I went, what invitations I accepted, whether I went swimming when everyone else was going or whether I spent a lot of time at home. It remained that way throughout my life. I accepted it as normal – doesn’t everyone have ridiculously heavy painful periods?? A few years and 2 kids later, when a hysterectomy was suggested, I was over it. I was over the anaemia, the fatigue, the deficiencies, the weightgain, the weird illnesses and the depression that accompanied it – I was ready.

This was it! It was going to be done and I was going to have my life back.

It wasn’t to be. I woke up out of the anaesthetic in a hot flush and my menopausal symptoms seemed to be on full volume. Hot flushes that didn’t seem to end. Dry skin, sore joints, increasing middle, overloaded liver, foggy thinking, lack of interest in everything and a feeling of simply sinking deeper into a pit. I wanted out of it. My gyno suggested I go see my local for an HRT script, I had my doctor suggest antidepressants and in my foggy hot sweaty brain I was ready to give up. A couple of naturopaths gave me different treatments all of which treated a little section of a whole – like spraying a raging fire with a squirter bottle.

So it was time to step up and take my life into my own hands. I had my certificate in human nutrition, I knew my stuff, I knew how to eat healthily and I thought I was. It just wasn’t enough. The real detective work began in earnest! I studied up every book, seminar, CD and workshop I could get hold of that concentrated on the midlife woman and the issues she deals with. From anxiety to zinc deficiency I had to take my health by the reigns and turn it around.

So I did. It took a few years, some experimentation and some failings. My body became my petrie dish. When I learned about the liver, the importance of macro and micro nutrition, the power of breath and movement, my health did an about face. Weight dropped off, my fogginess disappeared, my skin cleared up, the fatigue lifted and my acheyness was replaced with a sheer joy for life.

I now run programs for women who’ve gone through something similar. You can turn back the clock – you can regain your vitality. I want to live life to the fullest until it’s time to go. Doesn’t everyone? With a nutrition and mindful movement plan it’s doable. When I discovered mindful movement and breath techniques it was like my cells started singing ‘hallelujah, she’s found what she needs’. So I became a yoga and meditation instructor and combine it with my health coaching and have a driving passion now for the midlife woman who wants her mojo back.

My blog and classes information can be found at and an obligation free 30 minute consult could be the best thing you do for yourself.

My bio:

Anne Noonan is a certified Yoga, Meditation, Food and Nutrition Coach with a passion for the midlife woman and everything she goes through. Anne has also worked as a Personal Stylist and owned her own fashion range a few years ago before her health started to take its toll. She knew the only way to get back on top was to take her health into her own hands. You can check out some of Anne’s journey on her blog and read about her programs and classes on the ‘classes’ page.

Inspiring story – Anne Noonan – Australia 
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