About

 

Elena_profil_600x600Mama, 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.


Practice with Elena on Yogaglo.


Art of Attention has been ranked number one for book design in the States, Germany and France, and has now been translated into five languages. The accompanying Art of Attention Yoga Healing Cards, now in their second printing, are being used in more than fifty countries for divination and daily inspiration. Her next book, Practice You, will be released Fall 2017 by Sounds True.

As the Executive Producer of On Meditation, Elena is curating a film project about the relevance and benefits of meditation, first debuted on American Public Television, now being screened on several airlines during international flights. Elena contributes to Positively Positive, Sonima, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Well and Good, and Mantra Magazine. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Element Yoga for Beginners DVDs, ABC, CBS News, NBC News and on Yogaglo.


Art of Attention



Influences


Katonah Yoga // katonahyoga.com

Nevine Michaan’s understanding of neurology, psychology, Spirit, organs, tissues, geometry, architecture, elements and channels has forever changed my practice. Both she and Abbie Galvin at Katonah Yoga help me open my insides, recalibrate my alignment and love my yoga more.


Rod Stryker // parayoga.com

One of my very first teachers when I started studying to teach in 1998, Rod’s way of infusing his whole heart into decades of wisdom and lineage has since offered me clear guidance from far and near. His studentship informs my own; his teaching is pure transmission, refining my understanding with each class he offers. His books The Four Desires and The Four Desires Workbook are beacons for my own personal work. Rod also teaches on YogaGlo, affording us the chance to study with him wherever we are.


Thom Knoles // thomknoles.com

Thom is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation, an effortless mental technique that allows us to experience fully-awake restful consciousness, and its many physiological benefits. Thom is a celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived). He’s taught me that my body needs meditation to release the years-old, lifetimes-held patterns, and thanks to him, at long last I have a practice that soothes and heals me.


Erich Schiffman // freedomstyleyoga.com

When I first began training to teach in 1998, I’d travel to Los Angeles to study with all of the best teachers there. One of my first classes was with Erich; he showed me how to make practice my very own. He granted us time to determine how our bodies wanted to move, as an example for the freedom that a self-guided practice brings, and that changed my practice forever. Since then, whenever I’m at the Ojai Yoga Crib, I soak up his lecture. One of the most magical teachings from those talks is that it is lovely to be seen, but far more enriching to SEE, whomever and whatever is in front of me, for what is IS, not for what I’m perceiving it to be. He is forever my teacher.


Douglas Brooks // rajanaka.com

Scholar of Hindu Tantrism and Professor of Religion, Dr. Douglas Brooks demonstrates by example that you will grow in your understanding to the extent that you ask. Those who’ve sat nearby and listened to Douglas have been touched by a long lineage of Tantric scholars. While existing as everyday citizens in the eyes of their communities in India, these masters studied and contemplated the ancient texts of the Tantric traditions from a perspective that espoused recognition, inclusion and choice rather than obligation, patently relevant to our existence today. Douglas has taught me that the invitation of yoga is to choose my boundaries and refine my experience of freedom. “What do you want? That question is the gift you give to yourself. Absorb that gift into your heart until it is a deeply personal experience.” And he’s now on YogaGlo.


Jill Miller // yogatuneup.com

Jill is a movement expert who influences the way I address and confidently move my body towards healing. After many years of movement studies, she felt within her tissues that there were gaps of critical information missing. Yoga Tune Up® evolved out of a need to activate, awaken, and cultivate internal connections to the parts of her body that were not fully “participating” in poses or natural human movement, so she’s created Yoga Tune Up® as a supportive modality for self-healing. I love her work.


Kia Miller // kiamiller.com

Kia is one of my favorite teachers, for her elegance in incorporating both Hatha and Kundalini practices in class, but most notably for her generous heart. Her experience and expertise as a Kundalini teacher have deeply influenced my teaching. And her husband Tommy Rosen was a crucial force in my own quiet recovery, for which I will never stop thanking him.


Hari Kaur // harinyc.com

Co-author of “A Woman’s Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles” (Penguin 2002) and author of “A Woman’s Book of Meditation: Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind” (Penguin 2006), Hari is the former Director of Education and Training of Golden Bridge NYC (2007-2009). She’s shared Kundalini Yoga in high schools, taught specialized classes in hospitals, founded the Illumined Woman courses that highlight the Kundalini yoga practices and teachings for women at all stages of life, and has taught classes focused on creativity and the arts at Berklee College of Music.  For 10 years she taught for Yogi Bhajan, directing his Level One Teacher Trainings in New Mexico and India. And I love her because from the moment I met Hari, she was family.


Handel Group // handelgroup.com

At a pivotal moment, Lauren Zander, Co-Founder of the Handel Group, significantly shifted my terms of engagement with my work and my family. The Handel methodology is taught to students at MIT and Stanford Business School, top executives at AOL, Vogue and Sony Music, and has effectively helped me actualize an affirmation I’d been given years back: “I will do work that I love, surrounded by gifted, committed people, and live the life of my dreams.” Collaborating with the Handel Group, both as a client and a coach teaching the method to yoga colleagues and students, it’s clear that this work brings more stability and truthfulness to our lives off the mat.

Bodywork


Pamela Miles // Reiki In Medicine

Pamela certified my hands in Reiki Levels I/II. Most inspiring is her unwavering dedication to bring Reiki into medical settings, bringing healing to new heights. Pamela’s book, Reiki, A Comprehensive Guide, accessibly explains self-treatment so all of us can experience healing Reiki on a daily basis.


Louise Amar // email Louise

Louise was one of the first healers with whom I’d worked when we began in 2001. Her office is in New York City, and she is indescribable; a rare combination of years of experience, intuition and pure heart.


William Ng // William Ng on Yelp

Dr. Ng was recommended by a dear friend as a fourth-generation Chinese medical doctor. His reasonably-priced treatments are no-nonsense healing sessions; after 45 minutes on his table I’m re-calibrated.


Danny Kalatsky // email Danny

Charged with sacred humility, Danny’s treatments always yield a feeling of symmetry and balance. His work to open clearer pathways in the body brings a connection to such potent quiet in my body after he’s done his work.


Edan Harari // Kinetic Massage

Edan’s work is both subtle and profound; he’s introducing my muscles to a new freedom. His Kinetic massage combined with Ortho-Bionomy grants expansion in both body and mind.


Scott Schwenk // Trust the Breath

Scott helped me relate to my breathing in a way that shifted my yoga practice and teaching. In just a few sessions, his simple, practical work gave me a taste of freedom I’d never known in my body, clearing the way for deepening asana and meditation ever since.


Brad Teasdale

// Medicine Hands Massage

Brad’s work is a combination of shamanic healing, medicinal plant tonics, therapeutic deep tissue massage and often, the most angelic yet earthy chanting. He reverses and rehabilitates musculoskeletal tension and postural imbalances with his heart as well as his hands.


Ramesh Tarun // Ever Youthful

Ramesh incorporates myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy and other healing modalities to create space and expand my container. His work leaves me rested, ready and rejuvenated.