POWER LIVING TV: In Power Living® with Dr. Terri Kennedy, join the Conversation with Elena Brower on “The Art of Attention.” Elena is founder and co-owner of Virayoga. She offers a realistic and reverent approach to the world through her teaching and writing. She has offered large-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions—one family, one household at a time.
Work & Life
Advice for working smart, traveling well, giving back and living a love-filled life.
HUFFPOST: The 93-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch was recently named “oldest yoga teacher” by the Guinness World Records. I’ve had the pleasure of studying with Tao and spending time with her over the last few years. She is one of my inspirations and certainly an example of what I call “Power Living.” Her journey provides insights to crafting an amazing life.
HUFFPOST: Would you know love if it was right in front of you? I think in many ways we have become a “grass is greener” society. We have so much media stimuli and choice in terms of material goods, it seems like we have become conditioned to continually look for more “features” even in our personal relationships.
POWER LIVING TV: In Power Living® with Dr. Terri Kennedy, get inspired by insights from the 2nd Annual WIE Symposium which took place on September 19th, 2011 in New York. Co-hosted by Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan and Sarah Brown, the event brought together powerful women leaders, activists and entrepreneurs from across the globe.
PERSPECTIVE. What type of lenses are you looking through? Do you generally see problems or possibilities? Just as a photographer uses various lenses to show “reality” in different ways, we each have a set of filters – experience, culture, economic status, mental and physical health, etc. — through which we see the world. If life constantly looks dismal to you, it could be your perspective. Your viewpoint shapes your thoughts, decisions, actions – and ultimately, your feeling of success. For example, have you ever wondered why people in some of the poorest parts of the world seem happier than those in the wealthiest nations? It’s probably because…
PARTNERSHIP. Are you a loner or a connector? What type of genuine partnerships have you formed in your life? I was a tom-boy athlete growing up. I ran track, swam and did gymnastics competitively and was successful at winning many medals. Although I was technically on a “team”, I realize now that in all of those sports the final result was really determined by my individual performance. Except for in a relay race, I wasn’t really dependent on the other members like with sports such as football or basketball.
QUESTIONS. How curious are you? Do you take things at face value? Do you ever avoid asking questions because you think you’ll sound naive? Are you willing to ask the tough and unpopular questions? If you’ve spent time around a young child then at some point you’ve probably experienced a seemingly endless stream of questions, such as “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why does a dog have a tail?”, “What makes the grass grow?”, “Where do babies come from?”