Practice You with Elena Brower

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Navigate and master life's transitions with bestselling author Elena Brower. This is your invitation to PRACTICE YOU. On the PY Podcast, expect raw, real inquiries into relationship, lifestyle, healing, education, spirit, service, ancient practice, and modern wisdom. Expect explorations that uplift our understandings, stories to support our strengths, and lessons in compassion to amplify our love. Together we’ll elevate humanity to spark, share, and sustain wellbeing. Welcome to PRACTICE YOU.

Episode Date
Episode 25: Jade Shutes

On aromatherapy as a path to activating our innate balance, understanding tissue states, and the study of Aromatic Medicine.

Length: 51:05

Jade’s first experience with essential oils.

Aromatherapy and massage in the UK. Marguerite Maury’s holistic approach. The oils’ potential to reduce the impact of stress on the body.

The Framework: Shifting the Paradigm, beginning with the heart:

Acute intervention with the oils. Fennel and Digestion.

The body's innate ability to heal. Helping the body through the use of essential oils, to help the body do what it wants to do.

Essential oils and pharmaceuticals.

Reawakening our relationship with aromatic plants. Altering perception. Reconnecting to nature.

How herbs and oils can co-exist.

Respect for the potency of the essential oils.

Our intuition as a valuable resource.

Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course
Western Herbal Energetics. Six tissue states: dry/moist, tension/laxity, heat/cold.
Using essential oils to support the body in returning to homeostasis. New language beyond treating pathology.

What needs healing right now.

Favorite view.


Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course


Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course.
Marguerite Maury's guide to Aromatherapy.
Shifting the Paradigm:
Thomas Easley of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie


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Aug 17, 2019
Episode 24: Julie Smerdon

On the confluence of effort and grace, the benevolent forces at play, and the electric walkway of this life.

Aug 10, 2019
Episode 23: Abbie Galvin

On ritualizing your practice, developing your interior world, and measuring up for joy, with Abbie Galvin, author of 'Home Practice' and founder of The Studio.

Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student-base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She has learned over and over that truly participating in any formal process of self-exploration leads to transformation whether it be physical, psychological or intellectual. Her goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves because it is through that effort that we potentiate ourselves. It is her intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to participate in the creation of their best self.

Length: 45:44

Home Practice Book. Ritualizing your home practice, gaining insight.

Abbie’s home practice and time management.

Longevity practice. As you get older, your interior life expands.

The interior shift of mind to the body’s intelligence.

Cocooning yourself in your own breath. Being kind to yourself and using ritual to elevate your experience.

Grounded being practice as an antidote to the doing culture.

Ties between the interior organs and the peripheral.

Kidneys as battery.

Practical details for setting up a home practice.

Creating a community of shared public space, with mats facing each other.

Why there is no Shavasana at the end of a Katonah class.

Middle of the practice.

Readings from the Home Practice book.

Time knows everything. It is through time that you become yourself.

What you’re doing in the silence of the postures to heal yourself.

Fluency practice.

Longevity practice.

Staying with yourself.

Magic Square on the palm of the hand.

Nature’s intelligence is seen through its’ patterns. There is a technique for joy.

What needs healing right now.

Favorite view.

Prayer as a capacity to be with yourself.


The Studio
Come of age by Stephen Jenkinson
Katonah Yoga Home Practice Book

A home practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, wellbeing and long life. A home practice is a commitment to self-care, a ritualized modus operandi for one’s participation in a technical integration of mind, body and breath. Engaging in a home practice is a way of addressing the manner in which one personally organizes one’s self; developing a determined life, setting goals and following through. Our home practice book will guide you through developing your own home practice.

Jul 27, 2019
Episode 22: Gabrielle Hartley

Practical wisdom for separation and divorce; shifting internal narratives, prioritizing positives, taking the high road, and the importance of the long view.

Length: 43:20

Holding a state of being Better Apart by separating with the five pillars: Patience, Clarity, Respect, Peace and Forgiveness.

How divorce attorneys responded to the book.

Gabrielle’s work as a divorce attorney, and her experience of her own parents’ divorce.

Creating a safe environment within yourself.

Seeking help if someone is unable or afraid to leave.

Shifting your internal narrative.

Finding a counsellor or meditator to set up interim living situations.

Patience. Slowest is fastest.

Clarity. Asking for precisely what you need. Acknowledging what you brought to the table.

Peace. Reconstructing your separation/divorce as a sanctuary of possibility. Peace as a practice.
Creating a mantra for yourself.

Respect for yourself and others. Creating stronger boundaries. Spending more time with things that you happy.

Forgiveness as a gift to yourself. Recognizing your own humaneness. From contraction to expansion.
Acknowledging the reason you came to this person in the first place.

Masterclass based on the five pillars.


Jul 20, 2019
Episode 21: Kate Northrup

On the life-changing art of doing less, appreciating more, and savoring the cyclical nature of your life.

As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. Kate has a membership of over 1,000 entrepreneurs called Origin® Collective that’s about infusing more feminine energy into your business and reclaiming your time, and she has also helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages, and her second book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, is now available wherever books are sold. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Wanderlust, The Huffington Post, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughters in a cozy town in Maine.

Length: 45:56

Money a Love Story

Do Less Self-worth and how we interact with commodities such as time and money.

The only way to create a new system is to be it.

Knowing which actions are the 20% that will yield 80% of your results.

How motherhood can help us care less about what others think.

Identifying and prioritizing actions that lead to your biggest wins.

On the cyclical nature of things. Using the four predictable energy phrases, to honor how you feel and organize your time.

On trusting that your body is your home.

Assignment: Think about someone with whom you have felt deeply at home. Describe in detail. Consider that you could potentially feel that way within your own body.

Menopause, Adolescence in reverse. The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup.

Reverse engineer your schedule to reflect your core values. Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu.

Receiving help. Making it a practice. Asking in advance.


Identifying energy leaks.

Magic of sleep.

What needs healing. Prioritizing pleasure.

Favorite View.

Prayer as trust.


Jul 06, 2019
Episode 20: Gemma Gambee Lewis

Artist and meditation teacher Gemma Gambee Lewis on the work that helps us share the most primary inner state, and taking meditation into our actions in the world.

Gemma Lewis is a meditation and spiritual teacher nurturing the integration between the spirit and the mind. After a 20-year career in international fashion modeling, trend forecasting, and brand building, Gemma is most at home when sitting in meditation and teaching what this practice has generously given. She classically trained for more than two decades in the traditions of Yoga, Bhakti, the Vedas, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism. When she is not meditating, she's wrapped up in other creative pursuits like drawing, painting and deep-diving brand strategy work in the fashion, art, design, and film industries.


Jun 29, 2019
Episode 19: Sascha Lewis

Co-Founder of Flavorpill and EVRYMAN Sascha Lewis on creating community, leadership, the experiential evolution of what it means to be a man, and becoming full-spectrum humans.

Length: 59:30

Yoga on the Great Lawn. Flavorpill. Reggie Watts. Buddy Wakefield.

Yoga at MoMA. Pipilotti Rist exhibit. Michael Rothman. Art of Yoga at the Guggenheim.

How can culture be more accessible? Quiet Mornings at MoMA.

Evryman organisation. Dan Doty. Men from all walks of life. Permission to be raw and emotional.

Men’s work at highschool, prisons, military. Aaron Blaine.

Me Too movement. How are we going to evolve? Men learn by doing and experiencing.

Committing more time to family. We yearn for presence. Full spectrum human.

Difficult moments. Slowing down. The power of knowing that we’re heard.

Creating the container for this work. It’s a practice.

Co-ed groups. Wanderlust Wellspring. Beautiful displays of humanity.

Collective healing journey. Evolution.

World War II. Trauma. Fathers.

Critical work. Meaningful connections. Change is in our hands.

Unravelling micro-traumas. How are you really feeling?

Men are leaning in. All denominations. Support and accountability.

Self-worth. Work statements. What is your edge?

Favorite view.

Prayer as a sense of reverence.

Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT). Esther Perel.


Evryman organisation

Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT)

Wanderlust Wellspring

Yoga at MoMA

Jun 22, 2019
Episode 18: Eddie Stern

On prioritizing the behaviors that lead to awakening. On the kindnesses, and the softening. On breathing as physiological healing.

Length: 58:29

One simple thing. Overcoming the divided self. Our untapped potential.

Hierarchies in yoga. The unknown. Yoga is a practice of knowing who you are. Listening so we know what to do.

Reading Siddhartha at 15. Who am I? What am I doing here? What do I do next? Self-referral.

Being established in your awareness.

Listening and prioritizing.

Eight limbs of yoga as responsibilities. Spontaneous behavior of an awakened person.

Distracted mind is not a bad thing.

The energy that is watching.

Reorganization of the brain and yoga poses.

Eddie’s daily practice.

Breath as the easiest way to move inwards. Resonance Breathing. Nostril Breathing.
The Breathing App

Strengthening and balancing the nervous system.

It is actually hard to be kind and peaceful. Why we need these practices.

The Vagus Nerve and heart health/ inflammation/ emotion.
Vagal Tone, the smooth flow of current to/from the brain and gut.
Dr Stephen Porges
Physiological basis for transcendence. Posture, Breathing, Vocalization and Behaviour.


Favorite view.

What Prayer means to Eddie. Invitation.


Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Dr Stephen Porges
The Breathing App
One Simple Thing
Episode 14, referencing some of our discussion
The Breathing App (it's free and brilliant)

Jun 09, 2019
Episode 17: Gabby Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers. She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a group of 100 people whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” Gabby appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Her seventh book, Super Attractor, comes out in September 2019. For more on her work, visit

Length: 34:15

How Gabby inspired Elena during her recovery. May Cause Miracles book

Reframing. Re-aligning. Allowing rock bottom to be the place where the light enters.

If it isn’t real, it can’t be shared.

Being authentic and vulnerable, but also knowing when not to be.

The Universe Has Your Back. To teach is to learn.

Addiction Recovery. Spirit Junkie
How this book helped Elena to feel comfortable talking about Spirit.

Judgment Detox

Small steps can get you to where you need to be.

What inspired Gabrielle to create Spirit Junkie Masterclass.
Yogi Bhajan: "I am not here to create disciples, i’m here to create teachers."

When you earn abundantly for the work that you do, you can make an even bigger impact on the world.

Remembering that your healing is your message and your teaching.

Marketing as a way to provide help where there is a need.

How to be abundant doing the work you feel called to do.

How Gabby holds space as a teacher. Knowing how to open to the light, while also having boundaries.

Postpartum anxiety. Importance of seeking help. Postpartum Support International . The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook

Gabby's favorite view.

Prayer as conscious contact with a higher power of your own understanding.


May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
Postpartum Support International
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook
Learn about Spirit Junkie Masterclass

Jun 01, 2019
Episode 16: Lauren Zander

Lauren Zander, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group

On refining our inner dialogue, personal integrity, transparency in relationships and parenting, letting your shortcomings be funny, and navigating the space between conditional and unconditional love.

Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, and the New York City Public School System. Lauren is also the creator of inner.u: Learn to Human BetterⓇ , the online coaching course that teaches the entirety of The Handel Method, which has been used by dozens of celebrities, CEOs, and entrepreneurs since 2004, and she is the author of Maybe It’s You (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017), a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Vogue, BASF, and AOL. Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz, and Marie Claire and she is a regular contributor to Businessweek and the Huffington Post.


Learn to Human Better with my coach and dear friend Lauren Zander.
Register for a lifetime subscription to Lauren's online coaching course, Inner.U.
Find a special course discount for $75 off AND an offer for a complimentary coaching consultation at

Your Inner.U subscription includes: 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, 14 homework assignments, and the interactive Promise Tracker to accelerate your accountability and track your promises and consequences.

Learn to Human Better with my coach and dear friend Lauren Zander. Register for a lifetime subscription to Lauren's online coaching course, Inner.U. Find a special course discount for $75 off AND an offer for a complimentary coaching consultation at

Your Inner.U subscription includes: 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, 14 homework assignments, and the interactive Promise Tracker to accelerate your accountability and track your promises and consequences.

On the web: HGLife.Coach
On Instagram @handelgroup

Length: 53:09

Introduction to Lauren Zander and The Handel Group

Habits and inner dialogue.

Lauren teaches personal integrity (keeping promises to yourself) and transparency.

Make a promise. Make it public. Be held accountable and pay a consequence.

Having integrity with anything you consider a vice, because it can get in the way of your vision.

Relationships: Maybe it’s You Bodegas and what each person is accountable for.

Know the truth of the division of labor in a relationship. How do we operate brilliantly together?

On not trying to change your partner.

Difference between conditional and unconditional love.

Parent Letter exercise and how it can restore unconditional love.

Asking your child at the end of the day, “what could i have done better?”

On being allowed to tell the truth and to make mistakes. The importance of saying sorry.

Inner.U course Having a sense of humour about what’s dark. Making new promises as a relationship grows.

What Prayer means to Lauren. Connecting to the subconscious and imprinting dreams.
Neville Goddard. On imagination being God.

The Commune course with Lauren . Jeff Krasno (founder of Commune and co-founder of Wanderlust
Scott Schwenk


Learn to human better with Commune
Commune courses
Maybe It’s You by Lauren Zander (
The Power of Imagination. The Neville Goddard Treasury

May 25, 2019
Episode 15: East Forest

On Nature as musical instrument, pauses as assets, honouring the elders, everyday ceremony. Includes a bonus track of Ram Dass x East Forest.

Derived from the German translation of his last name, East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) creates a hypnotizing brand of music for old souls that blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Based in Boulder Utah, Oswalt performs internationally and is armed with a live show that is continually evolving; sometimes performing solo, sometimes with a string section, and often with theatrical elements and cinematic projections. With experiences offering music in a hospice, as well as backpacking explorations throughout the wilderness of the world including the Amazonian jungle searching for spiritual answers, his music is a connected journey that's been dubbed "a revelatory excursion in sound" (Under The Gun) that invites listeners to "go on a journey of self discovery" (Earmilk). He's been featured on NPR's Second Stage and Tiny Desk Contest, and shared the stage with artists ranging from Trevor Hall to Crystal Bowersox (Amer. Idol), Bluetech to Moby. His 2016 collaboration with MC YOGI, Ritual Mystical, went #1 iTunes Electronic, #8 Billboard Dance and #2 Billboard New Age.

EAST FOREST's newest release, "RAM DASS" is a full length album releasing in collaboration with the acclaimed spiritual teacher. In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to record brand new teachings from Ram Dass. After capturing these words of wisdom East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, the soul and so much more, these songs are full of inspiration. The album will release in four “chapters” throughout 2019, culminating in a full length release on August 9, 2019. Trevor Hall and grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das are among the featured artists who make guest appearances on the 14-track album.

Length: 48:48

How Trevor began making music to recreate the feeling of infiniteness from experiences with Psilocybin.

Recognising plants and fungi as tools that are there for us.

Work with Ram Dass on album

Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass. Krishna Dass.

Chapter 2, Your Guru. Ram Dass. Relevant teachings. Love everyone. Tell the truth.

What it was like recording with Ram Dass. The Spiritual Whitehouse. No one is on the outside.

The importance of witnessing and honoring the elders.

Ram Dass’ Trust and Devotion. Loving awareness.

Live concert as an opportunity for ceremony. Planting seeds in people’s consciousness.

Building bridges. Making things attainable for anyone.

Forgiving himself. Being ok with it all.
Ease. Maybe there’s really nothing to do. Being conscious is enough.

It’s all sacred. It’s all prayer.

Meditation courses scored by East Forest.

I am loving Awareness track closes out the podcast.

Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence Audio Meditation Course
Art of Attention Audio Meditation Course

May 11, 2019
Episode 14: Elena Brower

On the subtlest interior shifts we can make to conduct currents of sweetness within and around us. 

May 04, 2019
Episode 13: Barri Leiner Grant

Stylist, author, self-proclaimed vintage junkie and proud mom, Barri Leiner Grant has an artful eye and clever hand for the unexpected. For nearly three decades, Grant has established herself in the editorial and commercial markets—prepping, propping and conceptualizing everything from well-curated trend stories and books to memorable interior design shoots, and shows, ideation and product branding. She is tapped by leading architects, photographers and designers including brands like Crate&Barrel, Cynthia Rowley, SC Johnson, Huggies and Ulta among others, who call on her “trend-spotting” expertise. Grant translates her forward thinking vision into well-curated collaborations. Her background in yoga and meditation ignite a spirited vision to her work and the world around her.

I love to call attention and admiration to the smallest and most unexpected details – it's my secret stamp. – Barri Leiner Grant

Leiner Grant and her partner Marie Moss have created a jewelry company based on their love of vintage. The duo have amassed 1,000s of vintage charms where they customize bracelets that tell the sterling story of a life - one charm at a time. Clients include Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts and have been featured in The New York Times and Elle among others.

Leiner Grant (@blg) has crafted Memory Circles, where those who have experienced grief can gather and share stories of loved ones lost. She lost her mom Ellen in 1993, and has been doing work in this space, including Unmothered Mother's Day classes.

Length: 52:46

Barri’s path. Making fun out of what you love. Helping people tell their stories.

Cell phones and kids. Not being the mum that always says no. Trusting. Untangled book by Lisa Damour

The death of Barri’s mother Ellen.

Do we somehow know when we’re dying?

Ellen’s photo albums and her love of travelling.

Being grateful to know that Ellen treated herself well in her last days.

Ellen being a single mum, getting it all done and yet also making it an adventure.

How Ellen and her friend created a jobshare.

Seeing the inside of people’s houses. Who lives in a house like this?

Look around your house and make sure it tells your story. Anything that doesn’t, set it aside with a big thank you. If you feel you need more things to tell your story, write down a list of things that would mean something to you.

How Barri created the jobs of her dreams.
Be curious. Get excited. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s room.
Wouldn’t it be great if.../What’s missing? See if you can make a job out of that.


On being where you need to be, with all the help you need. Wanting to make her Mother proud.

Writing down intentions. Keeping a list of dream jobs.
The Memory Circle A place to tell grief stories.

How talking about the hard things together is the only antidote.

Knowing you’re exactly in the right place. Getting to the other side of heartache and sharing your truth with others to help.

Divorce. On not speaking negatively about your ex-husband to your children.

Writing Books. Flea Market Baby . Flea Market Fidos. Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous.

Being open to the making, even if it doesn’t make sense yet. Make it an adventure. Keep your eyes open.

46:37 Loneliness. Connecting in person. People just want to be seen and heard.

48:20 Favorite view. Connecting with her sister.

49:55 Meditation practice. Sitting and clearing for what’s next.

51:30 Don't be afraid to say what you want and go after it.

Amy Owen - Yoga Teacher
The Smell of Rain and Dust by Martin Prechtel
Belonging by Toko-pa Turner
Flea Market Baby
Flea Market Fidos
Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous

Apr 27, 2019
Episode 12: Liz Corwin

Former Navy Pilot and co-founder of Walkabout Yoga Liz Corwin on the victories that emerge from perceived failure, the choice to prioritize practice, and the ultimate walkabout.

Liz Corwin is world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga Retreats & Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. Today, she still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves supporting the Naval War College. She began teaching yoga to the military community while on deployment in 2008 aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sharing her practice and experience with other pilots and friends. Since then she has continued traveling the world teaching yoga to both our military community and civilian population as a way to bridge the divide of understanding. Liz's teachings and storytelling focus on deep inner shadow work, redefining strength and the warrior ethos, and embracing vulnerability as we uncover true self-acceptance, self-love, and healing.

She has recently been featured in the New York Times & Yoga Journal Magazine, is the creator of “Walkabout Yoga” Yoga Retreats and the free online video series “Yoga for Military Warriors” in partnership with Gaiam and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, cover model for Beryl Bender Birch’s book “Yoga for Warriors” and ambassador for the woman-owned yoga brand KiraGrace.

Length: 45:09

Introducing Liz Corwin. The complicated nature of being thanked for serving.

What motivated Liz to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at aged 21.

What brought about Walkabout Yoga. Finding Yoga.

The intense criticism during Aviation training. Flying under the radar.

Being a woman in flight school.

Being broken down to be stronger. How much it requires of you to turn down pieces of yourself.

Moment of reckoning during a mid-air collision.

Appreciating moments for what they are, because they might be the last.

Self-forgiveness. On discovering what self-love really is.

The aftermath of delayed anger and shame.

Finding Bamboo Yoga with Ann Richardson Stevens

Walkabout Yoga. Returning home. Teaching on Military bases. Travel. How it evolved.

Yoga Teacher Trainings. Nargiza Farrell. Combining Ashtanga and Anusura yoga.

Discipline was actually: how do I let myself off the hook and stay open?

Rob Schware
Warrior Yoga Series, free videos for military

The Salute. Gunnery Sergeant Smith.

Assignment part 1:
Find someone you emulate and find yourself in them. What part of you looks like them?
Write down the qualities you know you embody or you know that you can embody.

Favorite view. Future Self meditation. Peter Opperman

Assignment part 2:
Find that one thing that makes you see and feel your vision for a moment. How can you quickly get back to that feeling again and again?

Prayer as surrender.


Upcoming Walkabout Yoga Retreats

New York Times Article "Yoga & Veterans - A Different Kind of Warrior"

Ann Richardson Stevens

Give Back Yoga

Warrior Yoga Series free videos for military

Peter Opperman

Apr 13, 2019
Episode 11: Dani Shapiro

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins.

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins.

About Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf.

Dani's essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast “Family Secrets” in collaboration with iHeart Media. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Length: 48:46

Devotion. On questioning identity and forming a new relationship to Judaism.

Hourglass. What is it to walk with another human being over time?
Virginia Woolf quote: “[...] to feel the present sliding over the depths of the past, peace is necessary.” Meditation practice.

Finding compassion for our younger selves.
Assignment: Go back to an old journal, read and locate some compassion for your younger self. Then write a poem detailing that compassion.

Inheritance.The story of how this book came about. Discovering that Dani’s father was not her biological father.

The unknown known. The longing she felt growing up that she didn’t understand.

How quickly the story unfolded, following the genealogy test.

Recognizing her gestures in her biological father.

On shying away from certain terminology in donor-conceived world.

Modern smoke signals.

How everyone has tried to do the kind thing. What do we owe each other in these situations?

What it’s like to experience people’s vulnerability and courage at Inheritance book tour events.
The end of secrecy of this kind.

Difference between sharing a story and crafting a story.

Returning to yoga.

Dani’s favorite view in Italy.

What prayer means to Dani. Sylvia Boorstein: an expression of a wish.

Reading from Inheritance. Dani’s Aunt Shirley’s words to her as a pure manifestation of love.
No one is an accident of history.

To be born into a human body is the rarest thing.

Show Notes

Family Secrets Podcast

Apr 06, 2019
Episode 10: Diego Perez / Yung Pueblo


On meditation and the merits we carry as a result of our practice, engaging inward connections,  and cultivating heart community, with Diego Perez, the writer known as Yung Pueblo.

Diego perez is the writer behind the pen name yung pueblo. The name yung pueblo means "young people." It serves to remind him of his ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. His favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning once he started meditating vipassana, as taught by s.n. goenka. Through writing and speaking, he aims to support the healing of the individual, realizing that when we release our personal burdens, we contribute to a global peace.

Length: 49:17

How Diego sees his work as being a part of helping the collective to grow up.

Influence of meditation and Vipassana retreats on Diego’s writing.

Diego's morning routine.

Letting go. It’s about unhinging and making peace with the past.

Remaining connected to Source. Focusing on impermanence, rather than the soul.

Hafiz's poetry . I have learned so much.

On expressing impermanence.

How to get loved ones to begin their journey inwards. All you can do is be a role model.

The finest results of a good practice: showing more kindness, more respect and less judgment.

On just wanting to be a gentle person.

Reading from Inward: Self-love. Social Media as a medium for humanity to talk to itself.

Luke Storey and 5G. On humans creating the atomic bomb. Instagram timers. Airplane mode.

The privilege of serving someone who is working on their liberation.

Time away from phone.

Diego's favorite view from within.

Diego and his wife on hanging out with their eyes closed.

What it's like to go on a Vipassana meditation retreat.

What prayer means to Diego. Metta.

The merits of the practice. On wanting to give up, right before the next layer dissolves.

Reading of Repeat Daily from Inward.

Making movies in your head vs: letting the tensions go.

Parenting and the bravery of letting children have their own experience.

Reading from Inward. "Happiness and gratitude are attractive forces."

45: 03
Working towards a goal vs. the tension of cravings.

Finding a practice that helps you reach your subconscious so you can release deeply rooted patterns.


The Gift by Hafiz

Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse

Mar 30, 2019
Episode 9: Ally Bogard, Nadia Narain and Elena Brower

On Rituals, Practices, and Good Listening

On the occasion of the release of 'Rituals for Every Day' by Nadia Narain and and Katia Narain Phillips, we gathered to chat about our own practices of listening, praying and meaning-making.

Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s best loved and most respected yoga teachers. For more than 20 years, she has taught everyone from professional athletes to, pregnant women to total beginners and yoga sceptics, how to take care of their outer bodies as well as their inner spirit, she has inspired thousands to slow down, be kind and love themselves where they are. Nadia is also co-author with her sister of the international bestselling book “Self Care for the Real World,” and more recently, “Rituals for Every Day,” explaining not just why we have to look after ourselves, but how i simple achievable ways.

Resources - Nadia has a range for chemical free candles and perfumes and yoga retreats
Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint
Marie Kondo, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
Belonging by Toko-pa Turner
Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse:
ABC carpet and home.
Rituals for Every Day

Length: 40:16



Reading from p29 Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint


On trusting the messages that we hear from the other side.


Remembering that the other benevolent realms are also a part of you. Those forces want our help too. Building friendship. Marie Kondo. On helping being natural.




  • Ask for Help
  • Be a good friend. Listen and trust.
  • Carry a pair of warm socks in the winter time.
  • Remember that you’re not a burden, if you ask for help.



Nadia and Katia’s experience of rituals growing up.


Rituals for breaking up.


Making the mundane special. Pujas. Physicalized prayer for a project, or another person.


Reading from Toko-pa Turner’s book Belonging


The lost language of prayer. There are really beautiful, magical things happening despite what gets noisy and loud.


Spending time on things that are joyful, not necessarily productive.

Assignment: do something, creative or otherwise, where you’re not dealing with the outcome, just doing.


Hilma af Klint passage, on not being discouraged when you don’t see results. On growing, and being guided.


Don’t do anything alone. Take a friend by the hand, invisible or otherwise.


Dr Jack Kruse on The 5G Apocalypse. Stay close to the trees.

Mar 23, 2019
Episode 8: Derik Mills

Glo founder Derik Mills joined me for a sweet, edifying conversation on my last trip to film at Glo. We touched upon the last ten years of digital evolution, the future of virtual practice and the heart of what we do together at

Derik is the CEO/founder of Glo, formerly YogaGlo, a health and wellness brand that challenges people to live a fulfilling life. Glo believes in a world in which we all live our true potential. In 2008, Derik teamed up with his younger brother to found and self-fund Glo. They started by converting a Santa Monica workspace into a recording studio to film yoga and meditation classes that were free for the public to attend. The online service grew to empower subscribers to experience yoga, meditation, lecture, and online continuing education courses taught by world-class instructors from anywhere in the world. Today, in 2019, the company remains self-funded and has expanded to a team of more than 100 people, including faculty, and produced more than 10,000 classes. The company is currently expanding into additional wellness modalities--all in service of providing a personalized experience that makes it easy for members to integrate self-care into their everyday lives. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Goop, Oprah, and more, Glo has become a cultural phenomenon driven by Derik’s devotion to contributing to something larger than himself.


The early days of Glo. How Elena came to work with Derik.

On the origin of Glo and Derik’s vision.
While in university, Derik wrote “I want to maintain and cultivate my faculty of wonder.” Stuck in traffic on way to yoga one day, he wished he could beam the class into his living room.

On putting everything he had into Glo. The meaning of to individuals all over the world, especially during difficult times. The teacher selection process.

Evolution from more class-based practices to more one-on-one camera set up. Listening to customer feedback.

How Derik sees the future. On providing intelligent, personalized tools that challenge people to live their own true potential.

The Human Shadow. Douglas Brooks recommended poet Robert Bly. Willingness to be vulnerable. The practice of extending the space between a trigger and acting, especially in high-stakes moments.

Assignment: Where and with whom could you be a little more vulnerable today? What would that benefit look like, in the ideal?

Derik’s favorite view.

Prayer as a listening to your inner voice.
Beginning of Glo Manifesto: “To you the seeker, you listened to your inner calling to nurture wonder and curiosity to illumine your mind, inspire your heart, with courage to kindle the fire on a journey of self-discovery.”

Elena's Practice You Course on Glo
Douglas Brooks
A Little Book on the Human Shadow, by Robert Bly

Mar 09, 2019
Episode 7: Claudia Chan

How Claudia began. Watching her powerful, entrepreneurial Chinese Mother do it all.

Sex and the City. 2000s. Power of the media to influence Women’s values.

Half the Sky: learning about the state of women and girls in the Third world, developing countries, maternal mortality and sex trafficking. In the US: the pay gap and gender inequality.

First SHE Summit. Showing women that they can become leaders and change agents.

Innovation means seeing the invisible. When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible.

Living in the discomfort. It’s where you make the most change.

Spiritual growth has to precede personal growth. Personal Growth has to precede Leadership development. Leadership Development leads to Social Change.

Leadership Development means being really clear on your purpose. Being a Visionary, leading teams.

We’re always going to bump into new challenges that will trigger things from our childhood. For Claudia, this often shows up as money issues.

You need spiritual growth in order to be rooted in something bigger than you, because it takes so much to move our destiny forward.

Claudia’s mission to inspire leaders to take action, to create a more equal world.
Identity of boys and men is also in transition.

How traditional institutions were built on masculine traits. Feminine traits are now starting to permeate the culture.

15.43- 17:41
For several years, women have created movements around particular topics e.g: Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts:, but we also need more Men creating groups that mobilise around particular causes and topics. EVRYMAN is a great example:

More gender diverse workplaces are more successful.

The Thirteen Pillars: Purpose, Vision, Faith, Resilience, Energy, Productivity, Humility Gratitude, Grace, Community, Self-love, Courage and Mindfulness.

On identifying purpose. What are you meant to do and what are you leaving behind? Start where you struggle.

On Resilience. A gem can not be polished without friction.

On Energy. To be intentional about it.
Neville Goddard The Power of imagination

35: 58
How the 13 pillars intertwine. Use as a check-list for growth. Humility. We stop learning when we think we know it all.

Treat your whole life as the organization you are leading. Whole-life leadership.

See yourself as a leader. Start to develop and create your vision.

Outside-in thinking. Your destiny is greatness.
Pastor: Your schedule is less about what you need to get done and more about who you need to become.

Elena reads Honoring Community poem from Pixie Lighthorse’s book Prayers of Honoring

48:13-54: 53
Claudia's Relationship with Money. Be aware, and forgive yourself for thinking a certain way.

The Abundance Price by John Randolph Price
This is How We Rise
Prayers of Honoring
Money, A Love Story

Claudia Chan is a recognized leadership expert and social entrepreneur dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to lead culture change and accelerate equality.

Claudia founded the award-winning global leadership conference, S.H.E. Summit, making the advancement of women’s leadership and inclusive culture change accessible and actionable. Year after year, the event connects, educates and activates change agents and champions of equality; speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Kelly Clarkson, Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley, Sallie Krawcheck, Gabrielle Bernstein, Soledad O’Brien, and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, among others.

Claudia also leads S.H.E. Globl Media, a corporate platform helping Fortune 1000 companies by providing strategic and operational tools to empower and activate ALL employees in creating permanent culture change. A sought-after speaker on how empowered talent can and should create a world of true equity, Claudia was called the “Richard Branson of Women’s Empowerment” by Fast Company and named one of 2017’s “20 Most Influential Moms” by Family Circle. In 2015, Claudia became an official U.S. State Department Speaker and has visited countries like South Korea for countrywide speaking tours to educate women on how to empower themselves and others in their communities. She was the 2015 global spokesperson for Gillette Venus #UseYourAnd empowerment campaign, a movement encouraging women to celebrate their multi-dimensionality.

Prior to launching S.H.E. Globl Media, Claudia was President & Co-Owner of the popular women’s entertainment company Shecky’s for 10 years. Claudia is a lifelong New Yorker, proud alumnae of Smith College, Mom of two and an equal partner with her husband, John.

Mar 02, 2019
Episode 6: On Parenting through Divorce, with Jonah Lyon

In this short episode, Jonah and I touch upon:

- his experience of what we did well in our separation (we minimized fighting, always apologized, and shared stories of the trajectory in a loving way)

- advice to parents for how to handle separation and divorce (no fighting, always apologize, and be kind)

- not requiring eye contact with your kid - allowing the kid to open up more freely

- our shared appreciation of Sex Education on Netflix

- on sources of stress in his life

- a friendly meditation challenge

- Better Apart

Feb 23, 2019
Episode 5: Remembering Mary Oliver

On the occasion of Mary Oliver's passing, a reading of dear passages and poems. Mary’s work has informed mine since 1998; reading her words brings me back to the earliest days of teaching and learning to lead.

Readings from:

A Thousand Mornings
A Poetry Handbook

Feb 16, 2019
Episode 4: Collecting Difficult Moments in Relationship, with James Benard

On the intelligence of risk, radical independence, and decoding the real conversation that happens in relationship. 

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 3: It’s All a Teaching, with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as evidence that it was always coming together.

Length: 5:00
Seeing that every difficult moment is a teaching.
A Call For Revolution by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Seek evidence that it was always coming together
Hold a state of peace within our hearts
“...respond to terror with increased democracy, openness and tolerance”

May we be more gentle with our fear
May we apply the tolerance, non-violence within our own homes
May we look upon those closest to us (with whom we might be challenged) and continue to believe that there is a teaching in this challenge.

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 2: Collecting Difficult Moments, with Ally Bogard

On the energetic and practical wisdom of gathering difficult moments; seeing them as food for your journey.

Length: 54:07

Eternal Two Step by Mark Nepo, p.33, Things That Join the Sea and Sky

Collecting difficult moments like little gems.
Don't try to avoid them; gather them up like fuel, food, treasures.

When you're a child, the imagination still reigns; there isn’t the impression of meaning just yet… the meaning of what's occurring is entirely open to our interpretation. Meanings begin to be collected and change us. Collecting difficult moments puts us back into the world of imagination, allowing us to reclaim creativity.

That moment you started to feel like the adult with your parents.
Collecting moments of trusting that everyone has their path.
AB the pleaser; letting go of the need to control other people's experience.
Collecting the difficult moments makes them sacred. Reclaiming lost bits of ourselves, our imagination.

Self Compassion practice; Rod Stryker- Sanctuary app
What hasn’t been healed? Acknowledging what hasn’t been healed. Giving love and compassion to those aspects. What is it that hasn't been healed?

EB the fixer; growing the heart v. boundaries. Committing to self in the midst of relationship.

AB: Loving yourself is never somewhere we get, it's a never-ending journey.
Knowing that you, yourself are your person and committing to that.
“Her” film: the computer loving her 800 humans.
What if my self-love can be so big, it doesn't get rid of my self-hate, it can simply expand to hold and encompass it?

Practicalities. Scheduling. What is on your calendar that map that self-love?

AB: I tend to schedule things for someone else; having spare time means meeting myself in the blank spaces. Schedule the void diligently. The busyness is just my way of avoiding myself. I don't want to keep accumulating difficult moments without processing the wisdom / extracting the gold from them.

I have to make mandatory space in the early morning. So I determine the energy I run in the day. And at least once during the day touching down with someone that nourishes me.

On distractions
EB: Business is my favourite distraction; traveling is a good way for me to just stare into space and get great insights about how I want to show up.

EB: collecting difficult moments with kids; realizing that she doesn’t need to have Jonah be anything or anyone other than who he is.

EB: Taking space to take space in order to respond to a difficult moment as it’s happening. Moving from baseline overt volatility to softening.
AB: Moving from silent treatment / avoidance / repression to learning how to fight.

EB: Learning from James’ experience with mens’ work how to listen, communicate. On truly listening. Accepting what the other person is telling you, and then also offering your side.
AB: Can I suspend my first judgement of thinking this is “good” or “bad” - the wisdom of hindsight teaches me that all the tough moments were other than what I thought was being asked of me.

I'm grateful that life or God always knew what was needed.
Who do i want to become with what's happening, so that we aren’t passive bystanders?
What current of energy are you running in your system?

In all difficult moments you were met by grace.
Seth Godin - difficult moments will not be helped by brute force.
How can we get creative with what’s happening or happened.
We're not passive bystanders.
Choosing what kind of energy you’re running in your system.

With what are you identifying in this particular moment?
Flexible identities v. fixed identities.
When we look at collecting difficult moments; it's not the identity about what happened, but what we chose to do with it. eg. I was abandoned, so I chose not to abandon.

AB chooses her charity: Navajo Water Project fundraiser.
Help provide solar power and water where need is greatest in our land.
EB realizing early on the lie being told in American history books.

AB: When you stop working, do you feel that your existence doesn't matter?
If i stop, it's almost as if everything is about to fall apart.
EB: Trying to stop being perfect or productive in every moment; just practicing sitting still.


1. What needs healing?
AB: Developing an unshakeable faith in God and trust in the Creator/ Divine Mother. Remembrance that we’re being walked. I'm doing my very best to live with an unburdened heart.
EB: To heal my judgement, learning to contextualize the person i’m judging. Becoming more deeply familiar with what the other side is doing / saying so it’s not surprising anymore.

Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge.

2. What's your favourite view?
AB: Eye to eye, voice to voice, heart to heart.
(We never get to sit together and just be eye to eye with no device, no distraction.)
EB: The back of my son’s neck. Formerly my Papa’s. James’ too.

3. What does prayer mean to you?
AB: Prayer means recovering a lost language - the true mother tongue. Prayer got taken out of our hands and put into the hands of others. Prayer is a place where I have to humble myself. Ask for help. Say thank you. Silent prayer makes me wonder who could listen to my quiet, inner place. That must be inside of me, inseparable from me; it’s a redirect to something inside that’s listening, that wants to hear.
EB: Provides confirmation that it’s all inside of each of us. Prayer used to be more asking and collapsing. Now it’s more the relaxing rather than the asking. Affirming my humility. The fact that I don’t know, i don’t have an answer, and i don’t know what to do. But i'm listening.
AB: Praying for God's will - the woman AB met in MX stopped praying for her perceived needs and started praying for God's will, soon realising that her needs were met, under God's will, and her mission was just to get right with what is. Being grateful for exactly this moment. How do I get right with this.


Hear and map what your inner voice has been telling you about difficult moments. Make it artful, beautiful, scary, real.
From the map, write a list of what scares you and/or a list of your dreams.
Bless things more. Find aspects of your life to bless.
Ask a couple of people for feedback. How am i handling difficult moments? What could I have done better today? Don't "identify" with what feedback they give you; identify with what you can do to heal it.

“Eternal Two Step” by Mark Nepo.
From Things That Join the Sea and Sky

Difficult moments are like little deaths. Get good with them.


Roshi Joan Halifax
Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 1: Collecting Difficult Moments, Intro with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as our treasures. Strategies and perspectives for releasing stories and tensions.

Vanda Scaravelli quote: Tension is a theft.
To be in adherence with the present moment.
On the stories we’ve repeated in our minds to create tension
“Notice the stories you hold in your mind. Let go of the ones that cause tension.” -Yung Pueblo

On our being accustomed to - and recreating a baseline neutral of tension…
On the contradictions we’ve adhered to - and seeing them as the treasures and the lessons
On stopping the fight

Welcoming the child in us that we’ve shunned
And collecting the presence, creating a sacred space for that part of us

How to be with those parts of ourselves that we’ve denied
Making time for compassion
Seeing your child bring forth all the parts of you that you’ve denied

On being with the sting of childhood, seeing how it’s still likely driving our choices
Not dramatizing, nor glorifying, just giving it compassion and love

Rod Stryker on Glo
Seeing what hasn’t received my full compassion and love

Feeling the lesson now; observing and choosing with more clarity

Our PRACTICE for this episode:
Noting and writing what still hurts.
What part of you needs your compassion
How old were you when that happened / was happening
Write it out

My example from 5th grade

If we wish to help and serve, to land in the source of lingering childhood pain is a viable endeavour - write it out…
Then note:
What’s a good response, from the perspective of the person that you are now?

Complaining less
Serving more
More transparency
Recent conversation with my son
There's no map for parenting; we don’t really know how we’re doing

Jonah's honest response to my burgeoning self-compassion

Your writing out the difficult moments will serve as your map.

13:00 - 16:45
As you observe the choices you’ve made as a result of the tension you’ve cultivated unconsciously, here are some possible practices.

Looking ahead to Episode Two with Ally Bogard.


Sanctuary App
Glo with Rod Stryker
Ally Bogard

Feb 03, 2019