Elena Mansour

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It all started when, I REALIZED that external achievement doesn't always lead to inner peace and happiness.

I have always felt a deep calling towards finding my own inner truth and authenticity.  However, through my younger years, I got stuck in the fog of anxiety and depression, as I sorted out being an immigrant of Lebanese descent. I took the traditional approach of pursuing higher education directly after high school. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Boston University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. I worked for several years in the non-profit and local government sector working on the issue of homelessness and affordable housing. While I was deeply grateful for my education and life experiences, underneath it all, I was still unhappy because there was more that I was searching for, particularly after my mother died while I was in my mid-20s. So, around this time, I turned to yoga and spent a year volunteering at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. Yoga healed me, and it became my spiritual practice. I realized that my deepest calling is around helping people to directly heal.

Now, I have dedicated my life to practices that bring more happiness and inner peace such as yoga, self-compassion and meditation. I am currently 500-hour yoga certified and completing my 1,000-hour yoga certification through the Kripalu Center. My area of focus in yoga is trauma sensitive yoga and how yoga affects the brain. In addition, I am a certified life coach through CTI and completed their full two year professional coach training program. I am now in school at Lenoir-Rhyne University where I am completing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling so that I can work with people who have depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and other mental health concerns.

I currently live in Asheville, NC where I enjoy the beautiful mountain air. Regarding food, I like the plant-based and the raw movement and have been known to carry a small bag of sunflower sprouts in my purse. My travels have taken me on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, to the Hippocrates Health Institute, to the Esalen Institute, to Sivananda Ashrams in India and the Bahamas, the Omega Institute, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and to 34 different countries. I really like meeting people from around the world and then knowing their country capitals. I have a thing for geography and for keeping up on domestic and international news.