Kellen Brugman is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, yoga teacher, writer, and self-reclaimed artist based in Santa Barbara, California. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez mountains, Kellen shares the beauty and benefits of Ayurveda, yoga, and writing so people experience greater ease, peace, and creativity in their lives.
Kellen began studying Ayurveda in 2002, thanks to a yurt mate at a White Lotus yoga retreat. In 2004, she began studying with world-renowned Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Vasant Lad. In 2009, Kellen finished a two-year intensive training at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque.
Kellen gives personal Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations and leads Ayurvedic self-care workshops and retreats. She is gifted at creating effective self-care routines that seamlessly weave into a person’s daily life.
“Maintaining the very best in body and mind is a daily process and lifelong adventure. Let me show you how yoga, foods, and Ayurvedic self-care therapies are an amazing roadmap for enjoying steady health, optimal vitality, and sparks of creative magic.”
Kellen is a certified yoga teacher, teaching personal sessions and group classes since 1996. She discovered yoga as a result of feeling stress from a corporate marketing job. Her first yoga teacher inspired Kellen to teach, declaring one day after class, “you are a yoga teacher.”
She taught her first class on her front porch in North Carolina…to three friends and a runaway pet ferret. Soon after, Kellen began teaching yoga part-time to co-workers at her corporation’s wellness center. Four years later, she ditched the suits and pantyhose, moved to Nashville, and began teaching yoga full-time. Kellen is certified by the White Lotus Yoga Foundation.
Kellen teaches weekly classes and special workshops and retreats that integrate the sister science of Ayurveda, as well as creative journaling.
“Yoga is about exploring the space element. Unroll the mat, and the perfect place to explore the body, mind, and heart suddenly appears. On the mat, I realize there are no barriers or borders. At the encouragement of my breath, my body and mind break free of old patterns. I arrive at the seat of my soul- my heart, where all the magic happens. This magic follows me off the mat and into my business and personal relationships.”
Kellen is a writer for lululemon, Maria Shriver, Maharishi Ayurveda, and “Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.” She also publishes “The Ayurveda Yoga Digest”, a monthly column that is available for yoga studios and other organizations seeking to provide Ayurveda and yoga health tips to their clients.
She is currently working on two books, “The Ayurvedic Cleanse & Awaken Adventure” and “Taking Ayurveda on the Road.”
“Getting into my journal is like getting on my yoga mat. It helps me dissolve obstacles and resolve issues. It’s a place to explore possibility. It’s a holy space and saving grace. I want to help folks fall in love with words, as much as they fall in love with yoga or a warm bowl of kitchari.”
AYURVEDA. YOGA. WRITING.
“I’ve found that weaving together Ayurveda, yoga, and writing creates greater vitality, ease, and peace in my body and mind. It helps me step into the spotlight of my heart and expand in all aspects of my life.”
Besides Ayurveda, yoga and writing, Kellen is passionate about music, painting, beach walks with her Nashville shelter pup, Machi, and any art project that involves ephemeral embellishments.
“ I integrate Ayurveda, yoga, and creativity into my daily routine, and inspire my clients and students to do the same. In working with clients, I suggest yoga poses to cleanse and rejuvenate the body, nourishing foods and recipes, and Ayurvedic self-care practices that pamper the soul and stoke creativity.”