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Sunday, February 16, 2014

tranquility du jour #305: ayurveda, yoga + writing

Welcome to the 305th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Kellen Brugman on Ayurveda, Yoga + Writing.

Workshops + Retreats: Join moi for a tranquilologie experience. Immerse yourself in the study of tranquility with scents of lavender, lots of love, and dollops of sparkles thrown in. Below are options to whet your palate.
Tranquil Space Lifestyle E-course
* 24 Days o' Tranquility E-course

* 4-week Tranquility Project E-course launches March 5
* Spring Tranquilosophy Seasonal Podcast March 24
* Art Journaling Playshop at Tranquil Space in DC March 29
Art + Yoga in West Virgina April 25-27
* Yoga + Writing at Tranquil Space in DC May 9
* Writing Lab at Tranquil Space in DC May 16 
* Art + Asana in Costa Rica with Mary Catherine Starr May 24-31
* Mindfulness: Tranquility Within at Tranquil Space in DC June 22
* Tranquility Summer Camp in West Virginia August 29-September 1
* Mindfulness: Tranquility Within at Luna Yoga in Montreal September 20 
* Hip Hips + Living Your Yoga at Barefoot Yoga + Wellness in Mechanicsburg, PA October 18
* 15-Year Birthday Bash at Tranquil Space in DC October 24
* Fall Tranquil Space Foundation Celebration at Darlington House in DC October 29
* Art + Yoga in West Virginia November 7-9

Recent Releases:
Tranquilologie: A DIY Guide to Everyday Tranquility: A hardcover 200-page full-color artsy limited edition book to serve up even more inspiration. 20 copies remain.

This do-it-yourself field guide takes you from January through December with doses of inspiration covering eight topics–mindfulness, self-care, nesting, do-gooding, work, style, creativity, dreams–in a nouveau way each month. Browse now.

Also, available in PDF format for your e-reader.

“This delightful guide is the recipe book for your best year ever, repeatable annually to give you a just about perfect life. It’s a treat to read and a glorious adventure to put into practice.”–Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life

“Kimberly Wilson is like a seriously stylish good fairy who not only encourages you to live your best life but more importantly shows you how. Her enthusiasm for all facets of self-care is utterly infectious and every page of this book holds beautifully simple ideas every woman can incorporate into her daily life. I’m already planning my next Bed Day!” –Susannah Conway, author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

Tranquility du Jour Daybook: Seeking a colorful, inspiring, art-filled planner focused on staying in touch with your week's most important tasks and your life's most important dreams? 

This larger hardcover beauty has double wire metal spiral binding plus journal prompts, checklists on aligned pages, 20 inspiration pages for your creative efforts, dates and data to remember spreads, a mindfulness practice log, and more. Ooh la la, it’s a pink planner, lifestyle organizer, and wellness guide all in one. Browse now. 25 copies remain.

Also, available in PDF form for printing and binding DIY style. 

Featured Tranquilista:
Kellen Brugman

Kellen Brugman is an Ayurvedic 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 of Ayurveda, yoga and writing so people can experience greater ease, peace, and creativity in their lives.

“ I aspire to integrate Ayurveda, yoga, and creativity into my daily routine and inspire my clients and students to do the same. From yoga pose, to meals, to self-care practices, I hope to create daily choices for myself, and to share Ayurvedic, yoga, and writing suggestions with clients that have both purpose and joy.”


Kellen began studying Ayurveda in 2002, thanks to a yurt mate at a White Lotus teacher training retreat. In 2003, she found her primary teacher of Ayurveda, Dr. Vasant Lad. She’s been studying with Dr. Lad since then, and in 2009 finished a two-year intensive training at his Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque.

Kellen offers personal Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling sessions, special workshops at her home studio, and speaks throughout the country at colleges, yoga studios and conferences about how Ayurveda is the best road map for enjoying a lifelong adventure of steady health, stoke of true happiness and sparks of creative magic.

She writes a bi-monthly column, “The Ayurveda Yoga Digest” and leads clients on Ayurvedic cleanses. “The Ayurvedic Cleanse and Awaken Adventure” is an easy, effective and enjoyable 3-day home cleanse that helps remove obstacles in the body and mind, so folks can stoke more creative opportunities in their life. She helps clients create a Dinacharya Journal and weave creative writing into the process of bringing the body, mind and doshas back to balance.

“Maintaining the very best in body and mind is a daily process and lifelong adventure. Ayurveda is an amazing roadmap to optimal health and well-being. Let me show you how yoga, foods, herbs, and ancient Ayurvedic therapies can create the best navigational system to reach your health, fitness, personal, and creative goals.”


Kellen is a certified yoga teacher, teaching both personal sessions and group classes since 1996. She discovered yoga as a result of being stressed out from a corporate marketing job. She was inspired to teach by her first yoga teacher, who told her one day after class, “you are a yoga teacher.” Her first yoga class was on her front porch in North Carolina…to three friends and a runaway pet ferret. Soon after she began to teach yoga part-time to stressed out co-workers at her corporation’s wellness center. Four years later, she ditched the suits and pantyhose for yoga pants and began teaching yoga full-time.

Kellen teaches weekly yoga classes and special workshops and retreats that integrate the sister science of Ayurveda, as well as creative journaling. She has worked with athletes, artists, college students, nurses, cancer patients, and seniors.


Kellen is a writer for the Maharishi Ayurveda and Maria Shriver blogs. She also publishes a bi-monthly “Ayurveda Yoga Digest” column that is available for yoga studios and other organizations seeking to provide Ayurveda and yoga information to readers. She has a website and blog:

She is working on her first book, “Taking Ayurveda on the Road”, a way to stay balanced while working on the road, taking road trips or traveling abroad. Besides having a gypsy soul who loves to travel, she lived 9 years in Nashville and helped musicians stay balanced while on the road. So she’s a pro at keeping the doshas home, while away from home.

“Getting into my journal is like getting onto my yoga mat. It helps me dissolve the obstacles and resolve the issues. And 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 their body or 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’s helped me step into the spotlight of my heart and expand in all aspects of my life. Ready to glow like the gem you are? I am here to help you on that journey, using Ayurveda, yoga and writing as navigational tools. Count on plenty of road snacks and amazing vistas along the way.”


Kellen lives in Santa Barbara amongst the palm trees and pelicans. Besides Ayurveda, yoga and writing, she is passionate about music, painting, cooking, baking, shelter animals, and beach walks with her two Nashville shelter mutts, Duke and Machi. 

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