We had the good fortune of connecting with Keely Totten and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keely, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor of success behind KULE Yoga & Ayurveda is practice, studentship, and tradition. I, as the owner, always engage in active studentship to apply the ancient principles of Yoga & Ayurveda into my life. I aim always to deepen my understanding to serve the community. I have guidance from my teachers and study closely and consistently. This helps to keep me and the business rooted in truth. Anyone who works for KULE Yoga & Ayurveda does the same. They share yoga from their experience of Yoga, as a practice and a way of life.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
KULE Yoga & Ayurveda is a boutique service-oriented studio in Pasadena, CA. We are most proud to offer quality down-to-earth services featuring authentic practice of Yoga & Ayurveda. It’s been a challenge to re-introduce yoga practice from the point of view of philosophy and all the ancient practices it entails. Many students come in with a surface level idea or experience of Yoga that only serves the physical body.
We aim to share Yoga to empower each student in the totality of their life. We introduce them mantra, mudra, pranayama, and the experience of prana. Students REALLY connect with themselves, and thus, the community as a whole. We introduce philosophy from the ancient texts which taps into social justice as liberation for all – not a select group of those affluent enough to practice yoga.
On the Ayurveda side of business, we have offer a clinical approach to preventive health and disease management which includes herbs. No practitioner is a “one stop shop”, so we don’t claim that. With great success, we take an integrative approach and treat each patient using practical and ancient knowledge of Ayurveda. This wisdom has worked for thousands of years and we trust it, yet we believe in medical science and it’s trusted health professionals. There’s a huge difference in the time we spend listening, following up, researching, and creating formulas for each patient. People feel heard. They make progress within hard to treat chronic diseases. They grow spiritually. We are proud to offer this.
Biggest lessons learned? Stay true and offer authentically. Share yourself with the world, there’s only 1 you, in that frame of mind, there’s no comparison.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Favorite spots in the city include – the mountains! I’d blaze the hiking trail (Mt. Wilson Trail, or Inspiration Point) with my loved one, stop off afterwards for french crepes at Monsieur Crepes in Sierra Madre. Up on the trail or looking over a peak, you can see the whole city and reflect on life. It’s just good for the soul. I must share, one of my favorite go to areas is the Pasadena Playhouse district of Pasadena. A most favorite venue for Indie films is the Laemmle theater and Vroman’s, one of the oldest independent bookstores is there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My life is full of gratitude and the more I acknowledge all that I’m grateful for, the more abundance comes. I must pay homage to my family – husband and children for being who they are and supporting my endeavors. I am honored to have studied in the Sri Vidya lineage of the Himalayan Masters. Additionally, I honor my teachers and encouragers: Indu Arora, Chanti Tacoronte-Perez, Tracee Stanley, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, California College of Ayurveda, all beautiful staff at KULE Yoga, and deep well of friends in the recovery community.
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