Come to Your Senses! How to Create Ease in Nervous Systems

  • Wed, August 03, 2022
  • Wed, August 31, 2022
  • 5 sessions
  • Wed, August 03, 2022, 5:45 PM 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, August 10, 2022, 5:45 PM 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, August 17, 2022, 5:45 PM 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, August 24, 2022, 5:45 PM 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, August 31, 2022, 5:45 PM 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • NCMC Borra Learning Center Room 49A (downstairs)
  • 30


  • Includes an essential oil and Ayurvedic tea for each student

  • Come to Your Senses!
    How to Create Ease in Nervous System

    A summer adventure exploring the five senses and discovering how the ancient Ayurvedic holistic treatment- Tanmatra Chikitsa, helps you create more ease in your nervous system. Return home to your five senses and appreciate beauty in simple, daily things like lavender blooms, herbal tea, sunsets, rose water spritzes, and chickadee morning reveille.

    The five sensory organs – nose, tongue, eyes, skin, and ears are the physical thresholds into the subtle nervous systems. The five senses of smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing are the subtle doorways and pathways through which we perceive and receive information and beauty from the world around us.

    Take a summer Ayurvedic adventure, by learning how to balance your body and mind through these doorways of perception. In today’s fast paced, technologically driven world, the senses are often overused or misused. This stresses the nervous system. Each week, Kellen Brugman will explore one of the five senses.

    This sensory exploration will help you become more aware of the beauty in everyday simple things, and provide easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic self-care tips to create more ease in your nervous system.

    Tanmatra Chikitsa, by utilizing the five senses and sensory pathways in nervous system, helps awaken the inner pharmacy and create therapeutic influences in the body and mind. Learn how impressions such as sound, touch, images, food, and aromas either stress the five senses and nervous system; or how they restore balance to body, mind, and nervous system. Harmony between the external world and ourselves is maintained by becoming more aware of what we are allowing in through our doorways of perception.

    Enjoy More Mental Clarity & Ease Through Doorways of Perception.

    You will learn and understand:

    • The function of the five senses, as they relate to Ayurveda’s five elements and three body-mind types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

    • The relationship between the mind, nervous system and five senses. And why healthy sensory perception contributes to overall health.

    • Ayurvedic self-care techniques and treatments for the sensory organs, so that they perform at optimal health throughout one’s life.

    • How the five sensory organs provide both protection and pleasure, and bridge our relationship with external world.

    • How the five senses get out of balance through poor lifestyle and food choices. Classroom use of music, colors, tea, native plants, and essential oils.

    • Easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic methods to restore balance to the five senses. We will explore foods, essential oils, color therapy, sound therapy, acupressure points, and breathing practices.

    Assignment Adventures:

    • Students keep a “Five Senses Journal”- notebook to explore cause and effects of foods, sounds, colors, etc.. with the five senses, and effects on nervous system.

    • A meal experiment at home, preparing a meal consisting of the six tastes and eating with awareness.

    • Do an Ayurvedic hand and neck self-massage at home, in order to experience the healing benefits of touch and aromatherapy.

    By End of Course, You Will:

    • Recognize when a sensory organ(s) is stressed; then know how to restore balance by using 1-2 easy, effective Ayurvedic self-care techniques.

    • Perform a breathing practice to calm nervous system.

    • Know how to use an Ayurvedic acupressure point for each sensory organ.

    • Be able to use foods, colors, sound therapy, essential oils, and Ayurvedic acupressure points to reduce stress levels in body and mind.

    • Have greater appreciation for beauty in life’s simple things and in nature’s healing magic.

Class fee includes an essential oil and Ayurvedic tea for each student.

Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

Kellen Celeste Brugman

Kellen Brugman is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant, Holistic Wellness Coach, and yoga teacher. In 2001, after 10 years in corporate banking and retirement savings industry, she changed careers in order (and holy chaos) to follow her heart’s calling. She creates wellness classes for companies, and provides holistic well-Being consultations and coaching to individuals.

Kellen’s 20-year career experience includes working with global clients like Aveda; as well as hometown colleges and businesses. She guides and inspires others to realize health goals, career dreams, and creative ideas via personal sessions, community wellness events, and spiritual retreats. Kellen’s taught Ayurveda and yoga classes at Aveda, lululemon, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Hospital, Sansum Clinics, Santa Barbara City College, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, and North Central Michigan College. She is certified through The Ayurvedic Institute, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, and Radiant Coaches Academy. “Investing in daily self-care routines and spiritual rituals creates lifelong returns of health and happiness.”

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