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Elaine Masters

Road trip diva, travel writer, Yoga teacher and international scuba diver, Elaine J Masters helps commuters, business and recreational travelers get where they’re going feeling great. When not diving, teaching or writing, the Indie Excellence award-winning author of Drivetime Yoga, also hosts The Gathering Road Podcast on the Women’s Radio Network and has been featured on,, Women’s, Huffington Post and San Diego Living plus many more. As a travel wellness expert, Elaine enjoys networking and learning from other travelers as the host of the Travel Well and Meet, Plan, Go gatherings in San Diego.

Linda Egenes

Linda Egenes has written over 400 articles on Maharishi Ayurveda, sustainability, and travel for publications such as Alternative Medicine, AAA Living, and LA Yoga. With Kumuda Reddy, M.D., she has co-authored three books on Maharishi Ayurveda, including the recently released Super Healthy Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Maharishi Ayurveda. Visit her website at

"Eating healthy foods was something I learned at home, where we ate fresh vegetables from my mother's garden. Because I knew the benefits of eating fresh, whole foods when growing up, it made sense to me to try Maharishi Ayurveda whole-food supplements. These products are so natural and easy to assimilate. They have helped me live a healthier life, and that's why I've wanted to tell others about them through my books and articles."

Emily Plate

Emily Plate grew up on a diet of baloney sandwiches, pop (that’s soda) and cheese balls. After traveling a bit and seeing how the rest of the world eats, she dropped everything (a temporary secretary job and living on someone’s beanbag were basically “everything”) to move to Maharishi University for meditation, organic food, sustainability and her very own bedroom. She’s been in Fairfield, Iowa, ever since, studying and working in natural health. When not blending flower essences for friends or sniffing ylang ylang, she writes poems and non-fiction, sings songs and walks through her woods with a machete.

"Herbs seem, to me, like food’s medicine hat. Each comes in its own little edible package, created by nature and completely clever. At the same time, it’s easy to become bogged down in the details of study, eventually certain that one needs ALL the herbs. That’s why it’s so helpful to have formulations available—to let the body learn from them and, in turn, to learn from the body."

Dr. Mark Toomey, PhD

Mark Toomey, PhD is the director of Ayurvedic programs at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Fairfield, Iowa.

Dr Toomey oversees the profound treatment programs that help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms - part of a comprehensive approach to creating health. Dr Toomey helps guests gain an understanding of how all the various aspects of their lives are interrelated and contribute either positively or negatively to overall well being. He oversees all of The Raj's knowledge programs that teach guests how individual factors in their make-up affect physical tendencies, moods, cravings, motivation, and behavior. He also helps structure education programs to teach guests how simple shifts in diet, exercise, and daily and seasonal routines can enhance their progress toward increased strength, stability and vitality. The Raj was recently featured on the Dr Oz show.

Kellen Brugman

Kellen Brugman is a freelance writer, poet, yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant who, after moving west on the I40 since 2000, has settled in Santa Barbara, California. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez mountains, Kellen shares the beauty of yoga and Ayurveda so people can transform their lives. Whether it’s teaching at the local college and yoga studios, or giving private sessions, she enjoys helping folks recover and discover the Divine peace within. Besides her yoga mat and writing journal, Kellen spends a lot of time with her guitar.

"Finding and maintaining balance is a daily process and lifelong adventure. Ayurveda is an amazing roadmap, leading one to their true nature. Being rooted in your true nature, you will experience health and happiness."

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