Currently Resides: Ashland, OR
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Kevin grew up in Southern California and studied Philosophy and Business at the University of San Diego. He was first introduced to yoga and meditation on a trip to India and deepened his practice while on surfing adventures in Central America, Indonesia and Australia. He attended The Ayurvedic Institute where he studied with Dr. Vasant Lad and later worked on staff in their herbal pharmacy before going on to start Banyan Botanicals along with Scott Cote in 1996. Kevin now resides in Ashland, Oregon along with his wife, Tammy, and their two daughters.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda is my life! It has given me a lens to view the world in a way that allows me to live a more balanced and harmonious life. Ayurveda has also blessed me with the gifts of improved health, friends, community and livelihood.
What is your favorite Banyan product and why?
I’m usually using 6 or so products at any given time but each one with a specific intent. Triphala for daily detoxing, Blood Cleanse for a healthy complexion and Mental Clarity for focus … I’m also at an age where I feel better if I’m eating less and digesting more so Vata Digest is quite helpful.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
With Vata being my primary dosha I am prone to going out of balance pretty much all the time. I’ve learned to take frequent breaks throughout the day to do a short meditation or pranayama to ground me and bring me back to center. Of course I like to use my herbal allies as well. Right now my favorite is Ashwagandha extract. I take it around 2 PM to calm my mind and to support my energy levels so I can finish the day strong.
Favorite place in the world?
Any place where the waters warm and the waves are fun
Mountain Biking, Vegetarian Cooking, Surfing, Skateboarding
Favorite Ayurveda/Yoga or Spiritual Book?
The Adventure in Consciousness by Satprem, Aghora by Robert Svoboda, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
“All you need is love” —John Lennon