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Inside the W.E.L.L. Summit: Meet Author + Yoga Teacher Kathryn Budig – WELL Summit

Inside the W.E.L.L. Summit: Meet Author + Yoga Teacher Kathryn Budig – WELL Summit

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Kathryn Budig is a quadruple-threat in the wellness world: She’s a celebrated yoga teacher, a two-time author, a body positive + LGBTQ advocate and she founded the animal project Poses for Paws. Oh, and we didn’t even mention that she’s a well-known recipe creator. So we guess that makes her a quintuple-threat? Basically, she’s a powerful voice in our community and we’re honored to have her at the W.E.L.L. Summit this year. Follow her journey on her website or podcast, or on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter)—and read on for a little peek inside her session at the W.E.L.L. Summit.

What would WS attendees be surprised to learn about you? That I experience major anxiety about writing and delivering speeches!

What first attracted you to W.E.L.L. Summit? The amazing line-up of speakers.

What are you teaching at this year’s Summit? I’ll be delivering a talk on how my concept of aiming true has evolved through the years and where we find our happiness.

What does wellness mean to you? Wellness is about mental and physical health, and the constant pursuit and awareness of how to be in tune with both.

What are you hoping to empower attendees with? I’d like to alter the perspective of what brings happiness and success and give people permission to exist in the unknown.

What other W.E.L.L. Summit Speaker are you excited to hear from? I’m thrilled that my Vapour Beauty friends are there! I think the education of organic beauty and what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat.

What exciting things are you working on this year? I’m working on my third book proposal, starting interviews for season two of our espnW podcast, Free Cookies, and starting the design process for a very special capsule I’m creating with Electric & Rose. Kate and I also have a retreat coming up all about creative storytelling in writing and in teaching.

Anyone who is at the top of their game has had to persevere and cheerleader themselves. What is one thing others told you was impossible but you proved was possible? Finding success without burning out. You don’t have to be in 6th gear constantly to achieve.

What book(s) are you reading now? I have two going—Nocturnes by John Connelly and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

What quote inspires you? From Seane Corn: “Forget the soul and see the story.”

What’s your favorite ritual for health? Essential oils—I have an entire drawer full of them, and am always concocting a potion to help whatever ails me.

How do you affirm yourself? Through daily personal work. I’m human and normally affirm myself through the approval of others. I’m a constant work-in-progress slashing through the chains of the need of accolades to feel personally affirmed. I’m currently speaking weekly with a therapist and keeping the conversation open and honest with close friends.

Want more W.E.L.L. Summit? Follow along in our Inside the W.E.L.L. Summit series for more behind the scenes info about the upcoming event!


Neal Halfon

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH is founding director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and also directs the Child and Family Health Leadership and Training Program in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Halfon is professor of pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; and public policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Is well known for his health related publications.