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Colton Khan: If we all were to just spend the time exploring ourselves, clearing stress and trauma then we can all let our inner, authentic lights shine; There would be less friction and separation

An interview with Dr. William Seeds

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Honestly, I think we are in a movement of awakening which is beautiful to witness and be a part of. I think if we all were to just spend the time exploring ourselves, clearing stress and trauma then we can all let our inner, authentic lights shine and share our gifts with each other and in doing that the whole world will become more enlightened and there would be less friction and separation. I realize that’s pretty abstract but I think we are all on that path whether we know it or not. We can use these tools like yoga, meditation, breath, saunas, float tanks, reiki, supplements, etc. to do this “work” and in doing that we will all move towards this state naturally. And what’s so cool is that these tools are more accessible than ever which is really beautiful and exciting which is why I think we are in a really special time right now as a collective. With that, I’ll just say it’s important we stay open-minded and to be willing — willing to be courageous, step into the uncertainty, surrender, to let go and to love more fully.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Colton Khan. Colton serves as Marketing Manager for the Perspire Brand. He drives the creative direction at Perspire Sauna Studio and oversees the marketing efforts of all studio locations. Colton earned his degree in Economics and Textiles & Clothing from the University of California Davis. Previously, Colton was managing e-commerce marketing and merchandising for lifestyle apparel company Marine Layer. His journey into personal development and holistic health and wellness took him took him around the world, becoming a certified yoga instructor, and implementing alternative and progressive health practices, including infrared and chromotherapy. Now back in California, he is using his experiences in marketing, branding, and management and passion for transformative healing to evolve the Perspire brand.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the story about how you first got involved in fitness and wellness?

Yes, thank you! Growing up I was always involved in sports but it wasn’t until college that I really started to become aware of the intimate connection of mind and body and started focusing more on a holistic approach to my wellness and really prioritizing that.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Out of school, I started in the apparel industry and after a few years of that I embarked on a solo journey across the globe, traveling to Indonesia, India, and Pakistan, immersing myself in the cultures, personal projects, and yoga & meditation training, all of which really allowed me the space to explore myself and my passions more deeply. Upon my return to the states, I wanted to meld my passion for branding and marketing with wellness and ended up where I am today, managing the marketing for Perspire Sauna Studio. It’s certainly been an interesting path with lots of cherished life experiences to get to where I am today and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I’ve had so many amazing supporters and teachers throughout my life. It’s really hard to choose one but I would have to say my grandmother, Gloria. We’ve had a really special relationship as she was around since my birth and helped raise me throughout my childhood and living with her at times. Our home was filled with books from all of the top thinkers in spirituality, philosophy and alternative health. She exposed me to so much that has informed and helped me become who I am today.

She herself is very cutting edge — a true seeker continually being led by her curiosity to deeper layers of experience, design and wellness. Even at eighty-seven, she’s still introducing me to things before they become ‘trendy’ like PEMF therapy (the Bemer mat) and collagen supplements — she was telling me about those three to four years ago and were sort of hard to find, and now they’re staples in the wellness community and marketplace. I remember back in high school she would have me take these tinctures and herbal supplements with weird names (ashwagandha, bacopa, rhodiola) before big tests. Now these supplements (adaptogens) are “cool and mainstream” and I take them everyday haha. She was also a practitioner of Alexander technique and would have me get on her table before my volleyball games. At the time all I really remember was feeling really good in my body and would show up at my games and my coaches and teammates would literally say “you look taller!”. Little did I know that she was helping me to connect with my body, restore balance and elongate it, allowing me to perform better and giving me deeper experiences of the body, including the energetics.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?

Mmmm that’s a great question and I think the root of it all comes down to fear and stress. When our physiology, our nervous systems specifically, are in a state of fear or stress we are in a ‘fight or flight’ state that inhibits our ability to perceive things clearly and limits our awareness of what is indeed the ‘best’ or the most relevant, beneficial decision or action for the moment. It keeps us in the intellectual and blocks us from connecting to our intuition which will is what will actually guide us to what is most evolutionarily beneficial for us in each moment.

As an expert, this might be obvious to you, but I think it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?

For me, exercise has always been an outlet to not only move through any heavier energy like negativity, stress, anger but also an outlet for connecting with our more primal nature like play and physicality. So I would say:

A deeper connection with self/nature (especially if doing things outdoors or more primal activities like climbing, wrestling, running).

Increases vitality and longevity.

A healthy outlet for stress and emotion management.

For someone who is looking to add exercise to their daily routine, which 3 exercises would you recommend that are absolutely critical?

Hmmm I don’t know if I would recommend any specific exercises per se. We are all so unique, and even the individual is unique moment to moment in what they most need. With that, I would just encourage people to try a variety of forms of exercise — everything from different group classes (spin, pilates, HIIT) to dancing to surfing and just seeing what you find yourself gravitating towards and what’s having the most transformation effect — and what you’re having the most fun with. It should be challenging but not too straining and it really should be enjoyable otherwise it’s really not going to stick and be sustainable. I think having variety is really good for the mind and body and know it’s been huge for me as I’m constantly mixing it up. I think the key is being able to create a more intimate relationship with the body and the intuition and then letting that guide you in your day to day programming.

In my experience, many people begin an exercise regimen but stop because they get too sore afterwards. What ideas would you recommend to someone who plays sports or does heavy exercise to shorten the recovery time, and to prevent short term or long term injury?

I think this plays on what I was just talking about in being able to listen to your body and being able to discern what it really needs each day — you know some days a forty-five minute walk is really all you need or that is best for you and some days it’s a forty-five minute H.I.I.T. class. Most exercise is a demand and stress on the body so we really have to be mindful of how much we are demanding and putting on the body on a day to day basis.

With that though when we do overexert, there are a lot of amazing modalities out there for optimization and recovery. The main ones I use and would recommend: float therapy, cryo (cold) therapy, infrared (heat) therapy and chromo (color) therapy. Additionally, I think getting a good massage and using foam rollers regularly are awesome for the recovery process. Regular stretching and proper warm-up are crucial too!

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?

There really have been so many over the years so it’s hard to choose one but a few personal “classics”:

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Alchemist by Pablo Coehlo

Be Here Now by Ram Daas

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Honestly, I think we are in a movement of awakening which is beautiful to witness and be a part of. I think if we all were to just spend the time exploring ourselves, clearing stress and trauma then we can all let our inner, authentic lights shine and share our gifts with each other and in doing that the whole world will become more enlightened and there would be less friction and separation. I realize that’s pretty abstract but I think we are all on that path whether we know it or not. We can use these tools like yoga, meditation, breath, saunas, float tanks, reiki, supplements, etc. to do this “work” and in doing that we will all move towards this state naturally. And what’s so cool is that these tools are more accessible than ever which is really beautiful and exciting which is why I think we are in a really special time right now as a collective. With that, I’ll just say it’s important we stay open-minded and to be willing — willing to be courageous, step into the uncertainty, surrender, to let go and to love more fully.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

“It’s a serious responsibility to not take life too seriously.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

I love to ‘break bread’ with anyone as I think we all have so much wisdom to give and share with one another. I’m so grateful to have so many teachers come into my life and opportunities to meet people on their personal journeys of wellness, enlightenment, fulfillment — whatever you want to call it. And yet there are so many I look up to and I’ve yet to meet in person but still get to absorb their wisdom through books, podcasts, music, movies — again such a special time to be alive to have all this access and ability to share with one another.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

You can follow our company here: @perspiresaunastudio and then you can find me on LinkedIn.

Thank you for all of these great insights!

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