VedaPulse: Impressions from the 21st International Conference

Ayurveda Institute New Mexico

Ayurveda Training / November 21, 2016

Allison Bransfield Morse—Ayurvedic Practitioner

Allison Bransfield Morse is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor and Panchakarma Specialist, with 15 years of experience as an AyurvedicPractitioner, she is also certified in massage and yoga therapy. After 5 years with The Ayurvedic Institute, Allison founded The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont in 2006, where she has had the privilege of guiding clients from all over the country in Ayurvedic care and Panchakarma. Allison spent 5 full time years at The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the direct guidance of Dr.Vasant Lad. She completed two years of study under Dr. Lad, before embarking on a four year clinical apprenticeship in The Ayurvedic Institute‘s Panchakarma clinic. In 2005, she joined Dr. Lad in Pune, India, for advanced clinical studies. The prevailing focus of her work is the integration of Ayurveda with conventional medical approaches, to promote healing through the body’s intuitive wisdom. She is experienced in applying herbal medicine, diet and Ayurvedic remedies to a variety of clinical disorders including cancer, hypertension, musculoskeletal disorders, digestive disorders, weight-loss, depression, anxiety, insomnia, women‘s health issues, and many other ailments.
Allison began studying yoga in 1995 at the Sivananda Yoga Center in New York City and traveled to Kerala, India, in 1999 to complete their Yoga Teacher Training Program. In 1998, she graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York City. Allison has a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University in New York.

  • Member of the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Nationally Certified Massage Therapist
  • Member of Yoga Alliance
  • Bachelor of Science, Long Island University, New York
Scott Marion—Panchakarma Therapist

Scott Marion is a Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Massage Therapist and Ayur-Yoga Teacher. Beginning in 1997, Scott traveled to India and Nepal, where he spent a total of 3 ½ years and studied Vipassana, Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.

Born out of his love of nature, Scott began studying Ayurveda and herbs. He attended Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage in Burlington in 1998 and furthered his studies at The Ayurvedic Institute under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad. He completed the two year program at The Ayurvedic Institute as well as their Ayur Yoga Teacher Training program.

In 2001, he met his principal teacher Lopon Tenzin Namdak while in France and Katmandu and started his studies in the Bon tradition. Over the last 4 years he has studied with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at the Ligmincha Institute in Virginia. Scotts other interests include art, music and dance.

Adena Rose Bright—Panchakarma Therapist

Adena is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certified by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Adena teaches yoga to Panchakarma clients, and is a therapist for Abhyanga, Swedana and Shirodhara.

Adena is also certified in Maya Abdominal Therapy, and her work focuses on food as medicine and women’s health and fertility. Adena is passionate about the local food movement, and became interested in Ayurveda through a desire to connect more deeply with the seasonal rhythms of Vermont. Ayurveda is about a deep connection with nature, the environment within and without, cultivating wholeness. Visit Adena’s website and blog to learn more.

Janavi Smith—Panchakarma Therapist

Janavi Allison Smith is a nationally board certified massage therapist specializing in Panchakarma therapies. She had the privilege of working with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico for 8 years in its Panchakarma clinic, where she gave thousands of Ayurvedic treatments from 2006 to 2014. She completed the Ayurvedic Studies Lecture program with Dr. Lad in 2008.

In Albuquerque, Janavi founded Sandalwood Healing Arts, where she provided abhyanga, shirodhara, basti therapies, therapeutic massage, reiki, and cranio sacral therapy.

She graduated in 2003 from the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, Washington. In 2000, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Montana-Missoula. Janavi has a deep love for her work, and a strong vocation for holistic health and service. She considers it an honor to assist her clients on their healing paths.

Anne graduated from the Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda program to receive her 650 Hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and offers Diet & Lifestyle Consultations. She is also a therapist for Abhyanga, Swedana and Shirodhara.

Anne’s depth of knowledge in the areas of the Subtle Energies, comes from her extensive 20+ years of study from many ancient traditions which allows her to empower her individual clients to create profound shifts in “awareness” which ultimately supports them to move towards wholeness and overall well-being. She offers beautiful individual sessions which include Aromatherapy, Pranayama, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Advanced Reflexology, and Advanced Sound Healing, as well as her background in Ayurvedic body & lifestyle therapies and using Food as Medicine.

Anne is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist with 18 years experience and over 1, 000 hours of extensive coursework in this area. She completed her 300 hour certification at ISHA-Institute for Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy. Anne is also a Reiki Master Practitioner & Reiki Teacher; and a Certified Advanced Sound Healer with Tibetan Singing Bowls thru the International Sound Healing Academy with Satya Brat, from India. Anne offers relaxing individual Sound Healing sessions to Panchakarma clients who’ve described these sessions as “absolutely celestial”, “deepest peace” and “floating in higher awareness”.

Anne is committed to assisting others as they embrace their own healing and move towards wholeness & peacefulness in their lives and begin to align with their intentions for body, mind, and soul healing. Her capacity for listening deeply to her clients and being able to hold space for them, allows the trust needed to partner in this healing process. Anne has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a member of the VRA (Vermont Reiki Association) and a member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

To learn more, go to Anne’s website:

A graduate and former intern of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga & Ayurveda. Lauren is a practicing Ayurvedic Health Counselor as well as a certified 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She specializes in teaching Ayurvedic yoga- tailoring postures, meditation and pranayama to one’s unique constitution or to seasonal/temporal factors. In addition, Lauren has trained in Restorative Yoga as well as Yoga 4 Cancer.

Passionate about the art of cooking, Lauren can often be spotted paging through cookbooks on a quest for the next best recipe. You’ll find her cooking up massive cauldrons of nourishing and delicious kitchari at the Ayurvedic Center.

Lauren is an inspired educator and teaches about Yoga and Ayurveda through workshops, her blog and serves as the content manager for Everyday Ayurveda.

Reshma Sinu studied Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) at the Ashwini Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital and Research Centre. There she also completed an internship in House Surgery in Karnataka, India (2014-15)

Anne Cameron —Ayurvedic Health Counselor Lauren Gernady Sauer —Ayurvedic Health Counselor