Eric DeForge, Āyurvedic Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist

Madeline Gustafson, Āyurvedic Practitioner

Eric DeForge, AHC, LMT

Eric is a graduate of the Āyurvedic Institute where he received the direct transmission of the 5,000 year continuous teacher-to-student living lineage of Āyurveda from his teacher Dr. Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc. He is also a licensed massage therapist. He practices Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine along with Integrative Medical Massage with an emphasis on Structural Integration to help his clients heal and maintain quality and longevity of life. Eric aims his practice towards awakening the self-healing capacity inherent in his clients. His approach encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, meditation, postures, breathing exercises and medicinal herbs along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs for healing body, mind, and spirit.

Eric’s own personal healing journey was the catalyst and ultimate blessing that brought him into contact with ancient traditions and their living lineages that ultimately helped him regain his health, vitality, and purpose.

Through his embodiment of a truly integrative health approach, Eric weaves together his training in Āyurveda with his practice of Massage and Structural Integration along with his experience of Indigenous Plant Medicine, Daoist Medicine, Yoga, and Permaculture to help his clients cultivate harmony and resilience in their lives.

Madeline Gustafson, AP

While on a journey to India in 2012, Madeline first heard of the wisdom of Āyurveda.  As a student of yoga, this complimentary science seemed familiar as it seamlessly systemized and explained the elemental understanding of the world she was getting to know.  After finishing her training as a Hatha yoga teacher and receiving her RYT-200 hour certification from Aarsha Yoga Vidya Peetham in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India, Madeline knew that Vedic studies, and Āyurveda in particular, were a necessary undertaking for her lifestyle and future work. 

After some time intermittently travelling to gain cultural insight and working, including experience teaching yoga to elementary aged children and at juvenile detention centers, Madeline began her studies at the Āyurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Two years of intensive study into practicing Āyurveda clinically along with subjects such as Sanskrit language, Jyotiṣa (Vedic astrology), and Āyuryoga, and the honor of many hours in the presence of Dr. Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc., Madeline graduated and became a certified Āyurvedic Practitioner.  Shortly after finishing classes, she was hired into the Pañchakarma department at the Āyurvedic Institute, where she worked as a therapist administering treatments and putting her studies into practice. Amidst her work with Āyurveda, Madeline finds endless value in food as medicine, employing it as a tool to empower people to weave potent healing potential into their lives at every meal.

Now, Madeline lives in Taos, New Mexico where she makes her services available as a sincere offering to community.  Her Āyurvedic knowledge and genuine passion for serving women in particular has brought her into greater studies of pregnancy and postpartum care.  She can also be found getting to know the plants in her immediate environment with intentions of applying their medicinal values to Āyurvedic herbal principles.

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