Madeline and her teacher of Āyurveda, Dr. Vasant Lad

Madeline Gustafson

Āyurvedic Practitioner and Postpartum Care Provider

While on a journey to India in 2012, Madeline first encountered the wisdom of Āyurveda.  As a student of yoga, this complimentary science seemed familiar as it seamlessly organized 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. In November, 2020, Madeline became a mother. Her pregnancy and natural birth catapulted her into deeper studies of women’s hormonal health, rooted in wisdom of pregnancy and postpartum care found in Āyurveda and several other cultural traditions and modalities.

She is currently pursuing a certification in the INNATE Traditions Postpartum Care Provider and Educator training, with intentions to apply the wisdom from this transmission to her existing practice with postpartum mothers in her community. 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. She can also be found getting to know the plants in her immediate environment, applying their medicinal values to principles from Āyurvedic herbalism.

जय मा

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