Currently Resides: Essex, Vermont
Hometown: East Setauket, New York
Allison Bransfield Morse is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with 15 years of experience and specializes in Panchakarma; she is also certified in massage and yoga therapy. Allison spent five years at The Ayurvedic Institute under the direct guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, which included a four year apprenticeship in his Panchakarma clinic, as well as clinical study in Pune, India. In 2006, Allison founded The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont and has guided thousands of clients from around the world in Ayurvedic therapies. As a NAMA certified practitioner, Allison currently serves on a committee for NAMA that is defining Ayurvedic treatments in the United States.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I first heard the word Ayurveda in the late 90’s at an Ashram in Southern India. At that very moment, something chemically shifted in my brain and I was on an euphoric mission. Upon returning to New York City, I decided not to attend law school, and moved to New Mexico to study with Dr. Lad. 9/11 happened shortly thereafter and my apartment in New York City was destroyed, so I took it as a sign to stay in New Mexico and immersed myself in Ayurveda for the next five years.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
In the beginning, finding out that I was Pitta-Kapha was life changing and a huge eye opener…I really began to truly understand my body and what a strong constitution I have. At this point, it has given me a successful career that is a dream come true. Passing down the knowledge to my children is such a gift -- my four year old son asked me recently if Neem oil would be good for the rash on his bottom :) and my daughter has a natural sense of Ayurvedic food combining at the age of seven that is inspiring.
Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?
I use Neem oil on my face daily as a moisturizer, for sun protection and for glowing skin. I take Triphala daily and take Triphala Guggulu at the junction of the seasons for extra cleansing. I use Vata oil for self massage and Mahanarayan on my lower back. Tranquil Mind is a staple in my home pharmacy as well as Women’s Support and Stress Ease at certain times of the year.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
Around the holidays, when things tend to get a little nutty….but I can appreciate and enjoy the change from following a routine, and riding that wave becomes tolerable, as I know I have the tools and rituals to get me back on track. I do Panchakarma in my clinic twice a year and that allows me to stay sane, continue to grow spiritually, and work as hard as I do. I am lucky that we make kitchari just about every day in the clinic -- so kitchari for lunch and quite often for dinner keeps me nourished and grounded.
Favorite place in the world?
Block Island, Hanuman Temple (Taos, New Mexico) Southern India, at my farmhouse in Vermont (reading in the sunroom or stoking the woodstove).
Hiking, skiing, making jewelry, live music, playing board games with my kids and renovating my house.
Who inspires you?
Working mothers, Dr. Lad, my parents (the commitment and love they had for each other) and my husband (the amazing father he is).
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
I am so proud of The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont and that we have created a following of clients that want to grow and heal. Having such a wise and devoted team of practitioners, allows us to offer supportive and authentic care. Being able to help clients heal from chronic conditions, burn through karma and transform themselves spiritually, creates a vibration of cosmic healing that is changing the world.