Who We Are
To make Ayurveda and natural health care available and affordable to everyone who desires it.
To cultivate abundance in all forms, be it love, health, wealth or knowledge.
To provide a path for creating the perfect state of health and happiness while maintaining a constant awareness of and respect for the environment.
Creating this state of perfect balance in ourselves and our client is an ideal we strive to achieve. Ayurveda defines heath as “One who is established in Self, has balanced doshas, balanced agni (fire), properly formed dhatus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (wastes), well functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul, and senses are full of bliss.” This is an ever-evolving process that requires a daily commitment, and it begins by living in harmony with nature. One of our main goals here at Lakshmi’s Garden is to develop an Ayurvedic lifestyle that supports the highest good for all life, not only humans but plant, animals and the ecosystem around us.
To establish a balance between man and nature that can be used as a model to bring peace to the world.
“Love is our true essence. In the state of health and balance, this truth is clear. However, imbalances in our physical, emotional, and energetic bodies create blockages to this natural flow of love, joy, and bliss. Massage, yoga, meditation, and ayurveda are tools to help us reclaim our health and rediscover our true state of being. I use compassionate touch in massage to assist clients in finding and releasing the blockages that limit their full potential. In this way, I connect with the source of universal, unconditional love and share it with each person I touch.”
After my first years of college, I began to look for a career in which I would feel like I was making a difference in the world each day. Like a bolt of lightning, it struck me—massage therapy. I attended Praxis College of Health Arts and Sciences in 1997 to train in massage and hydrotherapy. During the two year training I was first introduced to Thai massage, and I fell in love. After several years of practice in the massage field I was drawn to further my career with yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center. It was at Kripalu that I found my next great love in ayurvedic bodywork. It was no surprise when I realized that these two had common roots.
I completed the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in 2006, and ayurveda became the framework for my practice of yoga and bodywork. I worked at Kripalu for almost a decade before leaving to start Lakshmi’s Garden with my partner Terrel. We traveled together to India and Thailand in 2007 to complete more advanced trainings and meet the mother lands of these two great healing arts. We returned again in 2011 for deeper studies and to receive the experiential training of a traditional Panchakarma. This deep healing experience strengthened my desire to spread the healing power of massage, yoga, and Ayurveda.
“My belief system is based on a trust in a higher power. I believe that God, universal energy, spirit, or any name that one would care to give the Creator of all things, is the same energy that allows healing to happen in a human body. My objective as a bodyworker, is to allow myself to be as clear of a channel as possible, so that spirit can do the work. In facilitating a session, it is my intention to step aside, and in doing so, I provide a conduit for my client, which allows for healing to take place. This combined with compassion, communication, and appropriate touch sets the stage for incredible experiences.”
My experience in the healing arts started with myself in 1992 when i started exploring healing my emotional state through nutritional cleansing. For over 10 years i was a nutritional consultant. During this time, in 1997, I was trained as a Kripalu yoga teacher, and currently have a professional yoga teaching certification. The next year I added massage therapy, followed by thai massage, and then a degree in herbal medicine to compliment my consulting. In 2001, a year after my initial Thai massage training with Jonas Westring, I traveled to Thailand to train with his teacher, Pichet Boonthamme. After walking away with a rich experience and deeper confidence in myself and my potential as a Thai bodyworker, I began to integrate Thai massage into Whole Being Therapy, my creative expression of what healing arts can be. In 2005, I trained with Paul Cramer, a teacher from the Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage, and in 2006 I graduated from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. My practice also includes Ayurvedic massage and consultations. In 2007 I returned to Thailand for another experience with Pichet and I ventured to India for advanced Ayurvedic trainings. A return to both countries in 2011 included continued studies, including receiving a 5-week Panchakarma that provided me experiential lessons that no text can offer. I currently travel and teach with my partner Kim and daughter Nilani, and I look forward to offering the gifts of Thai massage and Ayurveda to all those interested in these amazing healing arts.
“As a longtime practitioner of taiji and tuina, I can say that Terrel Broussard is the very best body worker that I have ever had. He is not only skilled in multiple massage techniques, with a particular expertise in Thai massage, but is also incredibly intuitive in responding dynamically to the changing needs of his clients. He knows how to use his own breath, weight, and energy to support his clients in their healing. I have also benefitted from his ayurvedic treatments which opened new depths to my taiji practice. After a stroke, I trusted no one else to do the body work I needed to help me make a full recovery.”
“Terrel is truly the best at his services and has helped my chronic pain significantly dissipate over the years of consistent body work. He is able to do deep work that really gets to the root of my dis-ease and i leave with a newfound comfortability in my body. He is so knowledgable and has offered me guidance on Ayurvedic practices and yoga that have been useful in my healing process. I have also utilized Terrel’s herbal tinctures…his R&R formula is like magic. I can’t say enough about the impact Terrel and his work has had on my well-being over the years.”
21 Pixley Hill Road
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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