Josh Whiteley, CAP, L.Ac., MSAOM
The short story:
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. The Ayurvedic Institute. Albuquerque, NM
Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Southwest Acupuncture College. Boulder, CO
Certified Massage Therapist- Nevada School of Massage Therapy. Las Vegas, NV
The slightly longer version:
I came to Ayurveda by way of a rather indirect path. As a teenager growing up, I spent most of my time in the world of punk rock music and culture. I was exploring what was beneath the surface of the known and pushing against the usual social boundaries as a means of discovering who I was and what my place in the world would be. It ultimately was an effort to find out what it meant to live authentically and to learn to trust my inner Self first and foremost. OK, so maybe at the time I wasn’t so clear about that part of it, it mostly just felt like a great time with a whole lot of loud music and parties to attend. This however opened up a lifelong interest in creative exploration, learning, and healing.
I became a massage therapist in my early twenties which sparked a larger interest in alternative medical modalities, Ayurvedic medicine particularly. After finishing school and working as a bodyworker for a number of years in various settings, the positive benefits I had received through Ayurveda and my continued self study led me to pursue a deeper education in the subject. I enrolled at the Ayurvedic Institute studying with the widely renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr Vasant Lad, BAMS in Albuquerque, NM. While attending the Ayurvedic Institute I also had the privilege of studying with Dr Claudia Welch, a very well respected practitioner in her own right. This academic program consisted of a thorough education in the principles of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices as well as Ayuryoga, herbology, Panchakarma, Marma therapy, and Sanskrit studies. Since graduating in 2005, I have continued my studies of Ayurveda with Drs. Vasant Lad, BAMS, Robert Svoboda, BAMS, G.G. Gangadharan, and Hari Pallathery, BAMS. I have also dedicated myself to the study of Vāstu Shastra and Jyotish with Govinda Das and Achala Sylwia Mihajlovic amongst others.
After completion of my Ayurvedic program I moved to Boulder, CO where I worked as the primary practitioner in an Ayurvedic spa providing Ayurvedic bodywork and consultations while simultaneously completing a masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese herbology at Southwest Acupuncture College. This 3,500 hour program consisted of training in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, tui na, moxibustion, and included 1,800 clinical hours.
I have now called Tucson, AZ home for the last nine years. I am on the board and co-manage a busy non-profit acupuncture practice, Tucson Acupuncture Co-op, giving 80-100 treatments per week as well as seeing individual patients for Ayurvedic consultations and herbal prescriptions. I also enjoy teaching workshops on Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine topics as well as being adjunct faculty at the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. My primary clinical interests lie in Ayurvedic lifestyle and detoxification, herbology, stress, anxiety/depression, pain management, and helping people to live healthier and happier lives. For information about booking a consultation, please click here.