Blue Lotus Ayurveda
Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic & Day Spa
We are the first Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic & Day Spa located in the city of Asheville, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. We offer individualized Ayurvedic health care, Ayurvedic therapies, and Panchakarma, with great attention to personal customer service. Your health is our commitment!
Vishnu Dass, A.D., LMT, NTS
Vishnu Dass, AD, is recognized at the Ayurvedic Doctor level of Professional Membership by the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and has 17 years of full-time clinical experience. He started studying Ayurveda in 1992 under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, renowned Ayurvedic physician and teacher (on the picture below, visiting our clinic in May 2009). He was one of the first students to successfully graduate from the Advanced Studies and the Clinical Training Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. He was also trained and worked at the Ayurvedic Institute Panchakarma Department under Dr. Lad’s supervision.
He is a highly skilled clinical herbalist who specializes in both the treatment and prevention of disease, and has experience treating digestive disorders, skin diseases, allergies, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, hypertension, diabetes, women’s health issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, musculoskeletal disorders and many other ailments. His holistic approach enables him to create individualized programs, specifically tailored to your particular needs, integrating into your Ayurvedic consultation nutritional and lifestyle counseling, herbal treatments, and pressure point (marma therapy), as well as other Ayurvedic therapies, depending on your specific situation, goals, and needs. He is clinically trained to offer authentic Panchakarma detox programs, and personally guides and supervises your process throughout your treatments.
Vishnu Dass is also a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, NM. He had previously studied with herbalist Michael Tierra at the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a former Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and was granted a Lifetime Professional Membership for his service on that Board.
Vishnu Dass also offers lectures and workshops on Ayurveda and yoga philosophy for various clinical herb schools and yoga centers and has published several articles on Ayurveda and yoga, both on local and national publications, including Light on Ayurveda Journal, New Life Journal, and Integrative Health and Healing, amongst others. His book on Ayurvedic Herbology East & West ~ A practical guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine is published through Lotus Press.
Meet our Therapists
Cricket Greer, MA, LPCA, LMBT
Cricket Greer, MA, LPCA has over 25 years of experience in the field of healing arts with a strong background in somatic, massage, and movement modalities. She studied in the Clinical Psychology graduate program at Saybrook University in San Francisco, finishing her graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Goddard College with a focus in Buddhist and Vedic psychology. She also holds her BA in psychology with primary explorations in women’s/feminist psychology, eco psychology, ritual, movement, and psychodynamic work.
She has a rich background in expressive arts, Jungian, somatic, and various transpersonal approaches to psychology. Cricket is also a massage therapist and trained yoga teacher. She has studied nutrition, herbalism, and transpersonal and body-centered healing, and advocates wholistic approaches to wellness.
Wendy is a Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Therapies Assistant, and has been with us since 2005. She is a graduate of the New Center for Wholistic Health and Education in Syossett, NY. As a Panchakarma and Ayurvedic therapies assistant, Wendy integrates her loving energy along with her training in Advanced Amma Therapy (acupressure) and the Trager Approach, with which she can access deep layers of the body through movement and traction. She has 15 years of experience in the bodywork field.
Rachel is another of our massage therapists and Panchakarma therapies assistant who has been with us since 2008. Her love of massage began when she received an injury that almost took her vision while attending Warren Wilson College, and was inspired to attend the Center for Massage and Natural Health after graduation. She also studied Thai massage in 2008. Being an athlete herself, she sees the importance of massage in every aspect of her life. She combines sports, deep tissue, Swedish, Thai, and neuromuscular massage, as well as pressure points into every massage.
Kymber Owens, RYT, LMBT
Kymber is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She is a trained Ayurvedic massage and Panchakarma technician. She graduated from the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy, and was trained in the art of Thai yoga massage with Becky Sathre at the Vedic Conservatory. She also studied at the Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro, NC and is a certified yoga instructor.