Vivian Linden, LAc. MAcOM, AP/NAMA: Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Integrative Ayurvedic Practitioner
Helping people achieve balance naturally is my purpose and my passion! I’ve spent years studying science and natural medicine so I can be of benefit to my clients.
Life can be busy and stressful: Sometimes we can feel a little lost about how to get back to a place of equilibrium. Finding someone who can help us see the big picture and give us a path forward can offer more benefit than trying to figure it all out for ourselves.
Why did I become a Natural Medicine practitioner? I grew up in a one-room cabin -without tv, phone or electricity- on the rural Northern California coast where I spent countless hours outdoors playing with my siblings and, later, hanging out with my friends. Summers were spent in the local creeks and rivers, on the desolate beaches of the famous Lost Coast and under the quiet, cathedral-like canopy of the Redwood forest. When I was young, my mom treated us using herbal remedies made from home-grown and wildcrafted plants. In the rare instances when we needed a doctor, we went to our rural community clinic and saw our family physician who was an NCNM-trained Naturopathic & Oriental Medicine doctor. This early exposure to the healing power of Nature instilled in me a life-long trust in the efficacy of natural medicine. For me, it is not a passing trend, but a way of life.
I believe that good health is our natural state of being, not something that is bestowed upon us by doctors, drug companies, public health officials, the insurance industry -or even natural medicine practitioners. I also believe that it is the responsibility of ALL healthcare providers is to collaborate as a community to assist our clients and patients in returning to their natural state of health -using the fewest and safest interventions necessary. I also firmly believe that profit should never be a motivator in healthcare practice. At Rosewood Acupuncture & Ayurveda LLC, practitioners do not receive a commission for selling herbal products, which we stock primarily for the convenience of our clients.
“My approach as a healthcare practitioner is to help clients identify and implement simple, nourishing habits that can be sustained over the long-run in the real world.”
Education: I am a nationally-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP/NAMA). I received my Ayurvedic certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. In the Summer of 2016, I was blessed to spend 3 weeks with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque.
In 2015, I received my Masters Degree from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX. I am currently a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist in the state of Texas where I run a busy practice on Austin’s East Side. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Herbal Science from Bastyr University.
Additionally, I have been studying yoga for over 20 years and completed the 200 hour Dharma Yoga Training in Austin, TX and received certification as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist as part of my training at Kripalu. I currently study Shadow Yoga with Scott Blossom and Iyengar Yoga with Anne Schultz.
Science Education: In both my Bachelors and Masters programs, I have received extensive education, including laboratory experience, in Western Sciences and Biomedicine. I took many of my science classes alongside nursing, pharmacology and pre-med students. I apply my understanding of Western pathophysiology to help my clients make safe, practical and well-informed choices about their healthcare options.