Hi, I’m Andrea Russell.

I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin with a super-sweet rescue pitbull named Lucy. If I could convince you of only one thing, it’s this: that there’s a path to alleviate suffering—of feeling unwell, anxious or like you’re spread too thin. There are tools that can help you heal, get back to yourself and remember what is meaningful. Life can be easier. I know, because I had to learn for myself.

The momentum of life can pull us off center. We don’t always get what we want, people we love die, and at times, the world can be a hard place to live. We need practices that bring us back home to ourselves so we may stay true to what’s in our hearts. We need ways to cultivate strength, resiliency, and compassion. Ancient practices offer timeless tools that can help. I’ve experienced firsthand how they can be used to know the truth of who we are, heal our bodies, and wake us up to a more meaningful life.

My Story

They say ‘we teach what we most need to learn’ and my work definitely began with trying to figure out how to alleviate my own suffering. In 1995, I was searching to find the truth of me and my place in the world. I dropped out of college and moved to a cabin with no plumbing in a redwood forest. I became passionate about holistic health and wellbeing. My love of nature deepened and I was introduced to yoga, meditation and cooking with whole foods. After a profound six months, I returned home to attend massage therapy school and apprentice with a local ashtanga yoga teacher. Among other things, I discovered a love of anatomy and the workings of the body.

I spent over a decade studying with remarkable teachers and pouring my heart into my passion—from taking trainings to leading trainings and filling my days with work I loved. Then, all that dreaming, striving and attaining came to a halt when I hit a wall of chronic fatigue. My nervous system was dis-regulated and I was so tired I couldn’t make it through a day of work. I was dumbfounded. I ate organic foods, meditated without fail, practiced yoga, walked in the woods…wasn’t I doing everything right?

It was hard to accept but I had to realize that the life I’d been leading wasn’t sustainable. So began the task of figuring out how to create a sustainable life I loved.

It began with a pilgrimage to India (two actually!), then became a process of continual reflection and refinement that took time, a few injuries and the unexpected death of my beloved father to make big shifts. Finally, I learned how to weed out what wasn’t truly important and meaningful to me, and to pour my heart into the rest.

Slowly I learned how to work smarter, not harder, how to reduce my hours to a more manageable rhythm, how to make more time for what matters most and how to have healthier boundaries with my commitments, social life and my screens.

Having a really consistent daily Ayurvedic self-care routine, plus a yoga and meditation practice of my own has made me even better at my work. When I’m working I’m fully present and my mission is really clear: to give people tools to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives so that the world is a better, kinder, and more compassionate place.

How I help

I offer four different kinds of services—Ayurvedic health consultations and cleanses, yoga instruction, neurovascular therapy sessions and transformational retreats. In common between these things is their ability to help slow life down so that you can reconnect with yourself, heal, thrive and go back to doing the work you are inspired to do in the world.

I believe that all of these practices are best done in tune with the season of the year, which gives us a way to ground to the time and place in which we are living, as well as a way to be in tune with the season of our life so that we can enjoy the life we have and age more gracefully.

If you think that learning ways to help you move more easily, to transform your relationship with food, to develop sustainable self-care routines, and to down regulate your nervous system can help you achieve optimal health, I’d love to work with you.

Please visit my work with me pages and if you’d like to receive my seasonal self-care guide filled with tips, recipes, and movement practices, sign up below!

Credentials

Here’s the official stuff that makes me qualified to do what I do:

  • Ayurveda Health Counselor, Kripalu School of Ayurveda
  • Integrating Yoga & Ayurveda, Kripalu School of Ayurveda
  • Foundations of Ayurveda, with Dr. Robert Svoboda & Dr. Claudia Welch
  • Ayurvedic Mentorship program with Dr. Claudia Welch
  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher 500 E-RYT
  • Alignment Yoga 200 & 500 hour Teacher Training with Scott Anderson
  • Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Tim Miller
  • Neurovascular/Craniosacral Therapist, Neurovascular Therapy Institute
  • WI State Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Anatomy Trains for Movement Therapists with Thomas Meyers
  • Dharma and meditation teaching mentorship with Michael Stone
  • I have continuously studied and practiced with many remarkable world-renowned teachers for over two decades—Pattabhi Jois, Victor Van Kooten, Richard Freeman and Seane Corn, to name a few
  • I have co-facilitated and led 200 & 500-hour teacher training programs since 2005

Be softer with you.
you are a breathing thing.
A memory to someone.
A home to a life.

-Nayyirah Waheed