About Amy Uma Thompson
Hello! My name is Uma, I am an integrative therapist, with two decades of experience as a holistic health practitioner specializing in women’s and pediatric health. In my practice, I see through the lens of Ayurveda, Occupational Therapy, and Somatic Therapy.
From a young age, I have had a passion for healing and nature and the interconnections between the two. In college, at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, I majored in women’s health and ecology. My thesis, Color the Moon Red, is a deep dive into the connection between the menstrual cycle and the lunar cycle. During my third year of college, I completed a transfer year to The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, in Santa Fe, NC and I became a massage therapist and yoga instructor.
Following college, I studied at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, in Boulder, CO where I studied with Ysha Oakes and became an Ayurvedic postpartum doula. I spent a year abroad in India, studying Ayurveda at the source. Upon return, I graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, with one of the grandfathers of Ayurvedic Medicine in the West, Dr. Vasant Lad. During this time, I also completed a clinical intensive with Dr. Alakananda Ma at Alandi Ashram in Boulder, CO.
I wanted to broaden my understanding of integrative medicine and was drawn to the holistic approach of occupational therapy. In grad school at Brenau University in Norcross, GA, I specialized in pediatrics and in the areas of sensory integration and mental health.
In my Ayurvedic practice, I discovered that trauma often lies at the root of health challenges and I am currently in my second year of training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a somatic based modality for trauma healing, created by Dr. Peter Levine.
I am happily married to my beloved and the mother of a beautiful girl, a magical boy, and a goddess Siberian cat. What fills up cup are hiking in nature, tending plants, and slow living with time for integration, embodiment, and connection.