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Charles Goodman has devoted his life to the study and practice of ayurveda, the world’s oldest and most complete system of healthcare. From 1987 to 1992, he studied and worked at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the preeminent center for ayurveda in the U.S. There he completed a range of academic programs and developed skills in a variety of ayurvedic treatments. A two-year internship, under professor and ayurvedic physician Dr. Vasant Lad, led to Mr. Goodman’s appointment as Chief Administrative Officer and clinical associate at the Institute. In this capacity, Mr. Goodman had overall responsibility for managing the Institute, teaching specialized courses and attending Dr. Lad’s clients as needed. Mr. Goodman also founded and was the editor of Ayurveda Today, the first journal in the United States devoted exclusively to Ayurvedic medicine.​

After leaving the Institute in 1992, Mr. Goodman maintained a private practice in the Pacific Northwest, working in clinics from Seattle to Portland. A desire to research herbal medicines took him to India in 1994 and during this period he met Maria Elisa da Silva Costa, known as Jivan, the Brazilian therapist who was to become his wife and partner. Charles and Jivan worked as a team for more than twenty years to introduce Ayurveda to the people of Brazil. Together they saw thousands of clients, gave lectures and workshops on Ayurvedic medicine, and were frequently featured in newspapers, magazines and on Brazilian television.


In 2015 Mr. Goodman moved back to the Pacific Northwest and is now in private practice on San Juan Island. His office is a houseboat, M/V the Noble Endeavor, moored in Friday Harbor. 

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