At the age of 16, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health and physical balance. Heeding the advice of his doctor, Deacon modified his diet, started to practice yoga and shed over 140 pounds. To Deacon, Ayurveda and yoga together just made sense. Once he was educated and empowered to understand what was causing him to be sick, the steps to reclaiming his health were clear and simple.
Deacon’s momentum in Ayurvedic studies continued at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Although he always knew that he would become an Ayurvedic practitioner at some point in his lifetime, it was a 16-year career working in the trenches of New York City advertising agencies that gave him the wherewithal to strike out on his own. Working in the world of global advertising and branding, he was able to hone his communication skills, enabling him to convey the complex ideas and concepts of Ayurveda and Yoga in a very comprehensive manner.
In 2009, Deacon obtained his certification as an Ayurvedic health practitioner from the California College of Ayurveda. He moved from New York City in 2010 and has established his first practice in Northern California.
Although specializing in gastrointestinal disorders, Deacon works with patients from every walk of life who have many unique health conditions. He believes an accessible approach to Ayurveda is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Deacon also teaches a practical approach to Ayurveda at Maharishi University of Management where he is a guest faculty member. He also works with Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf and Dr. Stuart Rothenberg in educating medical professionals through MAAA at the Pacific Pearl Center of Integrated Medical Center, in La Jolla and is the creator of VedaBars – the first whole food nutrition bars based on Ayurvedic principles of food being medicine.
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