The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce you to our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2013-2014. Our Interns have completed their academic studies and are now working under the supervision of our experienced clinical instructors. The talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
Our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting their patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. When you see an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, you will learn your constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. You will also receive support to adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of your program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbal medicines, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! If you are have a specifc condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, you should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate.
Interview with Lori from Northern California
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I have been interested in health and healing all of my life. Throughout my years of exploration, I have never connected so much with a healing system as I have with Ayurveda. Ayurveda is very deep and life transforming: it incorporates psychology and spirituality as well as physical health.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
I believe that many people in the Western culture are now ready for something more comprehensive than the easy “fixes” we have become accustomed to. People are thirsty for deeper truth and personal transformation, for actual healing instead of band-aids.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
People in the U.S. care very much about health and wholeness. As people realize that Ayurveda is not a trend, but a deeply rooted system that does not sway much with economic drives and whimsical hopes, appreciation for Ayurveda will grow.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
We all love to eat, right? Learning to eat healthfully in the Ayurvedic way is not boring or depriving. Food should be delicious and satisfying, and much of the medicine comes right from our spice cupboard!
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in Southern California and have lived in various areas of California all of my life. After the home birth of my daughter I was altered by the miraculous experience of childbirth. I was motivated to help families to experience birth and parenting with dignity and choice, and so I became a childbirth educator and doula. I went to nursing school with the intention of becoming a midwife, but became drawn to hospice. I spent most of my nursing career in the hospice field, where I participated in healing and miracles every day.
In 2003 I started having some chronic health problems. A friend told me about Ayurveda and I found it interesting, but at the time I chose to take prescribed medications to manage my symptoms. Three years ago those masked symptoms reappeared, the medications no longer helped, and I was desperate to change my life for the better. I went to an Ayurvedic practitioner and was astounded to find that my symptoms were not only disappearing but I was able to discontinue my medications completely. I love to share the things that inspire me, so I went to California College of Ayurveda to become a practitioner so that I may help others on this amazing journey.