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 Dhara from New York
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
After working for a few years with cancer patients and observing the effect of chemo therapy and radiation, especially in children; I was looking for a more natural but effective way of treatment. Being the oldest natural medicine ever existed, Ayurveda inspired me for its preventing treatment by bringing the balance between human body and the nature at the elemental level.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda helps the healthy individual to stay healthy and brings the quality of life back to the unhealthy individual.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
The knowledge of Ayurveda is very easy to apply in day-to-day life. With prevalence of diseases increasing in United States, alternative medicines have something additional to offer compared with the traditional Western medicine.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
Dietary therapy and healthy eating attracts me the most in Ayurveda as it leads to proper balance of all the five elements.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I grew up in India and did my Bachelors in microbiology. After coming to USA in 2001, I pursued studies in Nuclear Medicine Technology at Manhattan College, New York. Since 2005, I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY. Initially, I found it hard to work with cancer patients on an emotional level. I have had an opportunity to work with people so close to death yet still smiling and enjoying every movement of their lives. This heart touching experience made me stronger emotionally, and spiritually. I came to know that more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer eventually end up dying from it. This painful fact led me in other directions in search for a better solution and hope. With the help of my Guru, I got introduced to the world of Ayurveda. Being an Indian, I have experienced the benefits of homemade remedies first hand, but wasn’t aware that it was part of Ayurveda until now. After joining the California College of Ayurveda as a student, I realized that Ayurveda has a lot more to offer to the medicinal world for better and healthy life. After gaining theoretical knowledge in Ayurveda, I just started my Internship. I am ready to share this delightful knowledge with others.