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 Bonnie from Northern California
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I was inspired to study Ayurveda as it is the culmination of my life’s path, the study of herbalism, natural medicine, a relationship with the self to heal the body, mind, and spirit, helping others to heal themselves, and being of service. “Ayurveda” means the Science of Life, I wanted to understand more about what it meant to be alive and what deeper purpose is there? This path became more evident and clearer as I deepened my yoga and meditation practice. While journeying in India in 2009, I met many Ayurvedic doctors and healed parts of myself through Ayurveda, I was amazed at the healing and benefit Ayurveda offers! Ayurveda offered me a pathway for a healthy body, calm and clear mind, and a way to heal self and others.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda is the only system of medicine that addresses body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda speaks to a deep place within our being, not only our physical ailment, but offers us a lens to our deep-rooted ways of being. Ayurveda allows every individual to look through that lens and see themselves, allowing us to understand our illness, and giving us practical, accessible, holistic remedies to heal. Ayurvedic medicine considers the whole patient and treats the root. Thus, even if someone were to take on the practices of Ayurveda in a simple way, they will begin to see permanent changes towards health!
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I think the future of Ayurveda is growing! Ayurveda is becoming more known in the west, and as more people experience the benefits of Ayurveda, the trust of this medicine grows strong. The more Ayurvedic practitioners can educate, the more people will understand what Ayurveda is. Ayurveda is not only a spa treatment, but a complete and ancient science of medicine!
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favorite therapy is Shirodhara. As warm oil is poured over the head, a deep sense of calm and nourishment are felt in the body and the nervous system. This depth of nourishment and relaxation go deep into the body and mind, and can be felt through layers of our being.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, my family was of doctors and nurses. From a young age I was interested in natural healing remedies and was inspired by my family to understand medicine. I was also encouraged and inspired at a young age to be in nature and there I felt a connection to god. My undergraduate studies were at Lewis and Clarke College in Portland, OR, and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I majored in Plant Ecology. After graduation I lived in Kauai, HI, appreciating the beauty of the islands. There I met an Indian, Ayurvedic Doctor who inspired me to travel to India in 2009. Upon my return to the US, I wanted to further my studies of Buddhism, so I worked as a volunteer making Tibetan Books at Yeshe De Tibetan Preservation Project. Three years later I began my studies at The California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA. I set my highest intention that my future be towards the study of Ayurveda, the advancement of Ayurveda in the west, and sharing the healing practice with others!