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 Kat from Northern California
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I have been studying and practicing Hath Yoga since 1996. Through the deepening of my personal yoga practice, I begun to study and practice Pranayama and Meditation, partaking in Yoga Teacher Trainings, teaching Hatha Yoga, and inquiring deeper into the ancient metaphysical sciences / philosophies of the Vedic lineage. It is on this path of self-inquiry that I first became aware of Ayurveda. Initially it was just a vague notion of something I felt curious to learn more about. However, immediately as I came in contact with this ancient and profound science, I felt a deep resonance and knew this was something I needed to delve into deeper. My interest is to live in internal and external alignment towards optimal health, wellbeing, and inner truth, and to share and be of service in whatever capacity is appropriate in this life towards manifesting health, wellbeing, ease, healing, beauty, and abundance into the world.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
I think this will differ from person to person. However, I believe Ayurveda’s holistic approach of addressing body, mind, and spirit, in a way that honors and respects one’s inherent nature, and the fluctuating nature of life, the seasons, and shifting life circumstances, to be a major appeal to many who are interested in true health and wellbeing. The self-empowering potential of making real sustaining shifts as one learns and understands the principles of Ayurveda and it’s direct application into daily life is another powerfully enticing component of Ayurveda.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I believe Ayurveda holds a strong and vibrant future in the world as more and more awareness is brought to light about the potential to heal and empower oneself along each individual’s journey. All sciences and systems hold an inherent gift and potential, as well as having its unique limitations. Today, it is becoming increasingly clear the limitations of allopathic medicine and the current health care system in this country. Ayurveda offers a beautiful counterpart to work in conjunction with the western allopathic medicine model towards achieving optimal health and wellbeing.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
Each therapy has its gift in the right application. It is hard to choose a favorite. My favorite is the therapy that is right for the moment.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
Blessed, I was born into a loving nurturing family in Fort Collins, Colorado, to a family of Chinese descent. Growing up in a family of Chinese (from Taiwan) origin, it was common to hear such phrases as ‘mung beans are cooling’, ‘mangos are heating’, or ‘red dates building for the blood’, and to respect the intrinsic healing property of all foods. As a young adult, I studied Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, and then continued on to receive my Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. As a Licensed Landscape Architect in the state of California, I have over 20+ years of professional experience and education in the multi-disciplinary fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Simultaneous to the pursuit of my professional design career, I came into contact with the practice of Hatha Yoga and so began my lifelong pursuit of self-inquiry into the depths of this amazing lineage. Through years of dedicated practice and many teacher trainings and workshops, eventually I also began teaching Hatha Yoga as a way to share the benefits of this profound and amazing practice. Along this journey of self-inquiry, my path eventually led me to the study of Ayurveda.
In 2011, as my karma ripened and the stars aligned, I found myself no longer able to hush my soul’s deepest longing, and was propelled into a major life shift, as I crossed the threshold from the ‘safe known’ world of corporate professionalism into the unknown mystical terrain of the healing arts, dedicating fully my time and energy to the study and practice of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Mandala Painting. Currently enrolled in the California College of Ayurveda (CCA)’s Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) Internship program, I also work as an Ayurvedic Body Therapist in CCA’s Pancha Karma Department, and teach yoga at Nevada City’s local Wild Mountain Yoga Studio.
My desire is to unite my design experience and expertise with my commitment and passion for the healing arts, to manifest sacred healing space; whether that is designing a physical space in the home, garden or community, teaching yoga to tap into the sacred space within, or holding sacred space as a container for someone’s healing journey as an Ayurvedic practitioner and body therapist. In all these pursuits, my deepest interest is the shifting and re-patterning of energy towards internal and external alignment for optimal health and well-being.