Ayurvedic practitioner in Berkeley, California with Gemma Davies

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. Interns have completed their academic studies and work under the supervision of experienced clinical instructors. This semester’s talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. Patients learn about their constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. They will also receive support to adjust their diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of the Ayurvedic program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbs, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! For those who have a specific condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, they should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate. 

Interview with Gemma from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

In university, I studied pre-nursing for 2 and ½ years. During that time, I practiced yoga regularly. After completing my 200-hr teacher training, I was lead to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. This medical system automatically clicked with me. I have always been a healer, but I was inspired by the natural mind-body healing approach that Ayurveda offers. It has taught me the value of self-care and helped me to be happier and healthier than ever.

2)    What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?

The increasing popularity of yoga has sparked an interest in the spiritual aspect of health. The public is recognizing that there is a valuable connection between our bodies and our minds. As the data continues to climb, people are becoming more curious about healing remedies that come from the resources of nature. Ayurveda helps people support the mind-body connection through individualized, natural therapies. It offers the opportunity to integrate happiness and healthiness into our daily lives. This is what makes Ayurveda so increasingly attractive to those seeking real changes in their life.

3)    What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in your country?

I am extremely excited about the future of Ayurveda in the United States. As more research is developed, the desire for a holistic style of medicine keeps growing. There is an increasing demand for natural remedies and I predict that curiosity and respect for Ayurveda will continue to rise.

4)    What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?

As a certified yoga teacher, my favorite therapeutic practice are the asanas (yoga poses). Nothing quiets my mind more than listening to my breath and letting the pose guide me into a peaceful state of release and acceptance.

5) Biography:

My name is Gemma Davies and I was raised in the Bay Area in California. I received my yoga training from YogaWorks in Walnut Creek, a 5 star rated curriculum that is over 25 years old. As I teach and practice yoga around the Bay, I am also promoting the benefits of Ayurveda. Several years ago I made the choice to make my health my priority. Now I want to encourage others to do the same. There is no one in the world exactly the same. Thus, medical treatment should not be tailored the same for everyone. The science of Ayurveda creates a healing path that is specific to each person’s body type. Ayurveda is an ancient medicine that teaches us how to holistically heal our mind, body and spirit. My goal is to bring this method of healing to as many as I can.


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