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 Brad from Denver
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
The desire to thrive in life and to help others do the same is what initially inspired me to study Ayurvedic Medicine. I was first introduced to Ayurveda over 10 years ago by one of my most influential teachers in the Tantric Yoga Tradition, Rose Buadin. Rose spent many years with Robbert Svaboda studying and practicing Tantra and Ayurveda and in 2003 she taught me the foundational principles of these amazing systems. I began to read Robbert’s books on Tantra and Ayurveda and became very inspired to study these systems more in depth.
The powerful wisdom of common sense combined with the laws of nature really inspires me to keep studying and practicing Ayurvedic Medicine.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
I believe Ayurveda is most attractive to the public because of the individualized and thorough attention one receives from an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Each person has a very unique story and set of circumstances that have brought them to their current state, therefore each case needs to be treated individually. Ayurveda looks very deeply into each person’s past, present and potential experience of life to create personalized programs for the most effective results.
I also feel the emphasis on preventative health and lifestyles is also a very attractive aspect to the general public.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I feel strongly optimistic that Ayurveda will be one of the most re-recognized and effective systems of health and well being all around the world! More and more people are realizing that the current methods of medicine and health are very limited and sometimes even harmful to us. I believe the future of medicine is the integration of all effective systems of health and well being utilizing and supporting each other for the benefit of all.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
Ayurvedic Psychology is definitely one of my favorite, and what I believe to be one of the most powerful and effective therapies in this ancient system. As a Tantric Yogi I strongly believe the fundamental teaching of, “Energy follows the Mind”. Many people have psychological challenges and disorders that eventually cause emotional and physicals disease.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
My experience of life thus far has been very colorful including all shades. I was born in Victoria, Australia in 1973 and have travelled around the world a few times as us Australians do. I practiced Martial Arts for many of my younger years and have always been head over heels into music. I began playing guitar at 10 years old and played in various rock bands and acoustic duets throughout my twenties. I also completed a four year Carpentry Apprenticeship in 1993 and went on to be successful builder.
My life definitely wasn’t all butterflies and dolphins . My karmas were strong and I became heavily involved in drugs and an underground lifestyle for many years. I eventually hit the wall in 1999 and had two options, one of them was to live so I chose that one. I entered a very intensive addictions clinic program and began the process of healing there. This was a very spiritually based program and completely transformed my life. Through this experience I came to know that I wanted to help people overcome their challenges in life and learn to be their best selves.
I had already been practicing Yoga for a number of years at this time and began teaching basic Hatha Yoga in 1999. I soon realized that the Yogic Arts, including Ayurveda and Tantra were so comprehensive and powerful that they would be the medium in which I would use to help people.
I completed a 9 month full time Yoga and Meditation training in Byron Bay Australia in 2003 and received a level 4 Teaching status and an RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. I learnt the foundations of Ayurveda during this training. I eventually opened my own successful studio, “Shiva Yoga”, in Crested Butte Colorado and continue to teach workshops and trainings in various countries around the world. I have studied Tantra with my mentor Rod Stryker for the past 8 years and continue to learn and grow from this powerful lineage of Sri Vidya.
It was inevitable that I would eventually study Ayurveda more in-depth. In 2007 I completed Robbert Svabodas Correspondence Course through the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque NM. I quickly realized there was far too much to learn from books so I went on to study full time at the California College of Ayurveda in 2010 entering internship in 2013.
Through these diverse experiences I hold much compassion and understanding for those in many challenging situations wanting to transform their life.