The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2015. 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 Dee from Pennsylvania
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
After teaching yoga therapy for several years, I realized I was lacking a very crucial component of the healing process; how diet and lifestyle affect an individual’s health. Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and is often called the healing side of yoga. It is a system of holistic health care that considers the uniqueness of each individual as it helps them to create a state of internal harmony and optimal health.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda is the only system of medicine that addresses body, mind, and spirit. It is the most holistic system of medicine that focuses primarily on digestion and lifestyle to achieve a balanced life with optimal health. Also, Ayurveda fits into a wellness care model. In the U.S., we currently have a sick care model in place yet our overall statistics for health as a country versus the rest of the world is below average. I believe people will seek out alternative health care models in order to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States or in your country?
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favorite therapy is pranayama also known as breathing exercises. Pranayama is an ancient technique that manipulates the breath in order to experience a desired mood or energy level. There are various techniques that, when taught by an experienced practitioner, can empower a client to tap into an unlimited resource that is free and necessary to live. Breath is a very powerful and portable tool to use in your daily life.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
Dee Person is the premiere Mind, Body, and Wellness provider in the Main Line and Greater Philadelphia area. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and female combat veteran having served in the Persian Gulf during military Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Dee is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Forces. Dee has been practicing yoga for 12 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Dee is an Ayurveda Health Educator and is completing an extensive 3.5-year program to become an Ayurveda Health Practitioner (Fall 2015) at the California College of Ayurveda; the largest and most reputable Ayurveda school in the United States. Dee began incorporating Ayurveda techniques into her lifestyle after coming back from multiple deployments to the Middle East and experiencing health issues that included fertility, arthritis, neck and leg pain, deep anger and anxiety.
Dee is happily married and a mother of 3 fantastic children. She understands the importance of taking good care of herself and leading a life of health and wellness as a living example for her young family. Having lost her brother at a young age to heart disease and being personally predisposed to genetically high cholesterol (along with a strong family history of high blood pressure and spinal stenosis -narrowing of the spinal column), Dee has dedicated her life to educating herself and others on health and wellness. She came to Yoga while navigating turbulent times in her life. In a small window of time, she experienced consecutive miscarriages and learned the unexpected news of a brother’s death. Yoga served as a powerful catalyst to emotional and spiritual recovery. As she continued her yoga practice, the inward journey she experienced changed her life. She hopes to spread the benefits of self-healing that Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda can bring to one’s life. If nothing else, Dee hopes to share how overall mind body wellness can renew a consistent, reliable, and empowering inner strength each and every day.