Ayurvedic practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado with Alissa Page

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 Alissa from Colorado

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Over the years I have studied Herbology, Naturopathy and Yoga, but somehow they all felt incomplete to me. During my first Yoga Teacher Certification, there was a discussion about Ayurveda and how it utilizes Yoga and Herbs, as well as other therapies, to restore balance in the whole person – body, mind and spirit. When I discovered that Ayurveda was a complete system of healing – I knew I had found the path that I should be on.

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

I think Ayurveda is appealing to people, because of the simplicity of its fundamental principles; because of its ability to be flexible – to best suit the individual; and because it is empowering – offering the skills needed to take responsibility for your own well being.

3)    What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?

I am excited about the future of Ayurveda here in the US.  There is so much that Ayurveda has to offer Americans – from simple but profound changes in a daily routine, to the management of chronic illnesses.  I expect that Ayurveda will play a leading role in the future of American Medicine.

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

Pranayama is one of my favorite Ayurvedic therapies. I love how simple it is to work with the breath. Everyone can do some sort of breath-work.  It requires no equipment, can be done anytime, anywhere and often gives immediate results.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in the 1980s. As early as Jr. High, I spent my time at a local herb store (The Goldenseal) reading books and talking with the shop owner. I was drawn to Natural Medicine and the notion that the body has the innate wisdom to heal itself. 
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 with a BFA in Theatrical Design.  The Theater Department was where I expressed my passion for hands on creativity, explored my fascination with the “human condition” and was introduced to several different philosophies.
In 1994 I moved to Colorado with my future husband. Shortly after, we started our family. While my children were young I studied Herbology and Naturopathy and I used this knowledge to keep my family quite healthy. I however, in spite of doing “everything right”, developed digestive issues and depression.  Deep down inside I knew that only I could truly help myself. I began a daily meditation practice which helped me to gain clarity, first to find my way to Yoga, and then to study, and now to practice Ayurveda.

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