Ayurvedic practitioner in Grass Valley, CA with Jessica Ontiveros Houghton

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 Jessica from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My own quest for health drew me to Ayurveda.  After years of chronic health challenges and being told that I would always be dependent upon pharmaceuticals, my intuition whispered that there must be a better way.  I believed that there was something out there that would truly treat the root of my issues, not just cover up the symptoms. I searched for something that would support my body in healing itself and found the path of Ayurveda.

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

I think many people have had experiences similar to my own.  People are beginning to understand that their health is in their own hands.  They are beginning to take control of, and responsibility for, their own well-being, and this is where Ayurveda can play an important role as it offers a path to real wellness.

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

      I was surprised at how much I loved svedana.  I had been in a million steam rooms before, but the addition of the specific herbs takes it to another level.  My skin, muscles, and joints love it, and it makes me feel tranquil and relaxed.  It is detoxifying, yet still nourishing as the oil applied to my skin beforehand just soaks right in.

4) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Seattle and grew up in Washington State.  I majored in Theatre and minored in Spanish at the University of Washington.  I have always been a traveller and have wandered around Mexico, South America, Spain, and India.  As an actor, I lived in New York City and Los Angeles for many years.  My interest in natural health has been intertwined throughout my story for as long as I can remember and Ayurveda fits in perfectly.  Recently, my family and I moved to Grass Valley so that I could complete my health practitioner internship onsite at the California College of Ayurveda.


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