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 Debbie from Kansas
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I have always been interested in health and nutrition. For most of my adult life I have studied and taken nutrition courses only to come to the understanding that most of it deals with a “one-size-fits-all” approach that isn’t working. We are each unique in our bodies and Ayurveda provides a picture of how each individual comes to a place of healing and balance through mind, body and spirit.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda provides the framework to get results. So many people are searching for answers and crave the type of connection and healing that comes from working with an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Working one-on-one, having someone LISTEN to you, and make time-sensitive adjustments to the treatment plan, allows people to make the lifestyle changes they desperately want, and need, to make. Quite simply, Ayurveda works!
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I see Ayurveda coming to the forefront as a healing modality. While it is over 5000 years old as a healing system, many are just now being introduced to it and it is rapidly growing in recognition and popularity. Again, Ayurveda works and people are hungry for what it has to offer.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
To pick just one favorite therapy is difficult. There are so many therapeutic approaches that all have such great benefits. If I have to pick just one, I would have to say Shirodhara. Lying on the table, with the warm stream of oil over my forehead takes me very deep into my mind. I feel weightless, calm and peaceful. It can be hard to quiet the mind with all the day-to-day activities, but Shirodhara does just that. It is a lovely treatment and has benefits that extend beyond the treatment session.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I am a native to the Midwest, having been born on the Missouri side of the state line between Kansas and Missouri. I hopped across the state line in my late teens and have lived in Kansas since then. Living close to a state border has been fun and affords me the opportunity to take advantage of all that the metropolitan Kansas City area has to offer. I have always taken an interest in health and seeing people suffer when there is so much living available to them sparked my interest in finding something that would bring peace, joy, and harmony into peoples lives so they could truly enjoy the things that matter. I hold several certifications in the areas of nutrition, yoga, Ayurvedic massage and body therapy, Marma therapy, and Dough Basti therapy. My love for Ayurveda grows everyday as I see the benefits it makes in people’s lives.