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 Stacy from Mississippi
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I was introduced to Ayurveda at a Yoga of Recovery workshop. I was inspired by the common sense approach of harmonizing our body, mind and spirit with the pace of nature and the way that simple changes produced profound results in my life. These changes have given me peace of mind, made my body stronger and created space in my life for service to others. I wanted to know more!!
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda is one of the oldest approaches to whole body healing, developed 5,000 years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. It gives the individual a proactive path to begin and continue to take responsibility of their own health. The wellness strategies designed specifically for each patient are appealing as opposed to the one size fits all approach in Western medicine.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I believe the thought process in the United States in changing. We are slowly going from a culture of being reactive to symptoms and headed towards wanting to take control of our own health care and becoming a preventative society. Ayurveda provides us with the tools necessary to begin and continue this change. Our responsibility as Practitioners is to help the public become of aware of the many benefits Ayurveda has to offer, such as, routines (daily and seasonal), dietary suggestions per individual, herbal formulas, and a balancing of the senses for wellness.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favorite therapy is the Abhyanga self massage. It is a nourishing therapy that if practiced daily produces noticeably softer skin, calmness of the mind, eases physical tension, and creates a feeling of self love and care. This therapy brings about the awareness needed to connect a person to their body, mind, and spirit helping them feel complete and whole.