Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Gwendolynn Diaz

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2016. 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 Gwendolynn from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have always loved being outside in nature. The awe inspiring power of Mother Nature has always impressed me. Ayurveda’s most basic fundamentals come from the five elements present in the natural world ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. I found resonance with the idea that health and disease come from being either in balance with oneself and nature or being out of balance with oneself and nature.

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

I think Ayurveda allows people the opportunity to be responsible for their own health. So many people today feel like they are at the mercy of what a western doctor prescribes to them for their ailments. If people stop and think for a moment who’s really in charge of managing their health I do believe that there can be a revolution in healthcare where patients are not managed but guided through their own process of finding balance in their body, mind and spirit.


3)    What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in your country?

I believe the future of Ayurveda in the US is at the brink of becoming a side by side approach with western healthcare. As more and more people find disappointment with the western approach to disease management, many are looking to make real change in their lifestyles so they can successfully manage their own healthcare. Ayurveda provides the support for that process.

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

I’m a huge fan of Abhyanga. It provides nourishment from the outside in. I love the way it makes my skin feel and look. It also gives me the opportunity to slow down and really check in with my body.

5) Biography:

I was born and raised in rural southwest Colorado. We spent much of our time outside both working and playing. I attended Colorado State University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in industrial design and a double minor in art history and construction management. I worked for 13 years for a steel service and design center. During that time I practiced a lot of yoga to help manage my stress. It was there I started to gain knowledge of Ayurveda. After my daughter was born in 2011 I decided to pursue my passion of Ayurveda and provide my family a life established in Ayurvedic philosophy. I am in my first AHP internship and plan on pursuing a Doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine from the California College of Ayurveda.


Contact Information

Gwendolynn Diaz – AHP Intern California College of Ayurveda
970-275-5846   ggd133@gmail.com