Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Zoe Middlebrooks

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce you to our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2013-2014. Our Interns have completed their academic studies and are now working under the supervision of our experienced clinical instructors. The talented group of interns comes from throughout the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) interns work on supporting their patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with their constitution. When you see an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, you will learn your constitution as well as the nature of any imbalances. You will also receive support to adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly and to normalize your digestion and elimination. As part of your program, an intern can include ayurvedic herbal medicines, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is is the best of preventative health care! If you are have a specifc condition and are looking for clinical management through Ayurvedic Medicine, you should consider having a consultation with an Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist intern or graduate. 

Interview with Zoe from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My decision to study Ayurveda came from an internal pull to establish balance and contentment in my life.  I was sure that creating this balance would be a life long journey.   Before, I had no idea where to start.  Now, I know that I am the only one that knows the way, but the teachings and practices of Ayurveda are here to guide and help me along the way.

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

I think Ayurveda is attractive to the public because there are so many ways to incorporate the knowledge of Ayurveda into a person’s daily life.  As a holistic approach to balance and health, the scope of possible recommendations for a person to integrate in their life is very broad.  From what and how they eat, to how and when they move, to the colors they wear- there are many simple changes to have fun with.  Ayurveda is attractive because of its potential for true healing.

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

In the near future, I believe that Ayurveda will gain interest in the United States.  There is already an increase of awareness and attention toward health and fitness, including growing popularity in yoga asana and practices of mindfulness.  With dietary, lifestyle and herbal guidelines that have been around for thousands of years, it is easy to trust in the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda in a time where fad diets and regimens are regularly rebuked in the media.

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

I love the svedana therapy.  I have always enjoyed the detoxifying feeling of saunas and sweat lodges.  With svedana it’s so nice to be able to sweat with my head in fresh air and the addition of cleansing and stimulating herbs makes svedana ten times better.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

My roots go back to Florida and Michigan.  I received bachelor’s degrees in geology and art from a liberal arts college in Indiana.  After attending college in the Midwest, I moved to Arizona where I lived in a small artist community and worked in a bronze foundry.  While cooking in my kitchen in Arizona, I began to question some of the foods that I was purchasing.  I grew up eating organic, natural foods but I felt like I had gotten sidetracked and forgotten those roots.  I began to ponder what a healthy diet looked like.  In this journey I read a lot of information and had many conversations with friends about what was best way to nourish our bodies.  It seemed like many dietary recommendations made sense but there was no way to follow all of them at once.  Then a friend reminded me of a cookbook that I had studied years earlier- The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar.  I was turned on to Ayurveda through the dietary suggestions, but the more I read about other aspects of this ancient knowledge, the more that it made sense.  I started to spend all my free time reading about it, but had questions that books could not answer. So I called up the California College of Ayurveda and enrolled in their course.


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