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 Shannon from Nevada City
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I discovered Ayurveda through my own journey into yoga. Once I began to understand how Ayurveda not only supported my yoga practice but also offered a holistic perspective to living in harmony with nature that made sense to me from a mind, body and spiritual level, studying and incorporating it more into my life became my passion. I’m excited to share the knowledge I’ve gained and to teach others what a huge impact Ayurveda can have on their lives, both from a healing and an overall well-being perspective.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda uncovers and heals the root cause of disease and addresses each individual’s unique imbalance. There is no band-aid to pacify a symptom, nor is there a cookie cutter treatment approach to healing. I feel we are drawn to Ayurveda because it offers lasting, whole body change that takes place on a very deep level and encompasses every layer of our physical, emotional and spiritual body. Profound changes take place through practicing Ayurveda and healing can go way beyond what we’ve seen as possible with Western medicine.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
As more people begin to search for a deeper path to healing beyond pharmaceuticals, Ayurveda will continue to blossom and flourish in the United States. We see individuals beginning to question and look for new alternatives to Western medicine and people are becoming empowered to take control over the outcome of their own health. Ayurveda will certainly play a huge role in the future of our healthcare for that reason.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
Not really a therapy per se’, but I love scraping my tongue each morning! It gives me an inside view of what is going on in my body and lets me know immediately if what I did yesterday was harmonious and in balance with my constitution or if I need to make changes to how I treated myself. The feedback is so instantaneous and there’s no hiding what’s really going on!
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I grew up in Southern California and spent a good portion of my adult life living in the Midwest where I completed my undergraduate degree and worked for two major corporations as a Procurement Specialist. I spent twenty plus years in the rat race and fast pace of the business world before taking a random yoga class that opened my eyes to a deeper consciousness within me that had long been buried by my frantic lifestyle. I wasn’t quite sure what kept me going back to my yoga mat but knew it was a part of me that I needed to explore. Several years into my yoga practice I became a Hatha Yoga teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist, which is how I came to experience the beauty of Ayurveda. Once I began teaching and connecting with others through yoga, I knew that my true calling was to serve in some type of healing capacity. After a couple of years spent with one toe in the corporate world and one toe in the yoga and healing world, I knew in my heart that my true passion lied with yoga and Ayurveda. It took me several months to work up the courage to leave everything behind and give up my corporate lifestyle, but here I am in Nevada City living a life I had once only dreamed of. Studying Ayurveda full time and embarking on a journey of healing and selfless service is truly a blessing and a gift that I’m very appreciative to be experiencing at this point in my life.