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 Claudia from Oakland
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
Over a decade ago I visited an Acupuncturist for a chronic digestive problem. After several weeks of treatment, my condition improved. My acupuncturist suggested that I look into Ayurveda for its overall lifestyle and nutritional focus to further improve my condition. Once I read about Ayurvedic principles and how to integrate them into my own life, I found a healing system that is all encompassing. These principles have become passion and path in of my life.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
I think that integrating Ayurvedic principles does not require a complete life change. By simply introducing small adjustments to our daily routine or nutritional changes, profound results can occur. This overall better feeling promotes physical inspiration to pursue living in harmony with oneself. Ayurveda is an accessible vehicle to achieve this harmony. The Ayurvedic healing system is unique in that it addresses an individual’s specific situation and develops a clearly defined custom treatment plan to address their health concerns. This specificity is what makes it attractive to people, Ayurveda actually addresses what is actually going on for people.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I see a great future for Ayurveda in the US. Ayurveda is often introduced into mainstream media where people are seeking more holistic solutions to health problems. Articles are written about treatments that make Ayurveda accessible to many people. Ayurveda has become a source for people in the US to look for better solutions. Ayurveda will continue to be a sought after source to solve problems that are not being addressed in other ways.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
I have two favorite treatments, one is Marma therapy and the other one is Annuvasana basti (oil enemas). Marma has been incredibly helpful to me in restoring balance to my nervous system and releasing energy blocks in my body and the mind. Annuvasa basti is a great treatment to calm the mind. I feel amazing after it.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States many years ago. I did my undergraduate studies in studio art at San Francisco State University. My preoccupation with trying to understand the human condition started during this time. My interest stayed with me when I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on Creativity. My master thesis was on the role creativity can play in the healing process. My interest in knowing more about the human psyche and body led me to seek a healing system that included these aspects. In Ayurveda I found a healing modality that encompasses these aspects completely.