Ayurvedic practitioner in Peterborough, Ontario with Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

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 Tiffany from Canada

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda inspired me and life guided me…just that simple.

I found myself in India 10 years ago, deeply immersed into the gifts of Yoga & Meditation and I stayed to live there for many years. At the same time I had always been drawn to contemplate and share the great impact of Food upon Consciousness. Through this passion I became a Vegan & Live-Food Chef and began to study and integrate the Ayurvedic approach to Diet. That was only my entrance to the vast wisdom that is Ayurveda and as I dove deeper into my own practice of Yoga there was nothing that made more sense that the holism that is Ayurveda. 

I went to a few Ayurvedic Doctors, received treatments and was completely in awe of the profound effects that it had not only on my body, but also on the deepest parts of my heart and mind.

And, so, I felt a clear calling to study and to serve others in this way and I began to study both in India and at the California College of Ayurveda.

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

I feel Ayurveda is so appealing because it highlights the uniqueness of every individual. Coming from this foundational understanding, it offers a journey back to healthfulness that is so completely specific and unique to each person. This is what so many of us are longing for; to be seen as the diverse, unique human beings that we are and to be invited onto a path of wellness that embraces and looks at all aspects of our wholeness.

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

There is so much for us to learn and explore here in Canada as far as traditional wisdom systems and medicine. Ayurveda can offer options when we might not find any elsewhere, and with its growth in this country the hope is that there will be an increase in healthy, happy, whole individuals. Because of subsidized health care in Canada we aren’t as apt to seek out alternative medicine as much as other people may do elsewhere in the world. Because of this, we sometimes miss out on the great benefits that so many comprehensive medical systems and treatments can provide. However, things are changing as we witness the great synergy that allopathic and alternative medicine can create in our lives. It is this coming together that I hope to see more of in the future for the great benefit for individuals, families and our communities.

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

      I absolutely love what a long-term Panchakarma can offer to one’s life. I often suggest that every person attend at least one 28-day Panchakarma and one 10-day Silent Meditation Retreat in this life. It will simply speak for itself. Panchakarma allows you to get clear, still and deeply balanced and harmonized on all levels. And, with that deep purity comes so much insight and self-discovery that can truly last a lifetime.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

Tiffany is an Ayurvedic Practitioner Intern, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and a Certified Life Coach. A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric Hatha & Kundalini Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Spiritual Nutrition, Ayurveda, Compassionate Communication & Sacred Sexuality. Her students appreciate her art of drawing upon the wisdom of these approaches to offer their truths in ways that are both accessible and highly applicable.

Tiffany is committed to guiding people back to their natural state of balance and wholeness and does so through a combination of Ayurvedic consultations, body therapies, yoga and meditation therapy and coaching.

She is the co-creator of “Living in the Self”, a school that offers yoga teacher trainings, courses, retreats and advanced studies in the Vedic sciences. 

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