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 Heather from Canada
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
I was inspired to study Ayurvedic medicine after completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. It is a heartfelt desire of mine to be of service, to help people heal and live a more balanced life, Ayurveda is providing me with that opportunity.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda provides us with a complete picture of our being, spiritually, emotionally and physically, no other medicine and diagnostics provide us with such an in depth description of our imbalances and simple guidelines to stay balanced. The healing programs are based on effective time honored principles that focus on as understanding of one’s individual constitution and the unique nature of their imbalance.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
I believe the future of Ayurveda in Canada is only going to grow as many people are interested in complimentary holistic health care.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
My favourite Ayurvedic therapy is the Bliss Therapies of Abhyanga, Svedana, and Shirodhara.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and spent my youth in Edmonton. Every summer we would move to the mountains to spend 2 months at our cabin. This gave me a deep appreciation and connection to nature. I found myself being drawn to yoga in 1998 and began exploring it on my own, and then in 2003 I completed my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre for Yoga. Baba Hari Das strongly emphasized Ayurveda and selfless service in our training, which lead me down the path of Ayurveda. I feel Ayurveda will give me the opportunity to be of service to the wellbeing of my community and I look forward to sharing the knowledge of Ayurveda in Revelstoke BC.
I have also completed training at The School of Natural Cookery in Boulder CO, in 2001, and just recently completed The Body Therapy Program at CCA, in 2013. Also in Oct 2013, I completed my Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra training at the Integrative Restoration Institute, with Anne Douglas.