Ayurvedic practitioner in Roanoke, Virginia with Katie Silcox

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 Katie from Virginia

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda was a remedy to a life of imbalance. I walked away from a successful career in technology ten years ago.  After years of shcmoozing with zany technologists, government agents, Chicago stock-brokers and a nearly-endless bevy of unhealthy, unfulfilled co-workers, I decided that the corporate patriarchy was slowly sucking the soul-marrow out of my bones. I had a hunger to know myself. I watched as people who had full tanks of cash, cars, designer clothes and power, slowly drowned their minds in alcohol, drugs and other pain killers. It was more than my heart could watch.
I wanted to know my life’s purpose -something that all of the money, beautiful power-elite friends and my current understanding of the world would never satisfy. I wanted to live a life of fullness – the kind of life that continually allowed my heart to open – whether it was breaking from sadness or bursting with awe. I wanted to live in integrity with my own version of God. And I wanted to heal my own body and mind.
I felt that the body was a wise, spirit-infused animal, intimately connected to Nature and her rhythms.  When I first heard of Ayurveda, I understood immediately that there was an entire life-science affirming what my inner intuition was whispering. From then onward, I was a student, and will continue to dive into Ayurveda’s wisdom and mystery as long as I live.

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

Ayurveda is such an attractive life practice because it empowers us by asking us to “own” our present life circumstances. An Ayurvedic consultation gives the public the tools for they need for prevention and deep self-healing. The ultimate beauty of Ayurveda is that many of Her remedies are found in the refrigerator and spice cabinets.

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

People will be drawn to Ayurveda is the U.S. more and more because, as a society, we are now reaching a tipping point in our health care system where people are fed up. They no longer trust the system. They want choice. In Ayurveda, we are the author of our own story. And Ayurveda offers us the tools to be able to write the most blissful, shiny story that we ever thought possible.

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

The abhyanga and dough basti therapies. I find that these therapies really give me the deep nourishment that I need. I feel my nervous system drop deeply into a state of rest, and my body can begin to do the deeper healing work on its own.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

Born in the mountains of Virginia, Katie is a yogini, author, inspirational teacher and mentor to a worldwide network of vibrant, evolving seekers. She is the author of the soon-to-be-published book on how to live a balanced, Ayurveda-inspired life. She has studied with the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in the world of mind-body health. She is a senior teacher within the Tantric Sri-Vidya-based ParaYoga lineage, (www.parayoga.com) and works in close mentorship with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. In 2009, Katie was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers Under 30 by Common Ground Magazine and is the co-creator the Women-Only Tantric Yoga Teacher Training, 8 Drops Yoga.
Katie currently writes for Yoga Journal Online, has a regular radio slot on Where is My Guru, and is a nationally sponsored female athlete for Athleta. Katie is also certified Ayurvedic Wellness Educator and her studies include mentorship with Devi Mueller, Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life and Dr. Marc Halpern of the California College of Ayurveda. Katie currently teaches workshops, retreats and trainings internationally.


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