The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2016. 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.
I have studied herbal medicine for 17 years and have always planned to work in clinical alternative healthcare after I retired from my previous career as an acrobat. I was very drawn to the structured format that I’ve seen used by the Ayurvedic Practitioners that I knew. I was attracted to the thorough and consistent diagnostic process and reliability in treatment. In my mind, if I was going to work clinically with patients, I wanted a system supporting my treatment that was tried, true, and very reliable. I have found that with Ayurveda.
I think we as a culture are longing for rejuvenation. We are tired. Most of us live very high stress lives, and are looking for ways to relax and de-stress. I think this is one of the main attractions to Ayurveda. People want to thrive. People want to live long vital lives. Most of our destructive coping mechanisms are attempts at de-stressing. I think a lot of people are open to trying new methods like yoga and meditation, and I think Ayurveda fits into this type of category for many people.
I feel that the US is really ready for Ayurveda. Being primed the last couple decades with other types of Holistic Care, I think people are more open and interested in preventative methods and alternative care than ever. I also feel that the systematic approach that many practitioners use with Ayurveda is a good fit for the American culture that likes things to be measurable and explained. I think Ayurveda’s simple concepts and tangible outcomes will allow a wide variety of people to utilize it.
My favorite therapies in Ayurveda are the simple and inexpensive ones that everyone can do. I feel strongly that self-care is something that everyone should be taught. One of my favorite examples of this is Abhyanga, the daily practice of self massage with oil. It’s so simple, inexpensive and yet so powerful…and empowering. Learning to care for ourselves is a process of learning self-love, and I believe that’s truly the key to health.