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 Brittany from South Korea
1) What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?
In my early twenties, I was diagnosed by a Western doctor with an “incurable” disease. That diagnosis came with a side of dark, bottomless depression through which flicked a switch and lit a quest to know the absolute truth about my life’s purpose and, most importantly, how to heal. I sought after truth with all my Being and first found yoga. During a yoga teacher training course in India, I was introduced and instantly magnetized towards the word “Ayurveda” and its entire system of healing. Every cell in my body believes in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. It has transformed my life and continues to help me understand myself, heal and live a beautiful life full of serenity.
2) What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?
Ayurveda is a powerful Science. It presents a different perspective of how one begins to recognize themselves and their habits while revealing the constraints that deter us from being the best, most attractive Being inside and out. Ayurveda offers the full spectrum of healing for the mind, body and Spirit. In my opinion, this alternative medicine exists to engulf and restore the vitality of these three sacred components.
3) What do you think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?
It is my belief that Ayurveda will thrive in Seoul, South Korea, where I will begin my practice. I want to share with the world this wondrous ancient healing system by guiding people to understand how to use Ayurveda to heal themselves. In my opinion, the western mentality of quick fixes and instant solutions works well for severe, acute injuries and surgeries but not in the long-term healing necessary for good health and continued wellness. Therefore, it will become even more appealing to those who are seeking a sustained healthy lifestyle.
4) What is your favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India?
Uro Basti, also known as heart basti, is one of my favorite Ayurvedic therapies. Its warm, herb-infused concoction subtly cures the emotional heart while sedating you into a deep meditation that allows you to relax and release deep-seated grief. Uro Basti is a life-changing remedy that I highly recommend.
5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?
I was born in Roanoke, Virginia and grew up in a life of unawareness of healthy alternatives and in the typical “ignorance is bliss” bubble. At the age of 18, my father introduced me to my first yoga class. Since then, I have been hooked on the tranquility that yoga offers me. After graduating from Radford University in Media Studies, my wanderlust heart fled to South Korea to teach English. From there, I traveled throughout Southeast Asia and ended my trip in India to become a yoga instructor. Before leaving the ashram, my soul had already decided that it was going to pursue Ayurveda. Upon returning to the States, I discovered The California College of Ayurveda and began school in 2010. During my studies at CCA, I fell in love with someone and followed my heartfelt instincts to be with him on his mission in Thailand. I spent time implementing Ayurveda into my daily routine while managing a clothing boutique and designing jewelry. At the end of my travel there, I studied Thai massage. In addition, I began dyeing fabrics in Ayurvedic medicinal herbs to heal the skin. Also, I create jewelry using gemstones, which have healing properties, and have started a company named “Hemashri”. I returned once again to South Korea where I am currently living while teaching English and yoga. It is my desire to spread the Ayurvedic method through my company known as “SeoulShine Ayurveda.”