Ayurvedic Practitioner Introductions

Here is a list of some Ayurvedic practitioners, curated for public use. 

Ayurveda in Georgia: consultations in Jesup with Carolina Dear

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Carolina from Georgia

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was inspired to study Ayurvedic Medicine because I was born into a family with a midwife. My great grandmother was a medicine woman in small country in South America (Ecuador) where natural medicine is common. Over the past years I have become a yoga teacher & Viniyoga therapist. I learned to apply tools of yoga and yoga therapy to help individuals with health challenges such as structural pain, chronic illnesses, and emotional disturbances. I am able to create a therapeutic personalized one-on-one practice that is based on the patient’s needs, interest and current condition. I felt though I was not able to fulfill all the healing modalities to fully benefit the patient. Once I began to investigate what was missing I realized that Ayurveda is very much needed in the healing process. I felt Ayurveda gives the patients natural intelligence of the body and allows them to apply more than one aspect towards healing. Researching Ayurveda made me want to learn more about becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner.  I discovered that even though I live in southeast GA there was still a way to become a practitioner. I researched different types of schools but due to distance and my location I needed an online program. I am grateful to have found the CCA program. Now I am in route to being an Ayurvedic practitioner and eventually to be a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

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

I think the attraction lies between understanding the connection of our body's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual avenues. Patients are drawn to learn more about the spiritual connection of these parts and the simplicity behind Ayurveda Medicine. Patients want to know more about holistic science. Patients want to understand the cause, excess/accumulation, and imbalance which surround their condition. An Ayurvedic practitioner is able to work with the patient to analyze their conditions create a healthy balanced lifestyle.

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

I believe that the future for Ayurveda is promising. I have seen throughout the years more and more exposure to holistic healing and an increase in people wanting to learn more information. I think that it would be a wonderful addition to have an Ayurvedic Clinical Specialist CAS in each doctor’s office, health center and wellness office. This would allow the patient to have an option of choosing Ayurveda for prevention or treatment of chronic conditions.

4) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and grew up in small country in South America (Ecuador) named Guayaquil. It was not until I was a teenager until I moved to the United States. I settled in Massachusetts where I knew family. I worked have to learn northern English then eventually moved to Miami, Florida. While living in Florida I worked for the airlines and travel agency. I traveled parts of the world until I met my husband who was at the time living in Miami also. My husband is from South Georgia and shortly after we were married I moved to Georgia. I have enjoyed living in Georgia and think it is a great place to raise a family.  After moving to Georgia I begin my journey as a wife, mother and professional. Throughout the years I have practiced yoga with books and DVDs at home. In my small town where I live there are no yoga studios available.  I decided to deepen my own yoga practice and went to yoga school to become a yoga teacher and viniyoga therapist. Yoga has brought profound healing to me and I strongly recommend it to everyone. I believe that a person can walk away from yoga with flexibility, stress, anxiety and pain relief, better breathing, increased strength, weight management, and improved circulation. I also believe it can contribute to inner peace. As I practiced as a yoga teacher and therapist I feel that something was missing from what I could offer to patients. These feelings were validated more after talking and caring for patients. I felt that a real holistic meaning of being connect to body, mind and spirit was missing. After discovering this I decided to go further in my learning and follow my path to become an Ayurvedic Clinical Specialist. 

My goal  as a teacher and a Ayurvedic  Practitioner( intern) is to enhance the health and well-being of an individual by reducing symptoms, restoring balance, increasing self-understanding, encouraging prevention, and facilitating healing at all levels. Many tools of yoga and yoga therapy and the wisdom of Ayurveda medicine can be incorporated into holistic healing towards an individual. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to learn and share this great learning with my patients. 

 
 
 

 

 

Ayurveda in Idaho: Consultations with Daya Devi

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Daya from Idaho

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

A desire to approach health from a spiritual perspective. After my father died of colon cancer, I started to explore life's symbolism and metaphysics through yoga. It helped me grieve in a meaningful way. My first exposure to Ayurveda was when I traveled to an Ayurvedic resort in Kerala, India, for a yoga retreat and received a consultation and a couple basic body therapies. I was so intrigued by this approach to health; it was all new to me! Over the next few years I continued to use some Ayurvedic practices under little guidance and with varying results and finally decided I wanted to know more about what I was doing. That brought me to the college!

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

Ayurveda offers the chance to live without disease. Not only to treat existing conditions but to avoid them before they begin. This frees up our energy to pursue whatever is truly important to us, like family, creative projects, or other ways of enjoying life!

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

The future of Ayurveda depends on the willingness of US citizens to participate in their own healing. I know that as a country our collective awareness is always expanding and I believe more and more people will become drawn to preventative medicine as they see the effects of modern lifestyle and pharmaceutical treatments have on their quality of life. Ayurveda will make sense to more people as they confront the the fact that disease is more than just symptoms.

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

I think Pancha Karma is the best thing Ayurveda has to offer. It is an individualized treatment so it includes a variety of therapies over a course of time. The process gives each patient the perfect grounds to know themselves more intimately from the inside out and become more of their own intuitive healer.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

Ayurveda gives me access to spirituality in everyday life. I used to live as a full-time staff member in an ashram (monastery where yoga is practiced) where spirituality was at my fingertips; there were less worldly distractions and more structure in place to cultivate an even mind. Now that I am a working mother, I rely on my Ayurvedic knowledge and practices to help me connect with the divinity in every  moment. I may not always do it perfectly, but my life is full of purpose because I have an example of perfection through Ayurvedic teachings that guide my actions and intentions.
 
 

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Ayurveda in Pennsylvania: Consultations in Bensalem with Jeanne-Marie Derrick

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Jeanne-Marie from Pennsylvania

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Over 30 years ago I embraced the path of yoga and many of the related devotional teachings. One of those teachings was Ayurveda under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Svaboda. Four years ago I returned to India to study with my Yoga teacher, Shri BKS Iyengar. While there, I partook in a 21 day treatment at an Ayurveda clinic in Kerala. During this process I came to appreciate how essential Ayurveda is to our present society being deeply impressed by subtle changes and realizations in myself.

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

In my yoga classes, I see many astute and sophisticated students in New Yoga City, Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Many have the means and access to the best medicine, nutrition and psychological support around, but are still feeling at a loss, often overwhelmed by burdens from work and life. There is a deep craving for the basic wisdom that Ayurveda offers. A wisdom that we all know in the deepest parts of ourselves. It is in our cells, our bones, it is our birthright. But, it seams an easy knowing to forget and can be sometimes challenging to remember and practice without the support of a trained Ayurveda Practitioner, who has walked the road before.  

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

When I first started practicing Yoga, it was difficult to find a yoga teacher in New York City. There was only a select handful. I remember thinking, “give it time, yoga will be such a phenomenon that just about everyone will be talking about and practicing it”. I feel Ayurveda has that same potential toward becoming the medical modality that can be trusted to bring a greater quality of life to many people. 

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

      The diversity of therapies offered by Ayurveda incorporate a number of varying treatments that address the body, mind and spirit different ways on different days. From Abhyanga, to Shirodhara, dough Basti’s and Pranic healing through Marma points, I find it difficult to select one. But, at this moment I would just love to get an Abhyanga from two therapists (or more) with warm medicated oil followed by a Svedana. That sounds like pure joy and love!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was raised in Florham Park, New Jersey and moved to New York City to study painting and sculpture at The Art Students League. While in NYC, I became interested and certified in Iyengar Yoga. I am especially interested in Yoga for Women, Yoga for Scoliosis (certified under Elise Miller) and the therapeutic value of yoga including pranayama and meditation. I am one of the core faculty at the NYC Iyengar Institute, where I teach to this day. I ran my own yoga studio in NYC. I moved to Anguilla B.W.I. a small island in the Caribbean to work with a team of Dr.’s to set up a medical health resort. Although the resort never opened, I ended up planting roots there and would eventually live full time running a yoga studio and an art studio. I moved back to the NY/ NJ area and saw the deep need in myself to look at life through the lens of Ayurveda. Dr. Timothy McCall recommended me to study at CCA particularly for the internship program which he claims is the only Ayurveda school in the country that trains its students for the demands of professionalism.
 
 

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Ayurveda in Tennessee: Consultations with Leah Kaplan

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Leah from Tennessee

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

A meditation teacher of mine suggested I look into Ayurvedic medicine. I began by seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner myself for chronic illness in 2010 and saw such amazing results that I had to know more about it. At the time, I was also completing my second yoga teacher training and the two perfectly complimented each other.

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

An Ayurvedic Practitioner paints a picture of you as an entire human being. We look at what is happening not only in the physical body, but in your mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies as well. The patient is a three dimensional, living being and all the aspects of who that patient is get considered in planning that patient’s care. It is a completely personalized method of care. I think this is very attractive to people.

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

The future of Ayurveda in America is very, very bright. The booming popularity of yoga can only be followed by a rise in popularity of its very closely-related sister science, Ayurveda. Combine this trend with the sweeping reform in our health care system as a nation, which corresponds to our collective frustration with allopathic medicine,  and I think the stage is set for Ayurveda to step into the spotlight.

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

I am a Neti pot and Nasya oil devotee! After struggling with all sorts of sinus problems and allergies, I have found the daily practice of neti and nasya to be a life-changer!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Performance Studies. I have also completed both 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Trainings with YogaWorks, in Santa Monica, CA and New York City.  It was during my first Teacher Training that I began seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner for leftover symptoms of a chronic illness that had been ongoing for years. Within months, my symptoms were gone and I felt happier and healthier than ever before. While living in Brooklyn, I began studying with CCA through their Long Distance Learning program. Having scratched the New York City itch, and wanting to fully immerse myself in my studies, I moved to Nevada City in 2013 to study full-time on the campus of CCA. Living there provided me a connection to nature that I sorely lacked living in the city. Now based outside of Nashville, TN, I am thrilled to be able to share this life-altering knowledge with my community and I give many thanks to all my teachers for generously illuminating this path.

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Ayurveda in Virginia: Consultations with Ranjana Chawla

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Ranjana from Virginia

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Being born in India, my parents believed in Ayurvedic medicine and it has always been a part of my life.  However, I never really understood how Ayurveda really works, what does Vedas say about it, is this really a science?  Over time, I continued to learn from my parents’ holistic ways to treat health problems and was able to share my rudimentary Ayurvedic knowledge with my friends.  I started reading various books on Ayurveda, the more I read, the more I got interested and started feeling that I could help people if I had the real knowledge.  I realized that Ayurveda is not just about medicine, it is about understanding the energetic makeup of one’s own unique body and how to stay disease-free and balanced.  I believe that destiny brought my calling and I enrolled in a full-fledged program at CCA to become an Ayurvedic practitioner and now I’m enjoying it to the fullest.

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

Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It is a holistic healing science that focuses on identifying a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, changes in the life style, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, and meditation to restore balance.  I think, by bringing minor adjustments to our daily routine or dietary changes, profound results can occur.  Ayurveda teaches us to be aware of our own bodies, guides us to make wise choices, so that we can do what is required to maintain balance according to our body constitution.  Ayurveda stresses on self-healing and I think this is what makes it attractive to people.

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

Ayurveda is gradually taking roots in the U.S. The fast pace of modern lifestyles has led to increased health problems such as Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension, Gastritis etc. Treatment for some of these diseases requires long-term drugs usage that can be very damaging to the body. This is where people should especially use ayurvedic treatments because it is natural, safer, and gentler. It provides holistic solutions to health problems by using natural processes and methods to address disease at its root, thereby reducing symptoms and curing human beings in the long term. It customizes the treatment as per individual person’s unique physical, mental and emotional constitution to promote wellness. I definitely see a great future for Ayurveda in the US.

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

My favourite treatment is Shirodhara. When a soothing stream of warm oil is poured luxuriously on the third eye, just above and between the eyebrows, it helps me in restoring balance to my nervous system. It washes away stress and brings a sense of clarity to my thoughts. It nourishes my soul and I feel amazing after it.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in New Delhi, India and have a Master’s in Indian History from Delhi University.  I taught history at high school for few years.  Over time, I started working as visiting professor at various community colleges and universities across US, teaching about Indian History, Culture, Vedas, Art and Architecture.   During these lectures, I met number of people and they used to ask questions about Indian medicine science (Ayurveda).  With the knowledge I have gained through this program at California College of Ayurveda, I feel I can share the true knowledge now, give scientific reasoning and heal others.  The holistic aspect of Ayurveda, combining physical, mental and spiritual intrigues me the most.  I can see that knowledge of Ayurveda will help me become a life coach for people.  I would like to continue to learn more about Ayurveda, spread knowledge about this science through lectures & seminars and heal people across my community.
 
 

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Ranjana Chawla
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Ayurveda in Washington, DC: Consultations with Leah Barr

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014-2015 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 Leah from Washington

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have always been passionate about the connection between food and health, both physical and mental.  After years of exploration and experimentation, I decided to study Ayurveda because of its potency and specificity of the right food and medicine for the right person.  It can be hard to wade through all of the various diets and health fads of the current day with their varying degrees of efficacy and value.  Ayurveda is based in deeper principles which have stood the test of time and which bring real results.  Over time I have found that my less optimal habits have fallen away and more beneficial ones have replaced them.  There is so much positive reinforcement and feedback on this path.  The better I feel the more I want to align with the deeper principles.

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

I think now more than ever the public is keen to the idea that thinking and being are biological functions which run on fuel – food – and that what we eat matters.  There is also an unprecedented awareness of the health problems associated with stress.  In Ayurveda, everything is considered food, not only what we eat and drink but also what we absorb through the senses. So it's a comprehensive approach to the human condition.  Many people are tired and stressed by the demands of modern day life, by the different pulls on our attention and energy.  People want more clear, stable energy wherever and whenever possible.  The wisdom of Ayurveda is here to help with that and to teach us how to use food and sensory input as medicine.

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

It's an exciting time on the planet for Ayurveda and all the people it has helped and will continue to help.  Ayurveda has the depth and the breadth to support anyone wherever they happen to be on their health journey—as a compliment to other health and maintenance routines or as a way of life.  Little changes can have big impact and big changes are utterly transformative.

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

My favorite therapy is abhyanga.  This is the practice of daily self massage with herbal oils designed specifically for one’s constitution.  It supports the lymphatic system and provides moisture to the skin enabling deeper tissues of the body to retain their moisture as well.  It’s like a soft blanket of protection that insulates me throughout my day.  I can’t start my day without it!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I live in Washington, DC where I am a mother of two and a yoga teacher.  I did my undergraduate work at Kenyon College in Ohio and directed and taught a K-3 art program in DC after graduation and before having children.  I have been studying yoga since 1992 and have been lucky enough to study extensively with many preeminent yoga scholars and teachers.  My love of yogic philosophy and practice converged with my passion for health and well being to bring me to serious study of Ayurveda.
 
 

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Ayurvedic consultations in Georgetown, California with Lori Williams

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 Lori from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have been interested in health and healing all of my life. Throughout my years of exploration, I have never connected so much with a healing system as I have with Ayurveda. Ayurveda is very deep and life transforming: it incorporates psychology and spirituality as well as physical health.

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

I believe that many people in the Western culture are now ready for something more comprehensive than the easy “fixes” we have become accustomed to. People are thirsty for deeper truth and personal transformation, for actual healing instead of band-aids.

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

People in the U.S. care very much about health and wholeness. As people realize that Ayurveda is not a trend, but a deeply rooted system that does not sway much with economic drives and whimsical hopes, appreciation for Ayurveda will grow.

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

We all love to eat, right? Learning to eat healthfully in the Ayurvedic way is not boring or depriving.  Food should be delicious and satisfying, and much of the medicine comes right from our spice cupboard!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Southern California and have lived in various areas of California all of my life. After the home birth of my daughter I was altered by the miraculous experience of childbirth. I was motivated to help families to experience birth and parenting with dignity and choice, and so I became a childbirth educator and doula. I went to nursing school with the intention of becoming a midwife, but became drawn to hospice. I spent most of my nursing career in the hospice field, where I participated in healing and miracles every day.
In 2003 I started having some chronic health problems. A friend told me about Ayurveda and I found it interesting, but at the time I chose to take prescribed medications to manage my symptoms. Three years ago those masked symptoms reappeared, the medications no longer helped, and I was desperate to change my life for the better. I went to an Ayurvedic practitioner and was astounded to find that my symptoms were not only disappearing but I was able to discontinue my medications completely. I love to share the things that inspire me, so I went to California College of Ayurveda to become a practitioner so that I may help others on this amazing journey.

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Ayurvedic consultations in Los Angeles, California with Rita Burgos

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 Rita from Southern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Many roads led me to Ayurveda. I was a community organizer for many years striving to build healthy and environmentally sustainable communities. I have also been involved in yoga for more than 20 years and I have worked as an Energy Healing Therapist and Body/Mind Counselor for eight years.  I have worked with many clients facing challenges with addiction, anxiety and an overall sense of disorientation in their life.  Something inside of me kept searching for a deeper approach to healing that explained physical, mental and spiritual imbalances.  Ayurveda was the answer to my question.  It bridged my many interests and provided answers to understand the causes of illness and solutions.

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

Ayurveda is so comprehensive.  There are so many different modalities of treatment that can connect to each person.  There is also a backlash to the impersonal nature of healthcare.  Ayurveda is individualized and allows for a deeper understanding of an individual.  Ayurveda also sets high expectations for the quality of our lives.  Balance in Ayurveda includes a joyful, calm, and inspired life. I think so many people are seeking this kind of life, not just a body free of disease.

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

I see a big future for Ayurveda in this country.  When I talk to friends or strangers about Ayurveda, there is so much interest.  With yoga, many people understood it to be only physical poses.  As the popularity of yoga has increased, there has been an a tremendous increase awareness of yoga as a spiritual path to contentment, self-understanding and joy.  I'm sure the same will happen with Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga.

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

I love so many therapies in Ayurveda from marma (Ayurvedic energy therapy) to abhyanga (oil massage).  However, it is work with mantra that I find fascinating.  I am most interested in Ayurvedic psychology and mantra is one of the most powerful tools that can be used for mental and emotional challenges.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in the Philippines and raised in central Los Angeles, living in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world.  Striving to create a healthier world started with my political activism in high school and Swarthmore College, where I began work on issues of women's rights, environmental degradation and social inequality.  Through my political work, I was able to travel and experience many different cultures in Los Angeles, Native American reservations, rural villages in the Philippines, the Caribbean, and South America.  My work taught me so much, but I rarely perceived a true sense of joy among many political activists.  Their devotion to work for a better world was inspiring, but I wasn't satisfied with the lack of happiness that was so prevalent.  After giving birth to my first child, I was inspired to turn to holistic healing.  I received my training at the Lionheart Institute for Transpersonal Energy Healing.  For several years, I have worked as an Energy Healing Therapist and Body/Mind Counselor.  My transition to Ayurveda has brought all these pieces together and I truly feel like I found my home.

 

Ayurvedic consultations in Manhasset Hills, New York with Dhara Patel

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 Dhara from New York

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

After working for a few years with cancer patients and observing the effect of chemo therapy and radiation, especially in children; I was looking for a more natural but effective way of treatment. Being the oldest natural medicine ever existed, Ayurveda inspired me for its preventing treatment by bringing the balance between human body and the nature at the elemental level.

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

Ayurveda helps the healthy individual to stay healthy and brings the quality of life back to the unhealthy individual.

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

The knowledge of Ayurveda is very easy to apply in day-to-day life. With prevalence of diseases increasing in United States, alternative medicines have something additional to offer compared with the traditional Western medicine.

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

Dietary therapy and healthy eating attracts me the most in Ayurveda as it leads to proper balance of all the five elements.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in India and did my Bachelors in microbiology. After coming to USA in 2001, I pursued studies in Nuclear Medicine Technology at Manhattan College, New York. Since 2005, I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY. Initially, I found it hard to work with cancer patients on an emotional level. I have had an opportunity to work with people so close to death yet still smiling and enjoying every movement of their lives. This heart touching experience made me stronger emotionally, and spiritually. I came to know that more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer eventually end up dying from it. This painful fact led me in other directions in search for a better solution and hope. With the help of my Guru, I got introduced to the world of Ayurveda. Being an Indian, I have experienced the benefits of homemade remedies first hand, but wasn’t aware that it was part of Ayurveda until now. After joining the California College of Ayurveda as a student, I realized that Ayurveda has a lot more to offer to the medicinal world for better and healthy life. After gaining theoretical knowledge in Ayurveda, I just started my Internship. I am ready to share this delightful knowledge with others.

Contact Information

Phone: 718-570-6330
Email: dhara14_patel@yahoo.com
 

Ayurvedic consultations in Nevada City, California with Bonnie Stack

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 Bonnie from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was inspired to study Ayurveda as it is the culmination of my life’s path, the study of herbalism, natural medicine, a relationship with the self to heal the body, mind, and spirit, helping others to heal themselves, and being of service. “Ayurveda” means the Science of Life, I wanted to understand more about what it meant to be alive and what deeper purpose is there? This path became more evident and clearer as I deepened my yoga and meditation practice. While journeying in India in 2009, I met many Ayurvedic doctors and healed parts of myself through Ayurveda, I was amazed at the healing and benefit Ayurveda offers! Ayurveda offered me a pathway for a healthy body, calm and clear mind, and a way to heal self and others.

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

Ayurveda is the only system of medicine that addresses body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda speaks to a deep place within our being, not only our physical ailment, but offers us a lens to our deep-rooted ways of being. Ayurveda allows every individual to look through that lens and see themselves, allowing us to understand our illness, and giving us practical, accessible, holistic remedies to heal. Ayurvedic medicine considers the whole patient and treats the root. Thus, even if someone were to take on the practices of Ayurveda in a simple way, they will begin to see permanent changes towards health!

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

I think the future of Ayurveda is growing! Ayurveda is becoming more known in the west, and as more people experience the benefits of Ayurveda, the trust of this medicine grows strong. The more Ayurvedic practitioners can educate, the more people will understand what Ayurveda is. Ayurveda is not only a spa treatment, but a complete and ancient science of medicine!

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

My favorite therapy is Shirodhara. As warm oil is poured over the head, a deep sense of calm and nourishment are felt in the body and the nervous system. This depth of nourishment and relaxation go deep into the body and mind, and can be felt through layers of our being.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, my family was of doctors and nurses. From a young age I was interested in natural healing remedies and was inspired by my family to understand medicine. I was also encouraged and inspired at a young age to be in nature and there I felt a connection to god. My undergraduate studies were at Lewis and Clarke College in Portland, OR, and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I majored in Plant Ecology. After graduation I lived in Kauai, HI, appreciating the beauty of the islands. There I met an Indian, Ayurvedic Doctor who inspired me to travel to India in 2009. Upon my return to the US, I wanted to further my studies of Buddhism, so I worked as a volunteer making Tibetan Books at Yeshe De Tibetan Preservation Project. Three years later I began my studies at The California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA. I set my highest intention that my future be towards the study of Ayurveda, the advancement of Ayurveda in the west, and sharing the healing practice with others!

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bonnie.stack.10
Email: bonnie.stack@gmail.com
  

Ayurvedic consultations in Nevada City, California with Kat Sun

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 Kat from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have been studying and practicing Hath Yoga since 1996.  Through the deepening of my personal yoga practice, I begun to study and practice Pranayama and Meditation, partaking in Yoga Teacher Trainings, teaching Hatha Yoga, and inquiring deeper into the ancient metaphysical sciences / philosophies of the Vedic lineage.  It is on this path of self-inquiry that I first became aware of Ayurveda.  Initially it was just a vague notion of something I felt curious to learn more about.  However, immediately as I came in contact with this ancient and profound science, I felt a deep resonance and knew this was something I needed to delve into deeper.  My interest is to live in internal and external alignment towards optimal health, wellbeing, and inner truth, and to share and be of service in whatever capacity is appropriate in this life towards manifesting health, wellbeing, ease, healing, beauty, and abundance into the world.

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

I think this will differ from person to person.  However, I believe Ayurveda’s holistic approach of addressing body, mind, and spirit, in a way that honors and respects one’s inherent nature, and the fluctuating nature of life, the seasons, and shifting life circumstances, to be a major appeal to many who are interested in true health and wellbeing.  The self-empowering potential of making real sustaining shifts as one learns and understands the principles of Ayurveda and it’s direct application into daily life is another powerfully enticing component of Ayurveda.

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

I believe Ayurveda holds a strong and vibrant future in the world as more and more awareness is brought to light about the potential to heal and empower oneself along each individual’s journey.  All sciences and systems hold an inherent gift and potential, as well as having its unique limitations.  Today, it is becoming increasingly clear the limitations of allopathic medicine and the current health care system in this country.  Ayurveda offers a beautiful counterpart to work in conjunction with the western allopathic medicine model towards achieving optimal health and wellbeing.

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

Each therapy has its gift in the right application.  It is hard to choose a favorite.  My favorite is the therapy that is right for the moment.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

Blessed, I was born into a loving nurturing family in Fort Collins, Colorado, to a family of Chinese descent.  Growing up in a family of Chinese (from Taiwan) origin, it was common to hear such phrases as ‘mung beans are cooling’, ‘mangos are heating’, or ‘red dates building for the blood’, and to respect the intrinsic healing property of all foods.  As a young adult, I studied Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, and then continued on to receive my Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.  As a Licensed Landscape Architect in the state of California, I have over 20+ years of professional experience and education in the multi-disciplinary fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.  Simultaneous to the pursuit of my professional design career, I came into contact with the practice of Hatha Yoga and so began my lifelong pursuit of self-inquiry into the depths of this amazing lineage.  Through years of dedicated practice and many teacher trainings and workshops, eventually I also began teaching Hatha Yoga as a way to share the benefits of this profound and amazing practice.  Along this journey of self-inquiry, my path eventually led me to the study of Ayurveda.
In 2011, as my karma ripened and the stars aligned, I found myself no longer able to hush my soul’s deepest longing, and was propelled into a major life shift, as I crossed the threshold from the ‘safe known’ world of corporate professionalism into the unknown mystical terrain of the healing arts, dedicating fully my time and energy to the study and practice of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Mandala Painting.  Currently enrolled in the California College of Ayurveda (CCA)’s Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) Internship program, I also work as an Ayurvedic Body Therapist in CCA’s Pancha Karma Department, and teach yoga at Nevada City’s local Wild Mountain Yoga Studio.

My desire is to unite my design experience and expertise with my commitment and passion for the healing arts, to manifest sacred healing space; whether that is designing a physical space in the home, garden or community, teaching yoga to tap into the sacred space within, or holding sacred space as a container for someone’s healing journey as an Ayurvedic practitioner and body therapist.  In all these pursuits, my deepest interest is the shifting and re-patterning of energy towards internal and external alignment for optimal health and well-being.

Contact Information

Website:  www.sholansun.com

 

Ayurvedic consultations in Oyster bay, New York with Jill Talve

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 Jill from New York

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I began on my path to Ayurveda in 2002, when I encountered a woman who was an MD and an ayurvedic practitioner under Maya Tiwari. She embodied the past, present and future of healing in all its forms. She guided me through a transformative process which led to a disease-free life. In 2011, I decided to deepen my understanding of Ayurveda to a level where I can serve others and help to heal them.

2)    What do you think makes Ayurveda attractive?

Ayurveda is a time tested practice that equally addresses the mind, body and spirit. People are ready for this integrative approach to health, where they can work with a system that provides clear methods that improve aspects of the whole being, rather than just one aspect or symptom. Ayurveda responds to a persons’ desire to feel in control of their own well-being.

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

Ayurveda is a fully comprehensive system that is a perfect complement to western medicine by having extremely effective protocols in both preventative and post-trauma care. I think the future of health care depends on a new paradigm where people can participate wholly in their own self -care under the guidance of experienced practitioners. As demand increases for a system that provides solutions through all phases of disease,  Ayurveda will remain at the heart of this movement.

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

My favorite therapy is abhyanga. I can wholeheartedly vouch for the effectiveness of a regular application of the appropriate medicated oil on my skin, which improves state of mind, and level of health. Different oils have different effects, so no two treatments are ever quite the same.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Tarrytown, a suburb north of New York City. After spending several years in college on the west coast, I moved back to New York to work in my family’s steel distribution business. As my responsibilities grew within the business, my busy travel schedule included frequent trips to Asia and India, and I became intrigued with maintaining my own health challenges from an eastern perspective. Ayurveda gave me a new perspective on how to stay healthy while maintaining such a busy lifestyle. When the company was sold in 2008, I decided to make my personal passion a professional one by becoming an ayurvedic practitioner. I am very excited to be in the internship program at CCA. I consider it a privilege to share this wonderful wisdom with others.

Contact Information

Email; coilgirl@gmail.com
Website:  www.everveda.com
 

Ayurvedic consultations in Southern California with Ruchira Malhotra

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 Ruchira from Southern California (Chino Hills)

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was experiencing significant water retention and swelling throughout my body.  Within hours, my weight would jump to as much as 6 pounds! My body was swollen and no medicine, food etc was helping me. Medical doctors and Specialists could not diagnose me but suggested that I may have gluten allergies. So, I was off gluten completely for 18 months. I was not convinced of this diagnosis and started to search for answers outside Allopathic Medicine. That is when I stumbled upon Ayurveda. I went through 21 days of Pancha Karma and 1 year of herbal medication that helped clear the clogging in my tissues, cells and detoxify my body too. Soon after the Pancha Karma treatment, grains were slowly introduced back in my diet and my body did not react to them anymore.  Water retention and swelling went away.  I was very excited about this!!  My health started to restore and my trust in Ayurveda developed.  I wanted to share this amazing experience with others and did not want others to go through what I went through.

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

The word Ayurveda means Science of Life. .It is one of the oldest holistic healing systems developed by the Sages, in India, thousands of years ago.  Ayurveda is based on the philosophy or the belief that health and wellness depends upon a delicate balance between the body, mind and spirit.  It is the most powerful and sophisticated health systems that believe in natural and holistic living.  Ayurveda emphasizes on reestablishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise, body cleansing and health of the mind, body and spirit.

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

The future of Ayurveda is very bright and great in the United States of America.  People are realizing the limitations of Western Medicine and are searching for alternative healthy options. In North America, Ayurveda is considered an alternative medicine and a whole medical system by itself. In the past decade, Ayurveda has been growing in North America.  In 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM) released the results of a survey of 31,000 people.  It stated that in the U.S.A four tenths of the one percent of the respondents had used Ayurveda in the past.

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

My favorite therapy is Shirodhara. It is very rejuvenating, relaxing and helps release stress. I love how it helps quieten my mind and clears all thoughts. It’s better than even going for a vacation to a beach facing or a golf resort!!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in New Delhi, India. I graduated from a Catholic based Convent High School.  I did double bachelors from Delhi University in Political Science / English and Education.  I was a Primary School Teacher for 8 years in Catholic Schools in India and in the U.S.A.  In October 2009, I became a Founder Member for a Charter School in Southern California.
In the later part of 2010, I started to experience water retention and swelling in my body.  Western Medicine could not help me much which is when I turned to Ayurveda for help. With the help of Ayurveda, I regained my health.  In 2012, I decided to be an Ayurveda practitioner myself and help others gain back their health.  I started my schooling in 2012 and now I am very excited to begin my internship.

Contact Information

Email: ruchirasm@yahoo.com
 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Aley, Lebanon with Haifa Abouassi

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 Haifa from Lebanon

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have been introduced to Ayurvedic medicine by my father Dr.adel abouassi M.D . He has been influenced by the alternative way of healing and how it could spare the body from all the side effects of medications, in addition to actually treating the condition not the symptoms. With this train of thought i have been raised and 100% convinced that this is the true way of healing. For this reason i have studied chiropractic, acupuncture, and now Ayurvedic medicine.

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

Ayurveda means the science of life, it is a traditional medicine that goes back to ancient times. It addresses the body with utmost respect to its uniqueness. Each treatment plan is individualised to a specific patient with a specific condition. It helps the patient to regain his body wisdom. Through proper self care, a patient will be able to be his own healer, assuring graceful ageing, good health and balance between the body, mind and spirit.

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

This is the future, people are getting more and more aware of the limitations of classical medicine. They are showing a lot of interest in the prevention of disease in addition to curing the condition from its roots. People are more conscious nowadays about the true value of Good Health, and Ayurveda is at the heart of it!

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

      My favourite therapy in this traditional system is pranayama ( a breathing technique designed for each patient). This technique helps ease the mind, calm the nerves and refresh the body. Easy to do, dose not require any equipments or expenses. Available to everyone and its benefits to the body tissues are countless.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Lebanon. I come from a family of medical doctors, each his own specialty from paediatrics to cardiology and surgery. I graduated from the Lebanese American University with a B.S in biology, then i travelled to the United States of America to study chiropractic, i lived for 4 years in Pasadena Texas and graduated with honours in chiropractic and acupuncture from Texas Chiropractic College. For 11 years i have been practicing in my private clinic, giving my patients chiropractic adjustments, traction, acupuncture, advise regarding their dietary changes and exercise program to strengthen the muscular and skeletal system. In the passed 11 years i have seen a big number of patients each defer in their case, pain presentation and tolerance, flexibility, endurance,focus, reaction to treatments,ability to follow recommendations,healing time.... with all this deference, one diet is going to fit all? this never made sense to me. Ayurvedic medicine was the answer i have been studying at California College of Ayurveda and the more i study the more i am convinced with the methods and concepts that Ayurvedic medicine offers. Not only through diet but also through herbs, self care advise, meditation, pranayama, aroma, and colour therapies. I am blessed to having the ability to transfer my knowledge of Ayurveda to my patients. Now i feel i have much more to offer, from prevention of disease, to a total health transformation for this who are willing.

Contact Information

Abouassi Medical Center
Aley Lebanon
00961 5 555 340
00961 5 554 581
00961 5 55 66 07
00961 3 914 735
office hours weekdays 9am-6pm
  
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Altadena, California with Teri Ortt

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 Teri from Southern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have been a long time practitioner and student of yoga. My yoga studies led me to the practice of ayurveda which complemented my interest in natural healing methods. During a trip to India I met with an ayurvedic doctor and experienced my first ayurvedic consultation along with restorative therapies. When I returned to California I began to see a local practitioner. I was amazed by the results I experienced. Since then ayurveda has become a guiding light in my life.

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

As members of the 21st century we all experience varying degrees of stress. Stress reduction and healthy living are goals that we strive for. Ayurveda is a perfect match for the challenges of this time. It is a complex, yet ultimately simple system that is accessible to all. With its focus on diet and lifestyle, it provides the tools for bringing balance back to our lives.
 

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

The future of Ayurveda is promising. As people continue to embrace holistic approaches to healing and pursue avenues that encourage self awareness and global responsibility ayurveda will continue to grow in popularity.

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

My favorite therapy is dinacharya, or my daily routines. It’s not the most luxurious therapy, but it provides me with a sense of groundedness that I can rely on day to day. Even in my most stressful times, these daily routines keep me feeling steady and anchored.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in Minnesota, but have lived in California for the past 25 years. I completed my undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University where I majored in Political Science and Spanish. I have a M.S. in Educational Leadership and an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University. I am a credentialed teacher and have taught elementary school through middle school. I am also a certified yoga instructor. One of my favorite projects has been the establishment of yoga programs in public schools that serve at risk youth. I am married with two children along with a huge Bernese Mountain dog who brings us much joy. In my spare time I love to spend time outdoors with my family skiing, hiking, going to the beach and traveling to new places. I also value my own time when I can practice yoga, read, garden and write. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life as I embark on my journey as an ayurvedic practitioner.

Contact Information

namasteriortt@gmail.com

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Auburn, California with Laurel Odom

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Laurel from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was inspired to study Ayurveda through the desire to address health from a more individualized, dynamic point of view. I had just graduated from studying clinical nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and I felt a strong disconnection from the clinical way of thinking. It was a “one size fits all,” calorie-based approach that takes into account height, weight, gender and “activity factor” and then proceeds to plug those factors into an equation. From here, the amount of calories that one is supposed to eat in a day was concluded. So much seemed to be lacking in regards to assessing an individual, their health and the actions necessary to support optimal health. I was uninspired to enter this field, but still desired to channel my energy into health and wellness. At this time I had been practicing yoga for five years and was strongly dedicated to my practice. The college (CCA) had been popping up on my radar for a few years - initially after doing a project on India for my cultural nutrition class - but I had ignored the nudges because I hadn’t entertained any other option for my future than becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). I graduated in June with the realization that the RD path was not for me and moved home to Auburn. I finally had the time to look into this other form of health and found out that the college was a mere half an hour away. I scheduled a tour of the college and signed up for classes that day. The rest is history :)

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

I find that Ayurveda catches people’s interests because it focuses on treating the individual. There isn’t a “one size fits all” in Ayurveda - instead, there is focus on the individual on a mental, physical and spiritual level. Ayurveda teaches one how to make easy daily choices that serve them as opposed to putting them further out of balance and it also gives one more insight to themselves and their basic nature. It’s always fun to learn more about yourself and I think that Ayurveda brings a great amount of clarity to understanding one’s self. I also think that the fact that the ancient tradition of Ayurveda has maintained it’s validity for over 5,000 years is also something that intrigues the general public - there must be something special about this way of health and wellness if it’s been able to stay strong and successful for this long (*spoiler alert: there is :) ).

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

I think that the future of Ayurveda in the United States is bright!! Preventative medicine is becoming a large focus in this culture as complications with our current medical system increase and as medical doctors simply don’t have enough time to focus as much on preventative care because of the large amount of current disease cases. Ayurveda places a great amount of awareness on the root cause of disease (the digestive system and the mind) and if there is greater emphasis in addressing this realm of health we can make great moves in transitioning out of this disease plagued culture and into a more aware, conscious one that can recognize and confront symptoms before they have the opportunity to manifest.

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

That’s a toughie.. Either shirodhara or abhyanga.. Probably abyhanga (the synchronized, two-person massage with warm herbal oils). I equate receiving an abhy to being able to press the reset button. It’s extremely relaxing, grounding and nourishing.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I am grateful to say that I’ve always had a close connection to nature as well as the opportunity to have been exposed to a wide range of cultures. Born and raised in Auburn, a small town in Northern California, I spent many of my days hiking in the American River Canyon, skiing in the Sierra Nevada’s and playing in our garden at home. I continued to cherish that connection during my time studying nutrition at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo - enjoying time spent hiking the rolling coastal hills and exploring the many offerings of the Pacific. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel early on in life with my family as well as the opportunity to study abroad - including sailing through the Caribbean islands, traveling through Europe and Australia and studying abroad in San Sebastian, Spain. The combination of the connection to nature, the exposure to different ways of life though travel, my interest in yoga and the pursuit of deepening my knowledge in terms of health care has seemed to lead me to Ayurveda and I couldn’t be more grateful. I started my Ayurvedic education in October of 2013 and within just a year I have learned so much about myself and life in general and I look forward to continuing this journey. Namaste!
 
 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Austin, Texas with Yoshiko Morita

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Yoshiko from Texas

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

To explore, know and learn all about Ayurveda was a major decision in my life. Two significant experiences led me to the path of Ayurvedic Medicine. First, I was a dancer, choreographer, group fitness instructor and fitness instructor trainer for over 25 years. This required me to manage my health for professional reasons, but it was not easy to avoid injuries as they kept occurring all the time. In 2003, I suffered a serious injury in my lumber spine and hip joints and the  doctor suggested that surgery was the only option. I refused and was determined to treat and rehabilitate myself through the use of Oriental medicine such as Chinese acupuncture, Japanese osteopathy and Ayurveda. I also started Yoga and Pilates. After one year, I had a complete recovery and I felt better than before.  I wanted know how I had healed.  I visited my doctor, but he could not provide me with a convincing answer.

Second, in 2011 my mother suffered from a cerebral stroke. She remained in a vegetative state and the doctors that were supposed to treat her did not have any treatments for her.  Instead they said they “would just wait…”, and I wondered what they were waiting for! I decided to do something for my mother and immersed myself into the study of Ayurveda. I started the Ayurveda program at CCA in the spring of 2012 and participated in all the body therapy workshops. In summer of 2013, my mother was in critical condition; her blood pressure was 40/20 for nearly one week. I started to administer the Ayurvedic therapies that I learned from Dr. Marc Halpern and gave Ayurvedic hands-on therapy to my mother for about two months. My mother had a miraculous recovery. She is alive, smiles often and sings. Her BP is 120/70. I asked her doctor how she had recovered. He only said that it was the “power of love”. I was a witness to her miraculous recovery. Thus, because of there two life events, I am continuing to study Ayurvedic Medicine.

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

These days people are more careful about their health and are willing to take steps to prevent the onset of disease. The public is also aware of the fact that diseases are increasing at a steady rate. Thus, the public is hungry for knowledge about how to have a healthy life. People are interested in many different therapies; diet, massage, herbs, counseling, aromas, sounds, yoga etc.  Ayurveda Medicine does not advocate a “one size fits all” approach.  Instead it recommends individualized therapy; specific and relevant treatment for a particular body type. I think this individualized treatment approach is what makes Ayurveda attractive to the public.

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

Ayurveda has a bright future. I think Ayurveda integrates well with Western medicine, and helps people who suffer from lifestyle-related illnesses. While Western medicine treats these patients based on the symptoms they manifest, Ayurveda treats the root cause of disease. Together both sciences correct their imbalances. With this dual treatment approach, the US Government should be happy to support Ayurveda. This harmonious balance of medical treatment will create a beautiful and healthy future for people living in the US.

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

I really love all of the therapies. However, if I have to choose only one, I would have to say, “bliss therapy”. Bliss therapy includes abhyanga (enhances immunity, increases circulation and creates deep relaxation in the body and mind), shirodhara (calms the central nervous system and integrates the mind and body.) and svedana (an herbal steam that induces sweat, and causes the tissues to release toxins at the cellular level).  When I first received bliss therapy at CCA, I felt that I had gotten a brand new body. It was like I got a new life energy, and my mind and body were not clouded!  It just felt like bliss!! 

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and grew up in a small traditional town in Kyoto, Japan. I did graduate studies in Japanese history and a craft at Tezukayama University, in Nara, Japan. At the same time, I started to perform dance on the stage, in competitions and on TV. After graduating from university, I moved to Tokyo, and continued working in the entertainment business, choreographing and teaching dance. I met a lot of great people from different fields.  Because health management was a part of my job, I always took care of my own health as well. As I was the director of production, I had to take care of all the cast’s health as well. I was already following an Ayurvedic lifestyle. 

In 2006, I moved to the US and completed RYT-200 and Pilates. I learned how important it is to have core stabilization and move with breath so that mind and body have a sense of unity (oneness). During my time practicing Yoga, I became aware that Yoga and Ayurveda are sisters, and wanted to study Ayurveda as well; therefore, I knocked on the door of Ayurveda at CCA.

With my background and experiences, I was ready to incorporate Ayurveda. I love to create, adjust, collect, design, praise, help, trust and harmonize. These skills are useful for my patients’ treatment plans. I am also interested in teaching Ayurveda in Japan and in the US because we need more Ayurvedic Professionals in this society.  

Last, the powerful experiences that I described above cleared my path. I believe that we all have amazing healing power in our deep consciousness. Ayurveda teaches us how to tap into this awareness. The picture before me is not out of focus for me.  My path to Ayurveda is straight, wide and endless.

 

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Website: www.absolute-balance.com   (still construction)
Phone Number: (847) 525-3568
 
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Berkeley, California with Gemma Davies

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Gemma from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

In university, I studied pre-nursing for 2 and ½ years. During that time, I practiced yoga regularly. After completing my 200-hr teacher training, I was lead to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. This medical system automatically clicked with me. I have always been a healer, but I was inspired by the natural mind-body healing approach that Ayurveda offers. It has taught me the value of self-care and helped me to be happier and healthier than ever.

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

The increasing popularity of yoga has sparked an interest in the spiritual aspect of health. The public is recognizing that there is a valuable connection between our bodies and our minds. As the data continues to climb, people are becoming more curious about healing remedies that come from the resources of nature. Ayurveda helps people support the mind-body connection through individualized, natural therapies. It offers the opportunity to integrate happiness and healthiness into our daily lives. This is what makes Ayurveda so increasingly attractive to those seeking real changes in their life.

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

I am extremely excited about the future of Ayurveda in the United States. As more research is developed, the desire for a holistic style of medicine keeps growing. There is an increasing demand for natural remedies and I predict that curiosity and respect for Ayurveda will continue to rise.

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

As a certified yoga teacher, my favorite therapeutic practice are the asanas (yoga poses). Nothing quiets my mind more than listening to my breath and letting the pose guide me into a peaceful state of release and acceptance.

5) Biography:

My name is Gemma Davies and I was raised in the Bay Area in California. I received my yoga training from YogaWorks in Walnut Creek, a 5 star rated curriculum that is over 25 years old. As I teach and practice yoga around the Bay, I am also promoting the benefits of Ayurveda. Several years ago I made the choice to make my health my priority. Now I want to encourage others to do the same. There is no one in the world exactly the same. Thus, medical treatment should not be tailored the same for everyone. The science of Ayurveda creates a healing path that is specific to each person's body type. Ayurveda is an ancient medicine that teaches us how to holistically heal our mind, body and spirit. My goal is to bring this method of healing to as many as I can.

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Christiansted, St. Croix with Carlisle Kalima Amlak

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 Carlisle from US Virgin Islands

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

When I was about 12 years old I babysat for a family that practiced Ayurveda. I became inspired by their food concoctions, herbs and interesting books and information they had around the home. Eventually it led me to a wider interest in herbology, yogic philosophy and living an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

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

Ayurveda is everything. It is the clearest description of the entirety of life from the subtlest etheric form to the dense material world and the energies of the earth. As we are all made of the elements, with simple descriptions Ayurveda is very graspable to everyone in all stages of life. Truth resonates with people, and Ayurveda speaks truth through all layers of existence from the physical body, to the mental body to the deep layers of the heart and the soul. I think that people crave this kind of Truth in these days when so many are seeking for more. To me, Ayurveda is a means of expression that can support any person, at any stage of life from any background. It truly is the Science of Life.

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

I feel that within the Virgin Islands Ayurveda is a wonderful support for the local community. We are blessed here to have so many people with a deep love of the earth, and a desire to learn more about self-healing out of respect for themselves as well as the ancient cultures whom laid the knowledge out so clearly for us to apply even in our modern world. The healthcare system in my local community is challenged. Due to poor healthcare options and slow economic conditions both prevention and sustainable healing techniques are a must.

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

      My favorite therapy is shirodhara. Just thinking about the treatment makes me feel peaceful and in bliss. I think in the hustle and bustle of the day there are fleeting moments of true self-awareness accompanied with deep relaxation and peace. Outside of meditation techniques, shirodhara is such a powerful tool for envoking that blissful space that can be attainable for everyone. Shirodhara is like a magic box, you never know what you may find inside, or how deep the box may go. The gifts from that treatment are never ending and always something different is lying inside.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in the coastal areas of New England. After high school I soon began my path of Yoga and Ayurveda. Studying with the Himalayan Institute and the East West School of Herbology I began my practice. My deep love for the ocean, but aversion to the cold led me the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and then eventually the Caribbean where I reside now. I have continued my studies of Ayurveda with the California College of Ayurveda, where the support from both the staff and fellow students supports growth on so many levels. I now own a Spa and Retreat Center on St. Croix, offering Yoga, Ayurveda, Healthy Foods, Body Therapies and more. Our center, Renuatum, works closely with Pranakriya  School of Healing Arts, as well as Universal Yoga to continue to bring educational programs to the islands. In my free time I love talking to my children and husband, spending time in the ocean, and breathing in silence discovering and learning more each day. 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Columbus, Ohio with Jasmine Astra-elle Grace

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Jasmine from Ohio

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation are part of my dharma. For over 25 years I have enjoyed the benefits of holistic lifestyle practices, healing arts, meditation, and yoga. But it wasn’t until I faced my own autoimmune and digestive health challenges that I fell in love with the ancient science of Ayurveda. It was the perfect combination of what I had practiced for years with a system that presented a treatment plan specific to my nature. Ayurvedic medicine addressed the needs of my body, my mind, and my spirit.  I felt these benefits and was called to learn more so I could share this wisdom with others.

Ayurveda was the perfect complement to my current path: owning several yoga schools, running an essential oil and holistic lifestyle company, and creating a seva yoga foundation that gives back to those in need. I became so interested in it that I studied to be an Ayurveda Health Practitioner and partnered with the the California College of Ayurveda to create an affiliate school in Columbus, Ohio. Our existing yoga training institute added the School of Ayurveda to become the The Yoga on High Teacher Training and Ayurveda Institute by expanding the program to include healing light and Ayurvedic wisdom. 

 

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

Many reasons. First, there is an innate wisdom to Ayurveda that speaks to the core of who we are as humans. It allows those who practice it to care for each individual in a holistic and comprehensive way that shows them they are seen, heard, and loved.

 

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

Ayurveda focuses on prevention and maintenance and applies a whole body, mind and spirit approach to lifestyle. It teaches healthy and preventative daily habits.

This is quite different from the allopathic care model. It is no secret that healthcare in the United States is broken.  In a routine visit to the doctor, you are lucky if you spend fifteen minutes with them. They do not heal the root cause of disease. Allopathic medicine treats the root cause with synthetic medications, which often create even worse symptoms. There is definitely a time and place for western medicine, but it frequently does not take into consideration the whole body, let alone the mind and spirit. With our high-tech disconnected society, people have a need to feel wholeness, connection, and healing.

Ayurveda’s future is promising, as a shift in consciousness and awareness is actively calling humanity. Listen! Can you hear it?

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

Tough question! A seven day on-site Panchakarma therapy is one of the most profoundly healing things that I have ever experienced. One day I hope I can administer this therapy at my wellness center. Of the five therapies offered within a Panchakarma, shirodarah is my favorite.

5) Biography:

Jasmine Astra-elle Grace (Jyoti) embraces a life of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. She is a yoga and meditation teacher (E-RYT 500), an Ayurveda Health Educator and Practitioner Intern (AHE/AHP-Intern), and an Ayurvedic Panchakarma Specialist (PKS). Loving all things to do with nature, wellness, healing and consciousness she is also a wife, a mother, and co-owner of Yoga on High, Grow Yoga, Sekoia and the Yoga on High Teacher Training and Ayurveda Institute. 
For over 20 years Jasmine has been interested in yoga, wellness, and the healing arts. She is knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic - advocating that a healthy lifestyle is a way to discover balance, healing and awakening in our body, mind and spirit. Jasmine is an alchemist who has the capacity to subtly blend practices of yoga, meditation, pranaymana, Reiki, aromatherapy, iRest®, Ayurveda and bhakti yoga.
Jasmine is a lead teacher in Yoga on High’s Teacher Training programs, teaches weekly on Yoga on High’s class schedule, offers workshops and private Reiki and iRest® sessions. Also, she is now accepting clients in her Ayurveda practice where you can meet with her for a private Ayurveda consultation.
Jasmine has experience in the following modalities:
  • Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Aerial, Restorative, Prenatal
  • Meditation & Pranayama
  • Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist - Ayurveda Health Education (A.H.E) and Ayurveda Health Practitioner – Intern (A.H.P-intern)
  • Reiki Master
  • iRest®
  • Art and Yoga Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Crystal & Color Therapy
  • Panchakarma Specialist (P.K.S)
  • Massage and Ayurvedic Bodywork: Shirodhara, Abyhanga, Nasya, Swedana, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue Manipulation
  • Leadership, Coaching and Business and Marketing Consulting
Forever curious, Jasmine is constantly deepening her personal yoga practice and teaching skills. Every year Jasmine participates in numerous yoga workshops at Yoga on High and has studied with some of the world’s most prominent yoga teachers. She is currently an intern within her Clinical Ayurveda Health Practitioner certification and has launched the Yoga on High Teacher Training and Ayurvedic Institute: School of Ayurveda - bringing Ayurveda to the Ohio community. In addition to her many hours of hours of study and practice, she travels to India yearly. In 2016 she will be co-teaching yoga, meditation and Ayurveda in the upcoming spiritual adventure to Southern India, leading a 200-Hour Teacher Training and retreat in Costa Rica and many more exciting events on the weekly schedule at Yoga on High. 
Jasmine spends each day exploring consciousness and truth and sees yoga as a living practice, both on and off the mat. Seeing everything as energy and vibration, she is passionate about her family, community, yoga (includes meditation and chanting), Ayurveda, art, nature and wellness as a pathway to connect with the abiding light and beauty within us all. 

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Stay connected with Jasmine’s adventures in yoga, life, wellness, love and light - follow her on instagram and facebook!  Visit her website at www.yogaonhigh.com or email her at jasmine@yogaonhigh.com.

Ayurvedic practitioner in Denver, Colorado with Brad Hay

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 Brad from Denver

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

The desire to thrive in life and to help others do the same is what initially inspired me to study Ayurvedic  Medicine.    I was first introduced to Ayurveda over 10 years ago by one of my most influential teachers  in the Tantric Yoga Tradition, Rose Buadin.  Rose spent many years with Robbert Svaboda  studying and practicing Tantra and Ayurveda and in 2003 she taught me the foundational principles of these amazing systems.   I began to read Robbert's books on Tantra and Ayurveda and became very inspired to study these systems more in depth.
The powerful wisdom of common sense combined with the laws of nature really inspires me to keep studying and practicing Ayurvedic  Medicine.

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

I believe Ayurveda is most attractive to the public because of the individualized and thorough attention one receives from an Ayurvedic  Practitioner.  Each person has a very unique story and set of circumstances that have brought them to their current state, therefore each case needs to be treated individually.   Ayurveda looks very deeply into each person's  past, present and potential experience of life to create personalized programs for  the most effective results.   
I also feel the emphasis on preventative health and lifestyles is also a very attractive aspect to the general public.   
 

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

I feel  strongly optimistic  that Ayurveda will be one of the most re-recognized and effective systems of health and well being all around the world!  More and more people are realizing that the current methods of medicine and health are very limited and sometimes even harmful to us.       I believe the future of medicine is the integration of all effective systems of health and well being utilizing and supporting each other for the benefit of all.

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

Ayurvedic  Psychology is definitely  one of my favorite, and what I believe to be one of the most powerful and effective therapies in this ancient system.   As a Tantric Yogi I strongly believe the fundamental teaching of, "Energy follows the Mind".    Many people have psychological challenges and disorders that eventually cause emotional and physicals disease.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

My experience of  life thus far has been very colorful including all shades.   I was born in Victoria, Australia in 1973 and have travelled around the world a few times as us Australians do.  I practiced Martial Arts for many of my younger years and have always been head over heels into music.      I began playing guitar at 10 years old and played in various rock bands and acoustic duets throughout my twenties.  I also completed a four year Carpentry Apprenticeship in 1993 and went on to be successful builder.
My life definitely wasn't all butterflies and dolphins .  My karmas were strong and I became heavily involved in drugs and an underground  lifestyle for many years.   I eventually hit the wall in 1999 and had two options, one of them was to live so I chose that one.  I entered a very intensive addictions clinic program and began the process of healing there.   This was a very spiritually based program and completely transformed my life.    Through this experience I came to know that I wanted to help people overcome their challenges in life and learn to be their best selves.
I had already been practicing Yoga for a number of years at this time and began teaching basic Hatha Yoga in 1999.  I soon realized that the Yogic Arts, including Ayurveda and Tantra  were so comprehensive and powerful that they would be the medium in which I would use to help people.
 I completed a 9 month full time Yoga and Meditation training in Byron Bay Australia in 2003 and received a level  4 Teaching status and an RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance.  I learnt the foundations of Ayurveda during this training.   I eventually opened my own  successful studio, "Shiva Yoga", in Crested Butte Colorado and continue to teach workshops and trainings in various countries around the world.   I have studied Tantra with my mentor Rod Stryker for the past 8 years and continue to learn and grow from this powerful lineage of Sri Vidya.
It was inevitable that I would eventually study Ayurveda more in-depth.   In 2007 I completed Robbert Svabodas Correspondence Course through the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque NM.  I quickly realized there was far too much to learn from books so I  went on to study full time at the California College of Ayurveda  in 2010 entering internship in 2013.        
Through these diverse experiences I hold much compassion and understanding for those in many challenging situations wanting to transform their life.

Contact Information

Phone:  (970) 376 7663
E-mail:  bradleyhay@yahoo.com
Website:  www.pranicdoctor.com

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Durango, Colorado with Sheryl McGourty

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Sheryl from Colorado

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

As a long time practitioner of yoga is seemed quite natural to explore the sister science of Ayurveda.  An understanding of my own personal healing and approach to life became more profoundly comprehensive when I began to blend these two practices.

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

I believe people are beginning to realize that the road to health and healing must take an individual approach.  Ayurveda is empowering, in that it suggests we make conscious choices of how we live in order to be responsible for our own health and sense of contentment.  Ayurveda focuses on root causes of disease and imbalance, recognizing that everyday choices of diet and lifestyle are imperative.

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

I think the word  “Ayurveda” is now recognizable to the mainstream.  As we evolve as a society, I think it is detrimental to ignore the wisdom that comes from time honored, ancient practices such as Ayurvedic medicine.  We are witnessing more and more people suffering because of modern lifestyle choices and Ayurvedic principles can help reclaim mental, physical and spiritual health.  Ayurveda is not an expensive intervention that temporarily eases symptoms but rather an empowering shift in lifestyle that works on prevention. I believe people already know and understand how it feels to be closer to their true nature and in a state of balance and will look to Ayurveda to help them remember.

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

My favorite therapy is self-abhyanga or oil massage.  Now, more than ever we need daily practices that nourish and restore the body and mind.  Abhyanga is a simple way that connects us to self-love and nourishment.  Self-massage is a simple way to begin the day with the awareness that we are taking time to care for ourselves.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

From a very early age, Sheryl has always enjoyed the experience of being embodied and feeling the joy that comes from physical disciplines coupled with grace.  Sheryl began a steady practice of yoga well over a decade ago.  Her dedication to yoga began as a necessary focus to help reduce the stress of her vocation at the time, a middle school teacher for at-risk youth.  Sheryl has always been a teacher in some capacity, working with people of all ages both inside and outside of classrooms. Sheryl’s first official yoga training was in Nasik, India at Yoga Vidya Dham.  She is the co-owner of Yogadurango, a thriving yoga studio with two locations in successful operation since 2006.  Sheryl also leads retreats, facilitates teacher trainings and co-founded The Living Yoga Project, a performance troupe that blends yoga, movement and live music. 
Sheryl is currently completing her studies at the California College of Ayurveda.  She is merging the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda into her own understanding to help others on the road to health and healing. She feels fortunate to practice Ayurvedic medicine at Pura Vida Healthcare, a holistic cooperative in Durango offering patients a variety of alternative, healing modalities. Sheryl finds her grounding and strength in connecting with the earth, from a passion of outdoor adventures to digging around in the dirt.  But her most favorite pastime is watching her son, Cedar grow each day, a deep reminder of gratitude for the opportunity to be a mom. 
 
 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Exton, PA with Dee Person

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 Dee from Pennsylvania

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

After teaching yoga therapy for several years, I realized I was lacking a very crucial component of the healing process; how diet and lifestyle affect an individual’s health.  Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and is often called the healing side of yoga. It is a system of holistic health care that considers the uniqueness of each individual as it helps them to create a state of internal harmony and optimal health.

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

Ayurveda is the only system of medicine that addresses body, mind, and spirit. It is the most holistic system of medicine that focuses primarily on digestion and lifestyle to achieve a balanced life with optimal health.  Also, Ayurveda fits into a wellness care model.  In the U.S., we currently have a sick care model in place yet our overall statistics for health as a country versus the rest of the world is below average.  I believe people will seek out alternative health care models in order to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

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

In February 2015, the National Health Statistics Report revealed that from 2002-2012 over 30% of adults in the U.S. received Complimentary Health Approaches to include non-vitamin supplements, massage, Yoga, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Ayurveda.  As people experience the limitations of Western Medicine, more and more people are turning to Ayurveda both for prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

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

      My favorite therapy is pranayama also known as breathing exercises.  Pranayama is an ancient technique that manipulates the breath in order to experience a desired mood or energy level.  There are various techniques that, when taught by an experienced practitioner, can empower a client to tap into an unlimited resource that is free and necessary to live.  Breath is a very powerful and portable tool to use in your daily life.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

Dee Person is the premiere Mind, Body, and Wellness provider in the Main Line and Greater Philadelphia area.  A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and female combat veteran having served in the Persian Gulf during military Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Dee is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Forces.  Dee has been practicing yoga for 12 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Dee is an Ayurveda Health Educator and is completing an extensive 3.5-year program to become an Ayurveda Health Practitioner (Fall 2015) at the California College of Ayurveda; the largest and most reputable Ayurveda school in the United States. Dee began incorporating Ayurveda techniques into her lifestyle after coming back from multiple deployments to the Middle East and experiencing health issues that included fertility, arthritis, neck and leg pain, deep anger and anxiety.

Dee is happily married and a mother of 3 fantastic children. She understands the importance of taking good care of herself and leading a life of health and wellness as a living example for her young family. Having lost her brother at a young age to heart disease and being personally predisposed to genetically high cholesterol (along with a strong family history of high blood pressure and spinal stenosis -narrowing of the spinal column), Dee has dedicated her life to educating herself and others on health and wellness. She came to Yoga while navigating turbulent times in her life. In a small window of time, she experienced consecutive miscarriages and learned the unexpected news of a brother's death. Yoga served as a powerful catalyst to emotional and spiritual recovery. As she continued her yoga practice, the inward journey she experienced changed her life. She hopes to spread the benefits of self-healing that Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda can bring to one's life. If nothing else, Dee hopes to share how overall mind body wellness can renew a consistent, reliable, and empowering inner strength each and every day. 

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado with Alissa Page

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Alissa from Colorado

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Over the years I have studied Herbology, Naturopathy and Yoga, but somehow they all felt incomplete to me. During my first Yoga Teacher Certification, there was a discussion about Ayurveda and how it utilizes Yoga and Herbs, as well as other therapies, to restore balance in the whole person - body, mind and spirit. When I discovered that Ayurveda was a complete system of healing - I knew I had found the path that I should be on.

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

I think Ayurveda is appealing to people, because of the simplicity of its fundamental principles; because of its ability to be flexible - to best suit the individual; and because it is empowering - offering the skills needed to take responsibility for your own well being.

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

I am excited about the future of Ayurveda here in the US.  There is so much that Ayurveda has to offer Americans - from simple but profound changes in a daily routine, to the management of chronic illnesses.  I expect that Ayurveda will play a leading role in the future of American Medicine.

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

Pranayama is one of my favorite Ayurvedic therapies. I love how simple it is to work with the breath. Everyone can do some sort of breath-work.  It requires no equipment, can be done anytime, anywhere and often gives immediate results.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in the 1980s. As early as Jr. High, I spent my time at a local herb store (The Goldenseal) reading books and talking with the shop owner. I was drawn to Natural Medicine and the notion that the body has the innate wisdom to heal itself. 
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 with a BFA in Theatrical Design.  The Theater Department was where I expressed my passion for hands on creativity, explored my fascination with the “human condition” and was introduced to several different philosophies.
In 1994 I moved to Colorado with my future husband. Shortly after, we started our family. While my children were young I studied Herbology and Naturopathy and I used this knowledge to keep my family quite healthy. I however, in spite of doing “everything right”, developed digestive issues and depression.  Deep down inside I knew that only I could truly help myself. I began a daily meditation practice which helped me to gain clarity, first to find my way to Yoga, and then to study, and now to practice Ayurveda.
 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Grass Valley, CA with Jessica Ontiveros Houghton

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 Jessica from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My own quest for health drew me to Ayurveda.  After years of chronic health challenges and being told that I would always be dependent upon pharmaceuticals, my intuition whispered that there must be a better way.  I believed that there was something out there that would truly treat the root of my issues, not just cover up the symptoms. I searched for something that would support my body in healing itself and found the path of Ayurveda.

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

I think many people have had experiences similar to my own.  People are beginning to understand that their health is in their own hands.  They are beginning to take control of, and responsibility for, their own well-being, and this is where Ayurveda can play an important role as it offers a path to real wellness.

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

      I was surprised at how much I loved svedana.  I had been in a million steam rooms before, but the addition of the specific herbs takes it to another level.  My skin, muscles, and joints love it, and it makes me feel tranquil and relaxed.  It is detoxifying, yet still nourishing as the oil applied to my skin beforehand just soaks right in.

4) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Seattle and grew up in Washington State.  I majored in Theatre and minored in Spanish at the University of Washington.  I have always been a traveller and have wandered around Mexico, South America, Spain, and India.  As an actor, I lived in New York City and Los Angeles for many years.  My interest in natural health has been intertwined throughout my story for as long as I can remember and Ayurveda fits in perfectly.  Recently, my family and I moved to Grass Valley so that I could complete my health practitioner internship onsite at the California College of Ayurveda.

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Grass Valley, California with Amy Branum

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 Amy from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Natural healing and plant medicine are my life's passion. I was first introduced to Ayurveda while attending herb school in 2000. Everything I learned about Ayurveda resonated in my spirit and I knew it would be an important part of my life.

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

Ayurveda works with the natural rhythms of the body and divine order, and I think that draws people on a certain level. Because of this method, the public sees that it does work when people fully commit to healing. I also believe people appreciate the fact that the Ayurvedic practitioner addresses all aspects of their patient: physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our society has been directed far from the healthy and spiritually connected lifestyle, and people want help coming back to that.
 

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

I believe Ayurveda is growing every day. More people are becoming familiar and interested in it, and it is gaining a strong reputation. As people become more frustrated with western medicine and not being heard or understood, they are turning to Ayurveda, and finding success.

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

On the simplest, yet powerful level, my favorite therapy is regulation of the digestive system. I believe Ayurveda has created a precise science around this very basic function, which is so commonly the origins of imbalance.
Shirodara is my other favorite therapy. Its ability to instantly send a person deep within the peaceful recesses of the mind is amazing. It is in this peaceful place that shirodara assists in a deep healing that is difficult to attain elsewhere. Its relaxing effects on the spirit, the mind, anxiety and insomnia cannot be matched.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I am a mother and dancer who is inspired daily by the beauty of life and the magic of plants. Through my herbal body care company, Boutique Botanika, I share this love with the world.
    My plant studies officially began as I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biology. In 2000, I began studying herbal medicine at what is now the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. It was here that I found my life's passion: working with plants and flower essences, and helping people to heal. This was also the time when I was first introduced to the world of Ayurveda. Over the next few years, I deepened my understanding of western herbal medicine, helping myself, friends and family, and eventually expanding to a clinical practice.  After the birth of my daughter, in 2005, I also started my first body care business, Savoir. In 2012, I was finally able to take my Ayurvedic studies seriously and incorporate them into my life. With this internship, I am so excited to begin helping people in a clinical setting again. One of my most rewarding experiences of this lifetime is aiding people in their healing process.

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website: www.boutiquebotanika.com/ayurveda
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AyurvedaAmy
Email:  amy@savoirherbals.com
 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Grass Valley, California with Pam Gordon

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 Pam from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My journey into Ayurvedic medicine started with training in the traditional Allopathic medical system.  After I graduated medical school in 2001, I trained in the US Air Force as a family physician and practiced family medicine for 10 years, switching to urgent care medicine 2.5 years ago.  Although I loved being a family doc, I was able to witness firsthand the limitations of western medicine, especially in the treatment of chronic conditions.  I was always interested in ancient healing paradigms and as a teen had read a book on Ayurveda by Deepak Chopra, which always stayed with me.  Four years ago I started my studies in Ayurvedic medicine.  It has been a slow process for me as I transition out of one paradigm into another, but this year I finally took a leap of faith and moved from Philadelphia to Grass Valley to be an intern at the school.  I am very excited to be here and work with patients in what feels like a more authentic way for me!

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

What is not to love about Ayurveda?  In many ways it is “common sense medicine.”  Ayurveda helps to bring you back into harmony with nature and with yourself.  It uses natural means with focus on diet and herbs for healing.  Another thing I love about Ayurveda is that it is truly recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and the fact that each of us has a unique constitution and set of challenges.  At the same time, Ayurveda recognizes that the Source for healing is within each and every one of us.
 

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

I have seen a shift in acceptance from western medicine to alternative therapies and an interest in nutrition by many, many people.  For instance, I do physicals for the department of transportation and had a truck-driver ask me the other day whether he should switch to from homogenized milk to almond milk.  The public wants and needs a more holistic paradigm to keep them healthy and a healing method that is more in alignment with nature.  I would love to serve as a bridge for many to walk from western medicine to Ayurveda and I hope to foster increased acceptance in the medical community that I came from.

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

I want to emphasize that the mainstay of treatment is a gradual and consistent change in behaviors that are imbalancing to your system.  As everyone knows, change is hard!  My favorite thing is the use of consistent coaching in diet and routine to help people make that change.  That being said, there are a lot of focused body treatments that are fantastic in Ayurveda.  I have personally experienced the benefits of a treatment called Shirodhara.  Shirodhara is a calming therapy that involves pouring a steady stream of warm oil over the forehead.  It is useful for many issues of the nervous system.  It worked amazingly well for my worry and insomnia that I had been experiencing and even put me into a meditative state.  It was more amazing than any drug I could have taken.  There are a number of Ayurvedic therapies that help decrease the rapid activity of the mind, which is so incredibly important during this time.

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pamgordonmd@gmail.com

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Hatley Townships, Quebec with Marie-Claude Cantin

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Marie-Claude from Canada

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

A life-long practice of Yoga guided me toward the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy class taught by Dr. Marc Halpern. This introduction inspired the biologist within me to learn more and continue with the study of Ayurvedic medicine.

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

I think that the aspects of disease prevention and natural healing inherent within Ayurveda is a big part of the attraction.

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

I think that the future of Ayurveda in Quebec is very positive. Ayurveda will continue to grow as there are more practitioners, more publicity and great public education.

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

Abhyanga is my favorite therapy. This is an ayurvedic massage using herbal oil to  support the healing process.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised in Quebec Canada. I earned a B.Sc in biology from Laval University (Quebec) and my Ph.D. (environmental physiology) from Stirling University in Scotland. I spent 15 years teaching aquatic biology at the College of Sherbrooke and then started my own company, IET -Aquaresarch Ltd, an environmental-micro-aquaculture business. I am now a yoga teacher and a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine.
 
 

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Phone: 819 571 6491
 
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in John’s Creek, GA with Donna Brower

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. 

Interview with Donna from Georgia

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My biggest love has always been to study the natural healing sciences. This journey has led me to study iridology, reflexology, meditation and yoga. During my yoga certification training, the class was introduced to Ayurveda. As fate would have it, the speaker was an intern from the California College of Ayurveda. I was deeply intrigued by what she said. The simple truths of Ayurveda simply resonated with me. I immediately began researching Ayurveda and ordering books to ‘self teach’ myself this new discipline. Eventually, I began to look for a school and came full circle back to the California College of Ayurveda that had initiated my inquiry years before.

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

Ayurveda resonates truth. It offers an almost too simple philosophy – ‘the habits and routines of a person’s life are the single most important determinant of their well-being’ – Dr. Marc Halpern. It is a complete system that treats the whole individual – body, mind and consciousness. It offers individualized healing, searches for the root of the imbalance and treats the individual with the earth’s healing remedies as well as the earth’s natural rhythms to create balance and initiate healing at a deeper level.

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

Ayurveda, I believe is the future of medicine in the United States. It has already taken off! Almost any yoga studio you go to, is already offering workshops about Ayurveda – the medicinal side of yoga. I think it will become more and more accepted as a mainstream practice working along with Western medicine. As more and more people are introduced to this healing science I believe Ayurveda and yoga will play pivotal roles in our shift towards more conscious living.

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

Nothing is better than a full Pancha Karma treatment. It revives the body and soul and creates a clean foundation for healing, renewal and inspiration to reset the body on a higher trachetory of healing.

5) Biography:

I grew up in a small farming community in Indiana. I attended Indiana University and the University of New Mexico graduating with an undergraduate degree in elementary education and accounting. I taught for several years in San Antonio, Texas and then moved to Southern California with my son who worked as an actor. In 2000, I began working as a casting director and then switched into film accounting. Early on, I made the choice to make my health my priority and over the years have studied reflexology, iridology, meditation, and received my yoga certification. I finally found my true love in Ayurveda. I am so excited about my internship journey, the California School of Ayurveda and the association with the incredible teachers/healers at the college. My goal is to spread the word and continue to learn this incredible ancient science.

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Website: AyurvedicAwakening.com (under construction)
Cell: 818.398.3776

Certified:

Ayurveda Health Educator, Ayurveda Health Practitioner Intern - California College of Ayurveda 
National Ayurvedic Medical Association Professional Member
Yoga Alliance RYT-200

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Kapaa, Hawaii with Neeshee Pandit

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. 

Interview with Neeshee from Hawaii

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I had an interest in traditional medicine from a young age. I was fascinated that there were ancient medical traditions that had such a deep and well-articulated approach to healing. I first started reading books about Traditional Chinese Medicine--it was many years later that Ayurveda first spoke to me. 

What impressed me about Ayurveda is its comprehensive and profound understanding of human anatomy and physiology at both physical and energetic levels. The understanding of the five cosmic elements, how they function in our bodies, and how they comprise the three doshas is a deep realization of how the human being functions as a psycho-physical entity in this world. 

What inspires me the most about Ayurveda is that it is an ancient medical tradition rooted in a spiritual understanding of the world that was articulated by extraordinary individuals who possessed a higher realization of life and reality. 

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

I think that what makes Ayurveda attractive is its ability to comprehensively and effectively address modern pathologies with diet, lifestyle, and herbs. The world we live in is a very fast-paced and high-stress environment, and with that comes unique causative factors for illness. Ayurveda remains just as relevant today as it was 5,000 years ago, and is able to address the root-cause of many illnesses. Not only is Ayurveda clinically relevant, but Ayurveda gives the knowledge of how to live harmoniously so that illness does not arise, so that a long and healthy life is lived. Ayurveda also has sophisticated detoxification protocols (panchakarma) which is so relevant in today's world. 

People are becoming disillusioned with only having their symptoms addressed and are intuiting that there is a deeper address to their imbalances. Many people would prefer not to take pharmaceuticals as their first course of treatment and are turning to gentler and more holistic therapies. In my opinion, Ayurveda epitomizes holistic medicine and offers such diverse therapies that anyone can benefit from it, even if they are doing allopathic treatment. For those reasons, Ayurveda is attractive to the public. 

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

I think that Ayurveda has a very bright future in the United States. The fact that there is a college such as the CCA, with such an in-depth curriculum and extensive training program, is a sign already that Ayurveda has made its way to the West. We are only seeing the beginnings of its emergence in the Western context, and it is already proving to be effective and popular. The efficacy of this ancient medicine is self-authenticating for those who try it, and so it is naturally growing in its popularity in the United States as people turn away from the common medical paradigms in search for a more holistic and natural address to their issues.

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

My favorite Ayurvedic therapy is marma therapy. Marma points are energetic points in the body where there is a unique concentration of pranic energy. When the pranic flow at these junctures is restored and balanced, then the whole body is able to regain its natural balance. Working with the flow of prana, the practitioner is able to address the energetic root of imbalances, and this is very powerful.

5) Biography:

I was born in North Carolina, but raised in Alabama. When I was 18, I found my Spiritual Master, Avatar Adi Da Samraj and consequently moved to His ashram in northern California. Shortly thereafter, I moved to His ashram in the Fiji islands where I lived a strict life of spiritual discipline and served as an editor for His literature for 2 years. In 2011, I moved to the beautiful garden isle of Kauai and this is where my interest in the healing arts really came to fruition. 
 
I am currently an intern with the California College of Ayurveda and looking forward to putting my knowledge of Ayurveda into practice and facilitating an in-depth healing process for my patients. 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Kauai, Hawaii with Kathryn Stoerzbach

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. 

Interview with Kathryn from Hawaii

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

After completing my yoga teacher training at the Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center on Hawaii, I decided to stay for a 10-day Ayurvedic, Yoga, and Alexander workshop. At that particular time I had little to zero knowledge Ayurveda. Carol Prentice, the leader and facilitator, captivated my attention with the knowledge and basic fundamentals of Ayurveda. I become completely intrigued with this ancient form of medicine and how elemental and common sense it was. After leaving the workshop, I took a 6 week online course with Carol and dove deeper into the fundamentals. With my quest and thirst for understanding and learning more, Carol so sweetly said to me, “Have you thought about becoming a practitioner yourself?” And now here I am. 

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

With Ayurveda being an individualized health care system, it speaks directly to a person and their imbalances. Working with the five elements, which make up all organic and in-organic matter, makes discovering and healing the root cause of disease possible. It’s the most holistic medical approach I have ever witnessed. The wisdom of the medicine speaks volumes to those who will listen as it can benefit everyone and their lifestyles.

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

As Ayurveda becomes more recognized and understood, people will see the value and the effectiveness of this particular approach. As we all continue to awaken to more fundamental way of living, individuals as well as whole nations will begin to see how Ayurveda can empower and heal not only ourselves but also a larger collective group.

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

My favorite therapy hands down is shirodhara. I had never experienced something like it before. It soothes the complete body and nervous system while making a person feel rejuvenated and refreshed after the treatment. It addresses the overworked individual and helps alleviate overproduction in all layers, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

5) Biography:

I was born in the small town of Galesburg, Illinois. After graduating with a 4 year degree elementary and early childhood education, I decided to go aboard and teach at different international schools. One year in Asia turned into four years. I settled and lived in Thailand, China, and Taiwan during those four years. During this time I traveled many different countries and islands in Southeast Asia as well as Europe and some of South America. I was exposed to a wealth of information and wisdom from ancient cultures and civilizations. My interest in medicine and how the body works on an emotional and spiritual level continued to grow with each passing year. I started to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and other types of healing modalities. When I came across Ayurveda I was taken aback as I was unaware that there was such a holistic and well rounded approach to an individual and their specific needs in healing mind, body, and spirit. I slowly started to study this particular branch of medicine and soon I was asking where I could learn more. So, here I am, beginning my internship in 2016 after a year of intensive study with CCA and with great gratitude in my heart as Ayurveda is slowly healing my own imbalances and deeper disease pathways.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Lenexa, Kansas with Debbie Allison

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Debbie from Kansas

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have always been interested in health and nutrition.  For most of my adult life I have studied and taken nutrition courses only to come to the understanding that most of it deals with a “one-size-fits-all” approach that isn’t working.  We are each unique in our bodies and Ayurveda provides a picture of how each individual comes to a place of healing and balance through mind, body and spirit.

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

Ayurveda provides the framework to get results.  So many people are searching for answers and crave the type of connection and healing that comes from working with an Ayurvedic Practitioner.  Working one-on-one, having someone LISTEN to you, and make time-sensitive adjustments to the treatment plan, allows people to make the lifestyle changes they desperately want, and need, to make.  Quite simply, Ayurveda works!

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

I see Ayurveda coming to the forefront as a healing modality. While it is over 5000 years old as a healing system, many are just now being introduced to it and it is rapidly growing in recognition and popularity.  Again, Ayurveda works and people are hungry for what it has to offer.

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

To pick just one favorite therapy is difficult.  There are so many therapeutic approaches that all have such great benefits.  If I have to pick just one, I would have to say Shirodhara.  Lying on the table, with the warm stream of oil over my forehead takes me very deep into my mind.  I feel weightless, calm and peaceful.  It can be hard to quiet the mind with all the day-to-day activities, but Shirodhara does just that.  It is a lovely treatment and has benefits that extend beyond the treatment session.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I am a native to the Midwest, having been born on the Missouri side of the state line between Kansas and Missouri. I hopped across the state line in my late teens and have lived in Kansas since then.  Living close to a state border has been fun and affords me the opportunity to take advantage of all that the metropolitan Kansas City area has to offer. I have always taken an interest in health and seeing people suffer when there is so much living available to them sparked my interest in finding something that would bring peace, joy, and harmony into peoples lives so they could truly enjoy the things that matter.  I hold several certifications in the areas of nutrition, yoga, Ayurvedic massage and body therapy, Marma therapy, and Dough Basti therapy.  My love for Ayurveda grows everyday as I see the benefits it makes in people’s lives. 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Moreland Hills, Ohio with Candace Koslen

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Candace from Ohio

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was first introduced to Ayurveda in 2007 at my yoga teacher training.  It was not until many years later after a car accident in 2014 that I began my studies.  I was healing my body with western medication and did not like the side affects.  I decided to try Ayurveda as an alternative.  I began to feel better and was able to stop taking the medication.

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

Ayurveda makes perfect sense.  It is simple, practical, profound and natural.  Ayurveda helps you understand yourself better. It holds you accountable and responsible for your own healing.  The journey into your truest self is empowering!

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

The future of Ayurveda is bright and beautiful!  People are hungry for alternatives to healing themselves.  It is a very exciting time for Ayurveda because awareness is shifting to a more natural way of healing ourselves, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Ayurveda heals on all levels!

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

My favorite therapy is yoga. Is has provided structure and strength in my life.  It has shown me how to live a more harmonious life with in myself and with the world around me.  I also love abhyanga, oils nourish the body and make me feel loved.

5) Biography:

I am a lover of nature, the earth and all her creatures.  I believe that when we heal the Self… we heal our world.  I first studied massage therapy as a healing art in 1997.  I have since studied reflexology, reiki and yoga.  I was introduced to Ayurveda in my yoga teacher training in 2007.  I have a husband, two kids and a photography studio, which left little free time.  I was in a car accident in 2014 and began a journey towards healing my body… this led me back to Ayurveda.  The accident made space in my life to study in the long distance program at the California College of Ayurveda and helped with my recovery.  I am very much looking forward to my internship and this amazing journey into Ayurveda!

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Napa, Sonoma with Francis Kellogg

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 Francis from Sonoma

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

What originally inspired me to become an Ayurveda practitioner was the desire to be of service to others. I was attracted to Ayurveda for its simplicity of tuning our body, mind, and soul in alignment with the rhythms of nature. As a child, I was drawn to the mystical side of nature and the wonders it offers. Herbs and plants became the path from which I wanted to explore more about nature’s healing qualities. Ayurveda has offered me the tools to create a life of wellness, allowing a space for my soul to radiate so that I may spread a message of Hope, SelfLove and SelfCompassion.

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

Ayurveda is becoming the path for longevity and wellness by giving people the tools to take charge of their lives and to live in harmony with their bodies and their environment. Ayurveda reminds us that we are all part of nature and through nature health is achieved. Ayurveda offers the wisdom to integrate and balance our environment with our body, mind, and soul by providing dietary guidelines, daily and seasonal routines, supportive foods, healthy behaviors and the proper use of the senses. By living a more sattvic life, people will create wellness instead of illness.

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

As our population continues to grow, healthcare costs continue to climb, people are learning, albeit slowly, that the only way to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attack, and diabetes is to take more personal responsibility for their wellbeing. Health insurance companies and employers will come to the conclusion that is less costly to cover preventive medicine than to cover the cost of major illness. For example, few cancers are entirely genetic in origin. Studies suggest as many as two in three are related to environmental factors and lifestyle.

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

      I’m starting to discover more and more the benefits of Yoga Nidra as a therapy to identify blockages to the flow of energy. It’s a wondrous journey of awareness, going inside the body where deep relaxation and healing can take place.

 

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707-310-7463
napavalleyayurveda@gmail.com
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Natchez, MS with Stacy Worley

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 Stacy from Mississippi

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was introduced to Ayurveda at a Yoga of Recovery workshop.  I was inspired by the common sense approach of harmonizing our body, mind and spirit with the pace of nature and the way that simple changes produced profound results in my life.  These changes have given me peace of mind, made my body stronger and created space in my life for service to others.  I wanted to know more!!

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

Ayurveda is one of the oldest approaches to whole body healing, developed 5,000 years ago in India.  It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit.  It gives the individual a proactive path to begin and continue to take responsibility of their own health.  The wellness strategies designed specifically for each patient are appealing as opposed to the one size fits all approach in Western medicine.

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

I believe the thought process in the United States in changing.  We are slowly going from a culture of being reactive to symptoms and headed towards wanting to take control of our own health care and becoming a preventative society.  Ayurveda provides us with the tools necessary to begin and continue this change.  Our responsibility as Practitioners is to help the public become of aware of the many benefits Ayurveda has to offer, such as, routines (daily and seasonal), dietary suggestions per individual, herbal formulas, and a balancing of the senses for wellness.

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

      My favorite therapy is the Abhyanga self massage.  It is a nourishing therapy that if practiced daily produces noticeably softer skin, calmness of the mind, eases physical tension, and creates a feeling of self love and care.  This therapy brings about the awareness needed to connect a person to their body, mind, and spirit helping them feel complete and whole.

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Satya Yoga Wellness Center
Natchez, MS
 
Phone: 769-355-2118
 
  
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Navarre, Florida with Katharine Tabb

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Katharine from Florida

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

In 2008 I traveled to India and stayed in an ashram where I studied yoga with inspiring teachers who were also practicing Ayurveda. I did not know much about Ayurveda at the time, other than the casual questions asked in many yoga classes like, “What’s your dosha?” In India I had the opportunity to begin learning about Ayurveda; both its relationship to yoga and its ability to balance body, mind and spirit. While traveling I stayed in an Ayurvedic center where I received ten days of Pancha Karma treatment. It was there, during treatment, that I experienced the power of Ayruveda and its ability to heal.  Upon completion I felt perfect in body, mind and spirit. I felt connected to spirit and I was aware of my true nature and higher self. This balance from the pancha karma stayed with me as I returned home to America and I knew it was something I needed to begin studying and understanding on a deeper level.

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

Ayurveda is a healing practice that is both nonjudgmental and accepting of where a person is right now. It understands we are all in a human body, and that it is our nature to go out of balance. Rather than judge and critique, Ayurveda accepts patients just where they are and begins to guide them on their healing journey. Ayurveda offers practical and gentle ways to come back to balance and it recognizes this will take time. It is not a race to perfect health, but a life long journey home, and a journey that should be enjoyed. If followed, Ayurveda works and it is evident quite quickly in the body and mind after therapies are received. Once a patient has a chance to experience this they are hooked and a lifetime of learning and practicing Ayurveda is what transpires. Ayurveda is more than just medicine; it is a lifestyle which leads to balanced health, well being and longevity.

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

I believe the practice of Ayurveda has taken off in America and is going to continue to soar. As Americans discover how healing and balancing the ancient practice is, it will become more and more accepted in mainstream medical practices. And that is exactly where it belongs. Ayurveda can work right alongside Western medicine to increase disease prevention and assist with disease management. It can help alleviate chronic stressors that lead to serious illness, and it can assist with patient care when disease is present. With its emphasis on a healthy diet and lifestyle, Ayruveda can help Americans prevent disease by teaching us how to live in better harmony with our environment, our body and our mind.

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

My favorite therapy is Shirodhara. When oil is applied to my head in this loving manner, all thoughts fade away and I find peace. Having more air and ether in my constitution my thoughts can run away from me and I can get overwhelmed with to do lists and not enough time for it all. When I have the opportunity to experience Shirodhara all worries in the mind, and then in the body, fade away. I easily go to a place of stillness and silence and I am at peace in my own true nature and I am aware of my higher self. I leave the therapy feeling grounded and full of joy. If I had the opportunity I would do this practice weekly, if not daily. 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, CA with Jasmine Noble

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. 

Interview with Jasmine from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

From a young age I have been playing with plant medicine, making mint tea as a child from our garden and collecting wild plants to eat in salads. I was introduced to Ayurveda five years ago from a friend who went to the school in Albuquerque, the concept just sounded familiar in a way that I could not describe, I was drawn by the appropriateness and individuality of the process. Ayurveda is a medicine for all people who want to live in health by bringing harmony to their bodies and aligning with the elements of nature.

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

An Ayurvedic practitioner is a warm and gentle professional friend, they are your life counselor in more than just diet and lifestyle. Seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner in the west will give you an anchor for the business of life. It is appealing because the simplicity of the medicine. This system of Ayurveda is based on the elemental qualities that we all can relate to in one way or another, and the treatments bring clarity to the root cause of disease rather than masking the symptoms.

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

The future of Ayurveda is sitting in the palm of our hands. In the center of our palm sits the seeds for bountiful knowledge and healing to be sowed throughout the world. I see people choosing to pursue balance through Ayurveda and other ancient healing sciences, and these healing modalities changing the way healthcare is practiced and provided. We need to teach health rather than profit.

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

The therapy I adore is the self application of oil massage called abhyanga, this lymphatic massage nourishes dry skin and tonifies the nervous system, bringing rejuvenation and serenity to the entire body system.

5) Biography:

Born to the green mountain state of Vermont, home to many herbalists and organic farmers. I grew up in the capital although a town of less than 10,000 folks. After high school I traveled for a few years, around the united states and to morocco, then western into eastern Europe. Upon returning I felt stagnant living in New Orleans again, working, not accomplishing anything in particular. I had learned about Ayurveda from that friend in the desert and decided that if I were to go to college, this was worthy of my time and money to learn how to heal and prevent disease. I never felt strongly drawn to any subject until I found Ayurveda. I am a nurturer and caretaker by nature, I feel at home in the position of counseling others on their health practices. I currently am the assistant manager at HAALo Nevada City's very own apothecary full of “all things botanical”. My dream is to start a seedling and bulk herb farm for patients and practitioners to purchase some of their climate appropriate Ayurvedic herbs locally.

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Jasmine Noble
California College of Ayurveda
700 Zion St, Nevada City CA
530.478.9100
 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, CA with Michael Van Sciver

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 Michael from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I came to Ayurveda through the Garden of the Medicine Buddha, motivated by an aspiration to be a healer.  From my inception I had a vibrant passion for understanding the entirety of the macro and microcosm surrounding me.  My greatest joy has always been as an objective observer of ecological systems large and small.  As my knowledge grew it lead to an overwhelming sense of compassion and desire to be of service in the restoration of balance to our acutely afflicted planet and its inhabitants.   After over a decade of studying Buddhist/Yogic theory, Herbalism, and Western Biology/Anatomy and Physiology, I discovered this multi-millennium aged science, which synthesizes all aspects of my life-long studies into a unified field of healing and knowledge.

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

Despite its age, Ayurveda truly is a living, perpetually renewed, infinitely adaptable knowledge.  It is all encompassing in its potential application, as well as all-inclusive in its admission.  With such a germane and pertinent nature, it is attractive to the public at large; as, it truly applies to all scales of understanding from astrophysicists, to quantum physics and everything in between, most notably the health of an individual.

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

The United States is the ground of amalgamation between Eastern and Western culture, each deeply sophisticated and evolved.  As theses two wisdom traditions have treaded in completely parallel directions, in their questioning, the value of their fusion is far larger than the sum of their parts.   Thus, Ayurveda and the United States will experience much progress together, as they encourage each other to evolve in order to meet on a common ground.  The crosspollination of these separately flowering systems of contrasted technological and theoretical advancement will yield a new system, able to both treat and prevent diseases of all kinds.

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

      It is not one therapy alone, but the empowerment Ayurveda bestows on the practitioner to tailor a unique therapy specific to an individual’s needs that I see as the science’s true grace.  In Ayurvedic studies, one learns the personalized processes of pathogenesis and through this is able to trace disease to its origin and uproot disorder.  Ayurveda also gives one the tools of rejuvenation and prevention, so lacking in our current allopathic medical system, which act to dispel the return of infirmity.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised in rural South Jersey, half way between Philadelphia and the Atlantic Ocean.  As a kid I spent much time in communion with the gardens, fields, forests, ocean, and Appalachian Mountains.  I was the black sheep in my family of chemists, as I was a born biologist.  As soon as I was able to vocalize, I expressed a thirst for understanding animals, plants, and ecological systems, both contemporary and extinct.  This love of Biology naturally transformed into the desire to be a Medical Doctor.  I began my undergraduate studies at a prestigious East Coast school, determined to make a lasting, beneficial difference in the lives of future patients.  After almost two years in that system, I was becoming increasingly disenchanted with the allopathic model when my path was forever changed by the realization of a glaring hypocrisy.  The canisters at my school marked paper, plastic, glass and garbage were being mixed together and thrown away.  I knew that the health of our environment and the health of an individual were intimately related; and so, after switching my major to Environmental Science and tirelessly lobbying the administration to adopt an actual recycling program, I left that school in search of a wisdom tradition that honored these values.  I went on to continue my studies in Environmental Science, practice organic gardening, and eventually move to Oregon at age 23.  There I finished programs in Permaculture and Clinical Herbalism, which brought me back to the aspiration of being a doctor, but this time through a completely holistic tradition, Ayurveda.  Now in my 30th year, I am beginning my Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Internship, completely equipped with the tools for restoring health and wholeness.

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Ashley Dunn

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 Ashley from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

The human body has always fascinated me. Definitely by middle school I knew I wanted to work with my hands and therapeutic massage was my first chosen path since my mum suffered from chronic headaches and I would always give her a head and neck rub. I’ve always felt naturally intuitive with bodywork. As I journeyed down that magical path, I wanted to learn more and more with other traditional methods of healing and that is how I ventured into the wonderful world of Ayurveda.

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

Ayurveda is a unique approach that addresses the mind body and soul, much as Chinese medicine does. The fact that it has been passed down thousands of years says a lot about the quality of traditional methods that are proven and known to work. Also, what makes Ayurveda attractive to the public is because it addresses each and every individual with their own unique genetic make up.
 

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

When I first stepped into the massage field, it was mildly growing.  Now a person can get their massages covered through their insurance policy. I believe the same will be the case for Ayurveda. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it addresses the entire human body by treating the mind, body and soul as a whole rather than just simply acting as a band aid.

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

It’s hard to pick just one! My most favorite therapy is Abhyanga and my second favorite following closing behind is Shirodhara. I absolutely love the feeling of the warm oil on my body. It feels so nourishing and comforting regardless if it’s all over my body or head. Both therapies I find extremely relaxing and fulfilling.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Boulder, Colorado. Sadly, my family and I didn’t live there long due to job opportunities which then led us to California. Although Nevada City reminds me a lot of Colorado so I’m not surprised that my path led me to the College of Ayurveda. Anyway, My family and I lived in the bay area for a few years and experienced the 1989 earthquake which is why we moved more north shortly afterwards. We found beautiful land in little ole Weimar and built a house that we all enjoyed for several years. After that, Auburn has been pretty much my stomping ground for quite some time. In 2004, I went to Phillips School of Massage a year after graduating high school and made a career out of it. What I love about traditional methods is that there are so many and Ayurveda is one of them. I heard so many wonderful results from friends and thought to myself that it would be a great addition to my career. Natural health tickles my fancy and as does art. I simply love creative expression whether it is with my hair color, clothes, accessories and makeup or through dance, silly facial expressions and sounds. I truly love to create with paint, sewing, welding, building, sculpting and so on. There’s just simply too much to list. Also, time in nature is an absolute must and I find great therapy working with plants, herbs and tending to my garden. Although, I find it therapeutic welding or sanding an art project or better yet, even filling herbal formulas.
Life is what you make of it, so make it count for something positive and therapeutic.
Namaste.
 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Gwendolynn Diaz

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. 

Interview with Gwendolynn from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have always loved being outside in nature. The awe inspiring power of Mother Nature has always impressed me. Ayurveda’s most basic fundamentals come from the five elements present in the natural world ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. I found resonance with the idea that health and disease come from being either in balance with oneself and nature or being out of balance with oneself and nature.

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

I think Ayurveda allows people the opportunity to be responsible for their own health. So many people today feel like they are at the mercy of what a western doctor prescribes to them for their ailments. If people stop and think for a moment who’s really in charge of managing their health I do believe that there can be a revolution in healthcare where patients are not managed but guided through their own process of finding balance in their body, mind and spirit.

 

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

I believe the future of Ayurveda in the US is at the brink of becoming a side by side approach with western healthcare. As more and more people find disappointment with the western approach to disease management, many are looking to make real change in their lifestyles so they can successfully manage their own healthcare. Ayurveda provides the support for that process.

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

I’m a huge fan of Abhyanga. It provides nourishment from the outside in. I love the way it makes my skin feel and look. It also gives me the opportunity to slow down and really check in with my body.

5) Biography:

I was born and raised in rural southwest Colorado. We spent much of our time outside both working and playing. I attended Colorado State University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in industrial design and a double minor in art history and construction management. I worked for 13 years for a steel service and design center. During that time I practiced a lot of yoga to help manage my stress. It was there I started to gain knowledge of Ayurveda. After my daughter was born in 2011 I decided to pursue my passion of Ayurveda and provide my family a life established in Ayurvedic philosophy. I am in my first AHP internship and plan on pursuing a Doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine from the California College of Ayurveda.

 

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Gwendolynn Diaz – AHP Intern California College of Ayurveda
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Hillary Mendoza

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Hillary from Nevada City

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was inspired and deeply moved by my yoga teacher in Long Beach when she gave a talk on Ayurveda at a yoga festival. I was experiencing many health issues around that time and the way she presented Ayurveda shed so much light on what I was feeling.  It also provided me with a sense of hope and excitement. I knew then that I wanted to start working with her and learn Ayurveda.  As I worked with her, she encouraged me to deepen my studies and visit the California College of Ayurveda, which I did, and immediately enrolled.  It felt amazing to be at the school and to sit in on a class where we learned about the medicinal properties of many different herbs.   I am so excited to have made that decision and look forward to deepening my practice and understanding while helping others pursue their path to greater health and vitality.

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

Ayurveda is a holistic, all encompassing approach to health and healing that takes the individual person and figures out what will work best for them, addressing diet, lifestyle, and herbalism to make profound changes in their quality of life. Ayurveda spans far beyond symptomatic relief and address the root causes of disease.  It addresses and connects us to all aspects of our mind, body and spirit, instead of treating them separately.  Ayurveda allows us to come back into a harmonious rhythm with ourselves and with life--this is why it is becoming more and more attractive to the public.

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

I think there is a LOT of suffering happening right now due to the growing disconnection from our bodies, minds, and each other.  I think people are realizing and feeling very deeply that this disconnection is not the way we really thrive.  People are ready to make changes and Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to do so.  I believe that we need to learn to simplify and that Ayurveda offers the knowledge and structure to do just that. I also believe that both Ayurveda and Western Medicine are very important and need to come together in a synergistic way, so that people can heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Ayurveda has the potential to lead us back to becoming a culture of healthy, happy, and WHOLE beings. 

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

My favorite therapy is Bliss Therapy which is a combination of three therapies.  The first is abhyanga (a synchronized  two person lymphatic oil massage), followed by shirodhara (warm oil poured in a consistent stream over the ajna chakra).  The treatment ends with svedana (a full body herbal steam).  Abhyanga feels so nourishing and relaxes the body, while shirodhara allows the mind to take a break and calms the nervous system.  Svedana steams the nourishing oils into your skin and brings the therapies all together so you feel incredibly revitalized and new in a matter of hours.  It is truly blissful.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up In Petaluma, a small town in Northern California. I left to go to college at Long Beach State University to study painting and fiber arts where I began to learn, expand and explore my inner world more deeply.  I also met some incredible people who introduced me to different healing arts and opened the door to my own healing journey.  While living in Long Beach, I was faced with one health challenge after another,  always dealing with something new.  I was not getting the help or relief I needed with Western medicine because my aliments felt deeper than just physical symptoms.  I needed guidance and support but I didn't know where to find them.  I began to deepen my practice with an incredible yoga teacher who inspired me and introduced me to Ayurveda, became my practitioner, and helped guide me back to greater balance.  She also inspired me to continue my studies, which led me to Nevada City.  It has been such a journey and I am constantly growing and refining as I put different pieces of Ayurveda into practice.  I am in such joy and gratitude to be practicing Ayurveda and to be helping others who are looking to dive into their own self healing by getting to know themselves through the scope of Ayurveda.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Jamie Munson

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Jamie from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have wanted to be a healer for as long as I can remember.  My dad is an emergency physician, so I have always been fascinated with medicine and the ability to heal those who are in need; however, I couldn’t picture myself in Western medicine.  I moved to Grass Valley, California a few years ago and ran into a friend who was in town to check out the California College of Ayurveda.  I had not heard of this amazing school at that time so she told me all about it and instantly I knew this was the type of healing I had been searching for!  I immediately made an appointment, toured the school, and enrolled in classes shortly after. Since that first day my life has changed immensely and I couldn’t be happier with the path I have chosen.

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

Ayurveda means “knowledge of life”, so we provide knowledge and tools to incorporate into one’s life that will assist in the prevention of disease.  We also treat the root of the disease and not just the symptoms.  This brings balance to the body and mind for a longer period of time.  Preventative medicine and healing disease at its root cause is very appealing to anyone who is wanting to live a longer, healthier life.

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

Ayurveda works with healing the body, mind and consciousness which I feel people in the United States are starting to become more intrigued with due to their busy and chaotic lifestyle.  As time goes on, more people are learning about Ayurveda and what it can do for them and the results that occur when following this lifestyle.  I see a wonderful, bright future for Ayurveda in America.

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

      My favorite therapy is meditation.  It’s amazing how powerful the outcome is from sitting in silence, calming your mind, and being in the present moment.  It makes a world of difference when I incorporate meditation into my day and I am forever grateful how much it has helped to bring peace, gratitude and contentment into my life. 

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Karen Callahan

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Karen from Nevada City

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I first heard about Ayurveda while watching the Dr. Oz show in late 2011. Soon after, I bought a book to learn more and was hooked. After all, I had practiced yoga and meditation on again and off most of my life, and nutrition had been a longstanding passion. Within two months, I signed up for classes with the CCA. I was still not quite sure what I was getting into, but I felt compelled. From my first class and every day forward, I have never regretted my decision. Instead, I have thanked the Divine for guiding me to what I believe is my true dharma, and each day I focus on absorbing and practicing the principles of Ayurveda so I can better share them with others.

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

Many today feel overwhelmed by the diverse opinions expressed in the media, where one week this diet or that study claims to have a cure, only to have another trend or study negate the findings a few weeks later. Ayurveda not only helps us understand why the results vary so widely, it provides customized recommendations and 5,000 years’ worth of consistency, so we no longer feel the need to jump on every bandwagons that comes along. In addition, the public seems to be losing its love affair with prescription medications as a result of high costs and long-term side effects. Ayurveda provides remedies that are preventive, long-term, systemic, focused on alleviating the root cause rather than treating symptoms, and does so with less overall risk. What could be better than that!?

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

I think the next decade is going to see a dramatic increase in the awareness and acceptance of Ayurvedic medicine in the U.S. It seems to be getting into the main stream media more the past few years, and I’m constantly surprised by people who know what I am talking about when I drop the A word. There is no doubt that stress, anxiety and depression seem to be skyrocketing as quickly as Twitter. There is a growing need for the guidance that Ayurveda, yoga and meditation can provide.

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

This is a hard question because I have so many favorites. I love abhyanga massages; daily self-abhyangas have changed my life. Pranayama and Yoga Nidra are pure magic. All three of these treatments ground me almost instantaneously, allowing me to live more fully in the moment and attract greater positive energy into my life.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Chicago and have lived in Indiana, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and California at different times since. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara in Communications and Dramatic Arts, I’ve spent the majority of my career as a marketing director and an events manager for tradeshows and conferences throughout the U.S. Job stress, a divorce, the death of my elderly parents and the approach of mid-life made me realize that I needed to make some changes in order to prevent quality-reducing health issues later in life. Ayurveda saved my sanity and gave me the purpose I was seeking. Now every day is a journey into deeper self-understanding and the magic of seeing it unfold. As I begin my internship, I look forward to guiding my patients on a similar journey. My hobbies include screenwriting, travel, music and hiking.

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LinkedIn:  Check me out under Karen Doodeman Callahan
Website (Temporary): www.positivelyold.com
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Katie Johnson

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Katie from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

In 2009, I graduated with a degree in Health Information Technology. I was interested in caring for people from an administrative point of view, taking care that their charts and billing were accurate. I became qualified in medical billing, patient intake and discharge forms (and all the forms in between) and more importantly, being part of the new wave of educated students in the transition from paper medical records to electronic medical records. My enthusiasm was short lived. I worked my practicum hours at an urgent care where I would soon learn what that all looked like in the real world, outside of a book or classroom. I realized that the perspective on patient care (including, but not limited to, billing) based on the western standard, was VERY different than what I expected. It seemed all completely backwards to what made sense; what Truth was (especially regarding patient care/medication/recommendations). I decided I needed to find the exact OPPOSITE form of medical care and see what that looked like. Shortly after finishing my degree, I drove by CCA for the millionth time (I live close to the campus), I realized I knew almost nothing about Ayurveda, other than it had something to do with holistic health care. I quickly enrolled and soon found I had an instant connection to the information. I had found exactly what I was looking for, which was a way to truly be a part of healing the world.

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

I think that people are tired of being sick. Our food, lifestyle and even our “medicines” make us sick. We live in a culture that wants the “quick fix” of a pill or application that will make the symptoms go away, but I think people as a whole are starting to realize how unsustainable these practices are. We pay top dollar for our insurance premiums and really don’t receive any long-term support or education regarding our physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. Ayurveda offers sustainable results that cover mind, body and spirit as a whole. It teaches us consciousness, self-love and self-care that is realistic and sustainable. I think this is what is missing in our current health care system and why it is attractive to the general public.

 

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

I see that a change is coming, and very swiftly. I think that people around the world are going to realize that there are elements to both western and eastern medicine that if applied correctly, can completely change the world. There is a vast need for knowledge of western diagnostic procedures (Blood testing, computer imaging, etc.) and for the long term, sustainable Ayurvedic approach to healthy living, including diet, lifestyle, and spiritual/religious practices. People are starting to wake up and realize they are missing elements of care in their life and I see these two worlds colliding and making an incredibly bright future in our universal approach to healthcare.

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

My favorite therapy is Marma Point Therapy. I have never experienced such a profound sense of peace, relaxation, and general wellbeing like I have with this therapy. It gives you a sense of connection with your body, mind, and spirit and allows you to focus on the present moment. I also love how it feels when someone works with your subtle energy, which gives a surprisingly powerful feeling of peace.

5) Biography:

I was born in San Diego, CA on the Navy Base. I moved to Colorado Springs (Black Forest), Colorado when I was six, where we started raising animals and growing some of our food. This was my first experience with living “naturally” and it has resonated with me ever since. We moved to southern Colorado, near Pueblo when I was about 10 and doubled our farm and our garden. I loved it! We moved to Bakersfield, CA when I was 13, where I lived until 2006, when I met my husband. We had our first child in 2007 in Berkeley, shortly after which, I got an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology from Devry University. We moved to Nevada City, CA in 2009, where I gave birth to our second child. I finished up my degree by fulfilling my practicum hours at an urgent care. During this process, I started to see that this was not my path to helping the world heal. I took a break from my educational advances and became very involved in the kids’ preschool and served on the Board of Directors. Once the kids’ moved past preschool, I decided to start my new path of education-Ayurveda. My other interests are hiking, going to concerts/festivals, and gardening.

 

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Phone: (530)421-3401
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Leah Kaplan

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 Leah from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

A meditation teacher of mine suggested I look into Ayurvedic medicine. I began by seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner myself for chronic illness in 2010 and saw such amazing results that I had to know more about it. At the time, I was also completing my second yoga teacher training and the two perfectly complimented each other.

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

An Ayurvedic Practitioner paints a picture of you as an entire human being. We look at what is happening not only in the physical body, but in your mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies as well. The patient is a three dimensional, living being and all the aspects of who that patient is get considered in planning that patient’s care. I think this is very attractive to people.
 

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

The future of Ayurveda in America is very, very bright. The booming popularity of yoga can only be followed by a rise in popularity of its very closely-related sister science, Ayurveda. Combine this trend with the sweeping reform in our health care system as a nation, which corresponds to our collective frustration with allopathic medicine,  and I think the stage is set for Ayurveda to step into the spotlight.

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

I am a Neti pot and Nasya oil devotee! After struggling with all sorts of sinus problems and allergies, I have found the daily practice of neti and nasya to be a life-changer!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Performance Studies. I have also completed both 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Trainings with YogaWorks, in Santa Monica, CA and New York City.  It was during my first Teacher Training that I began seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner for leftover symptoms of a chronic illness that had been ongoing for years. Within months, my symptoms were gone and I felt happier and healthier than ever before. While living in Brooklyn, I began studying with CCA through their Long Distance Learning program. Having scratched the New York City itch, and wanting to fully immerse myself in my studies, I moved to Nevada City in 2013 to study full-time on the campus of CCA. Living here has provided me a connection to the land and the nature around me that I sorely lacked living in the city. I am thrilled to be able to share this life-altering knowledge with my community and I give many thanks to all my teachers for generously illuminating this path.

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Website: www.thunderboltyaa.com [coming soon!]
thunderboltyoga@icloud.com
 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Rachel Merrill

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Rachel from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was introduced to Ayurveda in 2008 while attending university in New York City.  I was studying Anthropology at the time and was deeply inspired by ancient peoples and their way of looking to the natural world for the materials and the knowledge that they needed.  I was particularly drawn to the use of foods and plants as medicine.  I read “Perfect Health” by Deepok Chopra and was introduced to “Ayurveda.”  After college I focused my energies on gardening and living closely with nature in Big Sur, California.  It is there that I began my studies with CCA as a distance-learning student.

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

Ayurveda is extremely user-friendly.  It gives each person the power and the tools to create balance and wellbeing in their life. It makes sense to the average person, without needing a complex understanding of anatomy and biology, but instead using opposing qualities to antidote negative effects in the body that our diets and lifestyle may have created. With simple guidelines around food and eating, daily routines and activities, and spiritual practices, Ayurveda brings about powerful healing and transformation in every individual who desires it.

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

The future looks bright! It seems more and more people are seeking alternatives to westernized healthcare.  Ayurveda is a “do-it-yourself” and “at-home” kind of systems that truly empowers individuals to maintain health in their lives.  With proper guidance, and understanding, Ayurveda can be a valuable contribution to people’s health in this country.

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

      I have enjoyed all of the Ayurvedic body therapies I’ve received, each administered at there own appropriate times.  Shirodhara is deeply nourishing and calming to the mind, Svedanan dilates the channels and makes one feel warm and refreshed, and bastis effectively pacify vata dosha.  However, abhyangha has been the one that I have been able to best incorporate into my life.  Traditionally it is done with two massage therapist applying a heavy layer of oil to the entire body of another.  A modified version can be done on yourself, with specifically chosen oil applied liberally to the body, followed by a warm shower or bath. This has noticeably improved the health of my skin and subsequent dhatus (tissues).

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in the Salinas Valley, inland of the central coast of California.  My family has been in the commercial farming business there for the last four generations.  I suppose my interest in food and farming started there.  I became particularly interested in health and cooking in high school when I decided to observe a vegan diet. During college I lived in a dorm in the city, and ate from a cafeteria, and realized the ill effects that a poor diet and lifestyle can have on the body.  I sought a healthier alternative, and lived for the next four years in a beautiful resort setting on the coast of Big Sur, California. There I realized my passion for gardening, food, and herbs. I studied Ayurveda and began to realize my dharma lies somewhere in the field of medicine cultivation and preparation.  Becoming an Ayurvedic health practitioner will hone my skills as an herbalist and allow me to create individual formulas for my patients, hopefully one day from my own garden.
 
 

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Rachel@ayurvedacollege.com
(831) 747 0956  
  
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Nevada City, California with Zoe Middlebrooks

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 Zoe from Northern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

My decision to study Ayurveda came from an internal pull to establish balance and contentment in my life.  I was sure that creating this balance would be a life long journey.   Before, I had no idea where to start.  Now, I know that I am the only one that knows the way, but the teachings and practices of Ayurveda are here to guide and help me along the way.

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

I think Ayurveda is attractive to the public because there are so many ways to incorporate the knowledge of Ayurveda into a person’s daily life.  As a holistic approach to balance and health, the scope of possible recommendations for a person to integrate in their life is very broad.  From what and how they eat, to how and when they move, to the colors they wear- there are many simple changes to have fun with.  Ayurveda is attractive because of its potential for true healing.
 

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

In the near future, I believe that Ayurveda will gain interest in the United States.  There is already an increase of awareness and attention toward health and fitness, including growing popularity in yoga asana and practices of mindfulness.  With dietary, lifestyle and herbal guidelines that have been around for thousands of years, it is easy to trust in the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda in a time where fad diets and regimens are regularly rebuked in the media.

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

I love the svedana therapy.  I have always enjoyed the detoxifying feeling of saunas and sweat lodges.  With svedana it’s so nice to be able to sweat with my head in fresh air and the addition of cleansing and stimulating herbs makes svedana ten times better.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

My roots go back to Florida and Michigan.  I received bachelor’s degrees in geology and art from a liberal arts college in Indiana.  After attending college in the Midwest, I moved to Arizona where I lived in a small artist community and worked in a bronze foundry.  While cooking in my kitchen in Arizona, I began to question some of the foods that I was purchasing.  I grew up eating organic, natural foods but I felt like I had gotten sidetracked and forgotten those roots.  I began to ponder what a healthy diet looked like.  In this journey I read a lot of information and had many conversations with friends about what was best way to nourish our bodies.  It seemed like many dietary recommendations made sense but there was no way to follow all of them at once.  Then a friend reminded me of a cookbook that I had studied years earlier- The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar.  I was turned on to Ayurveda through the dietary suggestions, but the more I read about other aspects of this ancient knowledge, the more that it made sense.  I started to spend all my free time reading about it, but had questions that books could not answer. So I called up the California College of Ayurveda and enrolled in their course.

 

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(949) 910-2209
ztmiddle@gmail.com
zoe@ayurvedacollege.com

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in New York, NY with Sangita Mallya

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Sangita from New York

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I hail from a lineage of Ayurvedic practitioners in India and would now be the 4th generation Ayurvedic practitioner. Growing up in India, Ayurvedic medicine was what I saw used as conventional medicine and not as an alternative one in our family. Hence,after being a direct witness to its amazing varied healing powers, it was just a matter of time before I became formally qualified in this science. I also need to mention the awesomely skilled professors Dr. Ram Rao and Mary Thompson of CCA that gave a good bit of inspiration to continue on this path.

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

The fact that it does not simply try to treat you at a mere symptomatic level. It addresses the root causes of disease and dips in to a profound body of knowledge that has spanned over 5000 years into existence now . Public, in general, is now much more aware of harmful side-effects from strong, synthetic chemicals-laden drugs administered to treat their malady- that it almost invariably causes some other debilitating imbalance in body and mind in the process of curing one.

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

A lot of health-care experts agree that Integrative medicine shall be the ruling order of the near-futuristic world. After having undergone some sessions with luminaries like Dr. Oz and Dr. Low-Dog personally too, I am even more confident that Ayurveda will play a key central role in not just curative integrative medicine but also in the equally important domain of preventative medicine. Thus, it will help bring down reactionary-healthcare costs and help thousands manage their health proactively better and cheaper, overall . Ayurvedic formulas will also enjoy a great demand in the allied field of beauty and holistic diet programs.

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

It is truly hard for me to pick just one and I quite feel like Charlie from "Charlie and the chocolate factory" ! But since I live in New York and we often have to deal with the repercussions of cold & dry wintry weather here, Nasya and Abhyanga is a very effective pick for a favorite re-vitalizing therapy.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

For the immediate future , I am excited about gaining a robust 360-degree perspective from working hands-on on eclectic cases, preparing effective Ayurvedic formulas and helping people heal as an Ayurvedic health practitioner. Further ahead,my plan is to use my skills and training in Epidemiology and Advanced analytics to enable advancing research rigor in Ayurveda.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Northern California with Shannon Jaycox

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Shannon from Nevada City

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I discovered Ayurveda through my own journey into yoga.  Once I began to understand how Ayurveda not only supported my yoga practice but also offered a holistic perspective to living in harmony with nature that made sense to me from a mind, body and spiritual level, studying and incorporating it more into my life became my passion.  I'm excited to share the knowledge I've gained and to teach others what a huge impact Ayurveda can have on their lives, both from a healing and an overall well-being perspective.

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

Ayurveda uncovers and heals the root cause of disease and addresses each individual's unique imbalance.  There is no band-aid to pacify a symptom, nor is there a cookie cutter treatment approach to healing.  I feel we are drawn to Ayurveda because it offers lasting, whole body change that takes place on a very deep level and encompasses every layer of our physical, emotional and spiritual body.  Profound changes take place through practicing Ayurveda and healing can go way beyond what we've seen as possible with Western medicine.

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

As more people begin to search for a deeper path to healing beyond pharmaceuticals, Ayurveda will continue to blossom and flourish in the United States.  We see individuals beginning to question and look for new alternatives to Western medicine and people are becoming empowered to take control over the outcome of their own health.  Ayurveda will certainly play a huge role in the future of our healthcare for that reason.

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

Not really a therapy per se', but I love scraping my tongue each morning!  It gives me an inside view of what is going on in my body and lets me know immediately if what I did yesterday was harmonious and in balance with my constitution or if I need to make changes to how I treated myself.  The feedback is so instantaneous and there's no hiding what's really going on!

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I grew up in Southern California and spent a good portion of my adult life living in the Midwest where I completed my undergraduate degree and worked for two major corporations as a Procurement Specialist.  I spent twenty plus years in the rat race and fast pace of the business world before taking a random yoga class that opened my eyes to a deeper consciousness within me that had long been buried by my frantic lifestyle.  I wasn't quite sure what kept me going back to my yoga mat but knew it was a part of me that I needed to explore.  Several years into my yoga practice I became a Hatha Yoga teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist, which is how I came to experience the beauty of Ayurveda.  Once I began teaching and connecting with others through yoga, I knew that my true calling was to serve in some type of healing capacity.  After a couple of years spent with one toe in the corporate world and one toe in the yoga and healing world, I knew in my heart that my true passion lied with yoga and Ayurveda.  It took me several months to work up the courage to leave everything behind and give up my corporate lifestyle, but here I am in Nevada City living a life I had once only dreamed of.  Studying Ayurveda full time and embarking on a journey of healing and selfless service is truly a blessing and a gift that I'm very appreciative to be experiencing at this point in my life.

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Phone:  314-359-0198
  
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Oakland, California with Claudia Krattenmacher

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Claudia from Oakland

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Over a decade ago I visited an Acupuncturist for a chronic digestive problem.  After several weeks of treatment, my condition improved. My acupuncturist suggested that I look into Ayurveda for its overall lifestyle and nutritional focus to further improve my condition. Once I read about Ayurvedic principles and how to integrate them into my own life, I found a healing system that is all encompassing. These principles have become passion and path in of my life.

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

I think that integrating Ayurvedic principles does not require a complete life change. By simply introducing small adjustments to our daily routine or nutritional changes, profound results can occur. This overall better feeling promotes physical inspiration to pursue living in harmony with oneself. Ayurveda is an accessible vehicle to achieve this harmony. The Ayurvedic healing system is unique in that it addresses an individual’s specific situation and develops a clearly defined custom treatment plan to address their health concerns.  This specificity is what makes it attractive to people, Ayurveda actually addresses what is actually going on for people.

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

I see a great future for Ayurveda in the US. Ayurveda is often introduced into mainstream media where people are seeking more holistic solutions to health problems.  Articles are written about treatments that make Ayurveda accessible to many people. Ayurveda has become a source for people in the US to look for better solutions. Ayurveda will continue to be a sought after source to solve problems that are not being addressed in other ways.

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

I have two favorite treatments, one is Marma therapy and the other one is Annuvasana basti (oil enemas).  Marma has been incredibly helpful to me in restoring balance to my nervous system and releasing energy blocks in my body and the mind. Annuvasa basti is a great treatment to calm the mind. I feel amazing after it.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States many years ago. I did my undergraduate studies in studio art at San Francisco State University. My preoccupation with trying to understand the human condition started during this time. My interest stayed with me when I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on Creativity.  My master thesis was on the role creativity can play in the healing process. My interest in knowing more about the human psyche and body led me to seek a healing system that included these aspects.  In Ayurveda I found a healing modality that encompasses these aspects completely.

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Claudia Krattenmacher
(805) 868-1675
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Orange, California with Prabha Bhalla

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 Prabha from Southern California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I always wanted to find out more about natural ways of keeping myself and my family healthy instead of depending only on traditional allopathic medicine. In Ayurveda I found that way. Ayurveda is a natural ancient medicine practiced in India for over 5000 years. It makes use of spices, condiments and herbs in everyday cooking. If these ingredients are used in proper proportions and in proper combinations with food, health can be maintained properly. Ayurveda brings a perfect balance between body, mind, spirit and the environment and helps achieve balanced health.

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

Ayurveda helps an individual achieve health through treatments for the body, mind, and spirit.  Ayurveda is a system of holistic and natural science over 5000 years old and has been in use long before modern medicine came into existence.  Instead of taking modern medicines people can achieve good health through adjustments in diet and lifestyle. It is much easier and more natural to do this rather than taking allopathic medicine. Ayurveda also gives individuals peace of mind. Many people will achieve good health through Ayurveda and avoid going to allopathic doctors.
 

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

Ayurveda has a great future not only in the United States but in any country where people are looking for the most natural way of living rather than taking modern medicines to live healthy. Ayurveda can be a paradigm of natural medicine.

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

Massage or daily abhyanga is my favorite therapy. It relieves stress and rejuvenates the body as well as the mind.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised in India and have been living in southern California for several decades. I did my M.S. in Biochemistry at Cal State University, Long Beach and my Clinical Laboratory Science certification training at V.A. Hospital, Long Beach. I worked for a while before raising two children. As I got older I felt the need to keep up my health. I decided I would rather use diet and lifestyle to achieve good health instead of depending on modern medicines. I was familiar with Ayurveda and I was using many ayurvedic spices and herbs in my daily cooking, but I wanted to learn more and gain a deeper knowledge. When I heard about California College of Ayurveda I decided to enroll to learn as much as possible.  I originally wanted to learn about Ayurveda to maintain my own health, but now I am hoping I can help others by becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner.   I hope I am able to help others maintain their health and well being through Ayurveda.

 

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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Ayurvedic practitioner in Revelstoke, British Columbia with Heather Sproule

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.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monasheemandala
monasheeayurveda@gmail.com

 

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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www.katiesilcoxyoga.com
blog - www.parayogini.com
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Rye, NH with Rebecca Schneider

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. 

Interview with Rebecca from New Hampshire

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I had been traveling in India for a yoga teacher training and while at the training a woman was giving a short presentation on Ayurvedic medicine. I had never heard of it before arriving in India, but was curious to hear more about it as I had seen all the Ayurvedic offices and been intrigued with their herbal recommendations for foreigners to stay healthy. At the end of the presentation I stayed after to talk to the woman and find out more. I wound up being given the vocabulary that sits best with the beliefs I have had my entire life, and in asking on more information was recommended to read Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing. I got about half way done with the book before I was signing up to be a student at the California College of Ayurveda, and now I want to share the knowledge I’ve gained with the community.

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

Ayurveda is a delicate balance that can only be maintained through cultivating awareness. I think that people are attracted to it because of that reason. It can be quite difficult to be living completely in the present in this day in age due to all of the things that have been created to help distract us away from ourselves. Ayurveda provides a container for people to feel like they are, “allowed” to pay more attention to themselves and begin to ask themselves questions that they may have never particularly thought of asking themselves. Living a more healthy lifestyle is attractive, but Ayurveda puts a heavy importance on awareness and presence in day to day life that I haven’t seen encouraged as actively elsewhere yet.

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

The future of Ayurveda in the United States is very bright. Allopathy and naturopathy have an incredible opportunity to come together in the sense that Ayurveda can be seen and used as a more preventative medicine, and where disease is occurring allopathy can come in and help as well. I see the future of medicine opening up quite wide when the two can come together in a way that will benefit those who may be allergic to pharmaceutical drugs, but may need antibacterials or some other prescription in order to heal from disease.

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

Personally, I have a tie for favorite therapy which is the shirodhara treatment and the heart basti treatment. I have had incredible success in receiving shirodharas and correlating that with a decrease in anxiety and trouble sleeping. I enjoy the heaviness that the oil can bring and the feeling of peace after a few minutes and the stream seems to disappear or no longer be actively felt. I enjoy the heart bastis just as equally because of the tremendous healing experiences I have had in receiving them over the past couple years as I deal with grief and loss of friends and family. I feel the most nourished after these two therapies; like I have really taken the time to care for myself well and listen to not only what my body wants but what my spirit needs.

5) Biography:

I was born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and grew up on the seacoast. I’ve always been greatly influenced by the outdoors whether it was the ocean or mountains or lakes and rivers. I have always been active by swimming, biking, surfing, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and so much more. It’s in these activities I found my passion for nature. I went off to college in 2011 and quickly realized that the western education platform was no longer one I was interested in pursuing. I began studying yoga and in 2013 I travelled to India to take a training. It was there that I found Ayurveda and became enrolled in the California College of Ayurveda. When I moved back to NH I found myself yearning to be on campus. A year after I had began my study I moved out to Nevada City to be in the classroom and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made yet! During my time at the college over the past three years I have seen multiple practitioners, received multiple therapies, experienced nearly all of the workshop classes that are offered, and found a wonderful community of support in this field. I am now embarking on my first adventures as a practitioner in order to help share the knowledge and tools I’ve gained with others so that they can feel in better tune with themselves and nature itself.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Sacramento, CA with Kat Sun

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 Kat from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

It is something I have been curious about and drawn to ever since I first started hearing about it, even though I didn’t really know what Ayurveda was about.  The more I learned about Ayurveda, the more it resonated with me.  I appreciate understanding the manifest reality in terms of the 5 elements and how that can translate into an understanding of the qualities of everything as a way to guide our selves back into balance.  I appreciate the holistic model of health, where we take into consideration the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual components of the being, brining mindfulness to everything we take in, food, sound, impressions, thoughts, etc.  I appreciate using diet and lifestyle to address imbalances in our life, and addressing the root cause of any disharmony, rather than treating symptoms alone.  The knowledge of Ayurveda feels like a deep remembering of inherent truths embedded within my being, resonating true for me.

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

Ayurveda is a powerful tool for understanding our own unique make-up and tendencies, and learning to see our habits through new eyes, so that we may recognize what we do that is healthful and what we do that takes us out of balance.  With this knowledge comes awareness and empowerment.  I believe we all want to be healthy, happy, joyful beings in our own authentic and unique expression.  Ayurveda offers the wisdom to better understand ourselves and see ourselves more clearly within our current context so that we may empower ourselves to make shifts towards ever greater expressions of health, wellbeing, and authenticity.

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

Yoga (Hatha) continues to gain ground and popularity within the mainstream public, and with this popularity, interest, and acceptance of Yoga, naturally follows an interest in Yoga’s sister science Ayurveda.  I see Ayurveda continuing to grow and expand in popularity, interest, and acceptance within the U.S.  Especially as our communal consciousness shifts into a more holistic paradigm, interested in the wellness of the whole being, wellness of the whole planet, wellness of our communal consciousness.  People are interested in reclaiming their natural birth right as healthy, radiant, empowered beings, and connecting with their inner wisdom and innate propensity for health.

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

      This is a tough question, as there is so much I love and appreciate about this ancient system of healing.  With regards to the Body Therapies, I really love the Abhyanga (warm oil massage).  It feels so nourishing, calming, and nurturing.  It helps me feel grounded within my whole being, as I luxuriate in the feeling of love and nurturance.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

In 1992, while studying architecture abroad in Florence, Italy, Kat was introduced to her very first Hatha Yoga class from a fellow student in the program.  Little did she understand then, that this was the pivotal beginning of her lifelong explorations into the Vedic Sciences.  She has been committed to her personal Hatha Yoga practice since 1996.  In 2003, after completing her graduate studies in landscape architecture, Kat took her first Yoga Training course in Marin, California.  Upon completing a 100-hour Anusara training, a 700-hour Iyengar training, and then assisting another 100-hour Anusara training, Kat began teaching yoga in the Bay Area in 2006.  Due to the intense demands of her professional career as a landscape architect within a prominent international firm, she eventually dropped the yoga teaching.  However, with the passing of each year, the whisper of her soul grew louder, as an internal sense of misalignment and discontent grew within her heart.  

In January 2011, pulled by a sense of deeper yearning, she began her journey into the study of Ayurveda at Vedika Global in Emveryville, Ca.  This eventually led her to the clarity and courage within herself to finally step away from her ‘safe’ charted corporate professional career path, and to take the leap of faith into the unknown.  By end of 2011, she moved up to Nevada City, Ca, where she learned and worked as an Ayurvedic Body Therapist at Blue Sage Ayurveda.  In this role, Kat worked with a tight-knit team to collectively hold space and help facilitate the profound healing journey for those who came to receive Pancha Karma and the Ayruvedic therapies.  

She began her studies at CCA in Fall of 2012, where she has completed the Ayurvedic Health Educator Program, the Ayurvedic Practitioner Training Program – Part 1, the Herbal Apprenticeship program, and many of the Ayurvedic Body Therapy courses (as well as assist teaching many of the body therapy courses).  She has worked in CCA’s Pancha Karma Department, where she was a Lead Therapist and trained new therapists joining the team.  She is now currently enrolled in CCA’s Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Internship Program.

In addition to offering Ayurvedic Consultations and Body Therapies in Sacramento, Kat teaches public yoga classes at the Yoga Shala Arden Studio where she also offers Introductory Ayurvedic workshops.  Kat is a painter of Mandalas, a student of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), a doTerra Essential Oils Wellness Advocate, and a Licensed Landscape Architect, with an emphasis in Sacred Space / Intimate Space / Beauty.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Sacramento, California with Sandra Gutierrez

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Sandra from Sacramento

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda’s holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment instantly captivated my interest as an aspiring healer, educator and patient of allopathic care for chronic disease management. Assessing the whole person with respect to health and offering natural methods of healing along with health education, is what I aspire to offer as a healer and receive as a patient. After consulting with an Ayurvedic Practitioner, I quickly noticed the benefits of the practice and began my studies in Ayurveda to serve as a guide in offering the ancient wisdom to others.

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

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that empowers us to take health into our own hands utilizing the gifts of mother earth and the wisdom we possess. The earth provides us with natural resources that bring us into balance when used wisely. Many of us have a great desire to learn to use our resources for well-being as it is inspiring and exciting to know that what we grow in our backyard, what we have in our kitchen and what we do on a daily basis can heal and bring us to our highest potential. The wisdom of Ayurveda helps us live in alignment with our true nature, where we find harmony in the body, mind and spirit.

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

Ayurveda is steadily gaining interest in the United States as we fully acknowledge that our well-being is dependent on the health of our physical, mental and spiritual bodies as a whole. As rates of chronic and preventable disease increase, we are ready to transform the quality of care we currently receive to care that addresses our whole being and provides tools that support our innate ability to heal and experience health. Such tools include health education, a supportive patent-provider relationship and prevention based techniques to encourage health. Traditional methods of healing such as Ayurveda, are gaining greater support and interest in our communities as they prove to offer what we need to be healthy, happy and empowered.

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

Panchakarma is my favorite therapy as it combines all of the therapies into a complete package to allow deep healing of every part of our being. The physical body is nourished with delicious, healing foods, daily massage and sauna. The mind body is pacified with Shirodara and meditation and the subtle body is supported by Marma Therapy and Yoga Nidra. The insights gained, obstacles overcome and release that come with this therapy are invaluable.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born in Visalia, a small town in the Southern Central Valley of California. Upon receipt of a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of California at Davis, I began a service project with AmeriCorps delivering hands-on health education lessons to youth and families in Sacramento and Yolo Counties and concurrently organized access to health information and screenings for the underserved and uninsured communities of Woodland, California. After a year of Post baccalaureate studies in biological sciences in preparation for medical school, and a few years of clinical services and reproductive health education, I began my practices in yoga and meditation. This quickly captured my desire to learn the intricacies of the human experience both physically and mentally. Unbeknownst to me, I would soon be intrigued by the spiritual and energetic aspects. In 2010, I began a yoga teacher training where I had my first consultation with an Ayurvedic Practitioner and enrolled in the study of Ayurveda. I am thrilled to begin this internship as it allows me to take the wisdom of Ayurveda and offer it with hands and heart to those who are so inclined to receive. My other interests include dancing, singing, journaling, hiking, reading, spiritual ceremony, shamanic journeying and cooking.

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Ayurvedic practitioner in San Jose, CA with Haven Bundy

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. 

Interview with Haven from California

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

5) Biography:

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio by a loving family.  I was always interested in alternative living and was exploring yoga, meditation, herbology and bodywork as a late teen.  I used these alternative healthcare methods to heal some early health challenges and found great empowerment in prevention.  I created a thriving career as an acrobat and dancer, working as Swinging Trapeze Artist on an international level and traveled the world with this fulfilling work.  I retired in 2013 and returned to alternative healthcare, studying at California School of Herbal Studies and at the California College of Ayurveda.  I completed my academics in spring 2016, and moved down to the San Jose area. I opened an Ayurvedic bodywork practice and began my clinical internship, within a fitness center spa called the Forma Spa.  Forma Spa is in Almaden Valley, just outside San Jose, California.

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Haven at the Forma Gym & Spa
5434 Thornwood Dr.
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 363-1010
 
 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Seoul, South Korea with Brittany Maxey

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.”

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www.seoulshineayurveda.com
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Ayurvedic practitioner in Spicer, Minnesota with Ashley Christianson

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Ashley from Minnesota

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

Since I was a child I was always fascinated with health and wellness, growing up my dream was to be a doctor. As I grew older both my mother and father were advocates for natural approaches to healing. I took it under my own wings to discover which path of healing was my dharma. I never fully agreed with western medicines approach to disease, I viewed healing as encompassing the mind body and spirit, and not just the physical body like western medicine. The first time I had been introduced to Ayurveda was when I was 22, and at this time I was going through yoga teacher training at the Yoga Loft in Willmar, Minnesota. My beloved teacher Mary Beth Nehl opened my heart and mind to the world of Ayurveda.  Ayurveda is and was everything that I was looking for in the world of healing.

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

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient tradition and over 5,000 years old.  It has been an amazing and transformative life style for so many people. The beautiful approach that Ayurveda takes upon healing is like no other medical system; it encompasses mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda is such an individual processes, we approach the patient with an open heart and mind and hold space for healing to take place on a very personal level.  Ayurvedic practitioners are here for the long haul with their clients, we are here to see them succeed so they too can be healthy and happy.  Also,  a personal part of my specific teachings and practice is to help my patients become aware and open up their own hearts and minds to the healer within them.

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

I do believe Ayurveda is on the rise in the United States and becoming increasingly sought after for overall health and disease management. Even popular TV shows have featured Western Ayurvedic icons such as Deepak Chopra and John Doulliard.  The popularity of Ayurveda is on the rise, not just because of such TV shows, but the actual real life changes that people see once they adopt and Ayurvedic life style.  I do see Ayurveda becoming something that we will all adopt in one form or another for the well-being of all, especially the next generation to come.

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

I would have to say my favorite therapy would be the total bliss therapy, which consists of Abhyanga, shirodhara and svedana.   I highly recommend seeking out a bliss therapy especially from the California College of Ayurveda. It’s amazingly transformative, grounding, invigorating, calming to the mind and physical body and overall very therapeutic.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I am 28 years old and a proud mother of one young boy.  I have been fascinated with medicine since I was a young child. I was born and raised in the small rural lakes area in lovely Spicer Minnesota.  Some of my passions in life are anything thing outdoors, I love gardening, working with and formulating herbs, collecting and educating myself and others on the topics of grass root organic essential oils, and of course I enjoy traveling, yoga, rock climbing, mountain biking and anything in the fun Minnesota sun!  In 2011 I graduated from Ridgewater College with my Liberal Arts Degree. I then pursued another long-standing passion of mine, yoga.  After graduating from Ridgewater my heart led me to a wonderful woman named Mary Beth Nehl who is and was my teacher for my 200-hour yoga teacher training. I received my 200RYT in 2011 and it was here that I had my first discussion on Ayurveda and it sparked such an interest that I had to seek out a school so I could further my knowledge on such a wonderful medical system. In 2012 I then came across the California College of Ayurveda, it was an instant feeling of yes this is the perfect school for what I need! I then enrolled in the level 1 Ayurvedic training, and I have now continued on through my Ayurvedic Health Practitioner internship. I’m delighted to say I have attended such a world-renowned school; they have an excellent curriculum as well as an outstanding rigorous internship program.

 

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Ayurvedic practitioner in Vancouver, British Columbia with Saran Ekambaram

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Saran from Canada

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I am from India but was raised in Canada from a young age. I have spent most of my life as a chef. I have done a lot of soul searching the past several years and become more in touch with my roots. I've realized that Ayurveda bridges the knowledge I have from my heritage as well as from cooking together in one wonderful package. It is my true purpose in life to help people through Ayurveda and to share the philosophies of India which are a passion of mine.

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

More and more people nowadays are realizing that healing must come from within first. No matter how qualified a healer is, they can never cure a patient unless the patient is willing to take their own role in the healing process. Ayurveda is a science of personal responsibility, and people want to understand themselves better, which leads them to Ayurveda.

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

I am excited for the future of Ayurveda here in Canada. It is just starting to become more understood and I am so fortunate to have a direct hand in shaping that perception. Yoga is already so popular; Ayurveda simply is the medicinal side of yoga. It's an exciting time to be a practitioner!

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

There are so many wonderful treatments for people. However, not every therapy is right for everyone. But every therapy is right for someone. My favourite therapy to use is meditation, because it is one therapy that everyone should use. In today's rapid and loud society, silence and stillness has become more and more important.

5) Biography:

I was born in 1985 in the small once french colonized city of Pondicherry, in Tamilnadu, India. My father struggled from a poor upbringing to become a successful professor here in Canada. I have had a very blessed life, but it has not been without its struggles. 
I have been in three car accidents in the past seven years and it has put me on a long journey of healing, forcing me to move on to a different career and path in life. It put me into a deep depression and I hated my self and my life.
Over those years I learned the practice of gratitude, which ultimately brought me back to India, which ultimately brought me to Ayurveda. Now I am on a path to healing and opening my heart to share that healing with the world. 
I put down so many of my hobbies in life due to my injuries - but Ayurveda has helped me heal not just physically, but mentally and emotionally and spiritually as well. I can now cook again and am playing guitar once more after a long hiatus. Healing comes from within! With gratitude.

 

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Phone: 778-317-9495
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Victoria, British Columbia with Airlie Ogden

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to introduce the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Interns 2014. 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 Airlie from Canada

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I was first introduced to Ayurveda in 2010 during my professional yoga therapy training with Integrative Yoga Therapy. I began reading and experimenting with its foundational principles in both my daily routines and my yoga practice, and was struck by how intuitive it is. Several years prior, I’d graduated university with a degree in Psychology. I knew that at some point I wanted to continue my formal education, but when I got accepted to and began a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology in 2012 it no longer felt like an authentic fit; I kept wishing I could be studying Ayurvedic Medicine instead. And so I made the switch: I withdrew from my Masters program and immediately enrolled at the California College of Ayurveda. Beginning my formal studies of Ayurvedic Medicine was an act of trust, and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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

Ayurveda helps people understand their uniqueness–their strengths, their differences, their quirks¬–from a place of compassion and support. It teaches people to work with what they’ve got in whatever way they’re able to in order to promote healing and vitality. This fosters self-empowerment. Ayurveda embraces each person as an individual and takes into account wellness of all levels of being.

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

I think there’s a growing demand for Ayurveda in Canada. In recent years there’s been a leap in the acceptance of alternative forms of medicine and Ayurveda is becoming more and more recognized and respected. I think there’s incredible opportunity for education on how to live in a way that makes people more effective in disease prevention and self-sufficient in health maintenance. I believe that people want more than just to feel well; they want to feel good about the means by which they become well.

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

My favourite therapy is abhyanga. It’s such a grounding, nourishing therapy, but feels like an indulgence as well. I also love that I can do it myself if/when I don’t have the opportunity to see a specialist. I truly believe that care-full touch heals.

5) What does your path to Ayurveda look like?

I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island–Canada’s smallest province. I grew up roaming its rolling green hills and bright red soil, all cradled by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. After graduating from university with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2004, I travelled extensively around Europe, South East Asia and China. It was during the year I spent living in Shanghai that I discovered yoga and began a new path that would eventually lead me to my current profession as a yoga instructor and student of Ayurvedic Medicine. It wasn’t until I’d moved away from the ocean that I realize how deeply affected I am by water. That unexplainable understanding of our connection to the elements is one of the reasons I was drawn to Ayurvedic Medicine (for its use of the five elements as a means of understanding and healing imbalance) and chose to begin my formal education in this field. Throughout the last few years I’ve bounced back and forth between Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and I now very happily call Victoria, BC home.
 
 

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airlie-Ellsworth-Yoga-Ayurveda
Email: airlie.ogden@gmail.com
 
  
 
 

 

 

Ayurvedic practitioner in Wagoner, Oklahoma with Lisa Bracken

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. 

Interview with Lisa from Oklahoma

1)  What inspired you to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

I have had the good fortune of studying yoga for the past 12 years with an instructor that infused the wisdom of Ayurveda into his teachings. It was simply part of the curriculum and when the topic turned to Ayurveda, I often felt as though I were in the room with a long, lost friend. I couldn’t get enough of the conversation. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to put the science of Ayurveda to the test on a few specific conditions in my own life. With the guidance of extraordinary (and inspiring) practitioners, my body has been able to return to its’ natural state of balance, thus allowing me to avoid surgeries and pharmaceuticals.

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

Ayurveda appeals to our current cultural climate for many reasons, the three I’ve listed below stand out as particularly attractive: 

 

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

I believe the practice of Ayurveda has taken off in America and is going to continue to soar. As Americans discover how healing and balancing the ancient practice is, it will become more and more accepted in mainstream medical practices. And that is exactly where it belongs. Ayurveda can work right alongside Western medicine to increase disease prevention and assist with disease management. It can help alleviate chronic stressors that lead to serious illness, and it can assist with patient care when disease is present. With its emphasis on a healthy diet and lifestyle, Ayruveda can help Americans prevent disease by teaching us how to live in better harmony with our environment, our body and our mind.

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

My favorite therapy is pranayama – it is the most efficient and effective tool we have to change the way we feel (physically, physiologically, emotionally, and mentally). It is readily available as it sits at the tip of the nose and can be implemented in just about any setting. There is no paperwork to fill out, no need to wait on the phone for an appointment, or stand in line at the pharmacy; it is truly the most cost-effective therapy available today.

5) Biography:

Together with my husband Sam, I own and operate The Canebrake – a destination hotel and spa in beautiful, northeast Oklahoma. Created from a 400-acre family ranch, The Canebrake is the first eco-certified property in Oklahoma, giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability and natural healing. In addition to designing a space of comfort and intention, I’ve had the good fortune of teaching yoga and meditation for the past 10 years in The Yoga Barn at The Canebrake as well as at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma School for the Blind, and Axis Boys’ Home. A back injury lead me to study yoga therapy in earnest while pursuing a Master’s degree in Kinesiology; I am fascinated with the ‘why and how’ our bodies move (or more oftentimes don’t). I offer open classes, public workshops, and enjoy working with students privately. In addition to currently seeing clients as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Intern through the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), I am also certified as a Pancha Karma Specialist (PKS) and have completed the Ayurvedic Massage and Bodywork Therapies (AMBT). I have a passion and gift for introducing yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda to the minds and bodies of a wide variety of students and am thrilled to be part of the healthcare solution!

 

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