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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