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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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