Excerpts from Ronnie Meyers-Student of Ayurveda Level 1 Course
Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years. It has been passed down and translated. The more I learn about it the more I see Ayurvedic concepts everywhere, just in other “languages”. I will continue studying, and ultimately I hope to be part of a movement that brings Ayurvedic practice into the main healthcare system as well as corporate culture.
However, a big obstacle in this linear culture is that American culture focuses on happiness being “within reach” but still outside of you. People are brainwashed by big corporations and mass movements. Also, because Ayurveda is rooted in spirituality, it may pushe people away or creates initial skepticism and/or controversy, just like the implementation of yoga into our school district. Unless it is received by mainstream, highly advertised and accepted by well know “brands”, it is easily rejected.
Despite that rigid mentality of “mainstream”, Ayurveda is growing and the need to veil it or reword it to be accepted is reducing. In fact, just like the city I live in that has embraced and supports yoga and Ayurveda, we create a demonstrative example of why it should and can be accepted. The visual proof it a healthy lifestyle with active and involved people. It is a community development that grows because it works.
As I go deeper into my studies, the more I learn the more I realize I have yet to learn. I still work with investments, but now I am working for a “holistic and comprehensive” firm. I hope to offer Ayurvedic concepts and clinics for our clients to complete a “health is wealth” concept and am slowly introducing this idea. I am confident that as my knowledge and confidence in that knowledge grows, so will the reception.
How is Ayurveda different in India, compared to USA?
Ayurveda is a stand alone Medical System in India whereas in USA is only considered a complimentary medicine.
Indian students are considered Medical students and are governed under Indian Medical laws. The Indian Ayurveda students are allowed to treat and diagnose disease. Ayurveda is taught like Medicine and students are working with real time patients.Foreigners and outsiders are not allowed to touch the Indian patients and only allowed to watch them. Foreign students are demonstrated Panchakarma massage therapies by some mom and pop establishments like Abhyanga, Udvartana by many of these colleges. Students wont be allowed to practice in USA without a State Massage License.
Practice and teaching of Ayurveda as a modality in USA is different. There are no patients–only clients and practitioners can counsel them and work within their state laws. FDA does not recognized Ayurveda. In USA –Ayurveda is a complimentary health system rooted in Vedas and and Ayurvedic Practitioners are NOT allowed to practice medicine that includes diagnose, treat any disease. Ayurveda is integrated with Medical education in India, and Indian Ayurveda Students study 8 years in a university.
This is why, if you are not a medical doctor or a health professional we see Internships in India as not viable for our students. (At this point)