In 1998, four people, passionately interested in the expansion of Ayurveda in America, began to meet monthly to formulate a structure to support the Ayurvedic Practitioner and classical Ayurvedic education and practice in the U.S. In 2000, they incorporated as the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. The founding board members were Kumar Batra, Cynthia Copple, Marc Halpern and Wynn Werner.
NAMA has grown to become a twelve member elected board of directors with more than 1,000 members. Every year, a minimum of four board seats are slated for election. This allows for continuity within the board while providing membership the opportunity to nominate and elect sitting or new candidates.
NAMA has various committees that support the key work efforts of the association, including Membership, Standards, Communications, Ethics, Elections and Conference Planning Committees. Other committees and work groups are established as needed for the effective work of the organization.
One of NAMA’s primary goals to support Ayurvedic education and the resulting professional practices. The Standards Committee has been very active in surveying Ayurvedic education and setting standards for professional members. With more than 30 Ayurvedic schools offering programs throughout the country, NAMA strives to support the profession of Ayurveda; and works to increase visibility and opportunity for Ayurvedic professionals.
Since 2003, NAMA has offered successful Ayurvedic conferences in various cities throughout U.S. These national conferences offer increased depth of knowledge for developing Ayurvedic professionals.
Listen to an interview with Cynthia Copple about the founding of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. After 15 years on the board, Cynthia completed her final term on October 31, 2013. This interview was conducted on November 17, 2013, by Gwen Nagano, former board president.