Candidate Kathryn Templeton
2017 NAMA Board Member Candidate
 

Name:  Kathryn Templeton, M.A., E-500 RYT, A.P.

State of Residence:   Connecticut

Committee Service:  Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Subcommittee, Schools Subcommittee

Membership Level:  Professional Member - Ayurvedic Practitioner
  

 

Why would you like to serve on the board?
 

I would like to serve our community by working on the NAMA Board of Directors around the mission goal-"To establish and maintain desirable relationships within the Ayurvedic profession, other professions, organizations, governmental agencies, groups and with all reputable organizations of the Ayurvedic profession throughout the world carrying out compatible purposes." 


My first Ayurvedic educational experience was in 2001, then at Kripalu in 2006, and I have been a NAMA member ever since. I have found that the work to develop standards and internal structures has been remarkable over the past decade. I want to continue those efforts; National Exams, School Standards, setting up supervision protocols. Yet my skills are more oriented around creating communication connections between ayurveda and current public health systems and other allied professionals. I want to see NAMA expanding into more channels of the healthcare community with the integrity of the practices intact.  
 

What skills and experience do you see yourself contributing that will support the management, direction, and growth of the association?

 

Over the past 30 years I have been involved with a two emergent professional allied healthcare organizations. I was on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drama Therapists, NADT, and sister organization CAT, Creative Arts Therapists. We moved to open up lines of recognition within traditional settings (hospitals, clinics) in various states for Drama Therapists, Dance Therapists, etc... The experience was an uphill learning curve! On a local level, I have been a consultant and educator for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) in Connecticut.

 

Teaching breathing technique, yoga philosophy (acceptance- adjustment), Ayurvedic concepts, to a wide range of health professionals; psychotherapist, psychiatrists, social workers. My ability to "translate" Ayurvedic concepts into policy, therapeutic protocol, is what I am most often requested to offer at various clinics. These combined skills, along with my work ethic, will be useful in moving the NAMA goals forward. 

Statement to the Membership:


It would be an honor to give back to my NAMA community by serving on the Board of Directors. It is evident that this is a working board that has offered us many internal structures; standards for schools, national exams, conferences for fellowship and inspiration. It is now time to reach outside of our collective, our sangha, and bring the wisdom of our Ayurvedic practices into the channels of the larger allied health care frame, to support the health and wellness of our local communities and nation.

 

I am interested in offering my skill sets of creating connection between western and eastern medicine. My offering to this community would be to support the integrity of our medical practice being accessible to as many communities as possible. I would like to support our profession, per the NAMA mission statement: "To establish & maintain desirable relationships within the Ayurvedic profession, other professions, organizations, governmental agencies ... carrying out compatible purposes." 

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