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May 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


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The conference was a blast! We are all enjoying the momentum it created. We are inspired and have a lot to accomplish over the next couple months. Find out more in this newsletter.













Conference Letter From Our Board


Gathering as a community at the NAMA conference is something not to be missed if you are looking to get inspired and create connections. From our featured presenters to our breakout sessions we learned new things, saw the possibilities of the reach of Ayurveda and found new insights from old concepts.

Our exhibitor hall proved to be a hot gathering spot where attendees saw, tasted, touched and heard about new products and support materials for our trade. Even the exhibitors were excited to see the growth in the field. Many are stepping forward to extend even more offers to our membership as a form of support – keep your eyes posted for you growing “Membership Benefits”.

We had attendees from all over the states, Canada and a wonderful contingent from the Ministry of AYUSH in India joining our conversations and learning about our growing profession here in the United States.

Our pre-conference forums were filled to capacity as we learned about the necessary move toward “accreditation” for professional training programs and then into operating within the legal framework of the modern healthcare environment. We would like to give a big thanks to Susan Etheridge and Felicia Tomasko for leading the professionals through these complicated mazes of legal issues and marketing and to John Matthews for leading the schools' community through the overview of accreditation and how important this will become for our profession.

We all wished we had more time to spend together and bask in the glow of Ayurveda as a community. What a rare opportunity we had. We returned completely inspired and charged with finding more ways to grow and support our
membership and our field. As our first exam goes live on May 15th we mark a pivotal and important point as a community. Certification of a profession is significant in many ways and we now have established ourselves to become a recognized profession in the eyes of the public.

Even if you were unable to attend you can purchase copies of the lectures from Back Country Productions here and mark your calendars now for April 20-22, 2018 for our conference in Dallas, Texas – “Ayurveda for a Healthy World”.


Thanks to our amazing conference team – Lisa Boldin, Gwen Nagano, Emma Pavich, Arya Hawkins and our volunteers – Susan Weis-Bohlin, Felicia Tomasko, Ellen Leonard, Aarti Batavia, Carol Nace, Fariba Zandpour, Lelyzaveta Tarasova, Melissa Williams, Raquel Chacon, Sallie Cavanaugh-Douglas.

Also, another thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make our conference such a success and for sharing their products with us all.

In Gratitude,

Hilary Garivaltis, Dhaval Dhru and the entire NAMA Board of Directors




We are happy to announce the NAMA Certification Board!


NAMA is thrilled to announce the official launch of the NAMA Certification Board. Since 1998, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association has led the effort to establish the practice of Ayurveda in America, with one of its main goals to support the development of Ayurvedic educational and professional standards nationally. Through these efforts the NAMA Certification Board was founded in March 2017 to maintain the certification arm of the profession.


Earning NAMACB certification represents a significant professional achievement. As an emerging healthcare profession in the U.S., Ayurvedic medicine is not yet widely recognized.

Building off of education competencies and standards developed over the last 14 years through NAMA, NAMACB certification is the first well-established credentialing process for Ayurveda in the U.S.; as such, it provides one of the few means by which clients, healthcare entities, government agencies and others can determine whether individual practitioners are qualified.

The NAMA Certification Board is proud to announce the launch of the official Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification exam on May 15th. We wish to thank our 67 AHC Beta test takers that helped us set the final test in place.

As the exam goes live the NAMACB will simultaneously grandfather all current AHC NAMA members in good standing in as Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselors. Everyone in that category will receive a brand new certificate and badge for use in marketing materials and can proudly use the new title CAHC.





The Ayurvedic Practitioner Beta test will launch June 5th - August 7th, 2017 !! Take the test for a discounted price!


We are looking for up to 100 test takers for this phase. The test will be discounted from $450 to $150 for those that would like to help us out.


Current NAMA AP members will receive 18 PACE Credits for taking the test.

*Current members are not required to take the exam


Click below to start the process of registration!


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As a NAMA member, you are invited to participate in the 2017 Board of Directors election. During this year's election cycle, there are five (5) seats open on the board. Submit your nomination by completing the 2017 Board Candidacy Application by Friday, June 2, 2017


Fill out application here!






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