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November 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association



Isn't autumn beautiful?! We at NAMA hope you are enjoying the changing leaves, wearing comfy sweaters and drinking warm pots of vata tea! In this vata time of year we remind you to take care of yourself, and with the holidays just around the corner, don't to forget to get your PACE credits finished before your family fun takes over!

Warm wishes to all our members this month,

NAMA Board and Staff














At this time, we encourage NAMA professional members (AHC/AP/AD) with long-term training in yoga and yoga therapy to take advantage of the grandfathering period and become NAMA recognized Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists.

The application process includes the following:  

1. Choose a Pathway:

  • C-IAYT: Those who are already certified yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, may apply for AYT-NAMA recognition.
  • Long-Standing Practice: Those who have been studying yoga for at least 10 years, consistently teaching for at least 5 years, and has taught one-to-one Ayurvedic therapeutic sessions for at least 50 hours may also apply.

2. Prepare 3 Case Studies (see the application for format requirements -- must submit using the form provided)

3. Submit application, supporting documentation, and the $25 application fee.










Your Ayurvedic Practice, Just Jump In!


As we grow together in the profession of Ayurveda in the United States, we find many of our members have great stories, advises and have found niche markets in the industry. We wanted to take the opportunity to share with our community the experiences, joys, advances, and challenges of being an Ayurvedic professional in the United States. In this article, we interview Myra Lewin, a long time practitioner of Ayurveda and Yoga. She shares how her unique attitude allowed her to stay dedicated to her path of Ayurveda that eventually blossomed into a flourishing business.

Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga, located on the breathtaking island of Kaua’i, Hawaii, it was founded by Myra Lewin on one simple idea; create a space of healing that offers a chance to reconnect to your true self. Myra Lewin is a NAMA-certified PACE (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education) provider. With three decades of teaching and clinical experience, Myra Lewin leads Hale Pule’s training and offers individual mentorship geared to move her students forward on their path as teachers and practitioners.

At Hale Pule their goal is to create an atmosphere of sattva and balance where students can live in alignment with nature in a supportive environment. They have sustainable living practices aligned to the unity of life such as; simple methods of cleaning, organic foods and ingredients, and space to grow food using eco-friendly practices. They strive to inspire guests to make sustainable changes in their living practices to reduce their impact and to find health and balance through Ayurveda.

Because many of our NAMA members are in search of understanding how others build a practice we asked Myra how she does it. Lewin openly shares her approach of building her business on the foundation of healing through education, self-awareness, and action. She explains that she meets people at their starting point, assisting them to understand how they came to their current state and supported them in following the steps needed for vibrant health. She says; "The principles of Ayurveda are what make my practice successful. I support people to see their healing power and show them how to cultivate and utilize that in their daily lives. I maintain a personal caring approach that is unique to the individual. I remain a student, learning new things every day about illness recovery, life and how to live better through the teachings of Ayurveda. I keep the spiritual aspect of everything I do, and for me, that is what feeds success."

In her practice beginning in 1999, clients would come to her to find a solution to various imbalances, she would experience resistance, and many would imply that Ayurveda was too complicated and they didn't "need" it. Because of this, her obstacle has been to keep steady and continue her work. Her motivation is fueled by seeing the light go on in one client; it brings her great joy. She is now finding Ayurveda to be growing along with the rapidly increasing imbalances of our modern society, and with it so is her business. She has found a way to communicate the principles of the Ayurveda in ways that people can practically apply to their daily lives, finding her success in keeping Ayurveda simple and applicable.

She advises those starting out in the business of Ayurveda to just jump in, in her eyes practical experience is the much more valuable than finding additional training or more academics. "Work with someone with experience and apply your learning to the context of each" she joyfully advises. "Let yourself be new at it and keep yourself balanced to be an example and inspiration to your clients. Most of all enjoy yourself."

We hope you enjoyed this article. We will strive to continue to share other member experiences with you throughout the year.


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Reminder of credits due December 31, 2017 for all Professional Members who joined as Professional Members before July 1, 2016

  • Submit credits you have taken since 2015 for non-listed continuing education courses in Ayurveda, yoga or jyotish you've taken since 2015.
  • Submit up to 30% of your credits from Other Topics in Wellness.
Click here to learn more about the PACE requirements and how to earn and submit your credits.











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