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February 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association



With the first month of the year behind us, the NAMA team has already accomplished many of our 2017 goals. As the board, committee, volunteer and staff members prepare for this year's conference we are enthusiastic to share more information about the event in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!



What's Different About A NAMA Conference?

Presenter Highlight: Kathryn Templeton

Upcoming Seminar: Ghee - An Ayurvedic & Biochemical Perspective

AHC Beta Test Registation Deadline Extended





What is different about a NAMA Conference?

A question is often raised in respect to our national conference; what differentiates a NAMA conference from other professional symposiums? The underlying inquiry in truth is why should an Ayurvedic professional choose to attend a NAMA conference as opposed to other educational offerings?


NAMA conferences offer various educational tracks


At the conference, attendees can attend sessions on patient/client management, research and clinical topics, lifestyle management and the business of Ayurveda.  Attention is paid to how the topics harmonize with each without allowing for repetition of material. We offer abundance.


Presenters are thoroughly vetted


The conference committee begins a stringent process of evaluation in August of the year prior to the conference. In 2016, 40 applications were reviewed based upon 10 criteria. Discussion followed in order to distill these topics to a cohesive program.The committee looks at the relevance of the offerings, views videos to ensure an inspirational presentation manner and pores over resumes to understand the educational background of all who submit applications. During the conference attendees are asked to evaluate the material and the presentation. These results are compiled in order to inform the next year’s committee of what our membership finds vital and useful. We share deep pools of wisdom.


NAMA seeks to provide its members with pertinent take-away information


NAMA exists to serve its members. Annual conferences are not looked upon as money making ventures but rather as opportunities to frugally provide a stellar educational experience. The committee understands that many practitioners live and practice in locales that do not offer opportunities for internships or local learning. We also keep a strict eye on the cost of the conference. NAMA conferences offer opportunities to learn, to form community and to visit face to face with vendors. We provide depth and breadth.

Attendees are given opportunities to participate in high level Ayurvedic continuing education


Professional members can attend a professional forum held the day before the conference begins, two longer length practicums provide opportunities for more in depth learning and a research panel informs attendees about what is happening in the area of Ayurvedic research and development. We provide the key to furthering Ayurvedic knowledge. This is not an exhaustive list but rather a highlight of what differentiates NAMA conferences from all others. Take some time to digest these points and then consider joining our presenters, vendors, sponsors and membership base as we further the path of Ayurveda in our world.


Join us at the 2017 National NAMA Conference in Chicago!

What could be better than a weekend of inspiring lectures, teachers, and friends in Ayurveda? Join us as we gather together to share in the wisdom and knowledge of "Ayurveda and the Evolution of Modern Medicine". 

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Advanced Rate Available Through
February 28, 2017

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Sign up today to take advantage of our great discounts! Sponsor and exhibitor options are still available as well! 









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Conference Speaker Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-RYT 500, is an Ayurvedic practitioner who has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a master teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work clinically, and as a college psychology professor, specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma, anxiety and depression. She is the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist & Ayurvedic Health Counselor Programs.


Kathryn will be presenting Saturday afternoon: An Integrative Mental Health Approach in Outpatient Care


"The intentional and systematic use of Ayurvedic principals alongside traditional psychiatry is the focus of our Six Stage East/ West Group therapy model. We use this protocol in sub-acute outpatient settings for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Traditional Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy used in these treatment facilities is the foundation for the group therapy programs. We integrate Ayurvedic principles of the tridosha clock, dinacharya, pranayama and deep relaxation over the course of six sessions to build support for creating new health habits, and bringing the nervous system back to balance. This protocol is now being integrated into hospice care and "first responder" groups to minimize stress response."


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Links to Kathryn's Publications

Little Ones Can Get the Blues, Too!

Ayurveda For Grieving

Can Ayurveda help my child with ADHD?


Learn why ghee made with cultured cream from grass fed cows is superior from both an Ayurvedic standpoint and from a Heart-Health perspective.






NAMA Needs You!


Sign up to take the AHC beta test. Be a part of developing the
national  standards for Ayurveda!


We are almost finished with our AHC beta testing. This is such a great accomplishment for the national standards of Ayurveda. We only need a few more people to participate in in taking the test. Please sign up today!

As an incentive all current professional members at the AHC level who take the beta test will receive 18 PACE credits for participating. 


Click here for details and to register




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