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June 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


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As we continue with our efforts, we are excited to share our advances and new offerings to our community. Once again we thank all of our members for your continued support. We are overjoyed to experience and share the heart of this community nationally.
















NAMA Election Committee Presents the 2017 Board Candidates!! Voting Starts July 1st!



The 2017 board candidacy applications have been reviewed and verified, and the profile of all candidates are now presented on the NAMA website. Active members as of May 31, 2017 are eligible to vote and are encouraged to review each candidate's information.


Voting instructions will be emailed July 1, 2017. Voting ends July 31, 2017. Visit this link for details on the election process and qualified candidates.





A Message on Accreditation to the School Community


NAMA deeply appreciated the engagement of the school community at our special meeting during recent conference, and the willingness of the schools to participate in conversations on developing an accreditation process for our field. As many of you know, accreditation is one of the essential ingredients in establishing credibility in a healthcare-related field in the United States. We are heartened  so many schools see the importance of taking this next step.

Based on the feedback we received from the school community from this event, the NAMA Board has decided that the time has come for NAMA to develop an accreditation process for educational programs. This accreditation process will reflect the current state of Ayurvedic medical education, anticipate the directions in which education in our field is headed, and complements the practitioner national certification process that NAMA has established. We firmly believe that it is only through our working together that we can achieve important milestones in the ongoing development and acceptance of Ayurvedic medicine in the U.S.

NAMA has hired Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD—an expert in professional higher education
accreditation—to guide us through this developmental process. Dan has helped a number of emerging healthcare fields develop and refine their accreditation standards and processes, and has advised NAMA on a variety of projects. We have appointed an initial work group of five individuals with significant experience in Ayurvedic education and practice to work with Dan to develop the accreditation process, including drafting standards, policies and procedures. These individuals are Gerard Buffo, Savita Brownfield, Alakananda MA, Erin Kreeger and myself, Hilary Garivaltis.

One key aspect of this initiative is NAMA’s commitment to a close engagement and
collaboration with the wider school community as we develop this accreditation process. As progress is made with this initiative, NAMA will regularly present to the school community for input the proposals developed by the work group. Our goal is to create an accreditation process that is practical for the state of Ayurvedic education and practice in the U.S., this goal cannot be accomplished without collaboration. We welcome your feedback at any time, and
will be putting mechanisms in place for obtaining your feedback as we move forward.

While we understand that there are other groups that are also actively developing accreditation processes, NAMA’s interest in doing this is to create a process that both coordinates with the educational levels NAMA has already developed and with the NAMA certification process that reflects those levels. At the same time, we recognize much thoughtful work has been accomplished already around Ayurvedic accreditation that is applicable to the U.S. context, and we hope that everyone with an interest in the area can come together with NAMA to support the needs and aspirations of our entire community.

Here is a link to a wonderful article commissioned by NAMA, Yoga Alliance and the
International Association of Yoga Therapy back in 2010 that helps explain credentialing and regulation and its role in emerging fields in general.

We hope to have more details to report by late summer and will keep you all posted.



Hilary Garivaltis

NAMA Executive Director






Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) credits are due for all Professional Members** by December 31, 2017. You can review the credits you have earned to date by logging into your member profile and clicking on the "Professional Development" icon. 

There are several ways to earn credits: 

  1. Take a recommended course offered by NAMA PACE Providers. See the list here.

  2. Listen to the NAMA Seminars in Ayurveda recordings to earn PACE credits at no additional cost. 

  3. Submit credits you have taken since 2015 for non-listed continuing education courses in Ayurveda, yoga or jyotish you've taken since 2015.

  4. 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.

** Those who joined as professional members after June 30, 2016 are exempt from having to earn PACE during this current 2-year cycle. Your completed PACE credits are due at the end of the next 2-year cycle, December 31, 2019.

Please note, changes to PACE requirements for the 2018 - 2019 cycle will be announced in the Fall.







Sign Up to Take the AP Beta Test!


We are looking for up to 100 test takers for this phase of developing the Ayurvedic Practitioner certification exam. The beta test not only gives recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates the opportunity take the exam at a discounted rate, but most importantly, it helps us validate questions, determine the passing score and set the final testing time.


The test will be discounted from $450 to $150 for those that would like to participateCurrent 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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Ayurveda Students May Now Join NAMA for Free!

Students of Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Doctor training programs may now join NAMA as a student member for free. The NAMA Board of Directors recently approved this change in order to better support students and invite them to engage with the larger Ayurvedic community.

Student Members, like all members, have access to four years of Seminars in Ayurveda recordings, discounts to NAMA conferences, and various other discount benefits from companies such as Banyan Botanicals, VPK, Organic India and the Ayurveda Journal of Health. 

Are you currently an active AHC, AP or AD student? Join here.





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