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January 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


President's Message

Dear @@first_name@@,

Happy new year! As this new year begins, all of us at NAMA welcome the opportunity to continue our mission in empowering individuals and the community to achieve well-being through Ayurveda. 

2016 was a great year for us all in the Ayurvedic community. NAMA made great advances in establishing stronger standards of education and practices in the profession nationally. This could not of been done without the support of all of our members, volunteers and staff.

With your support we are able to provide the community the opportunity to obtain high qualify Ayurvedic health services. We leave 2016 with gratitude and thank all of you for your continued efforts and support of our goals as Ayurvedic professionals.

Although NAMA achieved great things in 2016, 2017 offers exciting opportunities for our members. Our 2017 conference, Ayurveda and the Evolution of Modern Medicine, will be a great chance for you to experience this first hand. We look forward to see you there in April. 

With warm regards,

Dhaval Dhru, M.D., A.P.

President, NAMA Board of Directors

Executive Director's Message

Dear @@first_name@@,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2017 is upon us and we are poised to make it one of our best years yet.

The changes in 2016 have been enormous for NAMA and for Ayurveda and we must always take time to reflect and appreciate where we have come from. I am particularly grateful to our volunteer Board and committee members for the dedication and service they have all provided to get us where we are today.

We move into a new era at NAMA as we begin to shift from a primarily volunteer run organization to having a dedicated staff to keep us on track. This shift has already made incredible improvements to our organization and we expect much more to come.


Hilary Garivaltis, A.P.

Executive Director, NAMA

NAMA had a very busy and productive year in 2016. We transitioned in mid-2015 from two to five part-time employees in order to help the organization keep up with the significant growth we experienced in late 2014.

Not only our membership growth, but also all the initiatives the Board had set in place began to come to fruition, such as:

  • Continued membership growth— ending the year with 1,195 members

  • Refreshed website and new logo

  • Additional staffing with the hiring of an Executive Director and Executive Administrative Assistant, in addition to expanded roles for current staff

  • Board representation at events throughout the U.S. and India, giving NAMA more exposure and representation

  • Increased attendance at NAMA's free monthly tele-Seminars in Ayurveda

  • Increased professional development opportunities for members through the Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) program

  • Successful conference in April 2016

  • Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist category development— to be completed in early 2017

  • Creation of the NAMA Certification Board as a new arm to oversee national exams

  • Completion of the first phase of developing AHC and AP certification exams

  • Ayurvedic Doctor grandfathering for those who qualify

Each and every area mentioned has taken enormous effort and work by our staff and volunteers.

Read the full article here, including insight into NAMA's goals for 2017!

The registration deadline to take the Ayurvedic Health Counselor beta test has been extended to January 13, 2017. The examination window will be from January 8 - January 31.


The beta test is open to recent graduates of AHC programs, as well as current NAMA professional members at the AHC level.

Current members who take the beta test will receive 18 PACE credits for participating in the beta test.

The official exam will be available and required of all new Ayurvedic Health Counselor professional member applicants starting April 1, 2017. At this time, the exam is not required, but we are looking for willing individuals to take the beta test to help us finalize the official exam.

Click here for details and to register for the AHC beta test. 
Again, the deadline is 11:59 pm, January 13, 2017

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! 



The Professional Forum is a members-only event
held prior to the start of the conference on 

Friday, April 21, 2017
1:00 - 4:30pm

Feature Topic: Creating a Strong Legal Foundation for Your Practice
presented by Susan Etheridge, JD of Alternative Health Law

Susan Etheridge, JD

During this presentation, Susan Etheridge, an alternative healthcare lawyer and Ayurvedic Practitioner, will share practical ways to create a strong legal foundation for your practice of Ayurveda.

You will learn about different business structures for your practice, legal issues affecting Ayurveda and integrative medical practices, advertising and marketing laws, and business contracts.  

There will be substantial time available for Q&A, so that Susan can answer questions relevant to your particular practice.

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