|Letter to the Community|
Introducing NAMA Articles
February 24, 2016
Awareness of Ayurveda is spreading! The amount of interest in Ayurveda, the Ayurvedic profession and Ayurvedic practices is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only are we seeing a growing presence of Ayurveda in social and news media, but also within our own membership. NAMA’s membership has reached record numbers with nearly 1,200 active members, including 27 member schools that offer Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner programs. Many schools will add the soon-to-be released Ayurvedic Doctor credential to their offerings as well!
NAMA’s Board of Directors recently approved the Ayurvedic Doctor educational competencies and standards making it our newest category of professional membership. We will announce the grandfathering process for this membership category very soon. Additionally, NAMA will launch the first professional Ayurvedic national exam later this year.
Our community has made incredible progress since the founding of the organization over 18 years ago! Many individuals have been instrumental in achieving these goals. From the 39 members who have served on the board to over 300 volunteers who have participated on committees, donated their efforts at our conferences, and, most recently, completed the AHC and AP Blueprint Exam Surveys. We are truly a robust and dedicated community!
With the advent of the national exam and rollout of the Ayurvedic Doctor category, we are moving into uncharted territory. By these efforts, we are staking the ground upon which we stand and proclaiming that we are here! This is an important time for all of us to take a moment and recognize the need to become the best, most respectful and respectable professionals that we can.
Our member schools have already taken the first steps to expand their curriculum to meet NAMA’s well-defined educational standards. Schools and educators are creating much needed continuing education opportunities for our growing professional membership. Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners are infiltrating cities and towns across the U.S. and establishing solid practices.
As a community, we must all make sure we represent our profession competently and with integrity. Toward that end and with this newsletter, NAMA is announcing the launch of a series of articles and webinars on topics pertinent to all professionals in the field of Ayurveda. Our intention is to provide timely and relevant information for the entire Ayurvedic community thereby fostering a common understanding about where we are, what we’re doing and what’s next.
Among the topics to be addressed:
The first article in our series is An Overview of Regulatory Issues for Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Ayurveda by Daniel D. Seitz, JD, EdD, originally published by the International Journal of Yoga Therapy in 2010. The purpose of the article is to “explore several of the key professional/regulatory issues associated with the acceptance and recognition of Yoga, Yoga therapy, and Ayurveda in the United States…and outline and analyze the options available to these professions to engage in a process of self-regulation.”
We hope that this article, and the ones to follow, deepens your understanding of the challenges we face as well as appreciation for the successes we have already achieved.