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Developed and hosted by the Student Work Group, Seminars in Ayurveda is a free, 60-minute, monthly teleconference open to the public that aims to enhance the Ayurvedic profession through educational engagement. Recordings of past seminars are available to members.



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Boosting Your Practice with Vedic Counseling presented by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

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2016 Seminars in Ayurveda Topics and Presenters

January 25, 2016
The Ayurvedic Approach to Skin and Sun Protection
with Dr. Raja Sivamani

While sunlight has rejuvenating qualities, sun overexposure can lead to sun-induced rashes, skin aging, and skin cancers. The Ayurvedic perspective can be used to describe the skin and Ayurvedic principles can be adapted into good sun protection practices.


Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at UC Davis. He has had bioengineering training from UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco and Ayurvedic training from the California College of Ayurveda. He sees patients clinically and conducts both laboratory and clinical research. His goal is to advance integrated Ayurvedic and Allopathic approaches to skin care to develop and study best practice approaches for skin care and wellness.


February 22, 2016
Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets for Inner, Outer and Lasting Beauty with Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

Master the art of enchanting beauty by using ancient principles of Ayurveda and Yoga that are easily applicable for modern day living. When we honor ourselves from within, the effect shows up in our external appearance or our physiological health, which we call outer beauty. Once both inner and outer beauty is consistently maintained, you become a living example of lasting beauty. Lasting beauty is an anti-aging, health promoting lifestyle that upholds beauty in all areas of a woman’s life.


Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, graduated from Pune University, India; trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy; is a yoga instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India; and a licensed esthetician. Dr. Kshirsagar is the author of Ayurveda, A Quick Reference Handbook and Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer and Lasting Beauty. Currently, she is Director of Ayurvedic Healing and a faculty member at the Chopra Center, Kerala Ayurveda, MERU and Mount Madonna Institute.


March 28, 2016
Correlation of Prakriti and Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study
with Shraddha Ravani

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer. It is estimated that there will be approximately 231,840 new breast cancer cases in 2015. A remarkable amount of biomedical research has been conducted for the past several decades, trillions of dollars have been spent, and some significant progress in breast cancer research and treatment has been made during this period. Despite this progress, several fundamental challenges and unresolved questions remain.


The enormity of the challenges we face today to gain a better understanding of the heterogeneity of breast cancer compels us to think of the need to integrate biomedical sciences with the wisdom of ancient alternative medical systems like Ayurveda. Shraddha will discuss the basics of breast cancer from both a biological and Ayurvedic perspective. In addition, she will also discuss the results of an observational pilot study she conducted on the correlation of prakriti and breast cancer.


Shraddha Ravani has been involved in fundamental research in biological sciences at a national laboratory for the last two decades, specializing in breast cancer, where today she works as a scientific program manager. Shraddha also serves as the Director of the Ayurvedic Research Center at Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. Shraddha’s educational training is in microbiology with a masters degree in Ayurveda. She is passionate about integrating biological and Ayurvedic sciences to aid health and healing. Shraddha has co-authored several scientific papers and has presented her biological and Ayurvedic research at national and international conferences.  


Shraddha is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and a professional member of NAMA. She has also received a special recognition award from NAMA for her scientific research in Ayurveda.


April 25, 2016
Running a Successful Ayurveda Practice in the U.S.
with Sharon Kapp

Setting up a successful Ayurveda practice in the United States can feel like a daunting task, especially if you are making a career change. Everyone will tell you there is a 'right way' to set up your business, but setting up an Ayurvedic practice doesn’t require having an MBA.


Come learn how you can set up your practice on a shoestring, using all the resources already available to you. Sharon Kapp owns and operates a burgeoning Ayurveda and yoga center in Cypress, Texas, called the Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center, where she brings the healing sciences of yoga and Ayurveda to her community.


Sharon Kapp is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, panchakarma specialist, yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, certified reiki master and a vastu shastra consultant and is currently pursuing the study of Jyotish to bring a complete holistic approach to living.  


May 23, 2016
Extend Your Reach with Digital and Social Media
with Petra Neiger

Join us for 60 minutes of tips and best practices on how to reach your existing clients and connect with new ones, using online marketing. We'll touch upon popular social networks, social media, content marketing and web best practices. If you have cold feet about digital marketing, your vata will love you for attending this session. And if you're already a digital savvy practitioner, bring your burning questions to soothe your pitta. Either way, this webinar will help you balance your doshas so you can get the most out of your digital efforts.


Petra Neiger is a marketing strategy advisor to C-level executives. Prior to starting her own consulting business, she held leadership roles at Cisco, Siemens, Seagate and Polycom. She is also the founder of Red Pantz, a sustainable productivity company, which brings together her unique background in management and Ayurvedic medicine to help leaders and teams live and work in healthy and mindful ways. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and yoga teacher.


June 27, 2016
Four Vedic Tools to Integrate with Your Ayurveda Practice
with Hansa Knox

The Vedic tradition is one of the most ancient spiritual and mystic traditions and includes Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Yoga, Sanskrit, Vastu and more. In this seminar, we will review foundations of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Sanskrit and Vastu as well as the tools from each science.


Sanskrit mantras and the alphabet sounds relate to marma points and shaktis. Jyotisha can point to karma influences when you’re getting stuck with a client. Yoga has supportive tools that can enhance or, if done improperly, aggravate a dosha. Learning how to use these tools will help the Ayurvedic professional integrate, support and enhance his or her work.


Hansa left the corporate world in 1988 when her study and practice of yoga drew into a career change. She is the owner of PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala a school for Vedic Studies. Hansa focuses most of her time teaching yoga teacher training and Ayurveda yoga therapy training programs. She is a massage therapist and offers marma therapy, panchakarma, abhyanga and shirodhara. She serves on the boards of Sanga, Yoga for the People, and the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapy. She served on the board of the Kripalu Center and is past president of Yoga Teachers of Colorado and Yoga Alliance.


July 25, 2016
Dinacharya & Ritucharya for Various Regional Climates of the World with Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi

The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe daily and seasonal regimens for the protection of health. Most courses often superimpose the information from the ancient texts, as it is, on to the western climatic and social environments. During this talk, we will dive a little deeper into the texts to understand the principles used to design these regimens and reveal how to adapt to suit the climate, diet and lifestyle in each area.


Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi is uniquely qualified in both modern and traditional medicine. After completing his degree in palliative medicine, he worked for many years with terminally ill patients, before deciding to leave behind his promising career to study Ayurveda. He is the co-founder of Purnarogya Holistic Health Care, a place for learning classical Ayurveda from the ancient texts as well as receiving classical Ayurvedic treatments for various ailments. He conducts online as well as offline classes teaching from the ancient texts, and frequently travels to Europe and the U.S. sharing his love and passion for classical Ayurveda by conducting workshops and offering consultations.


August 22, 2016
Yoga Nidra: A Tool for Healing Yourself and Others
with Karen Klutznick

Yoga Nidra (also called conscious relaxation, dynamic sleep, sleep with awareness and other names) is a form of guided meditation, based on an ancient tantric practice, that is used for several purposes. It slows the mind so we can be released from the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and repetitive thoughts. It calms the body so that chronic pain, high blood pressure, muscle tension and other ailments with a stress component start to ease. It’s a spiritual practice that takes you deeper and deeper into the process of becoming Self aware. And it’s tridoshic!


Join Karen Klutznick as she presents the background of yoga nidra, current research on its effectiveness, and how the practice is structured. She will conclude by leading a yoga nidra practice followed by questions.


Karen Klutznick is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and teacher in Chicago. In 2006, after 22 years in the real-estate development business, she moved to Albuquerque to study at The Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch. She continues to study Ayurveda and aromatherapy independently with Sonia Masocco. Karen holds an MBA from Northwestern University and will be starting Loyola University’s M.A. in Pastoral Counseling program this fall. She thanks Yogarupa Rod Stryker for introducing her to the practice of yoga nidra.


September 26, 2016
Men's Health
with KP Khalsa

Men deserve some special attention.Let’s take some time to dig into what makes men different, and how to bring men to a state of happiness, health and balance. Of course, we’ll talk about Ayurveda, sex and reproduction, but we’ll also take a deep dive into the mind of the man, and how practical Ayurveda can help any man stay solid, productive, prosperous and blissful. Learn some new clinical pearls you will use the next day. 


Karta Purkh (K.P.) Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C,RH, CAP, one of the country’s foremost natural healing experts, is the recent President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and is on the board of directors forNAMA. He mentored in Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan for32 years.


Along the way,he incorporated deep studies in Western and Traditional Chinese medicine. His school has been training professional Ayurvedic practitioners, nutritional therapists and herbalists for over 40 years. also the first person to be dual credentialed in herbalism (RH) and Ayurveda (CAP).


October 24, 2016
Boosting Your Practice with Vedic Counseling
with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Vedic Counseling is a true integration of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish and allied Vedic Sciences. Infusing Vedanta in your counseling technique adds a tremendous value for your clients and patients. They feel motivated, inspired and knowledgeable to make a positive shift in their life challenges. It is a great tool for both the healer and client/patient. Medicine is a noble profession and when we add a spiritual dimension to our treatment plan, it truly empowers clients to change their ignorant lifestyle.


Come learn how the art and science of vedic counseling can help Ayurvedic professionals to apply this ancient wisdom!

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD, is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician from India. He has over 25 years of clinical experience in Ayurvedic medicine. He is a sought-after educator, clinician and an insightful medical astrologer. He is an acclaimed motivational speaker who often shares the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and many other experts. He is a bestselling author of "The Hot Belly Diet," and recently co-authored his new book "The Art of Science of Vedic Counseling" with Dr. David Frawley.

Seminars in Ayurveda takes a brief hiatus during November and December.
Join us again on January 23, 2017!


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Note: NAMA has not evaluated any of the information presented in these talks. The views expressed are those of the presenter, and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of NAMA. These lectures are offered as an opportunity for members and the general public to learn more about topics related to Ayurveda. NAMA does not endorse any specific presenter or topic.







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