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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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Creating a Thriving Ayurvedic Business Model with Anisha Durve


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2017 Seminars in Ayurveda Topics and Presenters

January 23, 2017
Ways to Inspire Clients: A Critical Component of a Successful Practice
with Minta Davis, PhD

Operating a successful Ayurvedic practice can be a daunting task – from locating the perfect space, to hiring employees, and ensuring all legal matters are adhered to, but the most challenging aspect of the business is implementing creative marketing strategies to attract new clients and keep existing ones.  


Throughout our discussion, Dr. Davis will highlight several techniques that will inspire the most pessimistic client, including how to share your own personal story in your marketing process. Developing a roadmap of these techniques will keep clients encouraged on their path to health and healing.


Minta Davis, PhD, is a registered yoga instructor (E-RYT500), and designated as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Trained as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS), Ayurveda Health Counselor (AHC), and Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Himalayan Institute, she is a NAMA Professional Member. Dr. Davis is owner of Connect Instruction Enterprises, formerly known as Yoga is Rising; offering private and group yoga instruction, Ayurveda consults, and wellness workshops.  She serves as a volunteer Hospice and Palliative Care provider. 


February 27, 2017
Ghee: An Ayurvedic and Biochemical Perspective with Catherine Robbins

Discussion will focus on the use of cow’s ghee in Ayurveda. You will learn why ghee from grass fed cows made from cultured cream is superior from both an Ayurvedic standpoint and from a Heart-Health perspective. An overview of the fatty acids and cholesterol profile of ghee will be presented so the practitioner/student can speak in plain language on how ghee is a low cholesterol super-food that clear blockages and helps stimulate the healing process.


Catherine Robbins, BSc, AHP, PKS, KYTA
Catherine graduated from the California College of Ayurveda, and her journey to Ayurveda has been a varied one ever since.  She has her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and has held the following positions: Research Biochemist, Statistician, Pharmaceutical Representative, Adj. Professor of Chemistry/Biology and Yoga teacher. Catherine feels understanding Ayurveda is an extension of her scientific training, and that Ayurveda provides the “missing link” between what we can achieve in Western Medicine and true healing. 


March 27, 2017
Kitchen Pharmacy
with Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

Learn how to improve your health and prevent simple imbalances with items already in your kitchen!  Understand healing qualities of common herbs and spices. Learn simple homemade recipes and how to make your own Ayurvedic first Aid kit. 


Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS (Ayurveda, India) Esthetician   A graduate from Pune University, India, Dr. Kshirsagar is also trained in Naturopathy and as a Yoga instructor. She offers Ayurvedic and skin care consultations; workshops on Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, beauty and skin care, women’s health, Panchakarma and herbal formulations. She is the author of “Ayurveda, A Quick Reference Handbook’ and “Enchanting Beauty.” Currently she is a Director of Ayurvedic Healing, a faculty member at Chopra Center, Kerala Ayurveda, MERU, MMI and Maharishi University.


April 24, 2017

Ayurveda and Endurance Athletes

with Kattie Maffeo AP, E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP

With endurance sports on the rise, the ancient science of Ayurveda can play an important role in helping clients to prevent injury, reduce fatigue during their training schedules, and provide quicker recovery times. Learn how to offer proper recommendations of diet, lifestyle, and herbal support, based on your clients mind/body constitution; to better support them throughout their training cycle from pre to post race recovery.


Kattie Maffeo, AP is a graduate of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda. She is a NAMA Professional Member, registered Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She offers Ayurvedic consultations and workshops to Yoga Teachers who would like to integrate Ayurveda into their practice. She is the founder of Santosha Living where she offers private consultations, yoga and meditation classes. She is a triathlete who has used her knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga to better enhance her performance. In addition to her own training, she works with athletes to support them through their training, race day preparations, and recovery periods.



May 22, 2017
Vastu Tips for the Success of your Practice
with Michael Mastro

Learn how Vastu can energetically align your practice with the forces of nature without remodeling. By using Ayurveda's sister science Vastu to support the success of your business you can attract more clients for a prosperous business, improve your reputation and visibility, create a more healing environment, increase productivity and the financial stability of your practice.


Michael Mastro is the director of the American Institute of Vastu and is the author of “The Way Of Vastu”. He designed the first Microsoft building as well as many yoga and ayurvedic centers. He presented Vastu on the Doctor Oz Show and was a featured speaker at the United Nations Enlightenment Society. This year, Michael was named one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda in the World by Spirituality and Health Magazine.


June 26, 2017

An Ayurvedic Perspective on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences):Samskara,Vasana and Karma~ Healing Patterns of Behavior

with Kathryn Templeton

Modern psychology is better understanding how the imprinting of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) promote maladaptive behaviors that over time become physical and or mental health issues. Using the lens of ayurveda to explore these patterns and their relationship to Vikruti and Manas Pakrtui allow us to offer lifestyle, diet and yogic practices to support healing from ACEs. Installing new behaviors create new neural patterns that change both brain and body, bringing healing and wellness. 


Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, who has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute, Yoga International, and Para Yoga. She is founder of the (HIAYS) Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, (AHC) Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program and (3WT) The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating the principles of
Yoga, Psychology and Ayurveda.


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July 24, 2017

Mudra Vidya in Chikitsa

with Indu Arora


Mudra Vidya has been kept as a sacred secret for ages. Explore the sukshma Kriyas to clear pranic pathways, trigger the innate intelligence (sahaja jnana) to be established in Self. Mudra therapy is rooted in sankhya Darshana, marma vidya and pancha tattvas. Study the origins, therapeutic application of hasta Mudras, along with ways to combine it with Ayurveda and incorporate a powerful yet simple tool to those who seek health as swasthya.


Indu Arora, is an Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist based in Chicago is the author of "Mudra: The Sacred Secret" and "Yoga – Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision". In her words, “I am a student for lifetime. My only qualification is the ability to share my experiences with truth, grace and simplicity. The answer to every query and conflict lies within us. Nothing has the greatest power to heal but Self”.




August 28, 2017

A legal perspective: What can I say about my practice and how do I say it?

with Susan Etheridge, Esq.

Alternative Healthcare attorney Susan Etheridge will guide you through advertising and marketing laws which may impact your practice of Ayurveda.   You will learn about product labels and testing requirements, advertising claims, legal disclaimers, and website terms and conditions. Susan will also be available to answer questions about your particular practice.


Susan Etheridge, Esq. is an attorney, ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher.  She has practiced law for over 25 years and is the founder of the Alternative Health Law Firm.  Susan represents alternative healthcare practitioners and providers in the areas of healthcare regulations, business formations and transactions, contract law, and advertising and marketing law.  Susan is a member of The Florida Bar and The National Ayurvedic Medical Association.   


September 25, 2017
Ayurvedic Pharmacy & Herbal Compounding
with Vishnu Dass

Learn practical skills to create and maintain an herbal apothecary and essential herbal compounding skills based on ayurvedic principles. The roots of Ayurveda lay in the individualized treatment tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Here, creating custom herbal formulations for your patients is essential to keep herbal treatment streamlined and affordable and free from the over reliance upon patent herbal products.


Vishnu Dass is an Ayurvedic practitioner, herbalist, educator and author of Ayurvedic Herbology East & West. He was trained by Dr. Vasant Lad and graduated from the Gurukula Program at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM. He served on the Board of Directors of NAMA and is the owner and director of Blue Lotus Ayurveda in Asheville, NC. Currently he serves as lead instructor and Dean of Education for The Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Program at Asheville School of Massage and Yoga.


October 23, 2017
Creating a Thriving Ayurvedic Business Model
with Anisha Durve

Anisha share's her background of being an ayurvedic practitioner now for 17+ years in many different settings- private practices in multiple states, collaborating at an integrative medicine dr's office, starting an ayurveda program for a hospital, and working at wellness center, ayurveda center, holistic spa, and women's health center. She loves to share her business ideas with motivated students and practitioners to help in growing their practices.


Anisha Durve is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, spending four years training under Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico as well as his clinic in Pune, India. She did her panchakarma training at the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center in Mysore, India. She co-authored the clinical textbook with Dr. Lad titled “Marma Points of Ayurveda: Energy Pathways for Healing Body, Mind, and Consciousness, with a Comparison to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Seminars in Ayurveda takes a brief hiatus during November and December.
Join us again on January 22, 2018!


Interested in presenting a Seminar in Ayurveda? Contact Ellen Leonard, Student Work Group Chair.



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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