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Developed and hosted by the NAMA Membership Committee, 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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Transepithelial Herbal Marma Chikitsa in Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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2018 Seminars in Ayurveda Topics and Presenters

February 26, 2018
Transepithelial Herbal Marma Chikitsa in Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
with Dr. William "Bill" Dean, MD, AD


Although controversial it is clear from the clinical history of autistic children that at least some are vaccine injured from heavy metal toxicity. It is well known that the central Agni is markedly challenged in children with ASD due in part to the altered microbiome. To further compound the therapy challenge these Vata impaired children brings is related to their behavioral patterns that limit any form of cooperation to standard Ayurvedic treatments. Lepa therapy is traditional Ayurvedic therapy and can be translated in contemporary terms to transepithelial herbal treatment bypassing the central Agni and taking advantage of bhrajaka Agni using transdermal herbal creams and rasa Agni using herbal loaded solutions. The discussion will revolve around the energetics and marma chikitsa of the disorder.

Dr. William "Bill" Dean, MD, AD was a trained pediatric urologist and through his career had numerous encounters and a developed fascination with ASD. Recently through his association with Vaidya Misra’s organization, he became aware of the unique SVA approach to ASD and had successfully used this in his clinical Ayurvedic practice in Bastyr University’s Ayurvedic department.



March 26, 2018
Osteoporosis & Ayurveda
with Marianne Teitelbaum, DC


In this discussion, Dr. Teitelbaum will present the definition of Osteoporosis, treatment protocols, the modern medical approach to treating osteoporosis using first hormone replacement therapy, and now bisphosphonates, and the “holistic” approach. Understanding Ayurveda and the seven dhatus is the key to a safer and more efficient way to deliver calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and K2, and Ayurvedic formulas.  This discussion will also include proper nourishment of the seven dhatus and the dangers of a vegan diet.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984. She immediately began her studies with Maharishi Ayurveda, obtaining Ayurvedic Practitioner certification in 1992. In the late 1990’s she started a 17-year one-on-one internship with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra. Dr. Teitelbaum is now writing books based on the knowledge Vaidya Mishra imparted to her before his untimely passing in April of 2017.  The first book is the Ayurvedic approach to treating the thyroid gland and is due for release in the Spring of 2019, published by Inner Traditions Publishers.


April 23, 2018

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

with Chaya Heller, AP

Chaya has more than 25 years of experience as a health educator and performing artist. She created the ChayaVeda ™ Transformational Wellness and Health Coaching Programs, Ayurveda and Yoga Trainings, and provided professional education for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and Yoga Alliance (YACEP). Chaya is a contributing author to Gainesville’s Lunch Out Blog with her Ayurvedic Health Coaching Column, authored Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with MS and Similar Conditions, and taught adaptive yoga and wellness programs for the National MS Society for over ten years. Featured on the Wellness TV Network, Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off The Mat and Yoga International Magazine, Chaya is a national program facilitator, speaker, and educator, garnering prodigious testimonials for her life-changing work.





May 28, 2018
with TBA 

Details TBA 


June 25, 2018

An Ayurvedic Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue

with Cynthia Copple


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. WebMD says Chronic Fatigue has no known causes. According to Ayurveda, the only real cure for any disease is to eliminate the cause, which, according to Ayurveda, is depleted ojas. In this discussion we will talk about many factors of what drains the ojas, causing extreme fatigue and discuss protocols for reversing Chronic Fatigue.

Cynthia Copple is a co-founder of NAMA, co-founder of Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda and Director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute (since 1982). She is the author of “Know Your Blueprint: The Ayurvedic Secret to Restoring Your Vitality in 30 Days.” In her previous life, she was a Vietnam war correspondent and photographer and is working on a memoir. She is a Doctor of Ayurveda with over 35 years of clinical experience including running a successful Pancha Karma clinic for 28 years. 


July 23, 2018

TBD with TBA



Details TBA 



August 27, 2018


with TBA

Details TBA


September 24, 2018
 Ayurvedic Psychology
with Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S

In this program, Dr. Halpern will discuss his approach to treating imbalances in the mind as he weaves together a discussion of the chakras, prana-tejas and ojas and the major nadi along with techniques for addressing the imbalances.

Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S. (Ayurvedacharya), is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda and the author of the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda and author of the #1 bestselling meditation cd; Yoga Nidra and Self Healing.  An internationally respected expert in the field of Ayurveda, he is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. A Doctor of Chiropractic, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, A certified Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda tradition, a Specialist in Holistic Medicine, an author and teacher, Dr. Marc Halpern gives 100% to his passion for healing and removing the causes of suffering.


October 22, 2018
with TBA

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Seminars in Ayurveda takes a brief hiatus during November and December.
Join us again on January 28, 2019!


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