Seminars in Ayurveda


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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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Kitchen Pharmacy: with Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

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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 and remodeling End Fragment. By using Ayurvedas' 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
with TBA

July 24, 2017
TBA with TBA

August 28, 2017
with TBA

September 25, 2017
with TBA


October 23, 2017
with TBA
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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