2019 Call for Conference Presenters

Want to be on one of our 2019 Conference panelists? We are now accepting applications. Please Read the following guidelines with care before submitting your Panel Presentation application. If you would like to download this information in a PDF document, please download here

Presentation application process is now closed.

Theme: Ayurveda and The Mind

When filling out your panel presentation proposal, consider some of the following questions and content suggestions:

  • How have you used the principles of Ayurveda and/or yoga when working with the mind?
  • What types of mental conditions have you had success treating with Ayurveda and/ or yogic approaches?
  • How could an integrative approach to mental conditions work using Ayurveda, yoga and conventional western medicine?
  • What protocols, using Ayurveda and Yoga, have shown to be effective in your practice?
  • What role does addiction play in afflictions of the mind?
  • Include pertinent case studies to share within your presentation.

The Target Audience

The NAMA conference attendees are typically well versed in Ayurvedic basics. They primarily range from students in Ayurvedic programs to recent graduates and new practitioners, to well established and advanced practitioners. Ayurvedic Continuing Education should be “deep” enough for advanced practitioners.

Presentations should be geared to provide information to professionals and students of Ayurveda who are educated in the basic concepts and precepts of Ayurveda. Please assure that your presentation is geared to a higher and deeper level of information. Basics needed for context should be limited and/or provided in handouts. For example, there is no need to explain vata, pitta and kapha to this audience.

Please plan to develop your presentation with the inclusion of handouts. Handouts should serve as an outline to assist attendees in following your presentation and/or taking notes. Research references are highly recommended and must be included in the slides and handouts. All presentation materials shall be provided to NAMA prior to the conference so that NAMA can upload documents to the website for the attendee’s use. In the effort of conserving resources, printed session material will not be provided by NAMA.

The Panel Presentations

There are six panel session opportunities at 1.5 hours each. Themes for the panels are listed below. There will be a panel facilitator and 3-4 panel seats. Each panelist will get 15 minutes in the first round and then follow up with Q&A at the end. We are looking for panelists that have the expertise and clinical or research experience in the panel topic.

1. Research- MINDful and Practical Approach to Research in Ayurveda
This session will focus on the role of research as a way to advance understanding of the teachings of Ayurveda and furthering the growth of this science in our western world. Included in this track will be research completed by the presenter or a thorough evaluation of research specific to one topic. These sessions should be geared primarily to practitioners.

  • Current Ayurvedic research
  • Developing collaborative research protocols
  • Reading and interpreting research studies
  • Whole system research
  • Outcome studies research
  • Modern Ayurvedic research related to a clinical condition
  • Bridging Ayurvedic concepts to the gut-brain and gut-body axis including the microbiome

2. Sister Sciences - Yoga Therapy and the Mind
This session should focus on the use of yoga therapy to enhance the practice of Ayurveda. Presenters should connect yoga therapy to patient care, adjunct therapies and the creation of a healing caregiving environment. This session is geared toward all attendees regardless of background and experience. The presentation should include but is not limited to:

  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Mantra and vibrational healing
  • Mudra
  • The inclusion of Marma in a yoga practice
  • Case study(s) that accentuate the effectiveness of this approach to healing the mind and emotions

3. AHC Track - Food & Mood: Diet Approaches to Balancing the Mind & Feeding the Senses
This session should be designed for students and graduates of our Ayurvedic Health Counselor programs that already have a good foundation in the basics of Ayurveda including a clear understanding of: Tri-doshic theory, sattva, rajas, and tamas and digestive principles and process according to Ayurveda. The presentation should include but is not limited to:

  • An overview of sattvic, rajasic and tamasic foods and beverages that are commonly used
  • Focus on sattvic food lists and recipes
  • Case study(s) that accentuate the effectiveness of this approach to healing the mind and emotions
  • Particular herbs and spices that can be used as mental medicine

4. Clinical Management - Integrative Management of Anxiety/Depression: An Ayurvedic Approach
This session will focus on using Ayurveda and/or yoga either as a main therapy with western medicine in a secondary role or vice-versa.

  • The inclusion of models of integration and case studies are encouraged in the presentations
  • Research references to be included in slides and handouts.

5. Clinical Management - Ayurvedic Herbal Protocols for Mental Disorders
This session will focus on the Ayurvedic and western pharmacopeia applied through the Ayurvedic model of dravyaguna and how best to utilize formulations for distinctive conditions such as: Anxiety, depression, addition-related mental disorders.

Case study presentations are encouraged and successful treatment protocols described. Research on a particular herb or herbal formulas are also encouraged to be included in the presentation and noted in the slides and/or handouts.

6. Clinical Management - Addiction: An Ayurvedic Perspective
This session will focus on how Ayurveda views addiction and its affliction in the mind. It should focus on the full variety of disturbance of the mind through addictions and how it can be addressed through Ayurveda and yoga. Case study presentations are encouraged and successful treatment protocols described. Research on addiction is encouraged to be included in the presentation and noted in the slides and/or handouts
Potential topic areas to include:

  • Social Media
  • Computer games
  • Substance abuse
  • Opioid use
  • Alcohol
  • Food
  • Cannabis - overuse AND/OR as a tool for pain management