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2020 Call for Conference Presenters

Want to be on one of our 2020 Conference presenters? We are now accepting applications. Please Read the following guidelines with care before submitting your presentation application.


Presenter Application Instructions

Members: Please login to your NAMA account before beginning the application. This will assure that your application is linked to your account and that we can know your membership is current.

Non-Members: Proposals are accepted from non-members too, but priority consideration is given to members. 

To submit your proposal for consideration for presentation at the 2020 NAMA Conference, please follow the instructions below: 

  1. First review all the below titles and descriptions of approved topics for the 2020 conference.

  2. If you are a member, then login into your account before beginning completion of the application.

  3. Click on the apply button tab below to be directed to the application.

  4. Your submission must be done all at once.  You cannot edit it once it has been submitted. We suggest that, for those fields where you are providing descriptions, you enter your responses into a separate text document so you can then cut and paste it into the appropriate fields. Be sure that you are satisfied with your responses before submitting, because you cannot make changes later.

  5. Items with an * are required to be completed. The field descriptions that are underlined have additional information about completion. Scroll over the descriptor to see the added information. 

  6. Once you have completed all form fields, click "Submit".  When submission is successful, a confirmation page will display.  In the top left corner you will see a print icon from which you can print a copy of your submission.

  7. Submission deadline is July 31, 2019.  Any submissions after that time will not be reviewed. If you have any challenges with your submission, please e-mail arya@ayurvedanama.org

Your submission will be reviewed and you will receive notification of our decision by August 31, 2019.

If you are selected as a conference presenter, NAMA will provide you with a full conference pass. You will be required to make your own housing & travel arrangements.


Ayurveda & Spirituality Guidelines and Topics

Target Audience: 

Foundational Track (or Ayurvedic Foundations)– This track is focused on diet and lifestyle aspects of Ayurveda and is appropriate for beginners, students, and emerging professionals. The focus will be on wellness and disease prevention.

When writing your proposal and ultimate presentation for this track, consider some of the following questions and content suggestions:

a.    Modify the use of Sanskrit terminology

b.    Include “brief” explanations of Ayurvedic theory where needed

c.     Provide practical examples or case studies to clarify the topic

d.    Provide citations to research or published books wherever appropriate

Advanced Track– This track is a deeper dive into the clinical and advanced applications of Ayurvedic protocols and theory and is appropriate for advanced students, Ayurvedic professionals, and allied health professionals. Presentations included in this track will use more complexAyurvedic terminology.

When writing your proposal and ultimate presentation for this track, consider some of the following questions and content suggestions:

a.    Proper use of Sanskrit terms is appropriate, but use of English translation is suggested

b.    No need to go over basic Ayurvedic theory such as explanations of Vata, Pitta and Kapha for example – this will tend to eat up precious presentation time and is boring to the attendees. 

c.     Provide case study examples pertinent to topic

d.    Provide citations to back up presentation wherever possible

 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.


 Types of presentation modes:

  1. Practicum: This is a 3-hour slot that will be shared by two presenters on the topic and will include lecture, hands-on (where possible),  workshop session with participants. It is meant to be engaging, interactive and practical. Participants should walk away with new skills and knowledge for practical use.

  2. Panels: The full session will be 1.5 hours. The panels will be set up with three presenters and one moderator. Presenters should plan on a 20 minute presentation (you will be strictly held to this limit so plan accordingly). There will be additional time for questions to each of the panelists to engage the participants and enrich the session. 

  3.  Individual presentations: These will be 40 minute slots on one topic area. Make sure you check the presentation type before filling out your application so you are clear on the format and time restrictions. 

    We have created two tracks for the conference. See the full descriptions below and note which topic is assigned to which track. Your presentation needs to be properly geared to the target audience in each case.


Approved Presentations Topics

We have created two tracks for the conference. See the full descriptions below and note which topic is assigned to which track. Your presentation needs to be properly geared to the target audience in each case.

Foundational Track Topics/Descriptions:

  • Ayurveda for Daily Living: Five Sense Therapy(3-Hour Practicum) – This practicum will cover the basic ritualsof caring for our five senses in support of our health as well as the prevention of disease. We will look at common health conditions that can be improved by these focused techniques. Demonstration and practice of special techniques, such as jala netiabhyanga, tongue scraping, oil pulling, andnasya, will be included in the session.

  • Ayurvedic Skin and Beauty Care(3-Hour Practicum) – Ayurveda has a long tradition of developing daily routines, practices, and special products for maintaining a radiant and beautiful appearance. The presenters will present these ancient Ayurvedic beauty secrets in the light of the latest medical research. Come join our presenter(s) to learn some new recipes for caring for your hair, nails, skin, eyes, and more, while gaining hands-on experience In Ayurvedic self-care.

  • Foods That Nourish the Mind (Panel) – Food provides us with not only sustenance for our bodies but also the basic gunas(“qualities”) that will either disturb or promote a peaceful and happy mind while nourishing our spiritual “bodies” as well. Our panel of presenters will provide examples of these foods as well as case studies from their practice that look at food’s role in emotional and spiritual health in a real-world context. 

  • Yoga for Cardio Metabolic Disorders (Panel) – The practice of various yogic & Ayurvedictechniques has been shown to aid in the prevention and reversal of heart disease as well as the wide spectrum of associated metabolic disorders, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol.  Panelists will present an overview of the subject as well as relevant case studies that provide evidence of the benefits of yoga & Ayurveda for people with these conditions that has been validated by medical research

  • Vastu: Science of Our Living Spaces (Individual Presentation) – Vastuis the ancient art of sacred architecture used to create home and work spaces that support greater health, vitality, and joy. Come learn how to incorporate the life force into your living spaces and understand the science of energy flow within your living or working environment. A walking tour of some very special buildings built according to vastuprinciples will be included in this session. 

  • Science of Sleep(Individual Presentation) – Sleep is considered one of the three pillars of a healthy life. More and more people are suffering from sleep issues that can compromise health on multiple levels. Modern pharmaceuticals can be helpful in the short term but can also cause complications. Finding a natural solution is always the best approach. Come and learn yoga nidra, pranayama, herbal protocols, and other yogic and Ayurvedic techniques for improving sleep.

Advanced Track Topic/Descriptions:

  • Clinical Application of Marma Therapy (Practicum) – Ayurveda defines marma points as junctions between the physical, astral, and causal bodies.To understand the role of marma points in Ayurvedic medicine we must go beyond the confines of the srotamsi and enter into the realm of the nadis, where the proper flow of pranais restored for optimal health. This practicum will provide hands-on experience in marma therapy as well as the theory behind this technique for managing common diseases.

  • Herbs and Formulations for Digestive Disorders (Panel) – Our panel of experts will share their experience of treating digestive disorders, focusing on their use of the Ayurvedic model of dravyagunato determine how to effectively integrate formulations from the Ayurvedic and Western pharmacopoeias. Each presenter will share a special case study that has proven successful in his or her practice and will include his or her top 10 herbs and formulations for digestive health. 

  • Ama and Leaky Gut (Panel) – “Leaky gut” or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has become a catch-all term in modern medicine for a wide array of digestive disorders. Understanding the role of amain light of the latest research around the gut/brain connection, inflammation, and the microbiome is key to healing and managing many chronic diseases. Case studies will be presented highlighting Ayurvedic protocols for alleviating various forms of this condition. 

  • Pain Management (Panel) – As the overuse of opioids to manage pain has reached crisis proportions in this country, pain management has become one of the hottest medical issues of our time. At this point, research into natural approaches to pain management and ready access to methods and professionals that can help should be critical medical priorities. Ayurveda and yoga provide unique, time-tested approaches to managing this condition, and both of these ancient disciplines are poised to become part of the solution to this modern crisis.

  • Ayurveda and Yoga for PTSD (Panel) – Post-traumatic stress disorder is as old as time, yet its frequency seems to have reached an unprecedented level in today’s world. Explore the teaching tools available to help individuals manage this sometimes crippling disorder. The panel will address how to use specific Ayurvedic and yogic techniques and practices to create a positive rehabilitation experience for those who struggle with this condition.

  • Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Individual Presentation) – Levels of severity of rheumatoid arthritis have distinct characteristics that beg for precisely tailored management techniques. Learn how to evaluate the severity of an RA patient’s symptoms and how to manage them using a wide variety of Ayurvedic practices and herbal formulations. 

  • Management of Type 2 Diabetes (Individual Presentation) – Type 2 diabetes has become a worldwide challenge that now confronts individuals at every stage of life. Ayurvedic and Western physicians concur that diet and lifestyle measures are essential to successful diabetes management. An integrated approach to working in concert with allopathic physicians will provide greater support to those looking for a more natural and balanced solution to this condition.

  • Introduction to KaumarbhrityaTantra (Individual Presentation) – There is a special place in Ayurveda for the support of a woman’s health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. An understanding of all phases of fetal development and of how best to nurture the mother during each one is crucial to optimizing the pregnancy while securing the long-term health of both mother and child.