Apr
25
4:00 PM16:00

Pre-Conference Practicum Registration

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

Location: 1440 Lodge Lobby

Registration will be slightly different this year! 1440 is an all-inclusive retreat center and in order to be on the property you are required to either stay in their accommodations or purchase a commuter day pass. Upon arriving to the property, you must first register with 1440 at the 1440 lodge lobby. The NAMA conference registration table will be located at in this same lobby, once you register with 1440, you will then be able to pass by the NAMA registration table to pick your conference packet and tags. 

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Apr
26
8:00 AM08:00

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

Location: 1440 Lodge Lobby

Registration will be slightly different this year! 1440 is an all-inclusive retreat center and in order to be on the property you are required to either stay in their accommodations or purchase a commuter day pass. Upon arriving to the property, you must first register with 1440 at the 1440lodge lobby. The NAMA conference registration table will be located at in this same lobby, once you register with 1440, you will then be able to pass by the NAMA registration table to pick your conference packet and tags. 

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Apr
26
8:30 AM08:30

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy For Stilling The Mind

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for Stilling the Mind with Amy Wheeler, Kamalesh Ginger Hooven, and Arun Deva

Location: Outlook 201

For many of us the mind is anything but still. We constantly experience thoughts, feelings, and sensations that can disrupt our concentration and  disturb our peace of mind. Both yoga and Ayurveda give us tools that turn our minds away from chaos and rigidity and toward one-pointed attention, the hallmark of an undisturbed mind. Ayurvedic concepts of dinacarya, ahāra-vihāra, swastha vrtta, and ritucarya serve as the broad canvas upon which the eight limbs (aśtānga) of yogic practice move us toward positive mental states. Achieving positive states of mind reduces the turmoil of our lives and helps us realize the full potential of our dharma. In essence, Ayurvedic yoga therapy helps us live quieter, more focused lives.

Practitioners/teachers Arun, Amy, and Kamalesh will together bring the expertise they’ve gained from countless hours of study, practice, and teaching to seamlessly integrate this 3-hour hands-on practicum. It will flow from traditional methods to clinical to academic approaches, emphasizing practicality, so we can learn to empower our clients to change any negative lifestyle patterns into positive ones and to fortify existing positive states.

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Apr
26
8:30 AM08:30

Herbal Preparations for Healing the Mind

Herbal Preparations for Healing the Mind with Jayarajan Kodikannath and Meenakshi Gupta

Location: Teaching Kitchen

Manasaroga Chikitra (Management of Mental Disorders) is one of the eight clinical branches of Ayurveda. Drawing from ancient Vedic texts on the healing the mind, this workshop will teach the participants how to create customized and traditional herbal remedies for anxiety, depression, memory issues, speech problems, and other mental disorders, as well as to compound herbal formulas that enhance the mental faculties and improve concentration. Participants will learn the fundamentals of authentic methodologies from a review of some of the most important classical formulations outlined in the ancient Ayurvedic texts.

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Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

Sponsor and Exhibitors Registration

Sponsor and Exhibitors Registration

Location: 1440 Lodge Lobby

Registration will be slightly different this year! 1440 is an all-inclusive retreat center and in order to be on the property you are required to either stay in their accommodations or purchase a commuter day pass. Upon arriving to the property, you must first register with 1440 at the 1440 lodge lobby. The NAMA conference and Sponsor and Exhibitor registration table will be located at in this same lobby, once you register with 1440, you will then be able to pass by the NAMA registration table to pick your conference packet and tags. 

We will be opening registration this year at 12:00 PM to give you plenty of time to set up your booth for the meet and greet social in the exhibitor hall.

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Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Panchakarma and The Mind

Pancakarma and the Mind with Jeff and Susan Turner, Cynthia Copple, and Jay Apte

Location: Outlook 201

This practicum will focus on how to design and use Pancakarma treatment protocols to identify disturbances and/or imbalances of the mind. Four veteran practitioners of Pañcakarma will offer their unique, time-tested application models, which integrate diet and herbal protocols with śirodhāra, hrid basti, and paścātkarma routines to help clients balance their minds. The session will combine demonstrations and hands-on training with an overview of Pañcakarma theory and presentations of case studies.

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Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Vedic Counseling

Vedic Counseling with Pandit Vamadeva Shastri and Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Location: Outlook 202

This approach to counseling requires exploring ourselves and our own minds before we can properly guide others. A source of comprehensive life guidance, Vedic counseling is rooted in the same principles that inform Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedic astrology. All of these disciplines emerged from an understanding of consciousness and draw on the practical wisdom of Vedanta—the unity of all beings in the self. Vedic counseling brings this self-knowledge and cosmic perspective to a therapeutic model that offers individualized approaches for every type of person, group, and circumstance. It guides us towards optimal physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being, addressing all the main goals of life, including health, vocation, education, prosperity, relationships, happiness, and self-realization.

A powerful introduction to a significant emerging treatment paradigm, this practicum will be taught by Vamadeva Shastri and Suhas Kshirsagar, two world-renowned leaders in the fields of Āyurveda, yoga, and jyotish and the coauthors of The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling, a highly acclaimed guidebook on the subject. The session will incorporate practical tools for working in one-on-one settings as well as with groups.

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Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

Welcoming Tea Social

Welcoming Tea Social

Location: Redwood Auditorium

Join us for this special event with our Sponsors and Exhibitors in the Redwood Room. This is the perfect opportunity to socialize, meet other conference attendees and see what our incredible line up of Sponsors and Exhibitors have to offer!

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner

Dinner

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Membership Meeting

NAMA Membership Meeting

Location: Redwood Auditorium

The NAMA Membership meeting is a special gathering to review the accomplishment s of  NAMA over the past year and what is planned in the year to come. Join us to learn how NAMA is advancing the profession of Ayurveda forward and enjoy this time to build lasting friendships and professional relationships. 

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Apr
26
8:30 PM20:30

Networking Hour

Networking Hour

Location: Redwood Auditorium

After our membership meeting, we will be hosting a short networking social for all conference attendees. We will have areas for you to divide into groups for students, Ayurvedic professionals and organizations. Join us to connect with the community and build lasting relationships.

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Apr
27
7:45 AM07:45

Breakfast

Breakfast

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Emotional Health & Well-Being

Emotional Health & Well-Being with Suhas Kshirsagar

Location: Redwood Auditorium

The integration of Ayurveda with yoga yields a perfect template for improving our emotional intelligence and physical well-being. The latest science clearly demonstrates the link between mind, emotions, and disease but offers few tools that target this mind-body connection to promote healing. In addition to discussing the impact of stress and social problems on physical and emotional health, this session will explore how to manage negative feelings and encourage a positive mindset that fosters success in work, relationships, and overall wellness.

The speaker will share enlightening observations drawn from his clinical experience in helping clients cultivate emotional stability and resilience through various alternative modalities including Vedic counseling; Panchakarma; emotional detox; herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes; and spirituality.

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Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Food and Mood: Diet Approaches to Balancing the Mind and Feeding the Senses

Panel: Food and Mood: Diet Approaches to Balancing the Mind and Feeding the Senses

Moderator: Akilesh Palanisamy Panel Presenters: Amadea Morningstar, Manjusha Vinjamury, Yogi Cameron, Geetanjali Chakraborty

Location: Outlook 202

Ayurveda has long recognized the relationship between the mental and physical effects of various foods and the condition of the person who eats a particular food as well as when, where, and how much of that food is consumed. This panel of experts on that topic will explore how food affects our mental state, including the pivotal role of tri-gunas, and how to use Ayurvedic principles to stabilize and balance the mind. Case studies will be presented to exemplify an Ayurvedic approach to feeding the mind and the senses. 

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Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Ayurvedic Herbal Protocols for Mental Disorders

Panel: Ayurvedic Herbal Protocols for Mental Disorders 

Moderator: Jayagopal Parla Panel Presenters: Kamya Pillai, Manisha Kshirsagar, Sheena Sooraj, (Kashyapa) Jared Fisher

Location: Outlook 201

The panel will share their extensive experience in applying Ayurveda to the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, other mental disorders. They will discuss the Ayurvedic and Western pharmacopeia within the context of the Ayurvedic model of dravyaguna and outline the best practices for formulating effective herbal protocols. Each presenter will share a case study that has proven successful in his or her practice.

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Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch

Lunch

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing

Location: 1440 Gift Shop

Ayurveda is growing and we are so happy to share the success of our members. Come meet the authors at our book signing event. Among our authors will be Vamadava Frawley, Vasant Lad, Suhas Kshirsagar, Amadea Morningstar, Yogi Cameron, Lina Thakar, Anisha Durve, Susan Weis-Bohlen

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Apr
27
1:30 PM13:30

Integrative Management of Anxiety/Depression: An Ayurvedic Approach

Panel: Integrative Management of Anxiety/Depression: An Ayurvedic Approach

Moderator: Sheila Patel Panel Presenters: Marni Chanoff, Lina Thakar, Madison Madden, Ashlesha Raut

Location: Outlook 201

This discussion will center around the use of Ayurveda and/or yoga with Western medicine as either a primary or secondary therapy for mental disorders. The panel of experts will share their insights on the integration of Ayurvedic treatments with other modalities, including Western medicine and will present case studies to highlight practical applications of this approach to managing depression and anxiety.


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Apr
27
3:30 PM15:30

Yoga Therapy and the Mind

Panel: Yoga Therapy and the Mind

Moderator: Lissa Coffey Panel Presenters: Dhanada Kulkarni, Anusha Durve, Rober Schneider, Ann Wagoner

Location: Outlook 202

The purpose of this panel is to elucidate how to use of yoga therapy to enhance the practice of Ayurveda. The panel will share how incorporating pranayama, meditation, mantras, vibrational healing, mudras, and mama into  yoga  sessions can help create a therapeutic environment and improve patient care. Case studies that accentuate the effectiveness of this approach for healing the mind and emotions will also be presented. 

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Apr
27
3:30 PM15:30

Mindful and Practical Approach to Research in Ayurveda

Panel: MINDful and Practical Approach to Research in Ayurveda

Moderator: Rammmohan Roa Panel Presenters: Christine Peterson, Namyata Pathak, Vivel Shanbhag, Freedom Cole

Location: Outlook 201

This session will focus on the role of research in advancing understanding of the teachings of Ayurveda and promoting the growth of this science in the West. The panel presenters will share current Ayurvedic research results, including findings on how to develop collaborative research protocols and on the direction of research in and the application of Ayurvedic principles to clinical conditions, such as disorders related to the gut-brain axis and its interaction with the microbiome. 

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Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner

Dinner

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Ayurveda and the Mind

Ayurveda and the Mind with Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, AD

Location: Redwood Auditorium

Charaka speaks a great deal about the mind, body and spirit. He says Sattvam atma sharirancha triyam etat tridandavat, Sattvam the mind, atman the conscious principle, and shriram the physical body. This mind, body and consciousness, is the foundation of life, the unity of life. Charaka says the mind, body, and consciousness are bridged together by prana. Whatever changes happen in prana, they can be revealed in the mind, and whatever changes happen in the mind, they can influence prana. Prana is the life force and manas is the mind, they go together. The mind is derived from pure sattvic quality and without the mind; neither the body nor prana can operate. What is mind? Mind is the flow of thought. And what is thought? Thought is the response of memory. And what is memory? Memory is accumulated knowledge and experience. From accumulated knowledge and experience, thought comes and the flow of the thought is the mind. Just as we have a physical constitution with vata, pitta and kapha, we have a psychological constitution, manas prakruti, with sattva rajas and tamas. We will explore this wonderful wisdom of Ayurveda and the mind in a practical, clinical way which is the foundation of Ayurvedic psychology.

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Apr
28
7:45 AM07:45

Breakfast

Breakfast

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Foundations of Ayurvedic Psychology

Foundations of Ayurvedic Psychology with Vamadeva Frawley

Location: Redwood Auditorium

Ayurveda traditionally covers health and disease for body and mind, which reflect one another. It is inherently as much a psychological therapy as a physical treatment. Its emphasis on reducing the doshas and improving sattva guna provides it with a foundation on both levels. Ayurveda’s relationship with Yoga and Vedanta enhances its psychological approach. Ayurveda’s behavioral and lifestyle regimens, which include meditation, sustain psychological wellbeing overall. My talk on Ayurveda and the Mind will address the importance of the psychological aspects of Ayurveda, their relevance today in the information age, and how they provide the basis for right living, longevity, happiness and Self-realization. It will address healing methods from mantra to meditation, but also special Ayurvedic herbs for the mind.

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Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Plenary Panel and Closing Circle

Plenary Panel and Closing Circle with Panel Moderator: Alakanada Ma Presenters: Vamadeva Frawley, Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD, Vasant Lad, BAMS, MSc, AD

Location: Redwood Auditorium

What are some of the ways Ayurveda has worked with the mind down the ages? How can this ancient wisdom be presented fresh and relevant in Twenty-First Century America? In our closing panel, our distinguished featured presenters sum up our conference theme and empower us to carry new insights into our daily lives and our practice of Ayurveda.

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Apr
28
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch

Lunch

Location: 1440 Dinning Hall

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is the Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. The 1440 menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations. All meals are held in the 1440 dining hall.

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