Join Us For Our 16th Annual Conference! Registration Now Open!

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Ayurveda and Spirituality, April 24-26, 2020

Each year our board, committee, staff, and volunteers work diligently to bring an annual event that delivers an abundance of valuable tools and education to NAMA members and the community at large. Last year’s event was a significant achievement, with the highest number of attendees to date. Join us in 2020 for an event brimming with educational experiences and community spirit at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina!


Ayurveda Day, October 25th: A Day of Celebration and Education

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Friday October 25th is Ayurveda Day. The USA is one of over 26 countries taking part in this special day of celebration and education. NAMA is asking our community to find its own special ways of sharing Ayurveda by organizing gatherings that include talks on Ayurveda and its unique role in supporting a healthier world. 

The organizers in India have asked us to encourage all of you to join in this pledge of our collective commitment to Ayurveda: 

Ayurveda Day Pledge

“I pledge to make Ayurveda an integral part of my daily life and thereby enable good health and well-being for myself, my family, and my community, in harmony with nature.” 

Spread the word and share your events. We would love to see celebrations of this special day in every corner of the U.S. Share your celebrations with us in the comments area below and/or posts them on social media by using #worldayurvedadaynama

NAMA Members in USA Today!

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Erin Casperon, Dean at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Chair of NAMA’s Schools Subcommittee, and Larry Mangel, owner of Shanti Yoga and Ayurveda in Philadelphia and member of NAMA’s Professional Members Subcommittee, were featured in the September 25, 2019, USA Today article “Why You Need to Know about Ayurveda, the Latest Wellness Craze.” Besides sharing some of the basics of Ayurveda, the article includes a plug for all of our Professional Members—it recommends learning more about this traditional approach to wellness by “visiting an Ayurvedic practitioner, whom you can find on the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) website.”

Be Sure to Complete Your PACE Requirements

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Professional Members: If you haven’t already completed your PACE requirements, then please be sure to do so before the end of this year.

Need help navigating the NAMA website to find PACE courses and to submit your credits?  Watch the 40-minute PACE webinar to get your questions answered.

 The webinar covers:

1. Overview of PACE requirements

2. How to find FAQs about PACE

3. How to view your earned credits

4. How to find the ethics quizzes

5. How to find the PACE Listing

6. How to find the SIAs

7. How to submit PACE credits


Have Other Questions about the PACE Program?

Find the answers in either of the following:


Role of Ayurvedic Practitioners in Integrative Case Management of Amavata

October 28, 2019, 5:00 Pacific

with Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), AD, MAOM, C-IAYT, CMT

This seminar will illuminate the disease profile of amavata (rheumatoid arthritis) with relevant facts and statistics and explore Ayurvedic pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis, and the value of differential diagnosis. Dr. Parla will review the importance of lab and imaging reports and the prescription drugs commonly used to treat this disease and their cautions and suggest appropriate Ayurvedic herbs. His discussion of the issues surrounding interdisciplinary communication and co-management for Ayurvedic practitioners will feature case studies and examples of treatment protocols.

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Jayagopal Parla, is founder and director of Athreya Ayurvedic Integrative Health Center in Long Beach, CA. A professor of Ayurvedic Medicine with over 20 years of teaching and clinical experience, he is an internationally known speaker.

Call Details:
712-770-5603
Enter access code 683432# when prompted

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Earn PACE Credits for Listening to SIA!

Professional Members: You can earn 1 PACE credit for each NAMA Seminar in Ayurveda (SIA) you listen to. To take advantage of this opportunity, follow these steps:

1. Listen to either a live or recorded Seminar in Ayurveda. As a NAMA member, you have access to a library of nine years’ worth of recorded SIAs. You can access them from the Seminars page

2. Find the SIA you’re interested in by searching in the PACE Listing for its title or the presenter’s last name.

3. Click on the respective “Verify Credits” link.

4. Complete the credit survey.

5. Click “Complete Survey.”

Is Your Business Registered as a 2020 Conference Exhibitor?

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As a valued member of our community, we would like to invite your business or organization to be a part of our National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference being held April 24, 2020, at The Art of Living Retreat Center. The conference has two full days of educational sessions, a Research Poster event, and presentations by featured speakers. There are many opportunities for networking and socializing within the community.

As an ayurvedically focused business, your involvement will give your organization visibility in front of an informed audience who will appreciate being able to speak with you and to become familiar with your offerings.

Space is limited! Register Today!

Join Us For an Exam Information Webinar

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Thursday, September 26 at 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time 

with exam coordinator, Sophia Avramides 

We invite you to join us for a live FAQ webinar on the national certification examinations. This session will explain the exam registration process, outline the competency requirements for health counselors and practitioners, and provide a look at the NAMACB’s newly refined study materials. You’ll also have  an opportunity to ask questions afterward! 

Be sure to mark your calendar! If you can’t join us for this meeting, there will be another webinar on Thursday, October 3 at 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time.


 September 26th WEBINAR DETAILS:


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  • Webinar link: Join Zoom Meeting

  •  Dial by your location

    •         +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

    •         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

  • Meeting ID: 815 109 177

  • Find your local number


 October 3rd WEBINAR DETAILS:

  • Time: Sep 26, 2019 04:00 PM Pacific

  • Webinar link: Join Zoom Meeting

  •  Dial by your location

    •         +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

    •         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

  • Meeting ID: 836 875 009

  • Find your local number


What Do You Say?

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From time to time, NAMA will solicit feedback from members by posing a question here in our CURRENT NEWS section. Some questions will seek information of interest to NAMA’s members for members to interact and learn from each other. Other questions will ask for your input to help NAMA serve you more effectively. We want to hear from you. Please comment at the bottom of this post!

This month’s question comes from NAMA’s Membership Committee. 

Q. How do you explain what Ayurveda is to someone who has never heard about it?

Welcome NAMA's Newest Board Members

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Drawing from a pool of eight highly qualified candidates, NAMA’s membership selected Heather Lynn Grzych, CAP; Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS AD; Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS AD; and Alakananda Ma, MBBS AD, to fill four available seats on NAMA’s Board of Directors. Thank you to every member who voted. These four candidates will begin their term in November and serve through 2022. Also, to fill a recent board vacancy, the board has appointed Susan Weis-Bohlen to serve until the next board election as dictated by NAMA’s bylaws. We give our deepest appreciation to William Dean, Eric Grasser, and Monica Groover for their time on the board. Your service to NAMA has been greatly appreciated.

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Heather Lynn Grzych, CAP

Heather believes that NAMA has laid the foundation for the Ayurvedic profession, but recognizes that Ayurvedic professional still face the challenge of establishing a successful  career. She knows that once students finish school, many have no idea how to set up and run a business. She wants to help NAMA empower Ayurvedic professionals with business skills. 


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Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS AD

As a classically trained Ayurvedic doctor from India, Jayarajan is passionate about propagating Ayurveda globally. His life’s mission comprises goals ranging from developing high-quality Ayurvedic educational programs and creating confident and capable Ayurvedic practitioners to bringing legal credibility to the Ayurvedic profession and building public awareness of Ayurvedic medicine. 


Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS AD

Dhanada has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda in the United States for 19 years. She feels blessed by the gift of Vedic knowledge from her Brahmin family. She believes that new Board members like her can use their background in classical Ayurvedic wisdom as a rasayana that will help nourish, advance, and sustain the practice of Ayurveda by preserving its authenticity. 


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Alakananda Ma, MBBS AD

Alakananda wants to see Ayurvedic education and schools flourish. She has served three terms as a member of Board and the Accreditation Council. She wants to wrap up her work as chair of the Standards Committee and see the program developed by the Accreditation Council become fully operational as it heads toward U.S. Department of Education recognition. 


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Susan Weis-Bohlen (Board Appointed Member)

Susan’s love for Ayurveda runs deep. Finding NAMA ten years ago helped her establish a community, a thriving practice, and access to the top Ayurvedic speakers and teachers. She wants to bring innovative ideas to conference, ongoing member engagement, make NAMA accessible to all, to continuing education, and to increase the Ayurvedic awareness to the public and all health practitioners. 


September Seminar in Ayurveda

The Gut Microbiome and Ayurveda: Your GI System Really is the Key to Good Health!

September 23, 2019, with Diana I. Lurie, PhD

Information about the gut microbiome has exploded recently, and modern biomedicine has recognized the crucial importance of gut bacteria in both health and disease. How you are born, where you live, what you eat, and when you eat all influence the composition of the gut microbiome. This session will explore the latest advances in gut microbiome research and tie this information to Ayurvedic practices.

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Diana I. Lurie, Ph.D, is a Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and directs a research laboratory focusing on CNS injury and the response of the nervous system to natural products, including Ayurvedic herbs. Dr. Lurie is an Ayurvedic practitioner and teaches neuroscience, anatomy and physiology, and courses in Ayurveda. She is an editor at the Ayurveda Journal of Health and serves on the board of the Annals of Ayurvedic Medicine.

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