NAMA Volunteers Help NAMA Serve You Better!

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One of the most valuable resources NAMA has is our members. Many of our members contribute to NAMA’s success by volunteering, including those who donate time and effort as board and committee members. These volunteers—who represent many areas across the country and bring a wide variety of perspectives and experience from different schools and professional disciplines—help NAMA staff stay in touch with how to best serve our members and the larger Ayurvedic community.
These volunteers help guide the continued evolution of NAMA’s PACE program. They help us optimize our website so that members, prospective members, and new students of Ayurveda can easily access relevant information. Most important, they are an inexhaustible source of fresh ideas on how to advance NAMA’s goal of nurturing the growth of Ayurvedic medicine in the United States.
Just as NAMA benefits from the support of volunteers, our volunteers are enriched by the experience of helping NAMA. We asked some of them to share with you why they volunteer.
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve on a NAMA committee! I am excited to contribute to the growth of Ayurveda and to be a leader in this industry, even as just a student. Serving on a NAMA committee allows me to strongly connect to the community and offers me the chance to build stronger relationships within it. It also helps me stay “in the know” of what is happening in the organization and in the industry.

Maria Radloff, Utah
Students Subcommittee

Volunteering helps me to connect with fellow students and Ayurveda experts who help broaden my vision and provide opportunities to learn about different avenues of Ayurveda; plus it gives me a chance to know them and their accomplishments in depth. 

Sonali Rajput, California
Students Subcommittee

It has been a great joy and honor for me to be part of this amazing pioneering force supporting and representing Ayurveda here in the USA. We have come so far and done so much, yet have so much more to do. It is exciting to be on this journey helping Ayurveda to become fully rooted here in the West. I'm grateful for all the benefits NAMA has to offer now and for those that are sure to come in the future!

Antonio Aragona, AD, Pennsylvania
Professional Members Subcommittee

I volunteer with NAMA because I want to help Ayurveda grow in the U.S. I enjoy having a seat at the table, meeting other Ayurvedic professionals, and learning ways to make my practice more successful in the process.

Heather Grzych, AP, California
Professional Members Subcommittee

Might you have the time, energy, and passion to help make NAMA better? The Students Subcommittee; Professional Members Subcommittee; the Research and Education Committees; and the Communications Committee (which is scheduled for launch later this year) all need volunteers who can fill openings now or as they become available.
Here is what each volunteer group is looking for:

  • Communications Content Creation Committee – Open to all member levels. Looking for persons with experience in technical and creative writing

  • Education Committee – Must be a Professional or Organizational Member with a passion for education and strong organizational skills.

  • Membership Committee/Students Subcommittee – Must be a current Student Member. Help serve and grow NAMA student membership.

  • Membership Committee/Professional Members Subcommittee – Must be a Professional Member. Help serve and grow NAMA professional membership.

  • Research Committee – Open to all member levels. The committee works to promote research in the Ayurvedic community at the annual conference and in publications. Looking for persons with research experience and a publication track record.

The time needed to volunteer varies for each committee or subcommittee, but it is at least one-hour per month for its monthly phone call meeting, and most require a few more hours per month in-between meetings to work on a project or conduct outreach emails or phone calls. 
Lastly, NAMA is looking for a Treasurer. This person will be part of NAMA’s Executive Committee. Must be highly skilled with QuickBooks, financial reporting, and budget forecasting, preferably with a non-profit.
If you are available, qualified, and eager to make a meaningful contribution in any of these areas, please email Jolynne, NAMA’s Membership Manager, for more information.

2019 Call for Research Poster Abstracts    


The 2019 conference team is expanding the conference offerings by creating an opportunity to share research conducted by members of our community. We are now extending a call for RESEARCH POSTER ABSTRACTS  based on research work in the realm of Ayurveda. 


Submissions received after this date will not be considered. Abstract/poster selection will be conducted by the Research Poster Selection Committee. Final selection will be completed by February 15, 2019, after which formal invitations will be issued. 

Thank you
2019 Conference Research Poster Committee Committee


Jyotish for Mental Health

Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:00

Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) is an excellent tool to evaluate and heal the conditions of the mind. Poor emotional health is a major challenge in one's physical health and many life events. This highly experience panel will explore the practical utility of Jyotish in Clinical setting. Each presenter will offer their unique perspective and an interesting case study to demonstrate the value of Chart Reading, Vedic Counseling and Spiritual Guidance.

See Presenters Bios

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Integrative Management of Anxiety & Depression: An Ayurvedic Approach

Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:00

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 panel experts will include models of integration with other modalities including western medicine and will provide case studies to highlight practical applications.

See Presenters Bios

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Happy Holidays from NAMA

Happy Holiday From NAMA 2018

Dear NAMA Member -
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and WINTER SOLSTICE! No matter how you celebrate this special time of year, we at NAMA wish you the very best. The ending of the past year and the start of a new year often inspire us to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go from here. We are so proud of our community and our collective achievements. This coming year will be full of more huge milestones for NAMA. Thanks to all who have already contributed to our fund drive for the Accreditation initiative. If you have yet to contribute, please help us reach our goal and start 2019 with a BANG!

Warm wishes,
NAMA Staff and Board

Donate to the 2019 Conference Silent Auction

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It is that time of year again; the NAMA 2019 Conference is undergoing, and we are excited to start accepting donations for this year's silent auction. 

We invite you to donate your services or products and contribute to the conference in a unique and special way and:

  • Expose your business to the Ayurvedic community

  • Highlight your products and services

  • Support the Ayurvedic community


  • All donated products and services will be displayed on the silent auction tables on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in a prominent location. 

  • Each item will include a bid card for attendees to bid on during the conference.

  • All proceeds go to support NAMA and its mission of promoting Ayurveda in the U.S.

For more information visit our silent auction donation page on the conference website.

Susan Weis-Bohlen
2019 Silent Auction Coordinator

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

Saturday, April 27, 10:30-12:00 PM at the 2019 Annual NAMA Conference

Ayurveda has long identified food as a substance that affects our bodies and minds depending on all the factors involved with its selection for the right time, person, place and amount. This panel of experts in the field will explore how food affects our mental being and how we can utilize the principles of Ayurveda to create balance in mind. Exploring the tri-gunas and their affects is pivotal to the topic. Case studies will be presented to exemplify an Ayurvedic approach to feeding the mind and the senses

Food and Mood 2019 NAMA Conference

Conference Early Bird Rate Ends This Saturday, December 15th!


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 April 26-28, 2019 at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California for an event brimming with educational experiences and community spirit in a retreat-like setting among the redwoods.

Featured Presenters  Featured Presentations


108 x 108 is Great! Donate Today!


It’s December 3rd, and we are getting closer to the winter solstice and to completing another calendar year. As we look back on the previous months, acknowledging our past successes can help us sustain the vigor we need to achieve even greater progress in the coming year. As I reflect on 2017, I am in awe of how much our organization has accomplished. By harnessing this momentum, we should be able to finish 2018 with the extraordinary achievement of raising at least 10 percent of our total goal of $100,000 for our Accreditation Program in December.

Being a numbers gal, I wanted a precise figure that would quantify our fundraising efforts in a meaningful way. The number 108 came to mind. This number maintains an auspicious reputation in numerous cultures around the globe. In Vedic cosmology, it is believed that the distance between Earth and the sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun and that the distance between Earth and the moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon.

With an eye to the auspiciousness and the sacred nature of 108,  I determined that if 108 people could give us 108 dollars, we would exceed the 10 percent mark of our total goal and catapult NAMA into an extraordinarily successful New Year!

As individuals, an organization, and a profession, we should celebrate our victories throughout the month of December. Let’s join together in ringing in the New Year with more success!

To that end, I’ve made “108 x108 Is Great!” my personal motto for December.

Please donate!
Margrit Mikulis, ND, AD
NAMA Board of Directors