ALERT: Tick Tock on Your PACE Clock. All Credits Due 12/31/19. No Grace Period.


Dear NAMA Professional Member -
You now have less than 12 months to complete and submit your PACE requirements—by December 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (end of this year). There will be no grace period. If you do not complete and submit your PACE requirements on time, your NAMACB Professional Certification will immediately lapse, and you will lose your NAMA Professional Membership.
If you were a Professional Member on or before December 31, 2017: You need to complete and submit your 2016–2017 PACE cycle requirements and 2018–2019 PACE cycle requirements by December 31, 2019.
If you became a Professional Member in 2018 or 2019:
You have to complete and submit your 2018–2019 PACE cycle requirements by December 31, 2019.
All Professional Members are required to complete their PACE requirements to maintain their NAMA Professional Membership and for AHCs and APs, their NAMACB Professional Certification.  So, although you have just less than a year before the deadline, we suggest you plan now for what credits you still need to complete and submit before December 31, 2019.  
For FAQ go here:
We anticipate that all the PACE information you need is contained above and in the FAQs. If you have further questions, email Arya Early Hawkins, though with nearly 1,000 Professional Members there could be a significant delay in receiving a response.

Arya Early Hawkings
Continuing and Community Education Coordinator

Catch the Ayurveda Wave in 2019!


Great news for Ayurvedic professionals: Two well-known publications predicted in recent issues that Ayurveda was a top wellness trend in 2018 and will continue to surge in popularity in 2019. Get your surfboards ready, NAMA members, for the Ayurveda wave!
Vogue: From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018 

Check this out: Vogue states that one of the eight biggest wellness trends of 2018 was “the Mainstreaming of Ayurveda.” They go on to declare, “ Incorporating Ayurveda into one’s life has never been easier. It may sound woo-woo to some, but for a few—most notably Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow—it has been a game-changer for holistic living.” Indeed—thanks to NAMA and its members, who are leading Ayurveda’s movement into the mainstream. Our Professional Members deliver trusted Ayurveda services to the public. Our Corporate Members provide the Ayurveda products people want, and our Schools continue to provide the highest quality Ayurvedic education.

See full article here
Mindbodygreen: 11 Wellness Trends to Watch In 2019 

Mindbodygreen predicts that “the ancient art of Ayurveda will get modern—and ubiquitous” in 2019. The article states that Ayurveda ”exploded into public consciousness via a new embrace of healthy mitochondria, the ketogenic diet, and other fat-friendly approaches to food, which led to the emergence of ghee as a cooking staple.” Furthermore, the growing number of people living an Ayurvedic lifestyle lends weight to  mindbodygreen’sthird prediction for 2019: This will be the year that everyone learns that “understanding the circadian rhythm is the key to way more than just better sleep.” These wellness trends suggest that the mainstream may soon come to share the Ayurvedic community’s long-standing awareness of the connection between sleep, mental health, and physiological functioning. 

See full article here

Yoga Therapy and the Mind

Saturday, April 27, 3:30-5:00 PM

The focus of this session is to learn the use of yoga therapy to enhance the practice of Ayurveda. The panel will share how using pranayama, meditation, mantras, vibrational healing, mudras and mama in yoga practices can be used as an adjunct therapy to patient care, creating a healing and caregiving environment. Case study(s) that accentuate the effectiveness of this approach to healing the mind and emotions will also be presented. 

See Presenters Bios

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MINDful and Practical Approach to Research in Ayurveda

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Saturday, April 27, 3:30-5:00 PM

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. The panel presenters will share current Ayurvedic research and it’s outcomes, how to develop collaborative research protocols, understanding whole system research, modern Ayurvedic research related to a clinical condition and bridging Ayurvedic concepts to the gut-brain and gut-body axis including the microbiome.

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