2019 NAMA Conference Podcast from session of Ayurveda Yoga Therapy for Stilling the Mind


Amy Wheeler shares information from her presentation at the NAMA conference and also her other notes from the conference which focused on Ayurveda and the Mind. She shares the following:

  • Amy's presentation titled 'Ayurveda Yoga Therapy for Stilling the Mind' - we constantly experience thoughts, feelings and sensations that can disrupt our concentration and disturb our peace of mind. Both Ayurveda and Yoga give us the tools that turn our minds away from chaos and rigidity and toward one-pointed attention, the hallmark of an undisturbed mind. 

  • Dr. Ramkumar Kutty's presentation on 'Ayurveda and the Mind'. Amy explains how Dr. Ramkumar spoke about our heightened sense of 'I' and how it's the source of our suffering as it's creating individualism and how we need to move from 'I' to 'We' in order to suffer less.

Seeking Volunteers 


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 regularly donate their time and effort as board and committee members. Volunteers help NAMA staff stay in touch with how to best serve our members and the larger Ayurvedic community. 
Might you have the time, energy, and passion to help make NAMA better? The following committees need volunteers who can fill openings now or as they become available.

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

  • Membership Committee’s Professional Members Subcommittee - Must be a Professional Member with a passion for supporting NAMA's efforts. Help serve and grow NAMA professional membership.

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

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.

Attention Professional Members and Members Preparing to take the NAMACB Exam


The NAMACB Certification Handbook serves as the principal source of information for applicants seeking certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor or Ayurvedic Practitioner. (The Ayurvedic Doctor Beta exam is expected later this year.) Among other things, the Handbook provides detailed information about your certification requirements from the NAMA Certification Board (NAMACB). An updated handbook is now available!

Happy Spring! Dontate Today!


As we welcome the season of renewal and growth, we want to thank all of you who have already donated to our ongoing Accreditation fundraiser and hope that those of you who have yet to contribute will feel inspired to help us realize our immediate objective of raising $10,000 by April 26, 2019. Only through the generosity of our members and supporters can we reach this major milestone toward our ultimate campaign goal of $100,000. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

News From Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Committee


Greetings practitioners:

We would like to formally announce that the grandfathering period for AYT-NAMA will be extended through March 31, 2019. There will be no additional extensions after this one. If you are a Professional Member with yoga therapy skills and experience, please click here for information on how to apply.

Attention NAMA-Recognized Schools:

The School Applications Form for AYT-NAMA programs will be published on or before February 23, 2019. We will then begin accepting school applications to teach this highly specialized curriculum, merging the disciplines of Ayurveda and yoga therapy. NAMA-recognized schools and AYTs with AYT-NAMA recognition that wish to offer an AYT training program are encouraged to apply. Schools and AYTs that have earned this designation deserve our congratulations. These providers have undergone a rigorous review process that ensures students can look to them for the highest level of dedication to and skill in this emerging field. Please click here to refer to our Entry Points document, which will help determine the duration and nature of the programs that providers may elect to offer. 

Attention AYT Professionals or Students of NAMA-Recognized Schools:

We are concurrently looking for volunteers to add to our committee as we will soon begin reviewing AYT educational program applications, as well as continuing our professional discipline development work.  All volunteers on the AYT Committee must be NAMA-recognized AYT professionals or students in NAMA-recognized AYT programs.

We are honored to have served as stewards of this emerging professional designation, and we are thrilled that new educational programs will begin offering this credential very soon.  As NAMA continues to grow,  we will persevere with our efforts to elevate the knowledge base of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. As members of the NAMA community and potential AYTs, please feel free to reach out to us with comments or questions on the grandfathering process, school applications, the development of the discipline, the AYT scope of practice, or our future plans. We look forward to being of service. 

The NAMA Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Committee


Call for 2019 Conference Research Poster Abstract is Extended!


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 March 15, 2019, after which formal invitations will be issued. 

Thank you
2019 Conference Research Poster Committee Committee


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

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.