Seminars in Ayurveda

Developed and hosted by the NAMA's PACE program, the Seminars in Ayurveda are free, 60-minute, monthly teleconferences open to the public that aim to enhance the Ayurvedic profession through educational engagement, hosted every 4th Monday of the month.

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2018 Seminars in Ayurveda program Listing


Evidence-based Ayurveda

January 22, 2018 with Dr. Dinesh Gyawali, BAMS

Evidence-based medicine encourages the use of scientific evidence with clinical expertise while making healthcare decisions. Ayurveda, for a long time, has been criticized not to have scientific proof, in fact, Ayurveda has always entertained the idea of evidence in the name of “Pramana Vigyan.” Ayurveda adopted a scientific method to search for truth which is evident from an elaboration of Pramana. In this talk, we will learn how evidence-based practice of Ayurveda is essential more than ever and how we can move towards it.

Dr. Dinesh Gyawali, BAMS Ph.D is a classically trained Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) [NAMA Ayurvedic Doctor] and a research scientist from Nepal. His Ph.D. research is highly acclaimed for being a milestone in establishing Ayurveda as Evidence-Based Medicine. As an Ayurvedic doctor, he has consulted thousands of people in Nepal, India, Australia and the US for the last 17 years. He is widely published and featured in media outlets. He is an Assistant Professor at the Maharishi University of Management where he trains Ayurveda Wellness Consultants.

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Transepithelial Herbal Marma Chikitsa in Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder

February 26, 2018 with Dr. William "Bill" Dean, MD, AD

Although controversial it is clear from the clinical history of autistic children that at least some are vaccine injured from heavy metal toxicity. It is well known that the central Agni is markedly challenged in children with ASD due in part to the altered microbiome. To further compound the therapy challenge these Vata-impaired children brings, is related to their behavioral patterns that limit any form of cooperation to standard Ayurvedic treatments. Lepa therapy is traditional Ayurvedic therapy and can be translated in contemporary terms to transepithelial herbal treatment bypassing the central Agni and taking advantage of bhrajaka Agni using transdermal herbal creams and rasa Agni using herbal loaded solutions. The discussion will revolve around the energetics and marma chikitsa of the disorder.

Dr. William "Bill" Dean, MD, AD worked for 30 years as an allopathic urologist. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr Center, where he oversees students in Ayurvedic medicine appointments. He also works in the Bastyr University Research Institute and teaches classes in various aspects of Ayurveda.

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Osteoporosis & Ayurveda

March 26, 2018, with Marianne Teitelbaum, DC

In this discussion, Dr. Teitelbaum will present the definition of Osteoporosis, treatment protocols, the modern medical approach to treating osteoporosis using first hormone replacement therapy, and now bisphosphonates, and the “holistic” approach. Understanding Ayurveda and the seven dhatus is the key to a safer and more efficient way to deliver calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and K2, and Ayurvedic formulas.  This discussion will also include proper nourishment of the seven dhatus and the dangers of a vegan diet.

Marianne Teitelbaum, DC lectures throughout the United States on Ayurvedic treatment protocols for multiple sclerosis, autism, and thyroid disease. She is currently signing a book contract to publish "Ancient Medicine for Modern Times: Treatments for the Thyroid Gland"

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Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

April 23, 2018 with Chaya-Sharon Heller, BA, CAP, C-IAYT, LMT, E-RYT500

Chaya has more than 25 years of experience as a health educator and performing artist. She created the ChayaVeda ™ Transformational Wellness and Health Coaching Programs, Ayurveda and Yoga Trainings and provided professional education for The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and Yoga Alliance (YACEP). Chaya is a contributing author to Gainesville’s Lunch Out Blog with her Ayurvedic Health Coaching Column, authored Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with MS and Similar Conditions, and taught adaptive yoga and wellness programs for the National MS Society for over ten years. Featured on the Wellness TV Network, Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off The Mat and Yoga International Magazine, Chaya is a national program facilitator, speaker, and educator, garnering prodigious testimonials for her life-changing work.

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insomnia And Ayurveda

 May 28, 2018 with Sushma Jakkula, AD

Insomnia is known as Anidra or NIdranasha in Ayurveda. It is one of the common problems of the modern world. Chronic insomnia can affect the quality of life and can cause severe physical and emotional illnesses. Ayurveda describes Nidra(sleep) as one of the three pillars or tripod of life. The other two being, Proper nourishment (Aaharam) and Right use of energy (Brahmacharyam). In this discussion, we will cover various factors causing insomnia, the doshas involved, its effects and the Ayurvedic remedies.

Sushma Jakkula, AD, is a classically trained Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician). She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery from NTR University of health sciences, Hyderabad, India. She has been practicing Ayurveda for the last 16 years and is currently practicing in Tampa, FL where she provides Ayurvedic consultations, therapies, and Ayurvedic education. She is the founder and president of Oja Ayurveda wellness center in Tampa, FL and has been a member of NAMA since 2015.

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An Ayurvedic Approach to the treatment of chronic Fatigue

June 25, 2018 with Cynthia Copple

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. WebMD says Chronic Fatigue has no known causes. According to Ayurveda, the only real cure for any disease is to eliminate the cause, which, according to Ayurveda, is depleted ojas. In this discussion we will talk about many factors of what drains the ojas, causing extreme fatigue and discuss protocols for reversing Chronic Fatigue.

Cynthia Copple is a co-founder of NAMA, co-founder of Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda and Director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute (since 1982). She is the author of “Know Your Blueprint: The Ayurvedic Secret to Restoring Your Vitality in 30 Days.” In her previous life, she was a Vietnam war correspondent and photographer and is working on a memoir. She is a Doctor of Ayurveda with over 35 years of clinical experience including running a successful Pancha Karma clinic for 28 years. 

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Integrative Perspectives on Ayurvedic medicine Emphasizing Nutritional and Herbal Clinical Applications

July 23, 2018 with Dr. Margrit Mikulis, ND, AD

Ayurvedic Medicine is the mother of all Integrative medical practices because she addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences which all affect a person’s health. In this program, Dr. Mikulis will discuss her approach and demonstrate how she applies Ayurvedic principles to other modalities within her practice. This discussion will offer the participant a clinician’s perspective, with a particular understanding on how to prioritize and view challenges within complex clinical settings.

The group will also experience how the goal of partnership between patients and practitioners results in the healing process. In addition, the participants will review how personalized care shines a light on the unique conditions of each individual promoting the commitment to self-exploration and self-development.

Dr. Margrit Mikulis graduated from the National University if Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is the owner of Living Natural Inc., which is an established center for natural healthcare in Nashua New Hampshire. For over a decade she has served families throughout the United States integrating Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and Nutrition. Her medical specialties include Lyme and Autoimmune disease, and personalized medicine. She encourages her clients to embrace the “journey” towards health emphasizing a comprehensive model for wellness.

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Ayurvedic Management for Annavaha Sroto Vyadhi

August 27, 2018 with Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, L.Ac., CMT, Ph.D., AD

This presentation will discuss the causative factors, pathology, treatment principles and treatments for the commonly seen imbalances explained under Annavaha srotas.

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, AD, is a licensed Acupuncturist, Yoga Teacher, Professor and Program Director for Ayurvedic medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. She has held seminars and educational demonstrations at various venues in Ayurveda.

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Ayurvedic Psychology

September 24, 2018 with Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S

In this program, Dr. Halpern will discuss his approach to treating imbalances in the mind as he weaves together a discussion of the chakras, prana-tejas and ojas and the major nadi, along with techniques for addressing the imbalances.

Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S. (Ayurvedacharya), is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda and the author of the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda and author of the #1 bestselling meditation cd, Yoga Nidra and Self Healing.  An internationally respected expert in the field of Ayurveda, he is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. A Doctor of Chiropractic, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, a certified Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda tradition, a Specialist in Holistic Medicine, an author and teacher, Dr. Marc Halpern gives 100% to his passion for healing and removing the causes of suffering.

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Fibromyalgia and Ayurveda

October 22, 2018 with Anusha Sehgal

This talk will discuss the complexities of fibromyalgia, its relation to other chronic disorders and how this it is understood in Ayurveda. Identification of the root cause can be the key to effective management options.

Anusha Sehgal, is the president of Boston Ayurveda Inc., serves as the Chair of the NAMA Certification Board (NAMACB) and the academic director of the Boston Ayurveda School. She is a classically trained doctor of Ayurveda with over 15 years of experience in education, clinics, and research. Dr. Sehgal has been working to showcase authentic Ayurveda for which she is the author of Elementary Concepts of Ayurveda, to be released soon. She is also the new editor in chief of the Ayurveda Journal of Health.

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Interested in Presenting a Seminar in Ayurveda?

NAMA welcomes professional members who have intensive experience in the field of Ayurveda to apply to present a Seminar in Ayurveda. If you are interested in presenting please submit a presenter application.

Seminars in Ayurveda takes a brief hiatus during November and December.
Join us again on January 28, 2019!

Note: NAMA has not evaluated any of the information presented in these talks. The views expressed are those of the presenter, and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of NAMA. These lectures are offered as an opportunity for members and the general public to learn more about topics related to Ayurveda. NAMA does not endorse any specific presenter or topic.