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.

5:00 p.m. Pacific | 6:00 p.m. Mountain | 7:00 p.m. Central | 8:00 p.m. Eastern - Call (712) 770-5603 and Enter Access Code 683432#

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*Recordings of past seminars are available to members only.


Upcoming Seminars in Ayurveda


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Manas Roga - Common Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders 

August 26, 2019 with Vaidya Kamal Kant Shastri Bambhania, BAMS

Vaidya Kamal Kant Shastri Bambhania will discuss clinical assessment and management of mental disorders using classical Ayurvedic panchakarma and safe alchemic practices. 

Vaidya Kamal Kant Shastri Bambhania, BAMS, is a dedicated a proponent of evidence-based classical Ayurvedic therapy who is registered as a medical practitioner with the Gujarat Board of Ayurvedic & Unani Systems of Medicine and the Central Council of Indian Medicine. He currently practices at San Diego Ayurveda Healing in California. He previously served as chief Ayurvedic physician at India’s renowned Sanjeevani Ayurveda Hospital and as director of an integrated medicine center managed by Shree Vallabh Vishwa Dharma Sanstha in Ahmedabad, India. 


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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.

Diana I. Lurie, PhD, is a Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Montana. She received her PhD 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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Role of Ayurvedic Practitioner in Integrative Case Management of Amavata

October 28, 2019, 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.

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.


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Western Herbs for Ayurvedic Practitioners 

November 25, 2019, with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H.

Are you a well-educated Ayurvedic practitioner who uses Ayurvedic herbs, but would like to extend your skill set to include Western herbs?

These days, most Ayurvedic students learn at least a little about Ayurvedic herbs in Ayurveda school. What they don’t learn, though, is anything about Western herbs. We will deeply discuss the similarities and differences between Western and Ayurvedic herbalism and how to connect the knowledge you already have with an understanding of effective Western herbs in your clinic or practice.

If you are ready to take your herbal knowledge to the next level and use all those unfamiliar herbs your clients are bringing in, let’s get together and spend this class in the realm of Western herbs for Ayurvedic practitioners. 

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is an herbalist, nutritionist, yoga teacher, and educator who has been making holistic health approaches palatable to the modern mind for over 40 years. He was the herbal apprentice of an Ayurvedic master, Yogi Bhajan, for thirty-two years and the first person to be professionally certified in both herbalism and Ayurveda in the U.S. He is president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild and director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.


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Earn PACE Credits

Professional members can earn 1 PACE credit for each NAMA Seminar in Ayurveda presentation they listen to. In order to earn credit for listening to a seminar, follow these steps:

  1. Listen to either a live or recorded Seminars in Ayurveda presentation.

  2. After you listen to the seminar, to earn credit, locate the specific title of that seminar on the PACE Listing Page.

  3. Click on the respective "Verify Credits" link.

  4. Complete the brief evaluation.

  5. Click "Complete Survey".


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.


*In the event an SIA is canceled, we will do our best to have an alternate presenter.

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.