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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Upcoming Seminars in Ayurveda


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Recovering from Disease: Cannabis and Ayurveda 

May 27, 2019 with Joanna Matson

Joanna strives to embrace yoga and Ayurveda in all aspects of her life, having discovered these sister sciences as a form of healing from a debilitating struggle with Crohn’s and thyroid disease. In this live NAMA talk, she will discuss her experiences with her own diseases and how she navigated through the serious health issues of her children and her father, all of whom have benefited from Ayurveda and cannabis medicine protocols.

Joanna Matson is certified as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor by both the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and the American Institute of Vedic Studies and is a certified Cannabis Counselor; she is an active member of NAMA, American Herbalists Guild, GreenMed Research, Yoga Alliance, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She is on the faculty of  the Holistic Cannabis Academy and is a NAMA-recognized PACE provider.


Sapta Dhatu Yoga

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June 24, 2019 with Indu Arora, C-IAYT, AP-NAMA, E-RYT, AYT

The gaps are in our perception.To view yoga and Ayurveda as two separate and isolated practices is to overlook that both are rooted in the solid common ground of Sankhya darshan. This seminar will focus on how yoga sadhana tools like asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, and kriyas can be understood in the language of Ayurveda as sapta dhatus, gunas, agni, and doshas and how we can modify a practice to open up a specific tissue channel or to awaken the agni of the tissue. Attendees will learn what sapta dhatu yoga is and how it can help us achieve the state of swaasthya (health) by diligently working on the tissues. 

Indu Arora (C-IAYT, AP-NAMA, E-RYT, AYT-NAMA) is an Ayurveda and yoga therapist based in the U.S. She has been teaching yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda since the age of 19. Her teachings are derived from the Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism, and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional guru parampara setting. She is the author of the books Mudra: The Sacred Secret and Yoga – Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision.


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Addiction and Attachment - Ayurveda Offers Understanding and Solutions

July 22, 2019 with Myra Lewin, ERYT 500, AP, AYT

The holistic science of Ayurveda offers a framework for understanding and resolving the afflictions in life - including addiction and attachment. In this seminar, we will explore the interplay of mind, body, and spirit as treatments and practices are introduced and as an individual moves toward a life of genuine contentment. Points for discussion will include the value of balanced ahar, vihar, dinacharya, herbs, panchakarma, and dosha balancing treatments, as well as yoga practices that increase sattva and reduce rajas and tamas in the mind. 

Myra Lewin has studied and practiced Ayurveda and yoga for more than 20 years. A professional member of NAMA and author of three books, Myra has guided thousands of people to heal and reclaim their natural state of health through consultations; treatments; yoga; and Ayurveda teacher trainings, workshops, and immersions. 


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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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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:

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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.


*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.