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What are the 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. Recordings of past seminars are available to members only.



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Insomnia and Ayurveda

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2018 Seminars in Ayurveda Presentations 


January 22, 2018
Evidence-based Ayurveda
with Dr. Dinesh Gyawali

Evidence-based medicine is the practice which encourages use of scientific evidence with clinical expertise while making healthcare decisions. Ayurveda, for a long time, has been criticized to not have scientific evidence and relying on arbitrary, unscientific methods. While the serious shortage of high quality scientific evidence in Ayurveda may be true, calling it arbitrary is not. In fact, Ayurveda, has always entertained the idea of evidence in the name of “Pramana Vigyan”. Ayurveda adopted scientific method to search for truth which is evident from elaboration of Pramana Vigyana in ancient texts. Pramana, which can be considered as one of the ancient methods of research, is of utmost importance in developing research methodology in Ayurveda. In this talk, we will learn how evidence based practice of Ayurveda is important more than ever and how we can move towards it.

Dr. Dinesh Gyawali is a classically trained Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) [NAMA Ayurvedic Doctor] and a research scientist from Nepal. He holds BAMS (Bachelors of Ayurvedic medicine and Surgery), an MA in medical anthropology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and PhD (Physiology) from Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. His PhD 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 of his Ayurvedic career. He has been widely published and featured in media outlets. He is an Assistant Professor at Maharishi University of Management where he trains Ayurveda Wellness Consultants and consults patients at the Integrative Wellness Center.

February 26, 2018
Transepithelial Herbal Marma Chikitsa in Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
   With Dr. Bill Dean


Although controversial it is clear by 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 limits any form of cooperation to standard Ayurvedic treatments. Lepa therapy is traditional Ayurvedic therapy and can be translated in contemporary terms to transepithelieal herbal treatment bypassing the central agni and taking advantage of bhrajaka agni using transdermal herbal creams and rasa agni using herbal loaded solutions. Discussion will revolve around the energetics and marma chikitsa of the disorder.

Dr Bill Dean was a trained pediatric urologist and through his career had numerous encounters and a developed fascination with ASD. Recently through his association with Vaidya Misra’s organization he became aware of the unique SVA approach to ASD and has successfully used this in his clinical Ayurvedic practice in Bastyr University’s Ayurvedic department.

March 26, 2018
Osteoporosis & Ayurveda
   With Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum


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.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984. She immediately began her studies with Maharishi Ayurveda, obtaining Ayurvedic Practitioner certification in 1992. In the late 1990’s she began a 17-year one-on-one internship with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra. Dr. Teitelbaum is now writing books based on the knowledge Vaidya Mishra imparted to her before his untimely passing in April of 2017.  The first book is the Ayurvedic approach to treating the thyroid gland, and is due for release in the Spring of 2019, published by Inner Traditions Publishers.

April 23, 2018
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for People with MS
  Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, CAP, C-IAYT, LMT, E-RYT500


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects each person differently with a variety of symptoms, categories and treatment options. In the 13 years of Chaya’s work in developing programs to assist people with MS, she has found Ayurveda’s tri-doshic theory and yoga’s approach to self-awareness, integration and deep relaxation provides the ability to discern individuals separate from their diagnosis. Chaya will present her findings of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for people with MS and share how to establish equilibrium through diet, lifestyle and yoga therapy
Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, CAP, C-IAYT, LMT, E-RYT500 of ChayaVeda™ Integrative Healing Arts, is an Integrative Medicine Wellness Educator at Shands Hospital. Chaya authored "Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with MS and Similar Conditions." She taught adaptive yoga and wellness programs for the National MS Society for over ten years and has been featured on the Wellness TV Network, in Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off The Mat and the Yoga International Magazine. She is a national program facilitator, speaker, and educator, garnering prodigious testimonials for her life-changing work.

May 28, 2018
Insomnia and Ayurveda
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.

June 25, 2018
An Ayurvedic Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue
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.

July 23, 2018
Integrative Perspectives on Ayurvedic Medicine Emphasizing Nutritional and Herbal Clinical Applications
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.

August 27, 2018
Ayurvedic Management for Annavaha Sroto Vyadhi
with Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, AD

Details TBA

September 24, 2018
Ayurvedic Psychology
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.

Dr. 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.


October 22, 2018

Fibromyalgia and Ayurveda

with Anusha Sehgal, AD


Details TBA 

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


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