A Note From Our Executive Director


Happy summer and belated July 4th to all!

Well, once again, it is time to select your NAMA Board of Directors. We would not be where we are today without this dedicated volunteer board. Each year four seats on the board open up as we rotate one-third of its membership. This year, we have nine wonderful nominees. All of them have taken the time to serve on various committees and have proven themselves as strong candidates and supporters of NAMA’s work. We are so lucky to have them all.

The strength of this year’s nominees will make it hard to decide which four are your top choices for a role on our board, so take time to review their statements before you vote. You can view this information by clicking on a link in an email that we will send to everyone who was listed as an active member as of May 31, 2018. We will send along a few reminders about the election throughout the month. A minimum voter turnout of 25 percent, or 375, of our members, is required for a valid election. We will announce the election results in mid-August, and the newly elected board members will assume their posts as of November 1, 2018. PLEASE VOTE TODAY, AND REMIND OTHER MEMBERS TO DO SO AS WELL. VOTING ENDS JULY 31ST!

Thank you,

Hilary Garivaltis, AP 
Executive Director

AHCs & APs: Please Take Note Regarding Your Next Dues Payment


The message below only affects AHCs and APs on automatic dues renewal (which is the overwhelming majority of AHCs and APs).
On July 1, dues were raised for Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners. Most of you “have”—or now more accurately, “had” your next dues invoice automatically generated. We apologize, but on July 1, for those of you on auto-renew, we had to delete your automatically generated next invoice because it was generated from the old $150 dues level.

If you have not already paid your dues since July 1, when your dues are next due, whether it’s due 7/31/2018, 12/31/2018, or 5/31/2019, we will need you to manually go into your account and pay your dues at that time because at the moment your dues are no longer automatically paid/renewed. You will still get emails reminding you that your dues date is coming up (30-days prior and 7-days prior), but unlike your last dues payment, we will need you to manually go into your account and pay with your credit card. Once you do, your account will reset and begin on auto-renew again with the card you just used.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We triple-checked, but our database provider said these steps are needed.

Board Elections, Cast Your Vote Today!

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The slate for NAMA's 2018 Board of Directors election has nine candidates and just four openings. Cast your vote today! Voting ends Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 6:00 pm Pacific. Get to know the candidates here

Per NAMA bylaws, the voting process consists of ballots made available to each NAMA member of record in good standing as of June 1, 2018. A minimum of 25% of the membership must vote for the election to be considered legal. Will you vote today? Please note: we have a new website.

If you get an error when you try to login to your Member Profile, try signing out by going to the MEMBER CENTER pull-down tab on the far right and then choose PROFILE LOG-OUT, clear your cache, and then sign back in via the PROFILE LOG-IN tab.

Thank you for your participation!
2018 Elections Committee

Professional Membership Dues Set to Increase


One more FYI - As mentioned in our May 7 email, and our May ENEWS, NAMA dues will be raised as of July 1. All dues will be at the new levels starting on that date. If you have already paid your 2018 dues, you do not need to pay the balance. Dues are not being raised retroactively.

  • Ayurvedic Health Counselor $170
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner $185
  • Ayurvedic Doctor $250

Certificates of Recognition & Mass Mailing for Professional Members

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We are still on schedule to begin mailing Certificates of Recognition for Ayurvedic Practitioners, NAMA’s largest group of Professional Members, in June. The last of the Ayurvedic Doctor certificates have been mailed. Ayurvedic Health Counselors received their certificates last fall. APs, thank you for your patience in waiting to receive your much-deserved professional recognition.

Eventually, all Professional Members will also be mailed information on the most commonly asked questions members ask of staff. These documents are meant to guide you through your NAMA-related questions throughout the year. If your Professional Membership is past due, please renew today to be included in the mass mailing. 
Lastly, please log into your NAMA account and go to MANAGE PROFILE, "Information & Settings">> "Edit Bio." Please ensure that your addresses (home and work) are both correct. Your mailing address is your home address.

Submit your Nomination by May 31 st!

As a NAMA member, you are invited to participate in the 2018 Board of Directors election. During this year's election cycle, there are four (4) seats open on the board. Submit your nomination by completing the 2018 Board Candidacy Application by Friday, May 31st, 2018. (Please note: You must be logged into your membership account to access the application.)

NAMA Board

To participate in the board election, NAMA by-laws require that both candidates and  voters must be current and active members of NAMA. If your membership expires before May 31, 2018, please renew immediately so that you will remain eligible to vote.

To renew your membership, go to www.ayurvedanama.org and sign in to your account. Follow the link to renew online or select 'Manage Profile' and then 'Membership'.

If you have served on a NAMA committee and have excellent management, administrative and business operational skills that can help NAMA meet its goals, please consider submitting your nomination.

Thank you for your participation!
2018 Elections Committee

Ayurvedic Obituary for Vidya Light Miller

It is sad to announce the passing of a dear friend, a practitioner of Ayurveda and founding supporter of NAMA, Light Miller. Below is an Obituary shared by her family.

Light Miller


Light was born in New York in 1947, daughter of an Indian Diplomat.  Her family traveled the world, setting up embassies and consulates.  Light’s mother was an Aromatherapist, and her grandmother practiced as an Ayurvedic Herbalist.


In 1988, Light’s spiritual advisor, Sandy Levy-Lunden, insisted that Light’s destiny was to receive a special Ayurvedic treatment called Kaya Kalpa from Dr. Ram Panday.  During the treatment, Light awakened to her Ayurvedic heritage.  She initially trained with Dr. Panday and pursued self-study through books by David Frawley, Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda and Maya Tiwari. Light started an Aromatherapy company and was soon traveling throughout the United States teaching Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.  Seeking deeper instruction in Kaya Kalpa, Light traveled to India.  After a month of searching, she was introduced to Panchu Bai Chotay, an elderly man who lived in a small hut on the grounds of the complex where Light had been staying.  Dr. Chotay was a compatriot/physician of Mahatma Ghandi, a local herbalist/healer, a former freedom fighter, the co-founder of Aruli Nature Cure Center, an Ayurvedic doctor, and one of the few remaining Kaya Kalpa practitioners in the world.   Dr. Chotay graciously accepted Light as a student and began a years long training in the art.  Light ultimately became the first female practitioner of Kaya Kalpa.  Upon returning to the United States, Light passed her training along to her husband, Dr. Bryan Miller.  Kaya Kalpa was soon added to the therapies and education programs offered by the couple as they traveled across the United States, Canada, and Europe teaching Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.


Light and Bryan were ultimately asked by Lenny Blank to write Ayurveda & Aromatherapy, which was published by Lotus Press.  Light’s relationship with Santosh Kinsky of Lotus Press, flowered into the publishing of two more books: Ayurvedic Remedies, and Ayurvedic Curative Cuisine for Everyone.  Light also self-published a textbook for correspondence and classroom teaching and a handbook for Pancha Karma.  With Batool Merali, Light also co-authored The Divinity Within, a 12-month journal and guide to self-development.


By 2000, Light was timing her travels, to be a regular contributor to CAAM (California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine), working closely with Dr. Kumar.  When NAMA (The National Ayurvedic Medical Association) was formed, Light became an ardent supporter of the organization.  She coordinated the first annual conference, served on the Board of Directors, was a frequent presenter, and worked with Dr. Marc Halpern on the education committee.  Light was also a member of NAHA (The National Aromatherapy Health Association).  Light strongly supported the licensing of Ayurvedic Consulting as a profession.


In 2002, Light and Bryan founded The Ayurvedic College for Well-Being, in Sarasota, Florida.  They subsequently moved their operations to Hollywood, Florida, and began teaching there and in San Juan Puerto Rico.  Light and Bryan ultimately moved to Puerto Rico, and began teaching courses online.  They recorded over 500 hours of Ayurveda lectures.  Light and Bryan together trained over 1500 students in Ayurveda.  Light taught that Ayurveda is an expanding science, incorporating new treatments, methods and teachings.  Light believed that traditional Ayurveda preserved the past, but held no constraints for her.  Light continues to teach through her videos, in the online incarnation of her college.


Light taught that healthy lifestyle was the basis for good health and that natural medicine worked best for people who lived naturally.  Light insisted on the artful blending of herbs, taken as tea, for the various complaints of her patients.  She was not an advocate of herbal capsules, as she believed cut and sifted herbal teas had greater potency.  Light believed that the use of pills and capsules was a residual of the British medical influence on Ayurveda’s development.

Light pioneered the use of essential oils added to abhyanga oil, as an instant answer to a patient’s need, as opposed to medicated/infused oil blends.  Light’s teacher taught the use of a colema board with triphala based tea blends as an improvement over medicated basti.  Massage of the abdomen was made possible and produced improved results.  Light’s teacher also taught the juice extractions of wheat grass, tulsi, and other fresh herbs.  Light added these juice elixirs to her panchakarma green juice arsenal.  Her Kaya Kalpa training allowed her to experience the power of releasing emotions and relationship entanglements with breath and intention.  She incorporated this into her teaching and Pancha Karma.  Not to be limited to kichari during Pancha Karma, Light unleashed a parade of gourmet vegetarian food that was spiced to heal the GI tract as it satisfied the palate.  Light performed over 1200 Kaya Kalpa treatments and conducted over 450 Pancha Karma programs.


Over the last ten months, Light’s symptoms were largely countered with natural remedies of her own design.  A contingent of possible causes were treated with mixed results, culminating with a diagnosis of advanced Lymphoma.  Unexpected in a person of clean living and healthy lifestyle, it reminds us that lifestyle tips the scales in your favor but is not a guarantee of immortality.  Never wanting to undergo chemotherapy, she slipped away peacefully in her sleep, in the presence of family on April 28, 2018.


Light will be sorely missed by her family, friends, students and patients.  An online video live streaming of her Sarasota memorial service will be available May 17 at 7PM EST at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/unity-of-sarasota-s-sunday-broadcast.

Other services will be held in Miami and Los Angeles.  Information on these services can be found on Facebook at Light Miller Tribe.  In lieu of flowers or cards, the family is asking for contributions to Light's GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/LightsLymphomaHealing.  These funds will help offset additional outstanding medical, memorial and travel expenses.