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AAPNA International Conference

AYURVEDA & METABOLIC DISORDERS Sat & Sun, June 8 & 9, 2013 The University of British Columbia Asian Center, 403-1871, Vancouver, Canada VATA



Conference Focus On  Learn the philosophy of ayurveda  Understand the root cause of problem  Interact with internationally renowned scholars  Obesity and body composition management  Metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes  Women's hormonal health and wellness  Gastrointestinal disorders and food sensitivities  Elevated toxic burden  Stress and immune challenges  Neurological support for mood and memory  Endocrinal Disorders include - Thyroid, Adrenal problems  Know the simple and effective remedies



Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, LMT, RYT, BCIM, RAS, Founder & President of AAPNA, USA is a classically trained ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative massage therapist, and yoga instructor, has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west. It is AAPNA’s mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. With your support and encouragement, ayurveda will be accepted and integrated as a key complementary science to modern health care.

Guest of Honors

Mr. Scott Sawler. B.Sc, LLB, LLM, MBA has been appointed to the position of Director General of the Natural Health Products Directorate in December 2010. Prior, Mr. Sawler has been the Senior Manager of the Ethics and Regulatory Office for the NCIC Clinical Trials Group, a cooperative oncology group at Queen’s University. Mr. Sawler has worked for many years in industry and health care associations. He has gained extensive experience in regulatory framework development, consultations and stakeholder relations, and business management, to name a few. Mr. Sawler spent twelve years in regulatory affairs at Schering-Plough, the Non-prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada, Medis Health, and other industry associations. Along with his wide range of expertise, he also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Laval University, a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Health Law from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) from the University of Ottawa. 2

Dr. Scotten, ND, MEd, graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1992, and entered private clinical practice in general medicine until closing his doors in 2001 to devote his full attention to education. As a clinician he believed and delivered core naturopathic principles (including doctor as teacher), teaching his patients to achieve maximum benefit from their individual genetic blueprint and accumulated impairments. Dr. Scotten has spent the bulk of his adult life teaching. He has taught music in private and group settings since 1975. Since 1989 he taught physiology, biochemistry and pathology with Dominion Herbal College, Wild Rose College (later Coastal Mountain), and Bastyr University of Health Sciences in Seattle Washington. In 1999 he was invited to develop and deliver the academic medical program as the Dean of Education at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. In 2012 he completed his Masters in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Arun Kumar Garg, PhD, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Fellowship in Medical Biochemistry from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Hon Doctorate of Technology from BC Institute of Technology. For the last several years he is working on awareness amongst South Asian community of high prevalence of chronic diseases. Founded Canada India Network Society in 2010 and is actively working with several partners and organizations in India and Canada to promote better health. He is Program Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and medical lead for South Asian Health Institute in Fraser Health. Dr. Garg will share his work of the last several years about the prevalence of chronic diseases amongst South Asians, efforts to build a healthy society and his search for the role of Ancient Indian Medicine, its scientific basis and role in modern society.


Conference Program Schedule Saturday, June 8, 2013 Time 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM 8:30 AM– 9:00 AM 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Presenter Exhibitors & Sponsors Setup & Registration Inauguration Vedic Recitation Welcome Speech Shekhar Annambhotla, President, AAPNA Guest of Honor Speech Scott Sawler, B.Sc, LLB, LLM, MBA, Director General, Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD), Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada Guest of Honor Speech Dave Scotten, N.D., Academic Dean, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Vancouver, Canada Guest of Honor Speech Arun Kumar Garg, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada Break & Sponsors Visit Comprehensive Ayurvedic approach Keynote Address –Jayarajan to metabolic syndrome Kodikannath, BSc., B.A.M.S., R.A.C. – Director, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, USA Natural Agni Enhancement Quickly Tom Yarema, M.D, San Francisco, CA, Reduces Stubborn Mid-Section Fat USA and Cellulite at 3-7 inches per Week, WITHOUT Rebound! Lunch & Sponsors Visit Ayurveda and the natural history of Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H, RH (AHG), metabolic syndrome: implications for Vancouver, Canada clinical success The concept of Ayurveda & Suhas Nayak, B.A.M.S, M.D-Ayurveda, Metabolic disorders PhD-Ayurveda, Vancouver, Canada Sex Hormone-Testosterone, Ranvir Pahwa, PhD, DNM, ND, Cl. Metabolic Syndrome, Herbs and Herb, DAc., DHM, HD, RAC, Ayurveda Saskatchewan, Canada Break & Sponsors Visit Micro-organisms and your Digestive Sivakumar Varma, Vancouver, Canada Health according to Ayurveda The Science of the Siddha’s: The Steven S. Sadlier, Los Angeles, USA Endocrine System, Chakras and Shakti Ayurvedic Yoga Session Miria Lovlin, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Dinner & Sponsors Visit Ayurveda for Symptomatic Relief of Shaughn Jenson, RAC, CYT, Salt Common Metabolic Disorders Spring Island, BC, Canada 4

Sunday June 9, 2013 Time 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 9:30 AM – 10:15 PM 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM


Presenter Registration Evaluation of Ayurvedic Keynote Address: Prof. J.N. Mishra, Management for Obesity PhD (Ayu), Retired Professor, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow, India Autism Linked To Metabolic Denise Tarasuk, ND, RN, MA-Ayu, Disorders RAC, San Jose, California, USA Break & Sponsors Visit Concept of Agni Vitiation in Nitin Shah, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, Metabolic Disorders DNM, Toronto, Canada Synergy and Composition: Harish Vasudevan, PhD, Vancouver, Traditional Medicine in 21st century Canada Science Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome Jaisri Lambert, MA, RAC, Vancouver, Canada Lunch & Sponsors Visit The Concept of Agni & its Hemant Kumar Gupta, BAMS, MDimportance in Metabolic Disorders Ayurveda, DNM, Ottawa, Canada Ayurvedic & Yogic Perspective to Ismat Nathani, M.Sc, D.N.M, Toronto, Psycho Neuro Endocrinology (PNE) Canada and the role in Balanced Metabolism Break & Sponsors Visit Addiction and addictive behaviors Nirmala Raniga, Founder, Chopra causes severe metabolic disorders. Addiction & Wellness Center, Squamish, How Ayurvedic approach helps! BC, Canada Synthesis of Yoga for a Healthy & Sri Venu a.k.a Stéphane Boisjoly, Stress Free Life Vancouver, Canada Naada Yoga & Jyothi Kriya Yogacharini Maitreyi, Vancouver, Canada Closing Ceremony Neelam Toprani, Founder & President, Padmasri Naturals, Inc. Vancouver, Canada



Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS, RAS, San Francisco, USA is the Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA). Suffused with expertise in traditional ayurvedic health care practices, especially Panchakarma and Ksharasoothra, Dr. Jayarajan has been the Chief Medical Officer of Ayurvedagram, an internationally reputed Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bangalore, India. He is the co-coordinator and the resource person for various training programs conducted in traditional ayurvedic medicine and is an accomplished trainer for advanced courses in ayurveda. His corporate sessions and workshops on Application of Ayurveda in Daily Life, Stress Management and BMS are immensely popular. Jay has presented several papers on ayurveda in national and international seminars. Presentation Topic: "Comprehensive Ayurvedic approach to metabolic syndrome" Abstract: This presentation is to map how comprehensive the traditional Ayurvedic protocols in taking care of various conditions come under metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes are increasing to epidemic proportions across the globe. The numbers of obese or diabetic people are in the range of hundreds of millions. The global impact of these disorders is immense in terms of human suffering and economic burden. There is an urgent need for a more effective comprehensive understanding of these disease processes and their management. At this juncture a comprehensive Ayurveda protocol can offer a lot to take care of this crisis. Ayurveda explains a set of complex clinical disorders like Sthoulya/Medoroga and Prameha that are matching the modern outlook of metabolic disorders. The clinical conditions associated with Prameha correlate in many ways with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus. The etiology, classification, pathogenesis, and management of Prameha are discussed at length and in detail in the Ayurvedic texts. The theoretical background and comprehensive set of strategies Ayurveda utilizes to treat Medoroga and Prameha may be valuable in managing obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus effectively. Ayurveda describes a set of complex clinical disorders that are characterized by frequent abnormal urination. The generalized causes of Prameha include long periods of physical inactivity, laziness, sleeping for long hours, and consumption of dairy products, aquatic meat, sugar/jaggery preparations, fresh grains, and similar foods that increase Kapha. Even though Prameha evolve to a Tridoshaja Vyadhi, it is initially a disease with Kapha predominance. The main Dhatus affected are Mamsa (muscle tissue) and Meda (fat) with involvement of Kleda and Ojas. Low Agni (weak digestive and metabolic process) leads to accumulation of Ama (buildup of toxins from improperly digested food particles). All these factors combine to produce the disorders known as Prameha, which may come as hereditary or acquired. 6

Patients with Prameha may be obese. There are 20 subtypes of Prameha resulting from the interaction of the various Doshas and Dushyas. The clinical conditions associated with various types of Prameha have much in common with disorders described in allopathic medicine that are associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus. The management emphasizes dietary and lifestyle recommendations and herbal preparations, in accordance with the constitution of the patient and the specific etiopathology. Ayurveda also addresses the management of psychological factors that contribute to the development of Prameha. If the patient is physically strong and has acquired Prameha, Panchakarma is considered the ideal option. For physically weak patients, pacification of the Doshas is recommended. Measures that minimize the morbid Kapha and Meda (fat) will improve the health of the patient. Balanced nutrition, appropriate physical exercise, and administration of herbs and formulations will help manage the condition. The traditional formulations mentioned for Prameha in Ayurvedic classics are very comprehensive and aimed at correcting the entire disease pathway. It not only corrects the digestive and metabolic imbalance but rejuvenates the tissues and organs affected by this condition. The examples of traditional formulations and protocol I am bringing in this presentation will reveal how strong and comprehensive the Ayurvedic approach is to manage the conditions which are of global prevalence.


Tom Yarema. M.D, San Francisco, USA has passionately committed to bridge the best of all systems of medicine – East & West, Conventional, Non-Conventional, Scientific & Intuitive. He has learned that much of good medicine is common sense, resource management, and respect for an individual’s dignity. His professional tools consist of Allopathy, Ayurveda, Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, Immune Stimulation, and Intra-Venous Nutrition & Heavy Metal Detoxification Therapy. Dr. Yarema is a co-author of “Eat, Taste, Heal: An Ayurvedic Guidebook & Cookbook for Modern Living,” a seventime National award-winning book, and co-owner of Five Elements Press. In 1996, he founded the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, which he directed until 2007, and in 2003 he founded the Aloha Ayurveda Academy, the first certification course of Ayurveda in the state of Hawaii. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine in Aptos, California, and the National Director of Kerala Ayurveda Wellness Centers & Clinics in USA. He is also the coformulator of Zrii, an Ayurveda-based liquid nutritional in the Network Marketing Industry and serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of same.


Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H, RH (AHG), Vancouver, Canada is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda, with 17 years of clinical experience in Canada, the United States, India and the Caribbean. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and former clinical director of Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, where he developed and taught a three year clinical program in herbal medicine. He is author of two books, Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life and Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food, and editor of Ayurveda In Nepal, a text which reveals the teachings of the late Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya of Kathmandu, Nepal. Todd Caldecott serves a consultant for the Non-timber Forest Products and Natural Products industry, and teaches internationally on the subject of herbal medicine and Ayurveda. Todd lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children. Presentation Topic: "Ayurveda and the natural history of metabolic syndrome: implications for clinical success" Abstract: Cardiologists have observed for a number of years that conditions such as adult onset diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, elevated LDL, obesity, and coronary heart disease are common disorders that often occur in one patient. In 1988 Dr. Gerald Reaven postulated that these disorders are part of a multifaceted syndrome he termed 'metabolic syndrome' (MetS), characterized by insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinemia. While there is still some difference of opinion with regard to the diagnostic criteria and pathology of MetS, there is ample evidence that the diseases associated with MetS are found in the traditional medical literature of Āyurveda. This lecture will review the natural history of metabolic syndrome and examine the correlations between diseases described in Āyurveda and those that come under the umbrella of MetS. In particular, this lecture will attempt to rationalize the model of tridosha to delineate different aspects of MetS, and drawing upon the author's clinical experience, how effectively addressing elements in diet and lifestyle can hasten the resolution of this condition.


Suhas Nayak, B.A.M.S, M.D-Ayurveda, PhD-Ayurveda, Vancouver, Canada is from the state of Gujarat, India and received bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS) in December 2000 and was practicing as a Family Medicine Physician in Ahmedabad, India up to 2002. He continued his Post graduate studies in ayurveda and obtained degree MD in Ayurveda in 2005 and successfully completed PhD in ayurveda in 2009 from Gujarat Ayurveda University. Dr. Nayak worked as a Scientist for Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H), Government of India, for the development of “Ayurveda Pharmacopeia of India’ and “Ayurveda Formulary of India, later on he joined as a lecturer at the Government Ayurveda College, Ahmedabad and since 2010 Nayak practicing as a Ayurveda Consultant at Ojus Healthcare Ltd. Surrey, BC, Canada Presentation Topic: The concept of Ayurveda & Metabolic disorders Abstract: Ayurveda is a practical science that deals with physiological and pathological status of human mortal. Ancient seers of Ayurveda have classified the elements of the body under three fundamental components Dosa, Dhatu and Mala. For the existence of mortal, two elementary requirements are there, one that form anatomical configuration and second which continue physiological provenance. The basic structural architectures of the body are formed by Dhatus. They are most stable constituents of the body. Dhatu form the substratum, which bear and nourish other constituents of the body and its concomitant conjugation is responsible for the existence and continuation of human mortal. Thus the phenomena through which metabolism goes on, like process of new tissue formation, maintenance of constitute tissue building, union of smaller into larger molecules, reverse process of tissue breakdown etc. There the way through which metabolism goes on. All changes take place between the moment of entry and the moment of discharge of ultimate chemical products into/from the environment. The intermediary metabolism is only being performed due to the guidance of Agni (that is the collective noun standing both for group specific and reaction specific enzymes). In an opposite way it (Agni) also role as a key factor to produce a most hazardous intermediate product called Ama. Ama can be considered as an undigested or partially digested/metabolized substance which requires further Parinama and if retained as such it may produce impairment in the micro and macro channels of the body. Which ultimately creates the conditions of Srotavaigunya or the seat for the accumulation of the provoked Doshas converting it in the form of any disease. It may be the cause why Ayurveda has given much importance to the concept of Agni (Metabolism). It is obvious that Ama the intermediate by product formed due to improper assimilation of nutrition by individual cell, which is more specific to Dhatugata/Dhatvagnimandyajanita Ama. Interaction between Ama and Dosadhatumala are the platform for the formation of further toxic cum foreign compound. Later there will be the fighting of endogenous and exogenous factor and causes disease. So, probable treatment protocol of all metabolic disorder may be to correct the vitiation of Agni Vyapaar that is the basic metabolism. Detail of these all hypothesis with fundamental basics will be discussed at the time of presentation. 10

Ranvir Pahwa, PhD, DNM, ND, Cl. Herb, DAc., DHM, HD, RAC, Saskatchewan, Canada - For over three decades Dr. Ranvir Pahwa has been involved in healing using natural medicine modalities. He comes from a family of Ayurvedic and Conventional medicine practitioners. His journey of medicine started from home via understanding what is better for health based on the Ayurvedic concepts of diet, lifestyle and the use herbal medicine. Additionally, Asana (Yoga) and Meditation was the part of his learning in his childhood. Homeopathy was another safer healing modality to whom he fell in love with in India, which he studied and practiced charitably. However, later he studied in detail Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Holistic Nutrition, Western Medicinal Herbs, Chinese Herbs, Reflexology, Acupuncture (Body Acupuncture and Auricular Acupuncture), Acupressure, and Magnetic Therapy. He started healing the sick in natural way. Dr. Pahwa has also learned Ayurvedic Marma Chikitsa (Therapy), Sound Therapy and Stone therapy. He keeps updating and upgrading in complementary and alternative medicine every year. His visit to France in September 2010 to learn more Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture and Auricular Medicine was another fascinating experience in natural medicine and the beautiful country and countryside. In 2010 Dr. Pahwa was honored with "ATREY AWARD" for the Excellence in Ayurveda Profession by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), USA Presentation Topic: Sex Hormone-Testosterone, Metabolic Syndrome, Herbs and Ayurveda Abstract: Metabolic Syndrome has become a house hold name these days. Among several factors which contribute to Metabolic Syndrome in men the role of testosterone cannot be neglected. There is an age related decline of testosterone in men population every year, which could start as early as 30 years of age. The factors which decline the testosterone are Aromatase (an enzyme) which convert testosterone to estrogen and Leptin (an adipose derived peptide hormone) which inhibits testosterone production and contributes to weight gain and worsen insulin resistance. Testosterone level and insulin sensitivity are inversely related. In several ways testosterone affects insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular health. Testosterone reduces fat deposition, increases lean muscle mass, improves insulin sensitivity in muscle cells, testosterone replacement in hypogonadial men may also alter pro-inflammatory, bio chemicals which contribute to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Somehow if we increase testosterone levels it improves insulin resistance and abdominal obesity and reduced risk of CVD. Towards the treatment regimen there is direct testosterone replacement therapy associated with monitoring of PSA and hormone levels, however, there are preventative factors, natural and other therapies. 1. One should avoid and remove testosterone disruptors, the life style and environmental chemicals 2. Use of natural Aromatase blocking agents such as bioflavonoids 3. Herbs, trace mineral and Ayurvedic Vajikaran at the right age so the male hormones get boost


Sivakumar Varma is founder of Revitalize Health Centre and the President of Gift of Life Foundation in Vancouver, Canada. He has been studying from boyhood with his father, an Ayurvedic physician, and his mother, a western medical doctor, along with a traditional master. He then entered Ayurvedic College, graduating as an Ayurvedic Practitioner with a specialty in Ayurvedic medicine, Mind-Body healing and Yoga. He brings a timeless wisdom to his unique consultations and treatment programs. Siva has worked alongside other Ayurvedic practitioners in training thousands of students in Yoga and Ayurveda. He moved to Vancouver in the early 90s and has been practicing Ayurveda in a clinic setting. Siva currently practices Ayurveda at Revitalize Health Centre in Richmond, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Presentation Topic: Micro-organisms and your Digestive Health according to Ayurveda The Story of Microorganisms according to Ayurveda In this presentation Sivakumar will share about the unseen world of microorganisms within our internal and external environments. a. Why do we need an understanding of this unseen world of micro-organisms? b. In the thousands of years of human existence, did we know about this unseen world? c. How do we maintain our internal environment with friendly, health creating micro-organisms? d. How do we maintain our external environment with friendly, health creating organisms? The Presenter will take the audience through history and time, and share a story that has been passed down through generations.


Steven S. Sadlier, Los Angeles, USA is Director of th Self Awareness Institute which was founded in 1985 at the suggestion of his guru Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi, and has since grown to thousands in over 120 countries. He is a recognized Kundalini Master and Siddha Yogi, having completed Yoga Tapas under Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj. Swamiji is also a best-selling author, host of Enlightenment Radio, and appears in two recent movies on spirituality. He received a Master's in Economics from the University of Wales, in the United Kingdom, worked in economics and finance for many years, but retired early to teach and write full time. Swamiji now conducts distance learning programs, meditation teacher training and conducts seminars and retreats worldwide. Presentation Topic: The Science of the Siddha’s: The Endocrine System, Chakras and Shakti Abstract: In this presentation Steven will both explain the science of Shakti and provide a demonstration on how it can be felt and used. Steven will address the relationships between the electro-magnetic fields and nervous system and biology, and how these affect well-being and enlightenment. Steven has also agreed to create a special 12-week Self Realization Course, teleconferenced, specifically with an Ayurveda and scientific orientation at a discounted group rate.


Miria Lovlin, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada is teaching extends through various forms of yoga but she has specialized in and dedicated most of her classes to traditional Hatha. Her education in yoga began over a decade ago and as she has sought a holistic apprenticeship to the discipline, she has pursued her training in diverse regions of the globe from Vancouver to Costa Rica to India. Miria's passion reaches beyond the physical aspects of yoga and this has provoked for her a deep engagement into the ancient philosophy and traditions pertaining to it. Just as she has sought a holistic education for her own understanding, she guides the content of her teaching in the same manner. Students of Miria's receive more than constructive guidance into their own physical practice. They acquire a sense of spiritual gravity and of the subtle energies that exist within all of us. Moreover, they can learn how to harness these forces and develop relationships and bonds with them. Presentation Topic: Ayurveda & Yoga Practice Abstract: I will teach a 30 minute yoga class focused on bringing the three doshas into balance. The class will start will some meditation and ujjayi breathing to reduce kapha and vata and improve agni. We will then move into some gentle warm ups focusing on the pelvic region, hips and lumber spine to gradually warm up the body, increase circulation and remove stiffness and rigidity from the bones and joint, a quality of vata. From there moving into a bit more invigorating and stimulating practice to reduce kapha, we will practice three full rounds of surya namaskar with modifications available. Then we will practice some cooling asanas to reduce pitta, with savasana to follow to settle ground vata. After Savasana we will finish the class with anuloma viloma, to balance ida and pingala channels.


Shaughn completed his Certificate of Yoga Education at the Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar, India and was certified as an Ayurvedic Pancha Karma Practitioner at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder, Colorado. He continued his studies at the Ayurvedic Academy in Seattle and was certified as an Ayurvedic and Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner. He has since completed over 3 years of resident internship with Ayurvedic Dr. (India), Dharmesh Kubendiran, BAMS, MSc. which included certification in Advanced Ayurvedic Marma Therapy. Shaughn practices meditation along with a variety of other forms of spiritual techniques and methods and was initiated as a Oneness Blessing Giver at the Oneness University, India in 2005. He is now a certified Oneness Trainer, offering initiations to others. Shaughn has also undergone various certifications in Reiki, Thai Massage, Pranic Healing and others. Through the facilities of the Salt Springs Spa Resort, Shaughn offers ayurvedic consultations, ayurvedic herbal supplements, herbal oil and herbal paste massages, a variety of traditional Ayurvedic treatments, private yoga, pranayama and meditation classes, spiritual counseling and the traditional yogic and herbal detoxification methods of the five cleansings of Ayurveda (pancha karma) and six cleansings of yoga (shat karma). For the past 7 years Shaughn has undertaken the establishment of Samya Inc. offering internationally accredited Ayurvedic certification courses and has developed and formulated (with the help of Dr. Dharmesh Kubendiran, Radhika Jenson and Michele Jenson) an entire range of organic Ayurvedic and Spa massage, wellness and beauty products. Shaughn was a pioneer in introducing ayurvedic medicine to Canada. Applying traditional ayurvedic therapies to western and European spa standards, Shaughn designed the sequences and training manuals for all of the ayurvedic therapies offered at the Salt Springs. Spa Resort since 2002 when the spa was one of the first in Canada offering these. Presentation Topic: Ayurveda for Symptomatic Relief of Common Metabolic Disorders Metabolic disorders range drastically in severity and variety of symptoms. Causes can be acquired or inherited, and later being more challenging to address and requiring the consultation of a specialist. There are no quick fixes for the complete remission of most metabolic disorder symptoms. Most require persistent and dedicated compliance with diet, lifestyle, herbal and vitamin therapy. Nonetheless, this presentation aims to address some of the common symptoms which many metabolic disorders share in order to provide temporary relief on the symptomatic level and to improve the quality of life while the individual pursues a more specialized course of treatment. Simple recommendations on diet, lifestyle, herbal, marma & aroma therapies & more will be provided.


Professor. J.N.Mishra, BAMS, PhD-Ayu, Lucknow, India was retired professor in 2004 after serving 37 yrs as post graduate teacher Head and Dean Faculty of Ayurveda, Lucknow University, Uther Pradesh, India. He has guided about 75 M.D and 15 Ph.D scholars and involved in research activities achieving many milestones during this period. Prof. Mishra attended many National and International conferences, seminars and workshops and recently was facilitated by International Charak Award of excellence in teaching and research at Los Angeles, USA by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. He enjoys 45 yrs practice in Ayurveda and succeeded in many difficult cases disappointed by conventional medicine. He has many publications of his research work in National and International journals and is author of 2 books. Prof. Mishra is member of different selection committees, Faculty of Universities, Executive councils and specially to be life member and General Secretary, Bharat Sewa Sansthan which deals with education, medical health and training programs for downtrodden and BPL in India particularly in rural areas. Topic: Evaluation of Ayurvedic Management for Obesity Abstract: Obesity is one of the most common disorders in medical practice and among the most frustrating and difficult to manage. Little progress has been made in treatment, yet major changes have occurred in our understanding of its causes and its implication for health. Black women are more apt to be obese than whites, and poor are more obese than the rich regardless of race. About 34% of people in USA have relative weights in access. WHO has formulated an index for defining obesity – Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a ratio of height in meters and weight in kilograms. There is a simple equation of obese; input-output= + (plus), - (minus) or (0) zero. Plus suggests weight gain, minus indicates weight loss and zero infers constant weight. The management of obesity rests on negative energy balance. A low resting metabolic rate (RMR) for a given body mass is a risk factor for weight gain. (Int J Obesity Relat Metab Disorder. 1992,22:S308S42). Metabolism is the breaking down of food to its simpler components: proteins, carbohydrates (or sugars), and fats. The disorder occurs when these normal processes become disrupted and classifying into inborn error of metabolism (inherited) and acquired during the lifetime. They may also occur as complication of other serious diseases. If you take surplus calories they will be converted into fat. If it continues, it will lead to over-weight or obesity. Tendency of weight gain differs from person to person due to pre16

existing factors like genetics, health problems, general activity level, and mobility issue. Each person has own individual daily caloric needs called BMR. An adult who has a BMI for 30 or over is known Obese. There are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight but usually obesity results from inactivity, unhealthy diet and eating habits, pregnancy, lack of sleep, certain medications, medical problems, age, social and economic issues. One can counter act most risk factors through diet, physical activity exercise, and behavior changes. Inherited metabolic disorders are treated with nutritional counseling and support and other supportive care, acquired metabolic disorder treatment includes normalizing the metabolic balance by both reversing the cause and administering medicine. The fundamental of management of obesity is on the fulcrum of diet, exercise and life style changes which is similar to Ayurvedic concept – “Ahar, Vihar, Vyayam, Nidra, Brahamcharya and Aushadhi.� The presentation shall address the evaluation of Ayurvedic options for Obesity management and its comparative significance.


Denise Tarasuk, ND, RN, MA-Ayu, RAC, San Jose, California, USA pursued her dream of becoming a doctor and received her Doctoral Degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Science in Tempe, Arizona in 1999. In medical school, she began studying Ayurveda, which is one of her greatest passions. Dr. Tarasuk has been treating women and children in her private Naturopathic practice in Campbell, California since 1999. She uses an integrative approach which includes Biomedical Medicine, Homeopathy, and Ayurveda. In 2009, Dr. Tarasuk graduated with her Master’s Degree in Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. Her Master’s research thesis on Tourette’s Syndrome won the Patanjali award from AAPNA in 2009. Dr. Tarasuk lectures internationally on Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Tourette’s syndrome. Dr. Tarasuk is the author of “Monsoon Medicine: A Diary of a Canadian Medicine Women & Tales of a Bengali Doctor” and “Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome: An Ayurvedic Approach to Health and Happiness.” She has co-authored a book on Autism called “Autism: Beyond the Basics.” Presentation Topic: "Autism Linked To Metabolic Disorders" Abstract: In 2012, the CDC announced the rate of Autism at 1 in every 88 births, showing a 78% increase in the past 10 years. Health Canada has been partnering to begin conduction surveillance for ASD within their current epidemiological surveillance systems. The important question is “How to make an Ayurvedic diagnosis and implement Ayurvedic treatments for a child with Autism?” What does Ayurvedic medicine provide for children with a diagnosis of Autism. This presentation will show the gentle beauty of Ayurveda. The “Science of Life” is in the forefront with knowledge providing the basics of a healthy lifestyle that may make the difference. An Ayurvedic diagnosis is a must before going on to effective treatments for Autism. The next patient that comes to your clinic may be Autistic. This presentation will provide guidelines and treatments that can be considered for a child that is “In Their Own World.”


Nitin Shah, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, DNM, Toronto, Canada - Upon graduating with a 5 year Honors Bachelor degree of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Gujarat Ayurveda University in 1984, Dr. Shah traveled to the holy city of Varanasi for a 1 year post graduate degree in Yoga and Ayurvedic Surgery. He then went on to complete a 3 year Doctorate degree to attain an MD in Ayurveda and Surgery. He practised Ayurveda in India for 6 years before beginning to practice and teach Ayurveda in Europe and North America, which he has done for the last 16 years. His knowledge and experience is vast in the fields of Ayurveda-Panchakarma, Herbology, Ayurvedic lifestyle management and dietetics, and the management of Ano-Rectal disorders with specialized Ayurvedic para-surgical procedures. Vaidya Nitin Shah has been asked to speak and teach at various conferences, seminars and workshops at the national and international level on numerous health topics. He has been asked to speak about Ayurveda in the greater Toronto area including: The Royal Ontario Museum, FACT, The Michener institute, Harbourfront South Asian Festival, Seneca College, Mount Sinai Hospital, Burlington Yoga Studio, and The Yoga Spa Ayurveda Centre. He provides online and telephone consultation on Ayurveda and supplies genuine Ayurvedic products in bulk and for individual use also consults the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries for Ayurvedic pharmaco-therapeutics, formulations and herbal food supplements. Nitin Shah is registered with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, the Alliance of Professional Naturopaths and Naturotherapists, is a professional member of the Ontario Herbalist Association, and has received his accreditation as Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM). Vaidya Shah, a native of India, has been a practitioner, philosopher and teacher of Ayurveda and Yoga for more than 20 years. He is one of very few Postgraduate Ayurvedic Doctors residing in North America. Currently he lives in the Toronto area. Presentation Topic: "Concept of Agni Vitiation in Metabolic Disorders" Abstract: Agni- the igniting factor and the most important Ayurvedic principle plays a major role in health and well-being of an individual. Agni is responsible for all the digestive process and transformation to take a place within body and mind. Balanced agni leads to better digestion, absorption and assimilation as well as elimination and detoxification at all level. Imbalanced agni leads to the formation of Ama, which is considered as metabolic toxin and Ama formations leads to metabolic disorders. Details will be discussed for preservation, restoration and maintenance of Agni will be discussed during the AAPNA’s 7th international conference.


Harish Vasudevan, PhD, Vancouver, Canada has always been fascinated with natural remedies and their unique ability to work in harmony. A keen student of chemistry and biology since school, Harish obtained his Bachelor's in Pharmacy following which he earned his Master's in Natural Products at NIPER. Inspired by their use in ayurveda, he researched the chemistry and anti-diabetic effects of Indian plants. The desire to get a better understanding of disease and drug development led him to Canada for a PhD in Pharmacology. Presently at Tait Laboratories, Harish is a developing a cure based on chinese medicine for gut health and potentially nerve ailments such as multiple sclerosis. Today he will be looking at traditional medicine through a western lens. Presentation Topic: "Synergy and Composition: Traditional Medicine in 21st century Science" Abstract: Synergy has been the bedrock of any holistic and traditional method of healing. This synergy is seen in multiple levels in the interactions between not only food, drugs and environment but also between constituents themselves in a herbal formulation. Thus while experienced for centuries, only in the last 2 decades have scientists been able to demonstrate synergy/antagonism at work in an extract exhibiting improved biological action or reduced toxicity compared to individual fractions or chemicals. This talk will explore some of these interactions and attempt to interface traditional medicine with modern science. Another critical concern in today's world is the consistency of composition. Information at obtaining both the chemical and biological levels, while attempted, have not been harmonized. Addressing these 2 key issues of synergy and consistency of composition could revolutionize the current perception of traditional medicines by conventional practitioners and the common public.


Jaisri Lambert, Ayurvedic Consultant, Vancouver, Canada has been practicing and teaching natural therapies since l983 after her own debilitating migraine headaches kindled her interest in alternative therapies. Her exploration led her first to Polarity Therapy, in which she became certified in 1985. As interest and demand for natural healing classes increased, Jaisri founded the West Coast Polarity School and later the East-West Polarity School, teaching innovations in Polarity Therapy internationally. In 1989 she met renowned Ayurvedic physician and author Vaidya Vasant D. Lad, B.A.M.S., MA.Sc. in Victoria, B.C., an event that deeply influenced her life. “Healing is love plus intelligence”, Dr. Lad taught, validating Jaisri’s experience that spirituality and physical life are not separate. Once her migraine syndrome was understood and managed, Jaisri’s study of the broader, underlying philosophies of Ayurveda began. She also began to observe that as we achieve individual balance, we also realize more increased spiritual harmony and a feeling of the natural, innate unity of life. During her twelve-year apprenticeship in classical Ayurveda with Vaidya Vasant Lad she learned many hidden secrets of ‘Marma” (trigger point) science. Through studying the ancient roots of anatomy and physiology according to Ayurveda, she has developed a body-based counseling science rooted in the ancient Marma therapies of Ayurveda. This science, Vaidya Lad called ‘Turiya Therapy’, which denotes the transformation of our psycho-emotional causes of disease into spiritual wisdom. Turiya Therapy is based on the innovative work of Jaisri M. Lambert R.P.P., and influenced by Polarity Therapy of Dr. Randolph Stone, D.O., D.C., N.D., whose contribution to the study of energy therapy on whole health cannot be underestimated, and Polarity Therapy's parent science of Ayurvedic medicine. During her twenty years of study and practice of Ayurveda, Jaisri has developed a deep knowledge of herbal formulations, individualized wellness programs, bodywork techniques, pulse assessment, Ayurvedic herbology and Panchakarma, which consists of classical Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation therapies. Jaisri's other teachers include Dr. T. Sukumaran of Kerala and Dr. Robert E. Svoboda of Texas, both respected and beloved Ayurvedic physicians. Jaisri has authored many articles and training manuals in Ayurveda and Turiya Therapy, and travels internationally to introduce the theory and practice of this ancient wisdom to delighted students of all levels. Now in her early 60s, Jaisri is an innovative healer who has developed new techniques in Energetic Healing and Invisible Anatomy. Her success she feels is due to the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicine throughout history, and to the public’s sincere search, like her own, for holistic health through natural methods. Her gift of teaching Ayurveda at all levels is unique, bringing this knowledge to students internationally. Jaisri is fluently bilingual in French and English.


Presentation Topic: "Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome in Ayurveda" Abstract: The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a simple summary of the most important aspects of preventing and managing the diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome. We'll discuss the importance of meditation and its role in healthy mind, food choices, timing of daily activities, water, pranayama (breathing exercises) and how to get sound sleep, all from the perspective of ancient Ayurvedic medicine, the world's oldest holistic health science. Western modern medical science offers no specialists in Metabolic Syndrome, though the condition affects a greater population than any other disease in North America. It is on an alarming increase in many countries, especially in developed and developing countries. Metabolic Syndrome is a disease of affluence. Its rise is especially alarming among the youth who are more susceptible to subtle marketing tactics, because Metabolic Syndrome is a pre-cursor condition to cancerous cellular changes. I feel education is the answer and offer this paper in honour of my principal Ayurveda teacher, Vaidya Vasant D. Lad. According to Ayurveda, the more than 10,000 year old science of longevity, diet and lifestyle (right use of time) are the age-old arenas of both prevention and management of all diseases. Ayurveda speaks a great deal about the concept of homoeostasis and how to maintain or regain one's individual balance. Metabolic Syndrome involves imbalance of a majority of the body's tissues, organs, glands and channel systems, their metabolic processes and psycho-emotional causative factors, such as depression/happiness. If you feel you're either on the road to Metabolic Syndrome or already know your blood pressure, weight, fatigue, generalized body pain, lethargy, bloating, skin rashes, blood sugar, cholesterol and/or tri-glyceride levels are too high, or if there's a family history of stroke, the topics set out below will serve as a concise set of guidelines to help you easily implement the age-old, tried and true suggestions for normalizing your health profile according to Ayurveda. First, let us understand the theory of preventing and managing Metabolic Syndrome from an Ayurvedic perspective, as theory precedes practice. This presentation will summarize the theory and practice of both prevention and management of Metabolic Syndrome in Ayurveda.


Hemant Gupta, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, DNM, Ottawa, Canada - 25 years of extensive expertise in Ayurveda medicine and holistic health continues to attract people of all cultures and lifestyle backgrounds. Since receiving his MD degree in Ayurvedic Medicine, and a degree in Natural Medicine, Dr. Gupta has been consulting with and treating patients, conducting research, publishing professional articles, lecturing and teaching internationally on his findings. Dr. Gupta has been invited to teach at institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia to develop curriculum and conduct courses for physicians, medical professionals, and the general public. As associate professor and deputy director at the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine at M.U.M. (Maharishi University of Management) in Fairfield, Iowa, he designed comprehensive undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. degree programs. While in Iowa, Dr. Gupta was on the advisory board of the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention which is funded by the National Institute of Health to do research on complementary medicine. Two premiere ayurveda and panchakarma centers recruited Dr. Gupta for the Directorship of ayurveda programs at The Raj in Fairfield, Iowa and later at The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He also developed and taught courses for Memorial University in Newfoundland and the Ayurvedic Academy of Canada in Toronto. Over two years ago, he established the Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute and Wellness Centre in Ottawa. As Director, he provides a full range of Ayurvedic Knowledge from lectures and certification courses to clinical consultations and panchakarma treatment.


Ismat Nathani, M.Sc, D.N.M, Toronto, Canada is Founder and Director "Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing", her contribution to the Canadian community has been unremarkable her passion for Ayurveda, Yoga and Natural medicine has motivated her to bring Indian Medicine to the forefront of the Canadian Natural Health Industry. Ismat qualified in India as Bachelor of Naturopathic and Yogic Sciences. She pursued her postgraduate studies MSc in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from University of West Minister and University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Presentation Topic: "Ayurvedic & Yogic Perspective to Psycho Neuro Endocrinology (PNE) and the role in Balanced Metabolism" Abstract: Vata-Pitta-Kapha your neuro-hormones and its influences on the Yogic Chakra System that has a co relationship with the modern conventional endocrine system. Changes in the state of mind & emotions leads to VPK state of balance, this causes interference in the physical and subtle neurological pathways causing hormonal imbalances. In this presentation participants will explore The concept of PNE and Vata-Pitta Kapha as neuro-hormones The VPK balance and its importance on the healthy maintenance of the physical & subtle systems (endocrine & chakra) The participants will learn How to identify various kinds and causes of toxic overload To provide Dietary- Lifestyle guidelines for elimination of physical subtle toxins To clear the interference of the Neurological pathway by working on the Nadis. Application of Marma therapy for endocrine malfunctioning. External & oral use of Ayurvedic herbs & spices in attaining the mind-body-spirit integration.


Nirmala Raniga, Founder, Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center, Squamish, BC, Canada Nirmala Raniga believes “Life is precious and priceless! We all deserve to live in the present and experience joy and healthy relationships�. With this in mind, she founded Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, the first truly holistic addiction recovery method in North America which is offering cutting edge high quality assessment and therapeutic services for individuals and families impacted by destructive compelling behaviors. The healing team at CAWC combines the latest breakthroughs in modern Western medicine with the traditional healing arts of the East. The goal of the holistic health care experts at the Center is to restore balance and wholeness in the lives of the people who come for help. An integral part of the program at CAWC is inclusion of the ancient healing system called Ayurveda. Originating in India 5000 years ago, Ayurveda focuses on the individual as a whole; physically, emotionally and spiritually. For Nirmala, work is more than just a career. It’s a calling. By combining her business acumen with her inherent sense of compassion she has enabled hundreds of people with addiction and emotional issues to regain control of their lives. She was a nominee for YWCA women of distinction awards in the business and professions category in 2008 and she was also nominated for 2008 Celebration of Business Excellence Award in the business category. She is a Chopra Center instructor certified in Primordial Sound Meditation and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. She is passionate about sharing timeless wisdom tools for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing. Presentation Topic: Addiction and addictive behaviors causes severe metabolic disorders. How Ayurvedic approach helps! Abstract: When a person is addicted to substances like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, food there is a built up of physical and emotional ama or toxins over time. These toxic residues begin to interfere with the circulation of vital energy in the body. Accumulated ama leads to depression, chronic pain, indigestion, fatigue and immune imbalance providing grounds for metabolic disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and liver failure. For example, physically ama can be seen as accumulation of incomplete metabolized food i.e. when one emotionally eats; the excess calories that the body is not able to digest get deposited as cellulite in tissues or cholesterol in blood vessels. If one does not fully process an emotional experience especially negative ones, the undigested feelings keeps the person responding in predictable patterns that inhibit the person being fully present. For a person to heal a total wholeness approach is required. This includes combining the latest breakthroughs in modern Western medicine with ancient Ayurvedic healing methods of the East to unlock the human potential and bring about a return to wholeness. Originating in India 5000 years ago, Ayurveda focuses on the individual as a whole; physically, emotionally and spiritually. In addition to group and individual therapy, inclusion of mind, body, spirit healing that addresses the needs of all five senses: touch (massage), sound (music), sight (art therapy) smell (aromatherapy) and taste (vegetarian cuisine), which, when combined with meditation, yoga and acupuncture, promote balance and integration of mind, body and spirit. 25

Sri Venu a.k.a Stéphane Boisjoly Born in Montréal Sri Venu is a Canadian from Abenaki First Nation and French ancestry. He started to practice Yoga and Meditation daily in 1969. In 1971 he moved to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Québec to study full time with Swami Vishnu Devananda. One of North America's most experienced Yoga Acharyas, Stéphane (Sri Venu) started to teach at the Sivananda Headquarters in 1972 and continued his advanced training in the California Sivananda Ashram and in British Columbia until 1975. Also a graduate of the International Meditation Institute of India his studies take him to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, Auroville in Pondicherry, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh and Kullu-Manali in the Himalayas. Founder of the Vancouver Sivananda Centre, Sri Venu teaches traditional East Indian Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Chanting. With Production Company InformAction he's just completed Planet Yoga a documentary feature film on Yoga around the world and the role of Swami Vishnu Devananda in bringing it to the West. This feature film has been released in International Film Festivals and Theatres since 2011 and has been broadcast on Television Networks around the world including CBC/Radio-Canada in 2012 and 2013. Sri Venu also trains Yoga and Advanced Yoga Teachers at Langara College of Vancouver and other fine Yoga Institutions. Long time Radio & Television Broadcaster he has been Regional Director of CBC/RadioCanada’s French Networks in BC and Yukon from 2003 to 2007. Recently he was International Broadcast Manager at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sri Venu is registered (E.R.Y.T. 500) with the Yoga Alliance and Registered Senior Teacher with the Yoga Association of BC. Topic of Presentation: Synthesis of Yoga for a Healthy & Stress Free Life -


Yogacharini Maitreyi is a practical Mystic and the founder of Arkaya. She has taught a wide variety of people, from Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, prisoners in Sweden, an all Islamic group in Bangladesh, yoga teachers in Vancouver to children and CEOs in India and abroad. She has trained many top companies like Ford, Lever Brothers, Nasscom, L&T, Symbiosis Institute of Management etc. and consults on wellness issues, holistic health and organic management. She trains them in the science and art of SELF/STRESS MANAGEMENT through 'The 3M Magick' FUNshop. She is specialized in life enhancement coaching for top management and decision makers. She enables them to see the need for managing the body, emotions, mind and resources effectively and creatively. She has been a key note speaker for audiences of 800 and above.She was also a consultant for the Madras Management Association in 2004 and was instrumental in designing and organising a series of 20 Health awareness workshops for their members.She believes a holistic lifestyle can infiltrate all walks of life. Maitreyi was invited to be on the Advisory Board of the World Yoga Council in Europe in 2006. She has also received the Yoga Semmal (Great, expert) award in India in 2007. She has appeared on national channels like Doordarshan and international channels like Star Vijay, NDTV, Channel M of Vancouver etc. giving talks and sessions on the holistic aspects of yoga. Maitreyi is also a versatile writer with over 80 published articles in Management Mandate, Times Wellness, Yoga life, Life Positive, Heritage Healing, Indian Express etc. Her versatility is seen in the fact that she has written scholarly articles that have been quoted as recommended readings in yoga to short humorous articles. She was a columnist for the Economic Times and has been writing a fortnightly column on yoga called “Pace Maker� for the Hindu news daily in India, for the last 3 years. Maitreyi is open to connections that reflect the divine. She shares more and teaches less. She exudes the energy of a friend as her name implies. She has taken many through the healing process, including herself. She is dedicated to training trainers and has inspired many to refine their lives. She teaches the Foundation course or the Yoga Bija course to ground people in the yogic principles. She also shares her insights and trains teachers groups. Yogacharini Maitreyi has taught and done many years of seva at the Ananda Ashram. She has founded a trust for children from economically backward areas in India where they learn to have fun cleaning up and cultivating a holistic and healthy lifestyle. They learn this through song and play. Their interventions are focused on prevention and healing rather than just cure. 27

Maitreyi teaches in Vancouver each year and is a Registered Senior Teacher at the Yoga Association of British Columbia. Maitreyi studied film and worked on various films and documentaries from 1993 to 2000. She holds a degree in Visual Communication and has worked for many Indian and International companies like UTV, Goumond-Boreales of France and East-West Productions of Canada in Filmmaking. She was also running her production house before she decided to dedicate her time to teaching yoga. She integrates her filmmaking skills into exploring the human spirit. Maitreyi is originally from India and has trained there for many years in Classical Yoga. She studied in the Shivananda ashram in 1997 and for many years in the Ananda ashram. She was given the title of ‘Yogacharini’ (guide, life coach) in the Gurukulum of Dr. Swami Gitananda. She demystifies and simplifies spirituality and teaches ancient wisdom in the modern context. Presentation Topic: Naada Yoga & Jyothi Yoga Abstract: Experience the healing power of sacred sounds or Nadha Yoga. Access your inner light/illumination through the Jyothi Kriyas, which is a unique, source inspired series to re-balance and realign the system and the chakras (energy vortexes). Understand how chanting and singing bajans can purify and harmonize the system and open the heart. One of the contributors to metabolic disorders is ama ( impurities/undigested matter) in the system. Suppressed emotions and negative thinking patterns can also increase ama in the system apart from an unhealthy lifestyle. The classical yogic system, the sister science of ayurveda, has a wide range of tools to purify, though our focus will be on the above mentioned ones. These practices will clear ama and allow the spark of consciousness to glow bright in you.


Neelam Toprani, Vancouver, Canada is the Founder, CEO and President of the Company. Neelam’s own personal health issues and healing journey has led to the formation of this company, Padmashri Naturals Inc. Neelam’s faith in Ayurvedic medicine is deeply rooted in personal experience. Sewanti Ayurvedic Series is the fulfillment of her desire to share what she has learned on her healing journey. The word Sewa means service and Sewanti is service with devotion. Through her company, Neelam is committed to provide the highest-quality, authentic Ayurvedic products available. It is her desire to bring Ayurveda to the western world as well as to contribute towards the movement of Ayurveda in North America.


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Book Signing Program by the following authors: Denise Tarasuk, ND, RN, MA-Ayu, RAC

Tom Yarema. MD

Todd Caldecott. Dip. Cl. H, RH (AHG)

Note: The Program schedule is subject to change without prior notice


Program Guide  

AAPNA's 7th International Conference on "Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders" The UBC, Asian Center, Vancouver, Canada

Program Guide  

AAPNA's 7th International Conference on "Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders" The UBC, Asian Center, Vancouver, Canada