Testimonials

“Thanks for pulling together the conference this last weekend. It was a great experience. I know that things like that are an immense amount of work–much-o appreciated!”

Elizabeth M. Stites, Ohio

“I wanted to extend a thank you for a wonderful weekend at the AAPNA convention. All the presentations were very educational and the food was delicious. The weekend affirmed my commitment to Ayurveda. As a nurse, I am hoping I will able to assist in lobbying for the licensure of Ayurvedic practitioners. Ayurveda can stand alone and it can also be a wonderful complement to Western medicine.”

Suzanne, New York, USA

Dr Shekhar is an amazing individual and Ayurvedic Physician. His level of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge is inspiring. He has contributed much towards the development and expansion of the Ayurvedic Profession here in the U.S. and throughout the world. I wholeheartedly endorse him and his organization and newly created Ayurvedic University

Dr. Mark Vinick, D.C. California, USA

I 'm happy and proud to be connected through AAPNA with dedicated professionals of the "Science of Life", the finest holistic healing system and lifestyle. Born and raised in Germany, I find myself rooted in this great wisdom by my human nature. India's ancient wisdom is a treasury of humanity. Great success and Happy Birthday AAPNA !

Ursula Jacquard, Munich, Germany

I am so glad to be becoming a part of this association. Thank you.

Kathy Kimmel, Lodi, California, USA

I love your excitement that you share, Dr. Shekhar. There is nothing more infectious than to feel someone else's enthusiasm...

Corie White, Prescott, Arizona, USA

Dear Dr Shekar Annambhotla, Thank you for your comment on my face book posting of the recent speech I delivered at the Houses of Parliament, UK. I am aware of your work in the US and the wonderful cross-pollination of Ayurveda and Yoga you have been spearheading for several years now. Please accept my sincere congratulations. I very much welcome your support to create a deserved place for Ayurveda and Yoga in the world and please also feel free to count upon me should you like my involvement in your activities. Fortunately, I have had the best of Ayurvedic training, vedic upbringing combined with my research experience as a public health specialist from New Zealand. Now that I have moved to the UK and still very much involved in the world's largest study on women's health from Australia, I am able to connect with several influential people who are keen on promoting Ayurveda and Yoga. I truly believe that redefining Ayurvedic training to reflect its holistic model, training ayurvedic practitioners to deliver Ayurveda authentically and making it culturally relevant, building research capacity for Ayurveda and political engagement are the four key aspects we all need to be putting our energies into. I am grateful for having extensive experience in all these four areas and I am sure we can join forces to create a meaningful exchange between the UK and the US (of course, we can include Australia and NZ too). Thank you once again for your supportive words and I look forward to keeping our communication going. Hopefully, we will meet sooner than later. Kind Regards and Namaste,

Thank you Dr Shekhar Annambhotla for inviting me to be an advisor. It's a pleasure to join a prospective thinking organisation with a grand vision to create a worthwhile platform globally for Ayurveda and Yoga.

Dr.Vijayendra Murthy B.Nat (NZ), M.Surgery (Ayu), B. Ayu Med & Surgery (IN), MPH (NZ), London, United Kingdom

"Thank you so much for this amazing weekend, full of Ayurveda, Yoga & Spiritual wisdom. I had never experienced something like this. The venue was just perfect and I meet some lovely people. You have been an amazing host. Thanks for the warm welcome and your smiling face throughout the event".

Linda Gobindoss, BSc (Hon), MSc (Hon) Ayurveda
Guadeloupe, The French West Indies

Enlightened, invigorating, spiritual and educational conference this year hosted at the Art of Living. Congratulations to Dr. Shekhar and his support team for a job well done. I really enjoyed listening to all the speakers and enjoyed the opportunity to be a presenter on this auspicious occasion. Thank you for receiving me so graciously!

Juanita Manis, ERYT, Rome, Georgia, USA

Ayurveda will make a major breakthrough in the 21st century. The 2014 Boone conference has provided the platform to achieve high goals. Though I am part of the organizing committee, I am being unbiased to state that AAPNA and its mission will flourish from this day onward.
1. You have chosen the right venue
2. You have invited the right people and 3. AAPNA has put its soul in organizing it.. It is a pleasure to have my full support for future events for building Ancient Medical Science and Technology"
Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA

Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

The conference was wonderful and beautifully organized in the presence so many great souls. All of us will join hands to spread the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda.We look forward to more conferences to this noble cause. Wellness will soon take over illness as the "I" gets replaced by "We".

Dr.Pria Balamurugen, BAMS, M.Sc(Psy), DNYS, New Jersey, USA

The conference was truly amazing, the venue was heavenly and food and other arrangements blissful. You are truly doing a great service to the ayurvedic community with your organizational skills

Dr. Rammohan Rao, Ph.D., California, USA

I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for the last weekend. everything was perfect and it was life changing. I just wanted you to know that I am very appreciative for everything you do. I felt accepted by everyone and made some lifelong friends along with learning more than any book could ever teach. thank you again and again. I will see you soon I am sure. One request for Boone next year if you will....make it longer!! This was the first conference I have been to where I didn't want it to end. With the utmost respect and thankfulness.

David Jameson, Michigan, USA

I also met several wonderful and positive thinking people who are interested in Ayurvedic and Indian culture and also a large gathering of Indians in US at once place

Satya Dikshita Dutt Bulusu, North Carolina, USA

Congrats on putting together another wonderful conference. Good Venue, Good food & Good People. It felt like a college gathering or Re Union. We greatly appreciate the hard work and good intentions. All The Best

Drs. Suhas Kshirsagar & Manisha Kshirsagar, California, USA

Namaste. I had a wonderful time at the conference which was which had so much vital information about health and healing through Ayurveda and yoga. I am now ready to embark on training to become an Ayurvedic practitioner as a result of the conference. Thank You

Anita Carter, South Carolina, USA

Thank you for such a wonderful conference and I was so happy to see your beaming face in Guruji's courtee. My class went well and I am very grateful for your accepting me and such an honor to be with so many great doctors. Met so many wonderful people! Guruji invited me to India for Navaratri and to take part in the Gayatri Mantra initiation in the fall and I am very happy. I got to spend 3 hours with him yesterday. Still bliss out grateful. All because of you! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you

Barry Rosen, Iowa, USA

Thank you sincerely for the important work you are doing, and for assembling such an amazing group of brilliant speakers who have so much love and knowledge to share about the Vedic sciences

Lisa Mitchell, North Carolina, USA

Thanks again for a wonderful conference this past weekend. The amount of details that go into coordinating an event like that are mind boggling, and you did a great job leading a successful event

Shala Worsley, North Carolina, USA

Hats off to Dr. Shekhar and AAPNA Board for another very successful conference ! The serene mountain Ashram venue was perfect for this Ayurveda & Yoga conference. The presentations were an ideal integration of authentic traditional wisdom of Vaidyas and Yogis along with scientific data from MD physicians and university researchers from various countries of the world. The well-managed schedules, appropriate breaks and the Sattvic delicious food made this both learning and an enjoyable weekend. Most-of-all, it was a warm family get-together of Vedic scholars, healers, teachers, physicians, students, vendors and enthusiasts who returned with tremendous inspiration to take their passion to a deeper level. AAPNA & Ayurveda have conquered new soaring heights !!!”

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, Founder-Director, YogaAyurveda.org Clinic & Academy, California, USA

Thank you very much for putting together such a wonderful conference. It was truly an incredible experience for me and I came home even more committed to my Ayurvedic studies. I made some great connections and learned so much. I feel as though I found a home in the Ayurvedic community. Everyone I met was so helpful and knowledgeable

Chaitali Patel, Georgia, USA

The AAPNA conference in Boone was a wonderful experience! I was very impressed and uplifted by the presentations of so many Ayurvedic experts, and even learned a lot from the exhibitors. It was also really great to meet others who are devoted to Ayurveda. The location at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone was fantastic, especially with the participation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Thank you for all of your hard work in putting these conferences together. I was delighted to see all of AAPNA's positive achievements I will definitely be attending more AAPNA conferences”! Namaste

Dr. Tom Mitchell, D.C., North Carolina, USA

The 11th annual AAPNA Yoga and Ayurveda conference, recently held at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina, was a confluence of great minds and hearts, and dedicated to awakening of awareness to the immense benefits of these two great integrated sciences of healing and Self Knowledge. Inspiration, experience and knowledge of the highest order was freely shared to bring health and happiness to humankind. I was honored to be a part of this event. Much gratitude to Dr Shekhar and the many dedicated people who brought this event together, and to the great speakers, such as Dr David Frawley, Yogini Shambhavi, Amrit Desai and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who shared their light and wisdom. Hari OM

Neva Ingalls, Director of Inner Domain Yoga and Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor and Yoga Therapist, Washington DC, USA

The AAPNA conference in Boone, North Carolina on Yoga and Ayurveda was a meeting ground of great ideas and learning opportunities. The conference was well structured and managed. It offered a great opportunity to interact with exponents of Ayurveda and Yoga fraternity, eminent speakers and delegates. Congratulations for organizing this great event

Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur, Founder ,Vedika Global Inc. & President, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), California, USA

Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event wherein I was able to share my research and educational perspective with a very knowledgeable audience. I met a lot of wonderful people whom gave me valuable feedback about my work. And a few days after the conclusion of the conference, I have already connected with various colleagues to explore the possibility of collaborating. My objective of finding people whom I can partner with was reached, leading to even more possibilities to cultivating a greater social resilience.”

Carlo Monsanto, M.S. R.A.P.C. - Miami, Florida, USA

We have been participating in AAPNA conferences since its first one in Allentown PA in 2009. It was great to see existing friends and make new ones in the Boone conference. The venue was beautiful, the speakers were fabulous and the food was great. We are glad to support this effort of spreading Ayurveda in America

Sandeep Agarwal, Owner, Pure Indian Foods Corporation, New Jersey, USA

Thank you for organizing a wonderful event at a serene atmosphere of the retreat center. It was a good meeting point for the Yoga gurus, seekers and Ayurveda experts. This will augur well for spreading ancient science and wisdom and also as a platform for different yoga schools to appreciate each others work and be inclusive in the development of ancient science and medical technology

Vikram Renganathan, North Carolina, USA

It was a great blessing for me to have attended the Ayurveda Conference and received such as wonderful knowledge from all the amazing speakers. The chosen venue to present the conference is nothing else than a step closer to heaven, what a beautiful and blissful piece of heaven here on earth. Food was just delicious and perfectly prepared to leave me light, satisfied and full of energy to concentrate on the classes. I feel very appreciative for every single detail of hard work you and the AAPNA board put in to the conference to make it very successful. I am so much more encouraged and committed to continue learning the beautiful and wise knowledge of Ayurveda & Yoga and continue with my work of spreading the word of this amazing Science of love & longevity.

Toya Afont, Ayurvedic Esthetician, Orlando, Florida, USA

You have done a great job in creating AAPNA. It's a great platform to know about other professionals working in the field of ayurveda and all the other spiritual sciences which the world has forgotten about. I just joined today, and I talked to Dr. Shekhar and got an opportunity to give a teleconference presentation in the coming month and get to know other people working in the field of ayurveda. I am really happy to be a part of the AAPNA family.

Dr. Ankita Singh, BAMS

The AAPNA team of experts led by Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla is a learned and loving group of individuals and Vedic scholars dedicated to ayurveda's classical teachings and the preservation of its traditional methodology in North America. I am pleased to enjoin spirit with AAPNA's vision and purpose in this motherly path of taking a responsible place in humanity in service to all by utilizing ancient wisdom, fostering integration and respectful interface with existing paradigms for health, healing and joyful living.

Mother Maya
Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Ltd., USA

The AAPNA 2011 Annual Conference on Women's Health was a great platform for ayurveda professionals. The conference was very well organized. There were several papers presented by international speakers covering various topics in depth. Personally, it was a great honor to receive the "Charak Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching". It required a tremendous amount of work and organizing to make a conference of this level successful. The AAPNA team under Dr. Shekhar's leadership did a commendable job in making the experience smooth throughout the conference. Thank you for making alliance with Canadian Ayurveda Medical Association (CAMA). I look forward to work with you in promoting of ayurveda in North America. Wish you and AAPNA a great future.

Dr. Hemant Gupta, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), DNM
Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute, Ottawa, Canada

It was quite an honor to share the stage with and speak after Amrit Desai Monday afternoon at the post conference. His presentation was very impressive especially his demonstration of Kalpabhati Breathing and Pratyahara. For my part, I felt the warmness and open mindedness of the audience and was able to present on the topic of NANO Yoga with ease and fluidity. The attendees were very gracious in their acceptance and had a few questions for me after the presentation. The post conference was delivered seamlessly, being very well organized. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

Doug Hayward
State Park, PA, USA

Dear AAPNA Family, This was my first time attending the AAPNA conference, and I must say it was worth traveling from Houston to Boston to attend the conference. The best thing I liked about the organization was the punctuality and the time management throughout the weekend. It was nice to see a common platform for all ayurveda practitioners and students gathering to learn from the speakers as well as from fellow participants. Thank you AAPNA for taking the initiative and helping ayurveda grow in a holistic way.

Sunita Tarkunde, BAMS, RN
Austin, TX, USA

It was a good gathering of scholars in ayurveda. Your efforts are great. Congratulations for organizing such a great conference in Boston, MA, USA. It was nice meeting you and your colleagues. Dr. Shekhar, there are no words to describe your work. You are a gem of person; it was simply great to meet you. You are enriching the name and fame of ayurveda in USA. Tathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation is always with AAPNA, for all future constructive activities”.

Professor. Dr. Vijay Jadhav, MD (Ayurveda)
President, Tathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation, Pune, India

Thank you so much for your leadership in organizing our ayurvedic community and hosting a wonderful conference. Everyday Ayurveda was a bronze sponsor this year and we made a lot of great contacts with practitioners whom we can support with their businesses and prospective partner schools that we can work with to help increase their enrollment and help their students get the business support they need to succeed in their practices once they graduate. We look forward to sponsoring and attending next year’s conference in Los Angeles, CA!

Jacob Griscom
Ayurveda Business Coach, Everyday Ayurveda – President, CA, USA

AAPNA's 3rd international conference on women's health was an excellent conference with various outstanding presenters from throughout the world. It was very academic, covered a wide range of interesting topics and was exceptionally organized. Being a part of the conference every year, it is amazing and thrilling to see the exponential growth and success each year. I feel privileged to be a part of the AAPNA family. Its uniqueness in incorporating other holistic modalities is laudable. Looking forward to next year’s conference.

Dr. Richaritha Gundlapalli, MD
Oak Park, IL, USA

We had a wonderful ayurveda conference in Boston! It was a great pleasure and honor for me to present a paper and learn a lot from so many experts and scholars in ayurveda. My hearty congratulations to you for all your efforts in making it such an amazing event. More than a conference, it was a family meeting of ayurveda students, practitioners and all those who believe in this science. I take this opportunity to thank AAPNA for recognizing Kerala Ayurveda for its efforts in bringing education on authentic ayurveda in the US.

Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS
Academic Director, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Seattle, WA, USA

Thank you for bringing so many amazing people together for the AAPNA conference! This was quite an accomplishment and such a wonderful turn out! I am so grateful for people like you who are passionate about sharing the beauty and wisdom of ayurveda with the entire world! I was honored to be part of it.

Karyn Chabot, LMT
Sacred Stone, RI, USA

It was my great pleasure to witness such a wonderful conference. Excellent representation from more than 10 countries truly demonstrated the growing importance of ayurveda globally through AAPNA. This year, for the first time, we had two new additions to the program at the conference: panel discussions with experts and experiential workshops. Both these new additions were very successful and well received by the audience. All speakers and presenters were incredibly experienced in their respective topics and delivered the subject covering the depth and clarity right on the mark. The credit for this success goes to our President – Dr.Shekhar. I would specially like to thank him for providing the vision, direction, trust and empowerment and truly making this conference successful. At the same time, my sincere thanks goes to each member of my conference committee team for all their marathon efforts, fantastic collaboration, stupendous team work and demonstrated synergy which attributed towards making this conference a huge success. I eagerly look forward to our next conference in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr. Ashlesha Raut, MD (Ayurveda)
IL, USA

I would like to salute AAPNA for organizing such an amazing conference on Ayurveda in United States. Although my primary objective for attending this conference was to collect data for my survey study, it also refreshed my ayurvedic concepts and gave me a chance to meet great personalities in the field of ayurveda. I would like to thank all the participants for their participation in my survey study. I would also like to thank AAPNA for considering me as a member of the panel of experts and for appreciating my research work by Aryabhatta Award. AAPNA is doing a great job by creating such a wonderful platform for ayurvedic practitioners, scholars, and researchers from all over the world. I wish ayurveda and AAPNA grow by leaps and bounds.

Bhupinder Brar, BAMS, MS
Jr. Research Scientist, New York State University, New York, USA

The AAPNA conference was a nice mix of useful ayurvedic technology, spiritual knowledge and science with speakers from diverse backgrounds. A practical delight.

Jay Glaser, MD.
Author of

What a memorable conference! I was both privileged and honored to be part of AAPNA's third international conference. Privileged because I got the opportunity to meet and network with my ayurvedic brethren and colleagues from all over the world, and also spend time with some stalwarts in the field of ayurveda. And honored because I felt we made important progress with this one event towards globalization of ayurveda, and I felt it was an honor to be part of this step forward. I would like to thank Dr. Shekhar for his stellar vision and perseverance, which of course is known to all who know him. But I also wish to acknowledge and thank all the dedicated AAPNA members who worked behind the scenes to ensure that everything was conducted in a smooth and effortless manner. I am looking forward to meeting most of you, if not all, in the LA conference and take ayurveda not one step, but many steps forward. Jai Ayurved and God bless AAPNA!!

Pratibha Shah, MPH, MD (Ayurveda)
Winchester, MA, USA

Thank you for your extraordinary planning and implementation of the 2011 AAPNA Conference, and for providing all of us who attended a wonderful and gratifying experience. I found the panel of presenters to be highly qualified and informative. I also found the format in the conference room for the presenters to speak daily comfortable and organized. This was refreshing rather than having to make choices on which speaker to attend. Thank you for your most beautiful plaque given to AKASHA. I am sorry I was not present to receive it. It has been an honor to support AAPNA, and I look forward to contributing in the future to the growth of AAPNA

Gauri Trainor
Founder, Akasha – The Space to Heal, NJ, USA

I have been in the ayurvedic industry now for 3 ½ years mostly on the academic side, along with products and services. In that 3 ½ years I have not had the fortune until now to be present with so many dedicated professionals of the ayurvedic community in the US. The conference itself was worthy of the participants' time in its professionally managed and run schedule, not to mention the speakers and the content they shared with everyone. The participants were all engaged throughout the conference and all of its presentations. The exchanges, personal and professional, were warm and sincere both in and out of the conference. Personally for myself, I was impressed and totally grateful for the opportunity to be present and add to the positive environment which was the constant energy of the whole conference. It was a much more cohesive group that valued a good discussion, respect for all points of views and a true love and respect for ayurveda. In my opinion, it is a most memorable event which encourages my attendance at future AAPNA conferences and inspires me to let others know about AAPNA. Lastly, your energy and making everyone feel at home, along with your personal interactions, really was a gift and also is a rarity. I am again truly grateful to have met Dr. Shekhar and gotten to know better the Ayurvedic community. Namaste.

Michael Kuntz
Business Development, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Seattle, WA, USA

I thoroughly enjoyed AAPNA’s conference. Congratulations to Dr. Shekhar and board members for organizing such a gathering of ayurvedic specialists and enthusiasts. For myself, I learned a lot and was able to deepen my understanding of ayurveda. We need such meetings to come together so we can impart and share our knowledge with others in the field. Thank you for your vision and execution of that vision.

Vijay Jain, MD
Medical Director, Amrit Yoga Institute, FL, USA

AAPNA's 3rd annual conference was an excellent overview of many interesting ayurvedic topics presented by world class experts of ayurveda. As a practicing integrative medicine physician, I was introduced to many useful therapies and also met a great many like-minded practitioners who share a similar vision to create the highest quality integrative healthcare for ourselves and patients. I am very proud to be associated with AAPNA and look forward to the next annual conference in Los Angeles, CA where I plan to present on the topic of Ayurvedic Weight Loss.

Ajay N. Kiri, MD
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Pure Indian Foods has been a proud supporter of AAPNA for the past 3 years. These conferences have been very productive for us, allowing us to reach out to many ayurveda professionals in North America and also from many other countries. The sessions are very educational and the speakers are experts in their fields. We look forward to meeting you in LA in 2012.

Sandeep Agarwal
Founder & President, Pure Indian Foods, NJ, USA

What an amazing conference! Out of all the conferences I have attended, this one stands out the most in my heart. The knowledge and expertise of the speakers, the passion of all the AAPNA organizers, especially Dr. Shekhar, and the consciousness of everyone present there makes me believe that ayurvedic medicine will become mainstream in the USA just like it has been in India for thousands of years. I feel fortunate to be a part of it and can't wait to see what the future will bring.

Meena Puri
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Milford, MI, USA

Congratulations to Dr. Shekhar and all AAPNA members for organizing a wonderful conference. It was a great success and I am very happy that the AAPNA family is growing every year. It was my great honor to receive the ''Panini Award". I greatly enjoyed all the presentations.'

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar BAMS
Aptos, CA, USA

Thank you so very much for organizing the wonderful AAPNA conference on women’s health in Boston! It was delightful for us to meet so many ayurveda professionals and see the spreading of this precious knowledge of ayurveda in the United States. The entire conference went very smoothly for us because you organized everything so well, and we are looking forward to participating in next year’s conference in Los Angeles, CA. Wishing you and AAPNA abundant success!

Lothar Pirc
President of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Lancaster, MA, USA

AAPNA's 2011 Conference was a grand success, It was a great educational experience for everyone who attended. All the participants are highly knowledgeable and transparent with their views, and I feel that AAPNA can grow as an international university for ayurveda. I have attended many conferences before, but this year's conference in Boston was exceptional, and I wish Dr. Shekhar and his team a great time in the future too.

Suresh Swarnapuri, MD (Ayurveda)
Ireland, Croatia

Dr. Shekhar’s amazing tri-doshic quality has shown through once again . . . to plan things out, bring them to life and hold each of us amazed for a 3rd wonderful time in the conference”.

Nancy A. Smith
Ayurveda Practitioner Ringwood, NJ, USA

To begin with , please accept my heartiest congratulations on successfully organizing the AAPNA 2011 International Conference in Boston. The efforts, dedication & enthusiasm were commendable. I could feel your touch/presence at every event. Your continuous communications & follow up made our visit to Boston a sweet memory. Please communicate my feelings to all your colleagues & organizing committee of AAPNA. The Award ceremony proved to be bliss for all. The mere presence of such divine souls blesses the work you have undertaken”.

Vinod Marathe, MD
Pune, India

The Boston conference was a wonderful experience. The room was filled with such light; I was honored to be included in such a gathering. Dr. Shekhar's organizational skills were reflected all three days with wonderful presenters and an adherence to time structure, all of which he accomplished with joy and humor. Thank you to all who were there

Susan Niedzielski
Ayurvedic Practitioner, MI, USA

What a wonderful Ayurvedic Conference on Women's Health! I benefited both professionally and personally from attending! Deep gratitude to Dr. Shekhar and the AAPNA Board for their vision in bringing together so many people with so much knowledge and experience. Bravo!

Christine Maria Gross
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Canada

Thank you so much for organizing this amazing conference and inviting all the great speakers. It was like a specialized internship with so many masters and gurus. I am so thankful that I was able to attend the Boston Conference last week-end. Every second of this conference was educating and fulfilling. All the presenters were great teachers, speakers, doctors, or researchers. They gave deeper views of the healing power of ayurveda science in different women's disorders, from puberty to the menopause, and they opened up the beautiful view of conception, fetus, pregnancy, and giving birth. This conference was a success. I am looking forward to the conference next year in Los Angeles, CA.

Fariba Zandpour
AAPNA Associate Professional Member, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Irvine, CA, USA

I want to appreciate your herculean effort to uplift ayurveda, the great gift of our mother India. AAPNA is a great platform for all the ayurvedic doctors to connect, share, and grow very effectively.

Manjula Paul, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)
New York, USA

Thank you for inviting me for your convention. It was my privilege to be a guest of honor. I appreciate the honor of the Chanakya Award you and the committee bestowed on me. Look forward to working with all of you during the year”.

Sunita Kanumury MD
President, AAPI, USA

The conference was outstanding, and I believe everyone felt the same. You did an extraordinary job. Well done. You are the Heart and Soul of AAPNA”.

Liliana Galvis
Montreal, Canada

I would like to take the opportunity to say that AAPNA Conference 2011 was very successful and well planned. It is a result of all your hard work. The presentations were great, and the idea of the panel discussion was wonderful to get a break from watching slides. Speakers were most knowledgeable. It was a most enjoyable and educational conference. You all did a great job in making this conference event successful and global.

Jaya Daptardar, BAMS, MPA
Connecticut, USA

I would like to thank you so very much for putting together a wonderful and memorable conference weekend. I enjoyed myself very much and learned enough to become very interested in Ayurveda! BeeZee's will definitely participate in next year's conference - this time with a much greater awareness and a wonderful product offering.

Maggie Copeland
Pennsylvania, USA

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the conference and how productive it was and how well organized. Thank you for doing an outstanding job.

Paul Dugliss, MD, Santa Monica, California, USA

What a wonderful and high level conference! I was really impressed with the quality of the speakers and the breadth and depth of material presented. I learned some new things and had my horizons broadened regarding the potential healing powers of Ayurveda. All in all, I enjoyed it very much, felt privileged to attend and to speak, and wish to acknowledge and commend you for the fabulous job you did to put this all together. You are not only a man of vision, but one of accomplishment.

Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
Maharishi Ayurveda Expert, Iowa, USA

There is a definitive and firm need of an organization of ayurvedic professionals in the US to be a part of the international movement to provide statutory status for ayurveda. There are many organizations which work in India and abroad as broad based organizations. AAPNA provides a legal platform for ayurvedic professionals in the US to have their voices heard and later can become a strong force in the global scenario for the promotion of ayurveda. It has its strong roots in India, too. I am very pleased to see the progress of AAPNA, and I am sure that the day is not far away that it will be the leader in the global promotion of ayurveda."

Dr. Sanjay Chhajed, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda
Principal, Ayurvedic Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

AAPNA embodies the true spirit of the ever evolving contemporary integrative ayurveda. Our goals should be to offer the best possible healthcare to our patients and clients with minimal risks & maximum benefits for their well-being and general health. The mission of AAPNA to bring together health practitioners who recognize the ancient, harmonious medical science of ayurveda in order to discuss and research these therapies is being realized by its weekly teleconferences and annual scientific meetings. Personally, I have learned a great deal from the world renowned medical expert members of AAPNA and look forward to sharing my expertise with AAPNA in the years to come. I encourage all who are interested in enhancing their health & learning ayurveda to participate in AAPNA's many activities. Furthermore, AAPNA's founding president, Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, has a tremendous passion for teaching & sharing the wisdom of ayurveda. Thanks to his encouragement, I have become much more involved with teaching medical, nutrition and fitness topics to the public.

Ajay N Kiri, MD
Family Medicine Physician, Sports Medicine, Weight Loss Expert. New York, NY, USA

Santhigram is a multi-national ayurvedic company in the mission of spreading authentic Kerala-specific ayurvedic and panchkarma therapies worldwide, having already established a number of ayurvedic centers in India, UK and USA as of now. In the US it has already established centers in New York, New Jersey and Texas, and in our mission to spread our wings to various states, we have been closely associated with AAPNA for the past 4 years of our existence in the US. I am proud to say that we were greatly benefitted by our association with AAPNA. We fully subscribe to the mission of AAPNA and will be supporting its efforts to create standards in ayurvedic training and practice in the US, for creating awareness about the benefits of the ayurvedic system of medicine, and also for obtaining recognition for ayurveda as an alternative medical system at the state and national levels . I am very confident that AAPNA will grow to greater heights in the coming years with the dedicated efforts of its Founder and President, Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, and AAPNA's board, and will largely benefit the ayurvedic fraternity in the US who are eagerly awaiting recognition of ayurveda as an alternative medical system which will pave the way for the US people to embrace ayurveda as they have yoga.

Dr. Gopinathan Nair
Chairman & Managing Director – Santhigram Kerala Ayurveda Ltd., New Delhi and President Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Co. of US Inc. USA

AAPNA is a wonderful organization to belong to! They have ongoing educational teleconference calls, an interactive website, and yearly conferences, all of which offer many opportunities to grow and expand professionally.

Christine Maria Gross, CAHP, RRPr
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Author, Director Portal Wisdom Healing Arts, Canada

AAPNA provides a tremendous platform for awareness and promotion of a time tested healing science - ayurveda. It lends ayurveda a voice - a voice that can cement ayurveda's role in a holistic and integrative health solution in the West. Our ayurvedic spa - Spa Dhara - is focused on delivering holistic health and wellness to the community and AAPNA serves as a beacon to our ayurvedic professionals and practitioners. AAPNA continues to bring value in so many forms - education, promotion, social networking, research, best practices…and the list goes on. We salute Dr. Shekhar for leading the evolution and transforming the ayurvedic landscape in the West.

Dr. Aradhana Rotkar, BAMS
Spa Dhara, Fremont, CA

AAPNA is a blessing for ayurvedic doctors who have come to the US leaving ayurvedic practice back home, just like me. Now, because of AAPNA, I am back in the ayurvedic field. It's through AAPNA that we are connected to the ayurvedic community all over the US. I appreciate Dr. Shekhar's hard work to grow AAPNA and make it successful.

Dr. Munira Merchant, BSAM
Ayurvedic Consultant and Esthetician, New York, USA

We are deeply encouraged to see classical ayurveda’s gurukula tradition of education with its culture of sadhana, seva and sangha honored by AAPNA, along with our humble pioneering effort to have this living tradition take root in the US. Our mission to ignite a community healing and wellness movement with classical ayurveda is fortified by AAPNA’s recognition and encouragement. May AAPNA’s mission continue to flourish for the benefit of all.

Hema Patankar
Adhyaksha (President), Vedika Global, Inc. CA, USA

I am very proud and honored to be associated with AAPNA. It is a great resource for the worldwide ayurvedic community. It gives me great pleasure to see the ancient wisdom of Ayur-Ved being embraced in our modern society. Through its communication of knowledge and research performed, AAPNA is helping to spread this knowledge to benefit everyone throughout the world. Ayurveda needs a powerful global community in order to expand and make it accessible to many world citizens, and AAPNA provides strong leadership in forming this community.

Deepak Bakshi
B. Arch (India), M. Arch (London), M Sc. Environmental building design (UK), President, Vastu Green Building Studio, IA, USA

I personally feel privileged to be part of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), which is working for propagation of Ayurveda in North America and internationally. Though it started as a small organization, its tireless efforts stood the organization at the top of the list in a short time. It is a great platform for ayurvedic professionals and integrative health care practitioners across the globe. The enthusiasm, dedication, knowledge and service motto of Dr. Shekhar are really appreciable.

Dr. Sathya N. Dornala, B.A.M.S., M.D
(Ayurveda- Gold medalist), M.S (Psychotherapy & Counseling), Ph. D (Panchakarma), Senior Ayurvedic Specialist, India

I feel honored to be a part of AAPNA -- an organization that is dedicated to propagating classical ayurveda globally and building bridges amongst all those who have a deep love and dedication for the science. I especially benefit from the monthly conference calls, which give all members a chance to keep up to date with current trends in the field. I am happy to be associated with AAPNA and look forward to attending its annual conference.

Dr. (Vaidya) Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS, DYT, RYT
Ayurvedic expert and Yoga therapist, Founder of Svastha Holistic Healthcare in Yorktown, NY, USA

I feel proud and honored to be an International Vaidya Member of AAPNA. Dr Shekhar and his team doing wonderful work in U.S. It is indeed a good organization and their interaction with people all around the globe will help every ayurveda person to raise his head high. As today everyone is happy to be a part of ayurveda, AAPNA has a mission to interact with likeminded people around the world. I wish the best for Dr. Shekhar and his team in all future events.

Prof. Dr. Anjali Vijay Jadhav
College of Ayurveda & Secretary, Tathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation, Pune, India

I would like to congratulate AAPNA for its tireless efforts to raise awareness about Ayurveda in the USA. At the same time, it is great to see at last an organization working to streamline standards of practicing and teaching ayurveda in the West, and especially in the U.S. This is the best way for ayurveda to be recognized and understood among other modalities and the public. I am hopeful all those associated with ayurveda in any capacity will come forward and support AAPNA so that it can work for the well being of true ayurveda wholeheartedly and strongly. I wish them good luck with my whole hearted support.

Dr. S. Ajit, CEO, ICAM (Inc)
International council of Ayurvedic Medicine, New Zealand

I am very pleased to see that ayurveda is gaining fame all over the world and various US based organizations are actively making their efforts to flourish ayurveda. Although there are many organizations of complementary and alternative medicine in the US, AAPNA is the sole organization that is primarily focused on ayurveda. AAPNA is creating a large platform at a global level for the ayurvedic community by organizing conferences and seminars on ayurveda. I wish ayurveda should keep growing at this pace, and likewise various ayurvedic organizations, especially AAPNA.

Dr. Swaranjit K. Brar, B.A.M.S

I am honored to be affiliated with AAPNA. In such a short period of time, this association has shown a determined and decisive spirit of accomplishment. Today, we are living in a world that is parting from nature and simplicity. Due to this, the ancient wisdom of ayurveda is needed everywhere, by everyone, at all times. As an ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor I congratulate Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla for reaching people globally and spreading the knowledge of ayurvedic medicine. You have been an inspiration to all!

Silvia M Garcia, Associate in Vedic Studies Ayurveda
Senior Certified Yoga Instructor, Boca Raton, Florida USA

AAPNA is our APNA GHAR (Own Home) for all of us who are connected with the science of life, ayurveda. It is the home of all such knowledge which can protect mankind from all problems regarding the health. Swathasya Swatya Rakshana means to maintain the equilibrium of bodily functions, to have the status of health and, thereby to enhance the longevity of life. That is the aim of this eternal science, as is the remediation of the various ailments that human beings face. AAPNA is the source of the spring of ayurveda in North America and is sprinkling the nectar of ayurveda on those who are in search of holistic health solutions.

Dr. Sirpurkar Dattatraya Rao M.D.
Ayurveda, Ph.D-Ayurveda, Pune University, India

I am very happy to be a part of AAPNA and would like to congratulate all the people engaged in this positive work. As ayurveda gains popularity globally, it is important that we ayurvedic professionals maintain the highest standards in our practice, products and teaching. I am glad AAPNA has taken the responsibility to spearhead efforts at standardization. It is a great platform for ayurvedic professionals for sharing their knowledge and discussing problems. It is important for the growth of ayurveda. Keep up the good work. Jai Dhanwantari.

Dr. Pratap Chauhan, Ayurvedacharya, BAMS
Director, JIVA Ayurveda (INDIA)

It is our duty (dharma) to make this most comprehensive natural health care system available for the health and longevity of the entire mankind. A professional organization like AAPNA with a global outlook can play a key role in ensuring high standards of education and delivery of ayurveda across the globe. I am proud and honored to be a part of AAPNA. Let us join together under this umbrella for the recognition and growth of ayurveda as a mainstream health care system. I congratulate Dr. Shekhar for all his efforts in bringing AAPNA to this level. We are in this together.

Dr. Jayarajan, BAMS
Academy Director, Kerala Ayurveda (USA)

AAPNA -- the name itself gives a feeling of belonging. It imparts a great sense of our own sangha shakti, and I feel empowered to be associated with this organization. All the best to a great team for globalization of ayurveda.

Nitin Shah, M.D.
Ayurveda, Toronto, Canada.

I am honored and proud to be associated with an organization like AAPNA. Ayurvedic doctors need AAPNA because it connects ayurvedic doctors all over the world. I sincerely commend Dr. Shekhar and the other board members for their amazing work in promoting ayurveda globally. Let us all work together in spreading the magnificent science of ayurveda.

Dr. Divya Anand, BAMS
Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, Milpitas, CA, USA

I am honored and proud to be affiliated with AAPNA, whose main purpose is to spread the knowledge of ayurveda and connect ayurvedic doctors all over the world. Unity and optimism are very important for ayurveda. Thanks to Dr. Shekhar and AAPNA for promoting ayurveda and uniting ayurvedic professionals. Always with you and AAPNA for the cause of ayurveda. Many thanks.

Dr. Kanu Patel. B.S.A.M. (India) M.I.R.H.H.P.(U.K)
President, Ayurveda and Alternative Self Help Group (U.K.); Vice President, British Ayurvedic Practitioners, U.K. (BAAAP.); Director, Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic, UK

I am glad to see that AAPNA is really doing great by promoting ayurveda in the USA as well as in other parts of the world. I work as a research scientist at New York University and am not currently practicing ayurveda in the US, but my primary research interest is ayurveda. Recently, I accomplished a research project on ayurvedic clinical trials. This accomplishment gives me immense pleasure, and I feel proud by making this small contribution towards my own profession. I congratulate AAPNA for organizing ayurvedic conferences and creating this platform to share and enhance our knowledge and skills.

Bhupinder S. Brar, BAMS, MS
Jr. Research Scientist, New York University, New York, USA

I am proud to be associated with an organization like AAPNA. In addition to supporting ayurvedic professionals by CME and other support services, AAPNA has also taken the task to open a dialogue with practitioners of integrative medicine. The future of medicine will be a global system of medicine where all systems of medicine are integrated in a seamless manner to provide the best healing opportunity for a patient. Medical practitioners need open minds to accept the best practices in each system. I would support ayurveda to form the basis of such a system. AAPNA's vision with the leadership of Dr. Shekhar and others will form a platform to standardize ayurvedic education and licensing in United States.

Vijay Jain, MD
Medical Director, Amrit Yoga Institute, Salts Spring, FL, USA

I am proud to be affiliated with AAPNA from last year. Ayurvedic doctors need an organization like AAPNA; it connects the ayurvedic community worldwide. I feel very comfortable because I have this ayurvedic organization to support us and encourage us as ayurvedic professionals.

Pundary Aryal, BAMS
New York, NY, USA

AAPNA is the RIGHT IDEA at the RIGHT TIME in the RIGHT PLACE!!! It is connecting ayurveda supporters, students and professionals in the US and abroad to share ideas, to learn, and to network professionally. It has an important role in shaping the future of ayurvedic education and practice in the US. Let us ALL whole-heartedly support AAPNA in spreading the wisdom and healing of ayurveda.

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, BAMS, MD(Ayu), ND(USA)
Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Professor, Physician, Researcher & Author, Goa, India

Since 2003, I have had whispers about AAPNA's existence. They grew louder and were confirmed when I talked with AAPNA's founder and director, Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla. From that moment onwards, I always felt that AAPNA is an association that understands vaidyas, ayurvedic professionals, students, researchers, believers, seekers and all ayurveda lovers. I believe AAPNA will be the voice of ayurvedic science and profession not only in North America, but all over the world. I am very proud to be a part of AAPNA's vision to bring that ultimate golden time to ayurveda science and its profession through a mission of establishing regulation and licensing of ayurveda in USA. Bestowing 32 awards annually, free academic conference twice a month, a network of alliances with national and international organizations, annual international conferences on ayurveda, professional liability insurance for ayurvedic practitioners, online articles and research papers, and charitable services are the golden nuggets that AAPNA offers for all AAPNA members that will serve all ayurveda professionals in their ayurvedic journey. I am very blessed, delighted, charmed and honored to be in AAPNA as a professional member, a member of the academic board, and speaker. I always like to be a fan and flame for AAPNA. If you have also had whispers about AAPNA's existence, I would say don't delay; join AAPNA today for your benefit. Cheers to AAPNA's success.

Dhanadha Kulkarni, BAMS
Director, Sohum Ayurveda Yoga Wellness Center, Sunnyvale, CA, USA

I am honored to be associated with AAPNA. I truly appreciate AAPNA’s work in promoting ayurvedic medicine globally, especially via their annual conference & bi-monthly teleconferences. These are great ways to educate those within and outside our profession. I commend Dr. Shekhar and the other board members for their magnificent work in promoting this science. AAPNA serves as an excellent support system for both practitioners and students.

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM
Assistant Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences, CA, USA

With the great mission of bringing together ayurvedic professionals in the USA and all over the world, AAPNA has set the stage for truly bringing ayurveda to mainstream healthcare. The systematic, painstaking, persistent, genuine and positive efforts put in by AAPNA are worth appreciation. I am proud to be associated with AAPNA and I wish our association all the best in all its future endeavors.

Dr. Chetali Samant, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)
Ayurveda Specialist, San Francisco, CA, USA

I am extremely satisfied with the way AAPNA is organized and approaches ayurvedic doctors (vaidyas) everywhere in the world. AAPNA is boosting the morale of all vaidyas in the whole world, especially upcoming graduates and recently graduated doctors. This organization is working with a definite agenda towards the future generation of all people interested in ayurveda. AAPNA's programs are inspiring medical faculties in the US, UK and Europe, and Asian countries. I wish AAPNA great success in achieving its goals in changing the lifestyles of people and making the world disease-free -- thanks with regards

Dr. Suresh Swarnapuri, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)
Ayurvedic Consultant to Ireland, Croatia, Ukraine – Settled in Cork City, Ireland

It is my privilege and honor to be a part of AAPNA. AAPNA, an internationally recognized organization within a short period of time, has every potential to bring recognition and acceptance of ayurveda into the mainstream. During this paradigm shift in the health care system, we need organizations like AAPNA to build the future of medicine. AAPNA is spreading its wings globally, affiliating with other holistic practitioners, organizations acknowledging all other modalities. As the CFO of AshaJyothi USA, a non-profit organization supporting children in need, I am honored to collaborate with AAPNA. I appreciate AAPNA for conducting a one-day integrative medical camp for special needs children in India.

Richaritha Gundlapalli, MD, FAAP, CFO, Asha Jyothi
IL, USA

I understand the concern and appreciate the plan regarding registration and regulations for practicing ayurveda in North America. It is very essential to regulate ayurvedic practices by issuing licenses to practice for eligible candidates. This may be further regulated periodically through knowledge updating. Practicing any medical system deals with the intervention with human subjects and hence, besides theory, practical training is most essential. Individuals with a non-ayurvedic / non-medical background interested in ayurveda may still play a great role in community education and research in ayurveda. I compliment AAPNA's efforts in this endeavor

Dr. Ashwinikumar Anand Raut, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)
Director, Clinical Research & Integrative Medicine, Medical Research Centre – Kasturba Health Society, Mumbai, India

The mission of AAPNA to serve the ayurvedic and yogic communities globally is truly visionary for all of us who are on the path of the knowledge of life and delving into the nature of the true Self. AAPNA addresses the universal state of consciousness emerging globally in that we are our brothers' keepers. How wonderful to see the idealism manifesting into reality. I am truly honored and privileged to be a part of the dream of Dr. Shekhar and AAPNA. May we continue to practice living in harmony with nature, the universe, and the Divine. May we continue to be the torch for the great mother of holistic health ~ Ayurveda. Swastha

Gauri Eleanora Trainor
Founder & President, AKASHA

The ayurveda community was in need of an organization to pull together practitioners, students and supporters under one umbrella. AAPNA fulfills this need. AAPNA enables those who understand the importance of ayurveda in today’s high-pressure society to come together - either through relevant education or to offer general support. Thank you for allowing me to join a community of such talented ayurvedic professionals. . . I am truly honored.

Kristi Subramanian
New Jersey, USA

What is needed in contemporary systems of medicine today is the understanding that consciousness is primordial and that human physiology is an expression of that underlying pure intelligence. This knowledge is provided by Vedic medicine. AAPNA has as its mission preserving Vedic medicine in its purity to ensure that it will remain available to practitioners and patients as well as healthy people seeking longevity and enlightenment. AAPNA deserves, and needs, your support.

Jay Glaser, MD.
Instructor, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Author of Body Renewal: The Lost Art of Self-Repair, MA, USA

I am amazed to see an organization which is trying its best to glorify our ancient wisdom, ayurveda, and is also connecting ayurvedic professionals all over the world. Thanks to AAPNA & Dr. Shekhar for bringing all together.

Aarti Devani, B.A.M.S.
Seattle, WA, USA

I am honored and proud to be affiliated with an organization whose sole purpose is to spread the knowledge of ayurveda to humankind, in order to reconnect us with our innate healing powers, with each other, and with divine Mother Earth. The time to heal ourselves and the world is NOW !! Namaste.

Liliana Galvis
Ayurvedic Practitioner, International Yoga Teacher & founder of LilyPod Yoga, Montreal, Canada

Ayurveda is already gaining popularity globally. But, as with any other profession, standardization is important in building trust and belief in ayurveda for folks in society, and to promote practice, education, and research in the field of ayurveda. AAPNA is an organization which can make it possible with the help of ayurvedic professionals around the world. Through AAPNA, we can create an awareness among the public and spread the knowledge of ayurveda to live a healthy life. I really appreciate the hard work of its members, and I wish for AAPNA to be a huge success!

Naina Sudarshan, BAMS, DNYS
Tennessee, USA

As the founder and director of a new NGO, American Hindu World Service (AHWS), I am impressed with the content and information provided by AAPNA. In practicing the principles of Hindu philosophy towards service, ayurveda has a very strong role to play in social welfare and international development. I am honored to have a partnership created between AAPNA and AHWS, and look forward to future collaborations.

Divya Selvakumar, MPH
Founder & President, American Hindu World Services, Inc. (AHWS), MD, USA

It is TIME for the world to be healed with Nature and Nurture, and I am so glad to see that the world is ready to receive and embrace this ancient art and science of healing – Ayurveda - The Science of Life! AAPNA is a group of such dedicated professionals who are bringing this revolution in the west. I am proud to support them, be a part of them, and speak for them! When I connect with AAPNA, I feel connected to my own roots! I wish all the very best to AAPNA for this commendable task that it has taken upon itself to be the messenger of God Dhanwantari! I request everyone to join this revolution and support Mother Earth by doing our part to heal selves!

Dr. Indu Arora
Director, Yogsadhna LLC, Academic Board AAPNA, International Yoga Teacher Trainer, Senior Contributor, Tathaastu Magazine, MA, USA

I am so proud to be a part of AAPNA - a growing family of ayurveda practitioners. AAPNA has been and will continue to be an amazing resource of education. I have attended the first two AAPNA conferences and several academic free conference calls. I have been with Dr. Shekhar on a trip to India where I studied and trained in advanced panchakarma therapies. My goal is to become an ayurvedic doctor (BAMS) someday, and I truly believe AAPNA and its members will provide all of my educational needs.

Nancy A. Smith, LMT
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Director, Essence of Self, Ayurveda Spa for Massage, Yoga and Health, Ringwood, NJ, USA

We are entering a new era where the human spirit consciously experiences it's essence, bringing a true rebirth to the ancient wisdom of ayurveda and its true purpose, enhancing our perception and well being, while preserving a harmonious balance between the manifested and its source. I truly believe that AAPNA is achieving this daily by transmitting ayurveda's wisdom to the awakening western mind in it's purest form, joining this wave of both spiritual and scientific revolution happening now through ayurveda. I am delighted to be part of AAPNA. Thanks for all the support.

Minister Zuluan Orion DH, BAMS, MD Ayur (India)
Founder Arch Angelical Touch and Spiritual Balance, Weston, FL, USA

Since its inception in 2003, AAPNA has played a pivotal role to encourage, enliven and enrich the spirit of Ayurveda. I am honored and proud to be associated with AAPNA and wish it great success and prosperity.

Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS. MPT
Director and Founder, Ayurbliss - Ayurveda Wellness for Mind, Body and Spiritual Health, California, USA

AAPNA has been moving forward strongly and consistently. This year's conference on women's health addresses the needs of a population who present with special needs due to childbearing, the aftermath of delivery, and the challenging job of raising a family in a world where women, to be on equal status with men, are also working stressful jobs outside the home. The gentle guidance and precepts of ayurveda will go a long way in serving women, and through women, reaching the whole family -- the conference is a very important one!

Genevieve Ryder
Consultant to the Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA

I take great pride in being a part of AAPNA. Since AAPNA's beginnings in 2003, it has grown and come to be known as one of the largest organizations to promote ayurveda in the USA. It empowers and supports ayurvedic vaidyas with educational seminars, conferences, networking and allows us to be a part of the ayurvedic community. It also acts as a platform to connect with the ayurvedic community worldwide. I agree we need professional standards to practice ayurveda, and I fully support AAPNA in making this happen.

Sujatha Reddy
BAMS, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Mental Health Counselor, Heartland Wellness, New Albany, OH, USA

Something good and inspiring is always happening through the efforts of AAPNA. Educational conference calls twice a month bring timely information to my attention and provide a platform from which to network and find out about different ayurvedic practitioners, learn new skills, approaches, and perspectives. Access to these calls on a regular basis alone is worth the cost of membership. Besides these instructive conference calls, there is the yearly conference which brings together many esteemed doctors and practitioners of ayurveda to share knowledge. There is always a relevant theme to the yearly conference that applies to the work I do as a practitioner. The newsletters and website are informative. The energy of the organization and the focus on connecting people to each other, and empowering and encouraging the practitioners of ayurveda are most notable qualities of AAPNA. I can easily see AAPNA being one of the lead, if not the leading organization, to foster growth in ayurvedic medicine in the Americas in the next several years. AAPNA has a fresh, energetic quality that continually inspires our growing ayurvedic community.

Christine Tykeson
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Lompoc, CA, USA

AAPNA’s national and international alliances with diverse groups offering several approaches to integrative and holistic healing make it a powerful organization in providing guidance and support to ayurvedic students, teachers & practitioners in the USA. It’s my privilege to be associated with AAPNA as a professional member of the Research Scientific Board.

Dr. Rammohan Rao, PhD
Novato, CA, USA

It is a privilege to be part of AAPNA, an organization that is dedicated to competency in ayurvedic practice, quality education, and the propagation of ayurveda in the US. AAPNA provides positive motivation and alliances that are always moving us towards light and knowledge. AAPNA is the organization that has been the most prominent in the push to propagate ayurveda globally. Under the capable leadership of Dr. Shekhar, the organization is now in the process of establishing a relationship with AYUSH, the Government of India’s department for scholarship activity and research. This collaboration will provide great support for ayurvedic students and practitioners in the US.

Dr. Jaya Gopal Parla, MD (Ayurveda)
Professor, American University of Complimentary Medicine (AUCM), CA, USA

AAPNA, since its inception, has carved its niche in the global map among the ayurveda community through its scientific outlook. It is heading towards its mission, bringing Indian healing tradition to its ancient glory and contributing to worldwide health concerns. The association raised visible platforms towards a universal purpose of knowledge dissemination through international seminars, workshops, and conference calls by dismantling boundaries and bringing scholars to a common plinth. It is indeed a matter of great pride to be associated with AAPNA.

Dr. Vandana Sandhir, MD (Ayurveda)
Ayurvedic Specialist, Reno, NV, USA

I have been privileged to be associated with AAPNA for a very long period of time. It has been a great journey shaping, building and innovating in this amazing organization that is so open and which fosters creativity and encourages new ideas. I have great admiration for its founder, Dr. Shekhar, who has always endeavored for equal success and opportunities for all his fellow professionals. AAPNA continues to develop and grow under his loving and competent guidance. Some great milestones have been achieved, but many more are to come. I am hopeful and confident that ayurveda and its members will flourish and establish new landmark successes in the US and all across the globe, in the very near future. I see AAPNA as the emerging international organization that will lead the movement for globalization and standardization of ayurveda worldwide. So let us all join hands, strengthen personal and professional bonds, and work and collaborate together towards the growth of AAPNA and ayurveda!

Dr. Pratibha Shah, MD (Ayurveda)
Ayurvedic expert and consultant, Boston, MA, USA

I am very impressed with the level of organization and professionalism exhibited by AAPNA. The opportunity to receive high quality continuing education through the conference calls and the high standard of teaching and presenters at the conferences are very welcomed by those of us dedicated to promoting ayurveda in the US.

Patricia Layton
Bhavana Institute for Yoga & Ayurveda, IL, USA

I am very proud to be associated with AAPNA. It has created a support system for practitioners and students. It has helped us all to network with each other, and the ayurvedic world has come together. I wish AAPNA great success.

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY & A, Esthetician
Ayurvedic Healing, California, USA

AAPNA is doing great a job to make ayurveda extraordinary. We need colleges and universities in the USA that provide an in-depth education in ayurvedic medicine by providing an internationally standardized curriculum in ayurvedic medicine, and I strongly believe AAPNA can provide a soild platform to grow ayurveda in the west. I am proud to be a part of AAPNA.

Dr. Anil Singh, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), PhD (Ayurveda)
Oklahoma, USA

AAPNA is a great support and guidance for the entire ayurvedic community. It is easily accessible through regular conference calls. AAPNA works hard for research, education and training in ayurveda. I wish for AAPNA to be successful in achieving its goals. I am very proud to be a part of AAPNA.

Dr. (Vaidya) Asavari Manvikar, BAMS
MD (Ayurveda), Minneapolis, USA

It is my honor and immense pleasure to be part of AAPNA. AAPNA is not just an organization for North American ayurvedic professionals, but it is a powerful global platform for ayurvedic doctors worldwide. AAPNA provides a very rich informative portal for Ayurvedic professionals. It also schedules informative periodic teleconferences and annual conferences to impart the latest research updates and facilitate networking and collaboration amongst professionals all over the world. AAPNA has plans for regulating and licensing ayurveda in North America. This will be a big leap for ayurveda in North America. I feel proud to be associated with AAPNA.

Dr (Vaidya) Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD (Ayuveda-India),N.C.(USA), BCIM,
Director, Main Street Yoga and Ayurveda, IL, USA

After being in full fledged Ayurvedic practice here in the US for 6 years, I am thrilled about the presence of a strong organization such as AAPNA with highly qualified ayurvedic physicians and practitioners outside of India. I applaud AAPNA and particularly Dr. Shekhar for his devotion and unconditional love in bringing ayurveda to the forefront of integrate medicine by organizing annual conferences, fortnightly educational teleconferences, and more to meet the needs of the health conscious community globally. It gives me joy to see how AAPNA is working on bringing the wisdom and knowledge of ayurveda to everyone.

Dr. Ram Tamang, BAMS, MH
Co-Founder, Healing Gardens of Ayurveda, California, USA

I am really happy to be an International Vaidya Member of AAPNA. Dr. Shekhar has a vision and a mission for his science that is ayurveda. Very few people believe that they owe a debt to the science they belong, and he has a faith in his science, which has brought this good person to this status. I really appreciate Dr. Shekhar’s work, which he is performing in the U.S.A. through AAPNA. The meaning of AAPNA in the Hindi language is "ours". That is what Dr. Shekhar is doing in the U.S.A. I personally wish him the best in the present and future. Dr. Shekhar, your work will prosper in the future, which will help to engrave the name of ayurveda as a medical science globally. I wish you a healthy life in the future to work for AYURVEDA. Always with you for the cause of Ayurveda

Professor Dr. Vijay Jadhav
Founder & President, Tathagat Ayurved Research Foundation., Pune, India.

It is my great privilege and honor to be part of an organization like AAPNA. AAPNA is doing a great job in the service of ayurveda, not only in North America, but all over the world, building bridges of knowledge across all health professionals who are interested in this ancient, beautiful science of life and its healing approaches and modalities.

Dr. Pradip Lineswala
Rochester, MN, USA

It gives me immense pleasure to see the ancient wisdom of ayurveda being embraced in modern society, communication, knowledge and research through AAPNA and its active role all around the globe. It is needed for this hour, where anything is made readily available in less time, and can be experienced by more. I wish AAPNA great success and prosperity in integrating the conventional and the ancient to promote universal good health and longevity.

Dr Venkata N. Joshi, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), PhD. (Ayurveda)
London, United Kingdom

Bob and I both loved being on your call last night. We so appreciated the honest questions and the willingness to discuss the answers. I loved your energy and enthusiasm and learned a lot too. We feel privileged to be your associates and very much want to stay in close touch with you and your wife. Thank you for a wonderfully inspiring evening panel.

Melanie and Bob Sachs
Founders, Diamond Way Ayurveda, CA, USA

AAPNA started as a discussion group of ayurvedic professionals in 2003 has now grown into an international organization uniting and integrating the ayurvedic as well as conventional health professionals, academic institutes & corporations. Today AAPNA is propagating and working toward legitimizing Ayurveda as a complete health care system. Despite the widespread acknowledgment, the US administration has not yet passed a national law concerning regulation of ayurvedic clinical practice. Consequently, there is no official regulation for the education programs and practice of ayurveda. This creates public confusion, since there is no standardization of the training of ayurvedic professionals, nor regulation of the import and sale of ayurvedic supplements. AAPNA can be and should be an important forum for this cause, and I am sure AAPNA will work hard to create an international network of excellence in research, education, training and clinical practice.

Dr. (Ayur) Mukesh D Jain,
International Clinical Director AAPNA & The Ayush Samiti, Chhattisgarh, India

I am very proud and honored to be associated with AAPNA. It is a great resource for the ayurvedic community worldwide. Its focus on ayurvedic education, practice, therapies and research is bridging the gap between east and west. AAPNA can provide guidance and support for ayurvedic students, teachers & practitioners, which will globally establish ayurveda as a true natural medicine.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, MD (Ayu. India), Director,Ayurvedic Healing, World Renowned Ayurvedic Scholar, Researcher and Educator,
California, USA

I am really happy to note that AAPNA is propagating Ayurveda in USA amongst Ayurvedic Physicians and common people in all the States of USA by organizing various conferences and spreading the message through Satellite communications. AAPNA has set up dialogue with its Global partners, that will help to spread Ayurveda Globally. I am happy to be associated with AAPNA.

Professor. Dr. Subhash Ranade, Ph. D (Ayurveda), Chairman
International Academy of Ayurveda, Poona, India

Quite a professional presentation, showing the true spirit of Ayurveda and the professional minds and forces behind this modern transition. Great job.

Dr. Zide Mooni, Founder & President
Ayurveda Miami, Florida, USA

I'm grateful that your organization is offering this wonderful information at an affordable price, particularly since I have been unable to attend any of the national conferences for nearly three years.

Kris Ambrosich
Colorado, USA

It is important that professional Ayurvedic organizations exist, with an international view, with firm connections with Ayurvedic groups in India, as well as sensitivity to the unique health needs and cultural forms existing in every country. AAPNA can function as a key global Ayurvedic organization. Its international ties, its willingness to work with a diversity of groups, its professional standards, and its dialogue with integrative medicine are of great value for such future work. Ayurveda needs a powerful Sangha or community of a global nature. AAPNA can be an important part of that manifestation. I am happy to be associated with AAPNA.

Dr. David Frawley
International Vedic Scholar, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA