What is Marma? The knowledge of Marma, the vital energy centers in the body, was explained in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Marmas are secret vital points of the body and mind, the seat for consciousness, and the energy reservoirs. Marmas are junction points of muscles, veins, ligaments, bones, and joints. The seat of Prana (vital energy) resides in the Marmas. Marmas are important key energy centers in Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. Marmas connect to various subtle nerves (Nadis) and energy wheels (Chakras) and resemble the acupressure points. The life force (Prana) situates in the Marma points. Toxins, stress and negative emotions can get blocked in the marma points for years, leading to pain, energy blockage, swelling and various kinds of illnesses. Blocked marmas are removed in Ayurveda through applying pressure, massage oils, warmth, external use of herbal and aromatic oils, and sound therapy. Marmas are key points to focus on while performing ayurvedic massage.
27 Reasons to Join in the Conference 1. Affordable Conference 2. 3-day event with one registration fee 3. One Track Conference ( you will never miss any speaker) 4. Twenty (20) PACE Credits from AAPNA 5. Twenty Three (23) speakers on various topics 6. Dhanwantari Homa (Fire) Ceremony 7. Satvic (Holy) atmosphere. Wonderful Ashram 8. Vegetarian Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 9. Affordable accommodation with meals 10. Special discounted rate for multiple participants 11. BOGO (Buy One Get One) Half Price 12. Meet with the authors of Ayurveda 13. Three (3) Morning Pooja (Arati) - Vedic Ceremonies 14. Three (3) Evening Pooja (Arati) Vedic Ceremonies 15. Three (3) Yoga Classes 16. Three (3) Breakfasts 17. Three (3) Lunches 18. Three (3) Tea and Snacks 19. Two (2) Dinners 20. Two (2) Satsanghs / Meditations 21. Special Ayurveda Practitioners Meet 22. Special BAMS Doctors (Vaidyas) Meet 23. Three (3) Panel Discussions 24. Eight (8) Book Authors Meet 25. Laughter Yoga 26. Clinical Case Presentation with patients / clients 27. Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
About the Conference
20.0 PACE (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education) Credits from AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. USA
Ayurveda & Marma Therapy / Marma Yoga
Highlights of the Conference
Priest. Pandit Ravichandran, Pennsylvania, USA - hailing from Pujya Swami Dayananda’s village of Manjakudi in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, India, Sivachariar Ravichandran comes from a traditional family of temple priests. He studied Vedas and Agama Sastras under his father Saravana Sivachariar. He has successfully completed Agama Visharatha Exam conducted by Dravida Desa Brahmana Samskrit University, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. Shivachariar Ravichandran has been with the Gurukulam since 1994 and performs temple Puja as well various Vedic rituals. He is gifted with a resonating voice for Vedic chanting. He is also adept in bringing out the beauty of Lord Daksinamurti through his alankaras for the pleasure of Lord Daksinamurti’s devotees. Pandit Ravi is available to do Puja and Vedic rituals both at the Gurukulam as well as outside. Practical Demonstration: Dhanwantari Havan (Homa) - Fire Ceremony
Pandit Neil Sahil Parmeswar, Pennsylvania, USA - Vedic Pandit, has been studying scripture for many years. He has more than 10 years experience in Vedic understanding and chanting, Traditional Yoga as revealed by the ancient sages, and meditation techniques, studying under his gurus. He has also had experience in scriptures from other faiths, including the Bible and the Quran. He performs poojas & yajnas (Vedic prayer ceremonies) and teaches mantra recitation as well as traditional yoga. Topic: Mantra Yoga: The Yoga of Vibration Abstract: Mantra Yoga is the ancient practice of healing through sound. Specific sounds, or mantras, were revealed by the saints and sages for the benefit of healing both ourselves and those around us. The sages recommend various practices for healing, including niyama (observances), prayschitta (atonement), and upavasa (fasting); the practice of mantra is unique in that it can be practiced as a complete practice by itself or in addition to / in combination with other practices. Mantra uses the vibrations of the sound to heal the mind and cleanse the subtle energy channels in the body. The Vedas contain a wealth of knowledge that can be used to heal both the inner and the outer self.
Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MD-Ayu, RAD, RDAM, ERYT-500, LMT, FAAPNA, Pennsylvania, USA - who was trained in India and has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Ayurveda is not just a system of alternative system of healing, but is actually a comprehensive and ancient science of health. It is Shekhar’s belief that due to the open nature of ayurveda and its timeless principles, it is a boon to those of us living in the modern, stressful world. Shekhar’s mission is to educate and help people live healthier lives with Ayurveda. Shekhar has the opportunity to serve at Maharishi Vedic Schools and Universities in The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Colombia (South America), Peru, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School, University of Penn Nursing School, and others. Topic: Healing the Marmas to improve health Abstract:
Nancy A Smith, BA, LMT, RAP, RYT, New Jersey, USA - Nancy Smith L.M.T. is the founder and director of Essence of Self Ayurveda Spa for Massage, Yoga and a Healthy Lifestyle. Nancy is also a Nationally Board Certified and Approved CEU Provider in addition to operating her Spa, teaching classes, taking advanced courses, and volunteering her services. She is a NJ licensed massage therapist with an Integrated Massage certification from the Lehigh Valley Healing Arts Academy (PA). She became a Panchakarma Massage Specialist at Greens Ayurvedic Hospital, Mahe, Kerala, India in 2007. This experience allows her to apply the essence of authentic Indian panchakarma massage modified for the optimal American experience. Nancy has been actively practicing and teaching Yoga and Ayurveda since 1999. She received her Yoga and Ayurvedic certifications from the Kripalu Schools of Ayurveda and Yoga (MA). She is a Registered Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner through the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and received her Marma certification (Ayurvedic Acupressure) from the Ayurvedic Institute (NM). She continues advanced Ayurvedic and Yoga studies. Nancy is a Level III Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner and 1000 Hour Yoga Therapist. She has been a dedicated Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master Teacher since 2001. In addition to running her Ayurveda Spa, Nancy gives massages for students at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. She teaches for the yoga club at Ramapo College and special need yoga at Lakeland High School. She also ministers as a Seton Associate through the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ providing services to people with AIDS, cancers and Special needs. Topic: Abstract:
Lisa D Bryan, MA, ERYT-500, Pennsylvania, USA - is a Kripalu Professional Level Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Spiritual Director, and Reiki Level III practitioner (master). Offering wellness practices for 18 years, her passion is to integrate holistic health & spirituality from India & the West. Her group Yoga classes and individual sessions are comprehensive, nurturing, and spiritually uplifting. They focus on combining the prana/energy of the present moment to the timeless skills of the past. Kripalu methodology is her primary style with influence from kundalini, Bikram, and Iyengar lineages. Lisa is currently teaching at area churches, and at studios in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania: Westend Yoga and Open Heart Yoga. Currently, she is a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, Yoga Alliance, and Spiritual Directors International. In 2013, Lisa completed her MA Holistic Spirituality and certificate in Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College. As part of her studies, she immersed in the Thirty Day silent retreat according to St. Ignatius of Loyola (Roman Catholic Jesuit spirituality). She has also studied Ayurveda (medical science related to Yoga) at a clinic in India and avidly practices and coaches students on ayurveda in daily living. In 2017, she pilgrimaged to sacred sites of the Kripalu lineage with Yoganand Michael Carroll (Dean of Kripalu Yoga). Lisa also holds a BA from Bates College (Music with French concentration) and was adjunct faculty at DeSales University for fourteen years (Hatha Yoga/PE260). Topic: Yoga and Relaxation
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