Wynn Werner is a founding director and the current president of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). He is also the longtime administrator of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded and directed by Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad. As sister associations, IAYT and NAMA have a growing working relationship in support of each other and our complementary missions. This year, IAYT will be presenting a series on Yoga therapy for Ayurvedic practitioners at NAMA's annual conference in October in Albuquerque. We have also worked together on improving the nuts and bolts of membership service.

John Kepner, executive director of IAYT, visited the Ayurvedic Institute to interview Wynn about the challenges of building a professional organization and the development of training standards for Ayurvedic practitioners, to see what insights and inspiration the experiences of NAMA might provide for IAYT and the development of our own field.

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