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Meet the Speakers for the 3rd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference: Living Healthy in the 21st Century - Jan 25-29, 2016

 The 3rd Annual Conference begins this evening with an opening talk by Dr. Marc Halpern. Stay tuned for daily posts, updates and pearls of wisdom from this esteemed panel of experts in the field of Ayurveda... 

Far left: Kevin Superman, PhD, MCPP

Dr. Kevin Spelman is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines and  served as an herbal pharmacist for the Ayurvedic physician Dr. Vasant Lad for 5 years. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, he has coauthored 27 scientific papers. Dr. Spelman has advised the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and provided expert testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, as well as advising foreign governments on dietary supplement issues. Dr. Spelman is also the past Clinical Chairman for Maryland University's Integrative Health and Clinical Herbal Medicine program.  

Front center:  Dr. Marc Halpern

Dr. Marc Halpern is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, the author of two textbooks and  the author of the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda. A leader in the profession, he is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA), the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Council on Ayurvedic Education.  He also sits on the advisory boards of The Ayurveda Journal of Health in the United States and The Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine in India.  Dr. Halpern’s contributions to the field have earned him the highest level of awards in both countries. A Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, a Doctor of Chiropractic, a certified Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda tradition, a Specialist in Holistic Medicine, an author and teacher, Dr. Marc Halpern gives 100% to his passion for healing and removing the causes of suffering. 

Far right:  Marisa Laursen

Marisa Laursen earned her certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from the California College of Ayurveda along with certification as a specialist in Panchakarma. She participated in post-graduate study in India at the Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala.  She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than a decade.  She received her Yoga Teachers training from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.  Today she serves a member of the faculty at the California College of Ayurveda and co-teaches the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Teachers Training Program world-wide.  

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Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar earned her Ayurvedic degree from Pune University in India and also trained at Indian College of Naturopathy.  She specializes in women’s and children’s health care as well as skin care and natural beauty treatments.  In addition to her degree in Ayurveda, she is a licensed esthetician and certified yoga teacher. She has been traveling world-wide helping to propagate the knowledge of ayurveda and is on the faculty of several Ayurvedic colleges in the United States. The author of Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook, she is currently practices in Santa Cruz, California. 

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Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar holds a M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine from Pune University in India and currently practices in Santa Cruz, California. His book, the Hot Belly Diet, is a best seller and has earned him a guest spot on the Dr. Oz show. He's traveled the world popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine and offering courses for both medical professionals and laypersons while also teaching at various Ayurvedic schools. He is an experienced Ayurvedic Clinician and one of the few practitioners  who brings a detailed knowledge of Medical Astrology  into his Ayurvedic practice.  A consultant to various Nutraceutical companies, he is the formulator of the popular products Zrii, Nutiiveda & Accell.   He has shared the stage with motivational speakers like Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Andrew Weil & Wayne Dyer. 

Watch for photos and posts as this conference unfolds - today through Friday, January! 

This conference is held in the stunningly beautiful Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas