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NEW: NAMASTA Partner Yoga Health Foundation 2014
NEW: NAMASTA Partners with Thai Healing Alliance International
NEW: Health Plan for Mind-Body Professionals
Bernard Slede, NAMASTA founder, Interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) July 30, 2007
Camp Moomba Yogathon held in Vancouver July 21, 2007
Author of "Pilates Space" Joins NAMASTA Board: get a free chapter
$500 off whole health education
Special offer for Tai Chi and Qigong professionals
NAMASTA releases results of exclusive survey on health care for professionals
How do I grow my mind-body business? New home study courses now available
Mind-Body Authorities Now Recommend Joining NAMASTA
The benefits of a skylight in your premises without the cost
How to run a successful Massage Therapy Practice
NAMASTA featured in Entrepreneur Magazine
What is the number of people who practice Yoga in America?
Unlimited tax assistance now available for $24/year
Starting a yoga studio or a massage business?
Websites for bodyworkers, teachers and studios
NAMASTA Report: Should massage or yoga teaching staff be treated as employees or contractors?
Free new benefit included in legal service package

NEW: NAMASTA Partner Yoga Health Foundation 2014

NAMASTA is proud to be a partner of Yoga Health Foundation for the seventh year in a row in September 2014! Participate now by going to www.yogahealthfoundation.org



Yoga Month is a grassroots, community-based global campaign to educate people about yoga. The campaign will be held in September 2013, with millions of health and socially conscious individuals practicing yoga at thousands of yoga studios, parks and homes around the globe.

Help others embrace a healthy personal lifestyle and change the lives of millions of people by encouraging them to practice yoga and focus on a pro-active, healthy way of living.

If you are a yoga studio owner, teach at a yoga studio, or are a yoga practitioner -- then visit Yoga Health Foundation to find out why and how you can participate!

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NEW: NAMASTA Announces a New Partnership with Thai Healing Alliance International - January 30, 2008

A new partnership between NAMASTA and THAI provides business support and modern assistance to Thai Therapists, the practitioners of the ancient traditional healing art. Click here to read the full press release.

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NEW: Health Plan for Mind-Body Professionals

You can now enroll in the health plan for Mind-Body Professionals available to members of NAMASTA.

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Bernard Slede, NAMASTA founder, interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) by Scott Horsley of Morning Edition - July 30, 2007


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Camp Moomba Yogathon is a non-profit initiative that culminated on July 21, 2007 in Vancouver where 400 people convened to perform 108 minutes of yoga. Participants collected pledges prior to the event to raise funds for children impacted by HIV/AIDS.

NAMASTA was proud to be a sponsor, participant and volunteer.

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Author of "Pilates Space" Joins NAMASTA Board: get a free chapter

NAMASTA Welcomes Nicola Conraths-Lange, the author of the best seller "Survival Skills for Pilates Teachers" and more recently "Pilates Space", the book that helps you start and run your Pilates business successfully.

Because Nicola is a member of NAMASTA and has now joined our Board of Advisors, she has agreed to make a chapter of her latest book absolutely free to the community. To receive it, simply fill out this simple form, and you'll receive a full chapter right away.



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$500 off whole health education

The National Institute of Whole Health gives NAMASTA members access to their Whole Health Education career and practice enhancement programs at a substantial discount:

  • Whole Health Counseling certification
  • Whole Health Skills training for Body Workers
  • CEUs for Health Care Professionals

    What Mind-Body Professionals Say:

    "The program was phenomenal, full of so much information and knowledge. The most signifiant thing for me was being able to truly understand how everything is
    connected to everything else."
    - Kathy Farrell, B.A., certified Yoga Instructor

    "Coming to this program was like 'adding another layer to the onion' to enhance all that I practice, and adding the finishing touches to fine tune myself and the client contacts I have daily. I am so looking forward to the second yearl!"
    - Lori Valle, Massage Therapist

    NAMASTA members get $500 off any program from the National Institute of While Health (Associate Members get $200 off). To become a member of NAMASTA, call Member Services at 1 877 626 2782 (877 NAMASTA) or sign up online.

    Follow this link for details and an introductory discount only available here on National Institute of Whole Health education programs.

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    Special offer for Tai Chi and Qigong professionals

    On August 2, 2005, NAMASTA announced a special partnership with the leading organization for Tai Chi and Qigong teachers in America.

    > details of the partnership enabling access by Tai Chi teachers to insurance

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    NAMASTA releases results of exclusive survey on health care for professionals

    NAMASTA recently released the results of a survey conducted with US mind-body professionals.

    >> Find out how many yoga and massage professionals carry health insurance for themselves

    >> Discover the latest medical savings plans available through NAMASTA

    >> See health insurance plans available

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    How do I grow my mind-body business? New home study courses now available

    NAMASTA has teamed up with the experts in our field to help mind-body professionals grow their business:



    For more information or to register, visit www.namasta.com/university.php

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    Mind-Body Authorities Now Recommend Joining NAMASTA

    Many authoritative figures in the mind-body community and members have recommended joining NAMASTA.

    Click here to see why.


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    The benefits of a skylight in your premises without the cost

    Because most commercial spaces come with overhead fluorescent lighting, you, your staff and your clients generally have to endure the glare of dull light during their sessions.

    An innovative company has developed a solution that allows you to easily replace the translucid panels with decorative diffusers that are conducive to relaxation and meditation. The panels come in a variety of designs and you can even provide your own.

    More details on the fluorescent light panels and light diffusers.

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    How to run a successful Massage Therapy Practice

    Whether you are starting out or are an experienced professional, you are likely facing important issues: advertising, client relations, burnout, self-employment trap etc...
    In a book that deals with these topics and many more, a successful massage therapist who has worked with over 3,000 clients now shares the secrets of how to build and run a successful practice.
    For a limited time, if you order the book, you will get a 30-minute tele-consultation with the author for free.
    To learn more, visit our successful bodywork practice page.

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    NAMASTA featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

    NAMASTA has been featured as a resource in Entrepreneur Magazine.

    The authoritative business publication highlighted the "free newsletter, business resources and other membership services [available with the Associate Membership] ($95 per year), such as alternative health-care programs". Click here to read the full article in Entrepreneur Magazine!

    Entrepreneur Magazine is the publisher of a series of books on launching a business.



    The magazine includes articles on how to run a business, the psychological aspects of heading up your own company, profiles of stellar entrepreneurs and trends that affect small business. (Click on the image to subscribe)

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    What is the number of people who practice Yoga in America?

    In the 9/5/2003 edition of the Wall Street Journal, an article on high-end yoga mats quotes a Harris Interactive poll that estimates that the number of people who "practiced" yoga in the United States last year is 15 Million.

    This poll was actually released by the Yoga Journal in June and is the latest in a series of statistics that have pegged yoga practitioners anywhere from a few million to 28 million (sociologist Paul Ray).

    Trends for the practice of yoga are viewed differently by yoga observers. The Yoga Research and Education Council for instance has reported that internet keyword searches for "yoga" had significantly dropped. Real estate agents on the other hand see yoga studios as one of the hottest sectors for their business.

    The YJ poll may be self-serving: the magazine thrives on advertising and the June publication for the survey results comes right before the high-circulation issues of the fall.

    The issue so far with yoga statistics has been that methodologies were not consistent so no comparison was possible. The Yoga Journal initiative should be hailed by all yoga professionals as it may correct that lack of consistency:

    - it contained some forward-looking numbers such as the number of people "very" or "extremely interested" in the practice of yoga (more than 12% of the U.S. population, or 25.5 million people), the number of those who "intend to try yoga within the next 12 months" (16% or 35.3 million people) and the number of those who have at least a "casual interest in the practice of yoga" (over half, or 109.7 million people).

    - the Yoga Journal claims it plans to conduct the survey every year.

    For these and other statistics and wellness trends, subscribe to the free NAMASTA Newsletter:


    Sign up for our Email Newsletter!



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    Read these tips to ensure you will receive the NAMASTA Newsletter.

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    Unlimited tax assistance now available for $24/year

    For a year NAMASTA has been featuring the Legal Club of America, which gives you access to a network of 20,000 state-licensed attorneys. The cost can be as low as $79.95 for members of NAMASTA.

    We are pleased to now add an unlimited federal tax assistance service. It only costs $24/year on top of the legal plans and gives you:

    • unlimited advice on federal taxation via toll-free call, fax or e-mail
    • unlimited advice on federal taxation for small business owners
    • free 1040 tax return preparation and free review of prior year's tax return


    - Click here to apply
    - More info

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    Starting a yoga studio or a massage business?

    It is said now that yoga studios are the hottest sector for real estate agents.

    From marketing tools to insurance to discounts on supplies, NAMASTA has assembled an array of services for mind-body professionals like you.

    Suggested actions:
    - see how NAMASTA can help you
    - build a business plan easily and efficiently and visit our business plan section.
    - subscribe to the free NAMASTA Newsletter (see yellow box on this page)
    - get a book and a consultation to help you develop a successful bodywork practice.


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    Web sites for bodyworkers, teachers and studios

    NAMASTA has obtained special rates for the mind-body community for website development.

    If you wish to design a professional custom website, the top-rated web development that built NAMASTA's website offers hourly rates of only $59 for members ($69 for non-members).
    You can get your website professionally designed or rebuilt for your Massage, Yoga, Pilates or T'ai Chi business - or any other activity for that matter.

    Separately, NAMASTA secured a special discount from a preferred provider that has pre-designed web sites for yoga teachers for $39.99 per month.

    More information:
    - details on the affordable web site service and quotes
    - details on the prepackaged web sites for yoga teachers
    - if you are a member, please visit the member area for your preferred rate.
    - send this page to a friend


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    NAMASTA Report: Should massage or yoga teaching staff be treated as employees or contractors?

    Whether you are an independent contractor or run a studio, massage practice, teaching or instructor training activity, chances are you use the services of instructors or massage therapists.

    How should the instructors or massage staff be treated from a legal and a tax standpoint?

    Doing what a neighboring studio or massage colleague does doesn't mean you are doing the right thing.

    And the federal and state penalties for taking the wrong approach can be stiff.


    In a Special Report now available, NAMASTA offers key pointers to address this important issue:

    • how to determine what applies to you
    • how to avoid common mistakes
    • what the penalties are if the tax or labor authorities successfully challenge your approach
    • perhaps most importantly, beyond the text of the report NAMASTA has secured very favorable conditions with experts that can help you implement any required action.
    A respected tax and bookkeeping firm hailed the "thoroughness of the research conducted" for the report.

    To obtain this practical report, simply join as a Professional Member of NAMASTA by clicking on the sign-up button above. The value of the report is well worth the membership dues!

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    Free new benefit included in legal service package

    NAMASTA has partnered with the leading lawyer referral network in the United States. You can get a full package of services, including the review of numerous legal documents every month and discussion of an unlimited number of topics with your attorney.
    Prices start from only $144 per year (not per hour!) for non-members and $79.95 per year for NAMASTA members.
    As of February 2004, you also get a free living will that is state-specific and personalized when you purchase the Family Plan.

    More information:
    - family legal plan
    - small business legal plan: to review your lease, contracts, waiver of liability etc... for your yoga, tai chi or Pilates business
    - visit our partner's site for additional information on affordable lawyer services.
    - NAMASTA members: please sign in and visit the member area to access the special rate.
    - incorporate online from $25

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