About Amadea Morningstar

Amadea Morningstar is an internationally recognized author, teacher, and practitioner in the field of Ayurveda. She is the founder of the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy and Yoga Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Amadea has a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle education, marma therapy, and polarity therapy. Her publications include the new Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda series.


Professional Credentials

Registered Polarity educator, the American Polarity Therapy Association, 2003 – present

Registered Polarity practitioner, the American Polarity Therapy Association, 1998 - present

Registered Integral Yoga teacher, Integral Yoga Teachers Association, 2011 – present

Co-author of The Ayurvedic Cookbook and other texts, 1990 – present

Consultation with Amadea Morningstar

Professional Associations

NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Approved PACE Provider, http://www.ayurvedanama.org/page/PACE_ProgramListings

The Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute (ayurvedapolarityyoga.com) is an Educational Organization member of NAMA

APTA (American Polarity Therapy Association) Continuing Education Provider

IYTA (Integral Yoga Teachers Association) member


Master of Arts in Counseling, Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM, 1987 (with a minor in education).

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, University of California at Berkeley, 1975

Mentored Study in Ayurvedic Health Education, Food and Herbal Therapy, and Marma Therapy, with Drs. Vasant Lad and David Frawley, 1983 - present

Graduate Study in Nutrition, University of Texas at Austin, 1978-1979

Recipient of Grant for Graduate Studies in Aging and Nutrition, the Administration on Aging, based on academic merit, 1979

Major in Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1970-1972

Certificate as a Registered Polarity practitioner, RPP, Earthwise Polarity Therapy program, Albuquerque, NM, 1996-1998

Certificate as a Registered Polarity educator, RPE, the American Polarity Therapy Association, 2003

Certificate as a Registered Integral Yoga teacher, RYT, Satchidananda Mission, Athens, GA, 2010 – 2011


Private Practice in Santa Fe, NM, in Ayurvedic nutrition, health education, hands on Marma Therapy, and Ayurveda Polarity Therapy for individuals and their families, 1975 – present

Founder and faculty, Ayurveda Polarity Therapy and Yoga Institute, Santa Fe, NM. On site and distance courses www.AyurvedaPolarityYoga.com, 2007 - present

Guest /Keynote Speaker, NAMA conferences, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014

Guest/Keynote Speaker, APTA conferences, 1998-2000, 2003, 2012

Faculty Member, the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Western Medical Physiology & Pathology, Energetic Nutrition, and other courses, Santa Fe, NM, 1996 – 2015

Guest Speaker, the Ayurvedic Institute, hosted by Dr. Sharada Hall, Perspectives in Ayurvedic Nutrition, Albuquerque, NM, 2010 and 2011

Symposium Member, the International Polarity Educators Alliance, 2012, 2014

Guest Speaker, the Polarity Center of Zurich, hosted by Dr. Urs Honauer, Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2009.

Faculty Member, Integrated Health Studies department, Northern New Mexico College, Ayurveda and Energy Healing, Levels I, II, and III, Espanola, NM, with continuing education credits for body workers, 2005-2009

Guest Speaker, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Ayurvedic Polarity Therapy, Levels I and II, Lenox, MA, continuing education credits for body workers and nurses, 2006 - 2008

Guest Speaker, in a variety of national and international summits, conferences, and events, 1982 – present



Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda: Delicious and Nourishing Recipes for All Seasons, quality print book with Renee Lynn, 2018

Ayurveda: Relevance in Culture Care Today, chapter co-written with Joanna Basuray Maxwell, PhD, RN, in Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research, and Practice, Fourth Edition, by Marilyn McFarland and Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah, McGraw Hill Education, 2018

Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda: Cleansing and Sustaining Recipes, ebook with photos by Renee Lynn, June 2017

Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda: Delicious and Nourishing Winter Recipes, ebook with Renee Lynn, 2017

Jyoti on . . . Amadea Morningstar, interview with Diana I. Lurie, editor in chief, Ayurveda Journal of Health, winter 2016

Morningstar, Amadea, The Ayurvedic Guide to Polarity Therapy, Lotus Press, 2001

Morningstar, Amadea, Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners, Lotus Press, 1995

Morningstar and Desai, Urmila, The Ayurvedic Cookbook, Lotus Press, 1990

Morningstar and Gagnon, Daniel, Breathe Free: Nutritional and Herbal Care for Your Respiratory System, Lotus Press, 1990

The above texts have been published in a variety of languages and countries; check for availability in your native language.

A variety of articles about Ayurveda in Yoga Journal, LA Yoga, Yoga International, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Light on Ayurveda, since the early 1990s

Healing Drinks book