The North American Studio Alliance, or NAMASTA, was founded by Bernard Slede in late 2002 in the process of discussions with multiple mind-body and bodywork professionals like you. Bernard has been working with other mind-body authorities to empower professionals, and he was a speaker at the 2004 Body Mind Spirit Conference.
NAMASTA’s mission is to provide a link and a resource for the community, to make it stronger.
Our audience has now grown to what are now over 100,000 massage therapists, tens of thousands of bodyworkers and gentle movement teachers (yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, NIA, GyrotonicÂ®…) and over 5,000 yoga and Pilates studios in North America. These now need a resource to help, not with mind-body training needs (there are many excellent solutions for that!) but with such needs as:
- strategies to recruit and keep clients
- savings on key purchases (see our statement about choosing our merchant partners
- tools that make the administrative tasks easier and affordable (scheduling, payroll, client management and tracking)
- protection via an affordable legal resource, health benefits and access to liability insurance programs
It is also our belief that mind-body professionals should keep adhering to strong ethical behavior on a voluntary basis, and the Alliance intends to inspire the community with our own behavior by giving back to wellness research and community causes. Please see our Ethics Statement.
The NAMASTA site has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of its contribution to the community.