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Karla A. Cain

What if you discovered a secret

that changed everything?

2013  Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga - Milwaukee, WI 

650 Hour Academics / 200 Hour Clinical Internship

  • Ayurvedic Philosophy (Darśana)

  • Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology

  • Ayurvedic Physical Exam and Evaluation

  • Food as Medicine

  • Ayurvedic Herbalism

  • Western Anatomy & Physiology

  • Dietary Coaching

  • Holistic Therapies

  • Pañcakarma Cleansing

  • Subtle Anatomy (Ćakras & Koṣa)

  • Energy (Prāṇic) Healing

  • Yoga Śastrā

  • Meditation

  • Kriya Yoga & Prāñayama



2015  LifePower Yoga Teacher Training YTT200

Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Prenatal, Seniors, Kids

Yoga Alliance Accredited Training, 200 Hours


2015 & 2023   Coimbatore, TAMIL NADU ~ INDIA

January 2015 & January/February 2023

Extended stays in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India to experience Ayurveda in it's origins.  Underwent intensive Panchakarma cleansing & healing treatment at 'Vaidyagrāma Ayurvedic Healing Village' in Coimbatore, as well as traveled to Munnar, Alleppey and Kochi to fully immerse in the teachings of culture, Yoga & Spirituality.    (You may read about my experience on the 'Herb 'n Living' Blog page & see images of Vaidyagrama in Galleries) 


American Heart Association (AHA)

Certified in CPR/AED

2015  American Council on Exercise (ACE) 

Certified in Group Fitness Instructor

Certified Behavioral Change Specialist

2015  The Council for Ayurveda Credentialing (CAC), Board Secretary

The CAC is an independent group of trained, highly experienced, academically-qualified and professional Ayurvedic clinicians and teachers who are deeply committed to the field of Ayurvedic education in the USA. As highly experienced professionals, we are working to fill the gaps in Ayurvedic Education, to develop the rich repository required for proper education and proficiency in students, educators, institutions, clinics, and communications, through high quality documents that standardize Ayurvedic education.  Because we do not have financial obligation to a membership body, we can develop standards without any conflict of Interest. Since November 2011, the CAC has met weekly to create Scopes of Practice for several levels of Ayurvedic professional practice; Lesson Plans for the standardization of a curriculum of Ayurveda in the USA; and open-source documents to improve the understanding of Ayurveda Education in the USA. The CAC aims to achieve state-regulated licensing of the Ayurvedic practice.

2015 - Present  Yoga Instructor for The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago

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2016  A.I.M.A. Ayurveda ASD - Indian Ayurvedic and Italian Holistic Association

Center for Study and Research on Alternative Medicine   Milan, Italy

Panchakarma Body Treatments  -  200 Hours Academics / Clinical Practice

Vaidya (Dr.) Sadbhawna Bhardwaj  & Dr. Stefano Fiori Ph.D. Naturopath, Ayurvedic Counselor



  • Including all Variations, Herbology, Herbal Preparations and Anatomy of Lymphatic & Circulatory Systems.


2018  Faculty, Ananda Ayurveda Academy

2018  Ananda Ayurveda Academy - Willowbrook, IL

950 Hour Academics / Clinical Internship 

Dr. (Vaidya) Ashlesha Raut B.A.M.S

  • Vikṛti Vijñyan & Nidana Pañcaka (Advanced Ayurvedic Pathophysiology, Etiological Factors)

  • Dravyagunakarma Vignyan II (Ayurvedic Material Science II)

  • Bhaishajya Kalpana (Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Pharmaceutics)

  • Rasāyana Śāstra (Rejuvenation Therapies)

  • Advanced Pañcakarma II (Ayurveda Detoxification)

  • Marma Vigyana

  • Advanced Yoga Śāstra II, Prāṇāyāma, Meditation

  • Rasāyana, Vajikarana

  • Ayurveda Sūkṣmacikitsā (Subtle Therapies)

  • Ayurveda Research Methodology

  • Kayacikitsā I to VII (Ayurvedic Disease Management)



2019  Akshi Yogashala, Rishikesh, INDIA - Yoga Teacher Training  YTT300

Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Pranayama, Meditation, Yogic Philosophy

Yoga Alliance Accredited Training, 300 Hours

2021 - 2023  Śloka of The Aṣtāṅga Hṛidayam

2-Year long weekly study

Vaidyagrama Medical Director Dr. (Vaidya) A.R. Ramadas, B.A.M.S.

2022 - 2024  Board of Directors, American Association of Ayurveda Professionals (AAAP)

AAAP unites Ayurveda Physicians and Professionals for the advancement of authentic Ayurvedic Medicine focused on highest standards of health care, clinical training, and research. AAAP offers progressive continuing education to AAAP members in the areas of Authentic Ayurvedic clinical practice, managing business, marketing, finances & taxes. AAAP educates the consumers and the governments regarding various levels of Ayurvedic training and helps the consumers in making informed choices. AAAP partners with national and global Ayurveda and allied organizations and institutions to spread the wisdom and healing of authentic Ayurvedic Medicine.

2023  Board of Directors, National Consortium of Ayurveda Medicine (NCAM)

NCAM is a united group of Ayurveda organizations collaborating on events, sharing resources, and helping each other in our joint mission of expanding access to Ayurveda in the United States. Stakeholders from local and global organizations have launched NCAM (the National Consortium of Ayurveda Medicine) to advance authentic Ayurveda in the United States and globally. 

2023  Understanding The Mind Through The Ćaraka Samhita

1 year long weekly study of Sattva Guna and the balance of Mental Health

Vaidyagrama Medical Director Dr. (Vaidya) A.R. Ramadas, B.A.M.S.

Karla A. Cain, CAP

ॐ National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Professional Member
NAMA Board-Certified Āyurveda Practitioner

NCCBAM Ayurveda Clinical Supervisor

Ayurveda Body Therapeutics
ERYT, YACEP, RYS (Yoga Alliance YTT School/YTT Lead Trainer)
Vedic Psychology, ACE Behavioral Change Specialist
Holistic Business Mentor & Consultant
President, Ayurveda Professionals of Arizona (APA)
Board of Directors, American Association of Ayurveda Professionals (AAAP)
Founding Member
s, National Consortium of Ayurveda Medicine (NCAM)
Adjunct Faculty, Ananda Ayurveda Academy - Willowbrook, IL


Interview by VOYAGE PHOENIX for "Phoenix's Most Inspiring Stories" Series

The Long Version

My dream of helping others to remember their true nature started as a child, most likely at birth.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve wished to help others understand the sacredness of themselves.   I thank my grandfather for giving me the opportunity to spend every summer of my life in Northern Wisconsin, being in tune with nature and the universe.  It was quite a change from the concrete jungle of everyday life.  Our property was located on Barker Lake, in the Chequamegon National Forest.....without a phone or TV in sight. This was before the advent of computers, internet and smart phones.  I was allowed to use my imagination, stare at the stars and comtemplate my existence....even as a child.  


In addition, my bloodline is a rare mix of Native American Blackfoot Sioux from Rosebud, SD and two types of Italian - Corsican/Abruzzo.  (This may explain my absolute infatuation with the earth and food)


I have spent my life observing the vastness of the universe, our planet, society and how we relate to one another.  To give you

an idea, my 3rd grade book reports were comprised of definitive thought on astronomy and the different types of stone that make up the structure of  the earth.   I have longed only to discuss the stars, the rocks, the trees and the human condition.


It turns out, real life takes you in another direction.


I was born to a family of very modest means on Chicago’s South Side inner-city. I grew up in a very European environment,

where food was always a main topic of discussion and a very intricate piece of social and family relationships.

This was a wonderful foundation for where my journey would evolve.


Instead of making a living discussing the human condition and earthly philosophy, I spent 24 years working in the Financial Services Industry, with focus in Brokerage & Investments Administration, Investment Advisory, Insurance, Business Development, PR/Marketing and Staff Coaching. I held numerous FINRA-Regulated Securities Trading Licenses and

was an Illinois State Life/Health Insurance Agent.  


My corporate experience led me to know first-hand the toll that modern day stress puts on the body, as well as the way life’s demands create the challenge of eating, exercising and resting properly.  For many years, due to a demanding job and family life (with plenty of stress and lack of time and energy), I was an unhealthy weight, exhausted all the time, suffered from insomnia and rarely ate properly.  


I was fortunate enough to spend every other free moment reading and researching my true passion, heath and the human condition.   Even though I was not in a healthy place, I always said I would get in shape and live a healthier life "someday".

Finally, in 2006, that someday came.  I underwent a lifestyle change with a complete physical and mental transformation. 


I started to make small changes that had huge results.   Over the course of 2 years, I slowly added organic foods to my diet.  

I started to meditate. I started an avid yoga practice.  By 2008, I had lost 90 pounds, was full of energy and was sleeping well

for the first time in my life.  I did it all while still working a full time job and maintaining all of the same demands.


In 2010, while continuing my research on healthy living, I discovered Ayurveda!  

I was overjoyed to discover that all of my thoughts and feelings about humanity the world at large, along with all that I had

learned about healthy eating, had a NAME.  I only wondered why it had taken me so long to find it! 

Today, I am also an ACE-Certified Fitness Instructor. 


I love and wholeheartedly believe in this practice. (For more details, see the “What is Ayurveda?” page)

It has brought me back to my beginnings and allowed me to be in tune with nature and the ancient healing of my ancestors.


I am extremely passionate about bringing the healing power of the Ayurvedic lifestyle to my community.

I am always available to discuss your thoughts and concerns, or answer any questions.

I am also available to conduct discussions to introduce Ayurveda to the public. For more info, please see my 'Workshops' page.



* For more information on NAMA and AAPNA, click here:

NAMA – National Ayurvedic Medical Association

AAPNA – Association of Ayurvedic Professionals in North America


I look forward to assisting you on your personal journey to natural health~

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