Karla A. Cain
What if you discovered a secret
that changed everything?
The Short Version
NAMA* Board-Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor
E-RYT-200 Yoga Instructor, YACEP, YTT Lead Trainer
Ayurveda Panchakarma Body Therapist
ACE Certified Fitness Instructor
ACE Certified Behavioral Change Specialist
Board Secretary, The Council for Ayurveda Credentialing
Faculty, Ananda Ayurveda Academy
Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga - Milwaukee, WI
650 Hours Academics / 200 Hours Clinical Internship
Ayurvedic Philosophy (Darshana)
Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology
Ayurvedic Physical Exam and Evaluation
Food as Medicine
Anatomy & Physiology
Subtle Anatomy (Ćakras & Koṣa)
Energy (Pranic) Healing
Kriya Yoga & Prāñayama
Ananda Ayurveda Academy - Willowbrook, IL
950 Hours Academics / 150 Patient Encounter Clinical Internship
Supervised Internship during Medical Camps in Kannur, Kerala INDIA
Vaidya (Dr.) Ashlesha Raut B.A.M.S
Vikṛti Vijñyan & Nidan 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)
Advanced Yoga Śāstra II, Prāñayama, Meditation
Ayurveda Sukṣmacititsā (Subtle Therapies)
Ayurveda Research Methodology
Kayachikitsa I to VII (Ayurvedic Wellness Solutions Per Body System)
Lifetime Fitness LifePower Yoga Teacher Training
Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Prenatal, Seniors, Kids
Yoga Alliance Accredited Training, 200 Hours
Countless Hours of continued Self-Study
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
SNEHANA ABHYANGAM, Dosha-Specific ABHYANGAM, PADABHYANGAM (Reflexology),
SHIRODHARA, NASYA, PINDA SWEDA, MARMA THERAPY, MARMA-ABHYANGAM, PRANIC MASSAGE
Including all Variations, Herbology, Herbal Preparations and Anatomy of Lymphatic & Circulatory Systems.
In January 2015, I traveled to Kerala in southern India to experience Ayurveda in it's origins. I underwent my own intensive Panchakarma cleansing & healing treatment at 'Vaidyagrama 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
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Certified in Group Fitness & Behavioral Change
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.
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:
I look forward to assisting you on your personal journey to natural health~