As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound.

B.K.S. Iyengar

Leah Kaplan

Leah’s Ayurvedic journey began in 2009, as a patient, when she sought out Ayurveda for long-standing digestive and reproductive issues. After trying everything from Western gastroenterology to acupuncture to psychiatry with no results, Leah finally turned to this ancient healing science for help. Within one month, her symptoms were resolved and she has been happier and healthier ever since. She had to know, why did this work when nothing else would? This question led her to over 2,000 hours of study at the California College of Ayurveda where she graduated as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and went on to work for the college, supervising interns as they started their own professional practices. Having experienced first-hand the journey from patient to practitioner, Leah is deeply humbled and honored to be able to give to others what was given so generously to her: patient, compassionate, personalized guidance; heartfelt ancient wisdom; and the very best of modern science.


Education & Experience 

California College of Ayurveda - Nevada City, CA

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, 2014

Teachers: Dr. Marc Halpern, Mary Thompson, Sandhiya Ramaswamy, Laksma Das, Mary Alice Quinn


YogaWorks - Santa Monica, CA & New York City

500 Hour Teacher Training, 2010 & 2012

Teachers: Jenny Aurthur, Carrie Owerko, Jillian Pransky 


Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

B.S, summa cum laude, 2005

Mary Thompson Ayurveda - advanced mentorship and additional post-graduate training in clinical approaches to Menopause, Anxiety and Depression, Insomnia, and Menstrual Cycle.

Post-Certification Yoga Training - Carrie Owerko, Matt Phippen, Tony Briggs

National Ayurvedic Medical Association - Professional Member since 2015

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Ayurveda & Cultural Appropriation


Leah is humbled and honored to be practicing a system of healing deeply rooted in Indian culture and philosphy. She is continually educating herself to be appreciative, not appropriative, through studying the original, ancient Ayurvedic texts and learning from modern teachers speaking to this moment. While she is far from an expert in this arena, here are some resources she turns to, which perhaps might help you too! With many thanks to Sanghya Ayurveda and Keshari Das for her generous teachings and perspective. And with the deepest respect for the practitioners, teachers, and originators who came before and on whose shoulders modern Ayurveda now stands. 

Susanna Barataki

Cultural Appropriation in Ayurveda

The Connective Agreements

Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy Culture

The Ancient Ayurvedic Writings

Thunderbolt Ayurveda


Thunderbolt Ayurveda is on a mission to make sure every person gains access to their birthright: physical, mental and emotional harmony, a sense of deep belonging, and access to the awe and wonder of our daily lives. We are dedicated to these principles ~ uniting the etheric with the material, like the sky with the earth, to bring ultimate balance to each individual, and thus, the collective. Thunderbolt Ayurveda holds a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQ community, all races, all religions, all gender identifications, all body shapes, sizes and abilities, and all backgrounds.