Leah Kaplan, BS, CAS, is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She is a former Intern Supervisor for the California College of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Consultant for the NuPower Yoga Nutrition Program. She currently runs her own private practice, Thunderbolt Ayurveda, in Petaluma, CA and sees clients worldwide over Skype.
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.
Along the way she completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA and New York City, studying under Senior Teacher Jenny Aurthur and the lineage of BKS Iyengar. Yoga remains her most powerful personal medicine and she currently gets her fix by mentoring with Tony Briggs in Petaluma, CA.
She also holds a B.S. summa cum laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
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. Thunderbolt Ayurveda dedicates itself to these principles ~ uniting the etheric with the material, like the sky with the earth, to bring ultimate harmony and balance. Thunderbolt Ayurveda holds a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQ community, all races, all religions, all gender identifications, and all backgrounds.
After living all over the country, Leah is thrilled to be back on the West Coast. She lives in Tomales, CA with her partner and their Terr-huahua dog, Day-Z.
Read Leah’s paper “The Skinny: Western and Ayurvedic Treatment Approaches to Anorexia Nervosa” - Read More →