Meet the CTA Organizers

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In this post, we will introduce you to the members of the newly formed CTA Organizer Team. Please share your feedback on how the team may support you moving forward.

Our community is coming up on its very first year anniversary next month. We will soon be 1 year old! As we make our way to this wonderful milestone, I wanted to share an important community update with you today.

To support our growth as a vibrant community, I am very excited today to announce the creation of the newly formed team of community organizers at CTA.

The team will be working on a variety of initiatives to support the growth of our community and the evolving needs of our members. For instance,

  • Create more events and avenues to connect members with each other.
  • Add valuable resources and content to our website for supporting students & professionals in their development.
  • Guide members on community guidelines and foster meaningful participation.

As a first step, the team is working on the launch of a new initiative called CTA Community Hours starting Friday, June 26 2020. Register now.

As a self supported community, we are very fortunate to have members who are graciously stepping up to volunteer their time and energy to join this wonderful effort. 

Please join me in welcoming the following CTA Organizers to the team:

Dr Hema Embar

I am a Medical Doctor trained in India and an Ayurveda Practitioner trained in the US. I have been in the health care industry for many years both in clinical medicine and research. I completed my AWC & AWP from Kerala Ayurveda Academy. What I enjoy about CTA is the selfless knowledge sharing and caring among the members. I love to be a team leader and help the Ayurveda community grow. Since 2017, I have been practicing Ayurveda in the Boston area. Learn more about my practice here or email me at to chat more.

Kalpana Karra

My background is in Life Sciences (Genetics & Genomics). My introduction to Ayurveda came in the form of a cooking class I attended and there has been no looking back since. I am an AWP graduate from Kerala Ayurveda. I enjoy being  part of the passion and commitment CTA community shares towards Ayurveda and would like to contribute towards it as a community organizer. Learn more about my practice here or reach me at

Michele Caws

I am a Holistic Health Counselor and Yoga Teacher; currently an AWP student at KAA. I have really appreciated the support, community and diversity of the CTA community. I am humbled by the vast knowledge and kindness of this group. I look forward to working together as we unite, strengthen and grow the Ayurvedic community. I support corporate and individual clients through Integrative Health Coaching & Workshops that integrate the principles of Ayurveda, Yoga and balanced living. Learn more about my practice here or email me at

Sandy Lamerson

I came to Ayurveda through Yoga and an interest in healing. I have done the AWC program through Kerala Ayurveda, and am now in the AWP program. I am interested in helping to create and be a part of a community of Ayurvedic practitioners. I hope CTA can be a platform in which we support and uplift each other through Ayurvedic wisdom and create a strong practice and presence of Ayurveda in our communities. I am a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teach yoga to individuals, groups and children in San Francisco. Learn more about my practice here or email me at

Majestic Redwood trees in the forests of coastal California are known to be the tallest and largest trees in the world. They can live for thousands of years and may grow up to 100 meters in height. Yet, their roots are known to be shallow; only a few feet deep. How are they able to weather torrential winds, floods & storms? How do they stay strong?

It’s because every tree belongs to a Redwood Grove or a family of Redwood trees. They thrive in thick groves, where the roots can intertwine and even fuse together. They have extensively interlocked root systems that span hundreds of feet from their base. Their connected roots give them their strength and stability to survive adversity. This is the power of community and this is our inspiration as the CTA Organizer Team.

If you would like to tell us how we may support you further, please share your feedback.