Founder, Brand / Concept Director
Dr. Karina Stewart, Lic. Ac, DOM, is committed to creating a place where healing and harmonious transformation can flourish. Born and raised in Mexico until she was 15 years old, Karina’s life journey has been greatly influenced by her mother’s interest in natural healing, meditation, yoga and Asian spiritual philosophies. Much like her future husband John, Karina’s inner yearnings during her adolescent years were in stark contrast to the cultural norms of her environment. From the age af 14, when she began meditating and exploring Asian spiritual philosophies, her heart was opened to an existence of devotion and self discovery. With a naturally passionate character and a fearless desire to live authentically, Karina headed for San Antonio at age 15 to continue her studies. She later went to Princeton University and completed a B.A in cultural anthropology and Asian religions. It was during her Princeton years that Karina first met John, when she took a year sabbatical to immerse herself in a meditation retreat under the tutelage of the same Himalayan yogi master.
After completing her degree at Princeton, Karina’s fascination with the East and passion for health led her to California’s Yo San University, where she gained a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and did internships in Japan and China. Her training extends to structural therapies such as Hellerwork and Cranial-Sacral Manipulation, yoga and Taoist philosophy and practice.
Prior to Kamalaya, Karina founded a health centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, where for seven years she practiced Oriental Medicine and produced a range of Chinese herbal products. Following this period she collaborated on a research project in California with Dr. James Dahlgran, founder of the B Well Centre, and Dr. Maoshing Ni, founder of the Tao of Wellness, to develop and test medical detoxification protocols combining modern medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine and Naturopathy.
In California, Karina also designed and directed a medical detoxification program at the Hall Centre and facilitated her ‘Awakening’ retreats in several cities, which focussed on cellular detoxification and purification practices from both Eastern and Western traditions.
Karina’s life experiences and her training and study of Asian healing traditions and philosophies are evident in Kamalaya’s integral wellness approach, which aims to access the inner healing power within each person through the harmonious integration of heart, body, mind and spirit. As Kamalaya continues to evolve, the depth of Karina’s experience, knowledge and passion and her engaging energy become more profoundly evident.