Cara’s mission is to educate and inspire busy folks to achieve greater well-being and happiness in their daily lives.   Cara will assist you to unfold and expand your hearts desire to share with the world.  Most of us do not know where to begin or how to take the first step.  Cara understands as she has gone through this process and now she helps others embrace their innate gift. Cara has an  infectious zest for life, humor and nurturing spirit that will excite you and keep you motivated.

Cara’s  approach to  coaching is to help you connect to  your passion, establish a path to your next steps in life and health plus cognitive tools to help you consciously connect to positive choices.

Cara offers massage, cupping (dynamic and fire), cold laser, cranial-sacral,  reiki and has been certified in numerous healing modalities.   Cara offers workshops, trainings and retreats in the Chicagoland area and abroad featuring yoga, mediation and lifestyle approaches.

Cara is an an Illinois Licensed Massage Therapist, Anusara® Certified Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider (E-RYT-500), and an Integrative Health  Coach. She has supported and helped countless stressed out, hard working folks who feel that their lives, mind and body are out of balance.

Cara can help you create positive changes in life to feel great everyday!  Align with your innate gifts by connecting to your hearts desire to achieve a joy-filled life.

We all have the opportunity to choose a happy, abundant life. .take a step NOW!



We have moved!  Our new locations is:
666 Dundee Rd, Suite #1903 Northbrook, IL 

7th Annual Goddess Retreat  OCTOBER 20-22, 2017  New Buffalo Michigan  “The Gift”

We all  have a unique gift that is innate to us.  During the weekend we  will explore and dive deeper into connecting to your talents, signature color, and style.  Throughout the weekend  “The Gift” will be revealed and explored. 

The Hindu Goddesses:  Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati will be the focus for each yoga class to reflect their gifts that are inside of us.  The Sunday morning meditation will be a walk through the ravines to Lake Michigan connecting us nature and our hearts.  

You are in for a TREAT with the special presenters this year!  Numerology and intuitive healer, Laura Knop, will lead a chakra meditation workshop to help us let go of negative energy/feelings and expand the seven main energy centers.  Fashion consultant, Annie Peck, will guide and assist us to discover our individual fashion style while incorporating a few fall fashion trends.   

Enjoy meals that are organic farm to table that are lovingly prepared  by Chef Melina Kelson.   Throughout the weekend massages are available, for additional cost, from the popular Felicia Holtz, LMT.  Plus Laura and Annie will offer private sessions for a small fee.  

Musings and magic will be part of every moment…. connect to your gift, share yourself and serve your highest purpose in this lifetime. 

Please share the above with friends and someone you think will enjoy the retreat.  There are several spaces remaining. Thank you.  

Teacher training starting September 2017  –  This 100-hour Teacher Training is designed for current yoga teachers of any style and  Anusara® Immersion graduates. You will gain skills in:  developing  language skills, learn the freedom of  class sequencing,  help students “feel’ the poses and advance in their practice, hands-on adjustments, advanced anatomy,  and the business of yoga.   You can complete a 200-Teacher training by completing the 100-hours of Immersion training.  

Teacher/student testimonial:   “What a great class you taught.  I loved the structure and ending with all the seated poses and meditation – back to your roots!  This is what makes the difference between a real yoga class and a set of yoga exercises.  So powerful and such a great way to reconnect to yourself and life in general!” Rachel, October 2017

Yoga Immersions training – starts January 2019 and September 2018  


Public yoga classes starting in January 2018 at Peaceful Balances new location – stay tuned for details…. 


What People are saying about Cara:

“Cara is a gifted teacher who suffuses her classes with joy. Her deep well of knowledge is matched by her laser like focus on alignment . Each and every class is a journey tempered with laughter.”
Felicia Holtz, Owner, North Branch Yoga, Skokie IL
“I have worked with Cara for many years. Cara’s positive, uplifting energy, knowledge of yoga philosophy and anatomy, and thoughtful sequencing draw me to her classes. She also creates a warm, positive community within her classes.”
Vannia Phillips, Yoga Instructor & Viola teacher

“Cara’s teaching inspires me!” Karen J.

“I really enjoy Cara’s classes are her wonderful joyful personality” Donna W.
 “Your teaching has had such a positive impact on my life!” Margaret
 “I have been practicing for over 20 years it is a rare treasure to find a teacher like Cara. Cara brings depth and understanding of the body and spirit to her yoga teaching. She is mindful of her students alignment and brings high intentions to the practice. I have participated in her retreats delightful! Tara Riley
 “Thank you for being you and the way you help us both in yoga and metal attitudes. You have spoken a lot about how to learn to love the person who creates the greatest anxiety when you deal with him.For me that person is my dad, who for many reasons made me very upset when he called or emailed due to past garbage. Your teachings have helped me approach interactions with him in a different way because I control how I let others make me feel.  Now I read his emails, send a reply and feel ok about it.  He is a music fan and last night I called him to let him know about the last opera for the season and invited him for dinner this Friday.  You have given me my father back through you’re the words you speak and the actions you take with others”. name withheld
 “A truly remarkable healer, Cara Zaruba Butler exudes wellness and joy, peace and optimism.  Cara’s healing hands bring me relief from painful muscle tension and release a positive energy I sometimes forget I have.  A massage with Cara fills me with instant sunshine and brings me to a state of well-being.  She is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of wellness and the healing of mind, body, and spirit.  My favorite present to myself is a deep tissue massage with this gifted healer and amazing woman”.  Lynn F.