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About Us

About Us

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, our Ayurvedic clinic is now expanding digitally to serve the Silicon Valley, the greater San Francisco Bay area, and surrounding areas.


Ayurveda is an ancient science, dating back 5,000+ years, based on discovering your natural state of being—or, Prakruti, and offering lifestyle and dietary insights specific to your needs, to keep your mind and body in balance with each other and the natural world. Ayurveda inspires us to better understand our own needs, get in touch with our body in meaningful ways, and effectively take care of ourselves regardless of circumstance. It is an ancient system easily adaptable to meet the needs of contemporary society; it has withstood the test of time. 


Gut health is discussed often in Ayurveda, because it plays a major role in determining how we feel and to what degree we are (or are not) well. What happens in our gut impacts the entire rest of the body, as our digestive processes inform the makeup of our cells, blood, plasma, tissues, muscles, bones, organs, and glands. So we work with you, on a lot of levels, including nutrition counseling and gut-reset protocols to make sure you can achieve your health goals.

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Our Team

Our Team

Manish Chandra
Founder, Ayurvedic Doctor

Growing up in Nepal, Manish was exposed to Ayurveda from an early age, creating a foundation for his deep connection to this time tested medical system. He combines the traditional system of Ayurveda with modern biological system’s approach to health and healing.

Manish is a board certified Ayurvedic Doctor by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, USA after earning a masters degree from Mount Madonna Institute, College of Ayurveda in 2012.

His signature Gut Healing Protocol, which is intended to heal the community one gut at a time, integrates yoga and pranayama based on his dedicated studentship of Yoga and Ayurveda for a holistic result.

Shyena Holmes 
Ayurvedic body Therapist

Sheyna has been studying herbalism and holistic healing for over 10 years. She was drawn to Ayurveda on the path of herbalism and found so much more that this system of medicine offers. She found solace and transformation in the simplicity of Ayurvedic remedies and root cause healing.


She received an Ayurvedic Health Counseling certification from Mount Madonna Institute in 2020 and an Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy certification at California College of Ayurveda in 2022. Sheyna is a medicine maker, gardener, herbalist, potter, chef, jeweler, water lover and nature enjoyer. She is passionate about being of service to her community and providing nourishment and deep relaxation to all of her clients. 

Annabelle LaCagnina
Massage Therapist

Annabelle is an experienced massage therapist who specializes in Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy, and encouraging relaxation of the nervous system in order to rest and reset. She is interested in why pain arises in the body, ways of healing, as well as the body’s natural ability to find balance. Her massage style is intuitive and client focused.


As a dancer for many years, she has learned to appreciate the beauty and resilience of the human body. She is passionate about massage, bodywork, and exploring the science behind touch as a means of relieving physical and emotional pain. She strives to provide a holistic and therapeutic experience for every client.


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Santa Cruz Ayurveda

833 Cedar St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060


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