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Ayurveda is about using food, herbs, and lifestyle techniques to enhance well-being and resolve health issues.
It's been practiced for over five thousand years!
You are not alone.Do you deal with food allergies, low energy, autoimmune conditions, sleep disorders, acne, depression or weight gain? Today these symptoms are very prevalent and common in America due to external environmental conditions and issues of trauma and prolonged stress. These result in the reliance on emotional or physical habits such as poor food choices, a sedentary lifestyle, and sugary foods to get us through the day, which leads to an array of health conditions or illnesses.
How Ayurveda helped me…I am Manish Chandra, founder of Santa Cruz Ayurveda, and I am very excited to share with you my own story of how Ayurveda helped me conquer an ailment that I suffered with for years, and ultimately inspired me to bring the power of this approach to people suffering with their own ailments. From a young age, I dealt with chronic sinusitis (inflamed sinuses). This led to severe pain due to the pressure in my nasal cavity and a recurring stuffy nose that made even normal activities challenging, and made difficult challenges almost impossible. I tried everything, eventually going to Western doctors whose solution was to do surgery on my nasal cavity that most likely wouldn’t fix the problem. Eventually, I found Ayurveda and began to practice an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, which completely transformed my life. As of today, I have not had to deal with chronic sinusitis for over 10 years. I was so impressed with my success that I went to school and studied Ayurveda and became at first a practitioner, and now an accredited Doctor of Ayurveda. Based on learnings from treating hundreds of patients with a variety of ailments since beginning my practice, I have now developed a Six Month Gut Healing Protocol designed to make it easy for you to move from feeling sick and tired to feeling full of energy and vitality. Manish Chandra
Who can benefit from healing the gut?
“To fix the brain, we first fix the gut” is a saying in Ayurvedic texts. In today’s world, it is relevant that we reboot the digestive system once in awhile and restore it with healthy microbes (gut flora). All people can benefit from healing the gut to optimize digestion and prevent illness. However, people with health conditions, such as acne or skin disorders, food allergies or autoimmune problems, digestive or metabolic disorders, mood swings or sluggish energy, cravings or weight gain, stress or sleep disorders, seasonal allergies or congestion, constipation or irregular bowel, feminine health or menstrual cycle discomfort, have been proven to dramatically reduce their symptoms and heal their systems. Check below to see some of our success stories and client reviews.
6 Months to Heal?
Habits are hard to break. Over time we become comfortable with them, which may or may not serve us in the long term. Due to ingrained habits with foods and lifestyle, we tend to accumulate certain conditions that can be detrimental to our health. Fortunately, habits are learned and can therefore change to heal from the root of the problems rather than just putting a bandaid on the symptoms.
In Ayurveda, everything revolves around gut health. Modern medicine is now showing incredible research into the gut as the source of thousands of diseases. Ayurveda, for 5,000 years, has shown how to heal through looking at an individual’s gut health. Gut microbes are the powerhouse of everything from the production of energy to healthy immunity. Ayurveda is now a focus of research on health conditions related to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes, and many more.
In short, the microbiome (the gut and its array of microorganisms) is completely dependent on what it is fed. This provides us a relatively straightforward path to make minor changes in diet and lifestyle that have powerful impacts on your energy and well-being.
This is why Ayurveda, for thousands of years, has proven to heal not only through what you eat, but more importantly, what you digest. The gut is where food first begins to be broken down to become useful to your body. With the help of what in Ayurveda we call Agni (digestive fire), food is broken down so the nutrients can be assimilated into every cell of the body.
If we don’t cultivate healthy microbes, and our digestive fire (Agni) is low, the undigested food becomes toxins, or what we call Ama, which will then be stored in fat cells. The undigested food gets trapped in the intestinal tract, especially the intestinal villi, resulting in the buildup of toxins (Ama). Our gut healing protocol works to detoxify the body of accumulated toxins (Ama), restore healthy microbes in the gut, and unclog the intestinal tract, resulting in the proper assimilation of nutrients for a healthy body and clear mind.
Our Six Month Gut Healing Protocol
Our goal is to restore the natural harmony in the gut so that we can have more energy, radiance, and vitality in life.
Monthly ayurvedic consultations are focused on internal detoxification through diet, lifestyle, and herbs. Ayurvedic massage (Abhyanga) is focused on external detoxification, since our skin is our largest organ and is able to directly release toxins.
Ayurvedic massage is very different than other forms of massages since it is focused on moving lymph through the application of herbal infused warm oil with specialized strokes.
Monthly workshops are focused on the educational platform for learning this “Science of Life.” We often invite guests with knowledge on health and wellness, and the community aspects of our workshops are fun and life-affirming. Since our classroom is facilitated with a modern kitchen we often teach how to cook with medicinal spices and herbs that support health and wellness.
How does it work?
In the first two months we focus on detoxification using food and herbs (based on your individual body type) that aid in removal of accumulated Ama (toxins) from the body. We then focus on restoration of healthy microbes (gut flora) for the next two months. Finally, we work on rejuvenation for the the last two months.
- Once monthly in-person Ayurvedic consultation for an hour
- Once monthly Ayurvedic massage (Abhyanga) for an hour
- Once monthly Ayurvedic workshop (includes lunch) for three hours
- Unlimited recipes and support via phone or email
How much does it cost?
$400 per month for six months or $ 2100 if paid in full up front ($300 discount)
How do we get started?
First make an appointment for an initial consultation during which we can decide together if the 6 Month Gut Healing Protocol is a good fit. If it is, we can roll the cost of the initial consultation into the plan.
What our clients are saying…
More Success Stories…We had a client who came in because his wife had asked him to do something about his addictive behaviors, which was detrimental to his health and was affecting their relationship to the point that his wife was in the verge of ending their marriage with two children. Due to his early job in construction his food habits became energy drinks every day and junk food to get him through the long, tough hours. After working with us he has not only lost 40 pounds in two months but also was able to save his marriage. Their relationship got a new life. He now has sustained energy throughout the day and is feeling his healthiest. We had another client who had to use steroid shots regularly for her knees especially before going skiing. This last winter was the first time in years she was able to ski without having to take pain medications for her knees. One client was a construction worker and father. He suffered from constant headaches and chronic back pain from his job. He now doesn’t suffer from either headaches or back pain and has more time and energy to share with his kids. We had another client who wanted to find balance in her life because the stress from commuting over the hill five days a week was putting a damper on her health and her relationship with her husband. After the gut healing protocol, she now feels healthy and balanced and her relationship has gotten stronger and better. These are just a few stories we get to hear every day. These stories show that stress from jobs, commuting, health conditions, and physical pain can all contribute to many different physical symptoms and an effect on our relationships. We want you to take charge of your life and be able to live at your fullest potential.
Importance of Gut Health in Ayurveda and Allopathy
- A properly functioning Agni (digestive fire) and digestive system is essential for absorption of nutrients and removal of toxins (Ama) from the body.
- 60–80% of our immune system is located in our gut. Immunity translates into healthy Ojas (vitality), Tejas (radiance), and Prana (life force energy).
- Gut-skin axis (poor gut health is reflected in the skin).
- Gut-brain axis (poor gut health is reflected in the brain).
Gut – The Second Brain
- The gut is a complex, independent nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS) lines the gastrointestinal tract.
- ENS contains many of the major neurotransmitters that are found in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine, and nitric oxide.
- More than 80% of our body’s neurotransmitters are made in the gut.
- Intimate 2-way communication between gut and brain, mediated by many pathways including the vagus nerve.
- 100 trillion microorganisms from more than 1000 species
- 10 times more microbes than human cells in the body
- Provide crucial functions
- Regulate metabolism
- Protect against infections
- Promote normal GI function/digestion
- Synthesize certain essential nutrients
- Regulate immune system
What We Do
Join us on June 1st from 10am to 1pm for our workshop on eating a seasonal diet and lifestyle. As it turns from spring to summer, we need to cleanse our bodies and start adjusting to the hotter season. Learn how to start your summer off right by knowing what...read more
On May 4th from 10AM until 1PM please join us in the beautiful New Leaf Kitchen. A wholesome, vegan and gluten-free, Ayurvedic lunch will be included. We have an Ayurvedic workshop with an emphasis on gut health, microflora, and probiotics. Learn how your stomach is...read more
Join us on April 6th for our Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop. Includes a vegan and gluten free Ayurvedic meal at the end.In this workshop you will participate in cooking with Ayurvedic principles. You will learn how the use of herbs and spices can be used to enhance...read more
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833 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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