Who Are We?

Manish Chandra

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 National Ayurvedic Medical Association, USA after earning a masters degree from Mount Madonna Institute, College of Ayurveda in 2012.

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

Owen Sondergeld

Owen Sondergeld

Resident Yoga Teacher

 

Health and strength of the body, calm and serenity of the mind – these are the Philosophies of Yoga.

The sister science of Ayurveda, Yoga is a 1,000’s year old wisdom tradition whose benefits are available for everyone: young and old, sick and fit. The personal practice of both asana and pranayama, found in the system of Hatha Yoga, are understood to be the primary 2 pillars useful (likely necessary) to actualize the qualities described above.

After nearly a decade of exploration into the roots of Yoga, he now teaches in the Hatha Yoga lineage of Tirumulai Krishnamacharya, well known as “The Professor” in India. Relevant to Ayurveda – and a longtime student/scholar – he is known for saying: “80% of Yoga problems can be corrected through the diet.”

Sydni Hughes

Sydni Hughes

Office Manager & Massage Therapist

 

Sydni is a certified nutritional health coach that studied nutrition and Ayurveda at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. While pursuing a more in depth education in Ayurveda, she has become increasingly passionate in helping people find an individual healing practice. She began working with Manish at SC Ayurveda and together the two are working hard to expand the wellness community and make Ayurveda accessible to everyone. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she has a passion for the ocean and all things nature. She strives to help people find their inner power and heal in a holistic, authentic way that is true to human nature.