6-Month Gut Healing Protocol

Ever heard, “our gut is our second brain” before? It’s because biologically, our gut microbiome is connected to our nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves)—and that means that state of our gut dictates a lot about the state of overall wellbeing. Repairing the gut can support the entire body, making us feel lighter, happier, healthier, and able to live our lives to the fullest. Our gut health and digestive health aren’t just about what we eat, though. They’re about what we take in on all levels and how well we assimilate and process that nourishment. This means, we’re “digesting” everything we eat, feel, think, see, hear, do, and experience throughout the day, and it all informs the way we live from day to day. Because of that, this protocol is designed to bring you easy-to-integrate knowledge, tools, and practices so that you take in things that nourish you more fully and process, integrate, and assimilate nutrients on every level—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.

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Our Gut Health Impacts Everything

“Anyone who has experienced butterflies or knots in the stomach during episodes of stress does not need to be convinced that the nervous system and the digestive system are intimately related. Biologically, the gastrointestinal system of the human embryo develops as an outgrowth of the nervous system.” – Deepak Chopra

Our holistic approach combines medical, dietary, and lifestyle-based support to help you change your habits and change your life. You can expect to have a unique experience based on your own unique constitution and needs, because monthly Consultations with our Resident Ayurvedic Doctor, Manish Chandra, will personalize this gut reset for you, as the two of you will go over your health history, blood reports, and goals on a regular basis. Basic Ayurvedic education and the all-levels monthly yoga and breath-work classes are easily accessible in each module, and will help you slow down, cultivate mindfulness, and come into your body through movement and breath. There are plenty of easy-to-integrate tools, practices, recipes, and ways to get additional support, so that you can get what you want and need out of this Protocol. And, there will also be monthly Community Video Calls so that you can ask questions, connect with others, and deepen your understanding of Ayurveda and Gut Health. Patience is an important part of the process, though, as Ayurveda is not a quick fix, one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. If you want to know why it takes 6-months, scroll down to the FAQ section. When you go to register, choose between the two variations of this protocol that resonates most with you: one includes two Vedic Astrology Natal chart readings along with the entire Gut Healing Protocol (for just $50 more each month), and the other includes the Gut Healing Protocol. *Both include monthly consultations, yoga and breath-work classes, dietary and lifestyle practices, basic Ayurvedic education, and support.*

What's Included

  • Consultations, Community Video Calls, and Downloadable PDFs

    Monthly Consultations (included in the Protocol price) are the foundation of this course, as each consultation will bring you into deeper connection with your constitution, your body, your needs. Dr. Manish Chandra will go through your health history, health goals, lab reports, and Ayurvedic diagnostics with you to make sure that you get the support you need. Ayurveda isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and neither is our Protocol! It's all about helping you find the right mixture of lifestyle and dietary practices that restore your body and mind to their optimal health. The Monthly Community Video Calls are designed for you to ask questions, connect with others, and deepen your understanding of Ayurveda and Gut Health each month. The course PDFs provide easy to follow information that's helpful for everyone to know between consultations about: Ayurveda, Gut Healing, Nutrition, and Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Any additional relevant information specific to you will be sent to you by the doctor directly—like dietary and lifestyle guidelines, recipes, or material specific to you, your constitution, and your protocol.

  • Support & Yoga

    We're here everyday of the week to make sure that all your questions get answered and your needs get met. The course content will give you education and practices to refer to throughout the six months in between consultations and will also include 6 different Yoga/Meditation classes (one each month) and a Pranayama (breath work class) for you to do regularly. The content and classes will give you a structure to use on your own for peace of mind, grounding, and additional nourishment; and then we're here every day to answer your questions between consultations.

  • Ad-Ons

    For $50 more each month, you'll also receive two Vedic Astrology (Jyotish) readings. Vedic Astrology can bring insight and awareness to various strengths, challenges, and cycles that you're working with in this lifetime. That knowledge can help you better understand where your time and energy will be most appreciated, respected, and supported. It is more accurate than western astrology, and is a 5,000+ year old, elaborate tradition with an extensive body of research to articulate how planetary influences impact every area of your life—health, relationships, finances, career, joy, heartache, marriage, children, etc.

Your Guides

Resident Ayurvedic Doctor

Manish Chandra

He grew up in Nepal and was exposed to Ayurveda from an early age. His connection to this system of medicine runs deep, and he combines the traditional system of Ayurveda with modern biological systems and approaches to healing. He is a board certified Ayurvedic Doctor by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA) and earned his Masters Degree from the Mount Madonna Institute, College of Ayurveda, back in 2012. His signature Gut Healing Protocol is intended to heal the community one gut at a time. It integrates Yoga and Pranayama, as they are integral parts of his holistic approach. His monthly workshops on Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Cooking are local favorites, with many participants joining every month. Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga) is also offered by the team at his clinic in downtown Santa Cruz, as a compliment to his consultations and programs.

Yoga Instructor

Alyson Amrita

She started her yoga journey back in 2010, and completed her first 200-Hour Yoga Training from Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin, Quebec in 2012. Two years later, she completed her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in Religious Studies with a focus on Comparative Mythology, Feminist Spirituality, and Religion & Ecology. In her last year of college, she completed Level 1 and 2 Reiki trainings in the Dr. Usui lineage with two masters in upstate New York. After graduating, she underwent a two year apprenticeship with a vegan chef/herbalist before going on to complete an additional 500-Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Training from Mudita Yoga Studio, and a third Yoga Training with Zabie Yamasaki (also for Trauma-Informed Yoga) that same year. Aly believes in the power of Ayurveda to inspire wellness for individuals, communities, and the world at large.

Vedic Astrologer

Ziggy Tarr

Tutored by an integrated healer up in Fairfax during his formative years, Ziggy grew up studying Tarot, Reiki, Astrology, and Angelic Channeling from a young age. Now, he spends his time learning all that he can about Jyotisa—also known as Jyotish, the ancient Vedic form of Astrology. He draws his knowledge from the Jaimini and Parashara lineages of Jyotisa, and will complete a 10-Month training with Freedom Cole in 2021 to deepen his understanding of the practice and lineage. He recognizes that an understanding of ones’ chart can lend itself to healing, as it provides a clear vision of ones’ karma. It is his joy(tish!) and honor to serve you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • Why does it take six-months to heal?

    We understand that committing to six-months of specialized health, diet, and lifestyle habits is not an easy undertaking, and we’re honored that you’re here. We know that habits are hard to break, and overtime we can become comfortable with many habits that don’t actually serve us in the long run. Because of these ingrained habits—with food, with lifestyle choices, with how we relate to ourselves, others and the world—we tend to accumulate certain behaviors and find ourselves in certain circumstances that can be detrimental to our health. Fortunately, habits are learned and can therefore be changed, and we can address our own healing from the root cause of our problems rather than just sticking a band-aid on the symptoms. That’s why it takes about six-months. Because Ayurveda teaches us to break down old habits, replace them with new ones, and put in motion a revitalization of the entire body and the mind, which is neither an easy task nor a quick fix. It requires attention, commitment, support, and a willingness to feel better, live better, and heal. Everything revolves around gut health, according to Ayurveda, so that’s one of the first places we will start as we set out on our six-month journey. Modern medicine now shows incredible research linking the gut as the source of thousands of diseases. We know that gut microbes are the powerhouses of everything from the production of energy to healthy immunity. For five-thousand plus years Ayurveda has shown us how to heal various ailments by looking at our individual gut health, and now Ayurveda is becoming a focus for 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, Ayurveda is an ancient practice with modern applications, and we will utilize Ayurvedic teachings with modern science as we move through this protocol. 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.

  • 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 last two months.

  • What is Jyotish?

    Jyotish is a form of astrology that stems from the Vedic teachings, dating back thousands of years. It can help us understand planetary patterns and the way our own celestial make up (birth chart) informs our dharma, karma, relationships, finances—basically every aspect of our lives. It can also offer practical remedial measures for us to alleviate any personal areas of difficulty, or aspects of planetary influences that are hindering us in some way. Understanding your chart can bring clarity, guidance, direction, and support. Vedic Astrology is different, but similar to, Western Astrology.


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