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Sevanti Institute Faculty

James Bailey, DASc, AD, LAc, MPH, ERYT500

Sevanti Institute Founder, Director, Instructor

James Bailey, DASc, AD, LAc, MPH, E-RYT500 is a third-generation health care practitioner, Ayurvedic Doctor, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and Ayurveda and Yoga educator who has been practicing the wellness arts for 30 years. He is the founder of Sevanti Institute, offering Ayurveda wellness education and professional training programs including its signature Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program. He is available for Ayurveda Wellness Consultations through the Sevanti Wellness Center. Clinically, and in his teachings, James inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of all healing. His teachings are eclectic and entertainingly provocative. He is sought out by yoga schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the ability to bridge them to modern-day living. His professional training includes 5 years of clinical studies in Oriental Medicine and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, South India where he spends time teaching and studying while on retreat. He is the founder of Sevanti Adventures which offers an annual tour to sacred India each March.

James Bailey, DASc, AD, LAc

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar BAMS, MD (Ayurveda, India)

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Ayurvedic Physician, Author & Educator

Founder and Director: Ayurvedic Healing Inc. CA
Faculty & Consultant: Chopra Center, CA
MMI Institute, Kerala Ayurveda, MUM
Best Selling Author: The Hot Belly Diet
The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling
Change Your Schedule Change Your Life

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a world-renown Ayurvedic physician & Educator from India born of a traditional Rig-Vedic family. He holds an M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine, with a Gold Medal from the prestigious Pune University in India.
Dr. Suhas is one of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic physicians in the US, Who has traveled worldwide popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine, setting up clinics, offering courses for both medical professionals and laypersons, and has provided Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients.
He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and a visiting Professor at various Ayurvedic Schools & Universities, worldwide. He is an Adviser and Consultant for the Chopra Center. He was featured in numerous radio and television shows like Dr. Oz, NBC and many more. He is an experienced Clinician & an insightful Vedic Counselor, who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike.
He is an internationally acclaimed Researcher, Best Selling Author, Formulator and Consultant to various nutraceutical companies.
He is the lead formulator of Zrii, Achieve, Accell, Zrii Rise & Purify.
He is currently the Director of "Ayurvedic Healing" an Integrative Wellness & Panchakarma Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, LMT, DYA (India)

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar graduated from Pune University, India with a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She is also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and qualified as a Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. Dr. Manisha has been teaching Ayurveda, yoga for more than 10 years. She specializes in women and infant health, skin care and natural beauty treatments. She offers regular workshops on Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, panchakarma and herbology.

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

Dr. Manas Kshirsagar

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Dr. Manas Kshirsagar is a NAMA Board Certified Ayurvedic Doctor. He comes from a Rig Vedic Brahmin tradition with an extensive Ayurvedic background. He graduated from Aloha Ayurveda Academy and completed his MS in Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine from Maharishi University of Management. He is an acclaimed wellness consultant, who has worked as an Ayurvedic Consultant at MAPI and the prestigious Raj Panchakarma center in Fairfield, IA. Manas has extensive training in many different healing modalities including certifications in Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki.
He is a Health Educator, who is passionate about health and fitness. He has worked with clients of all age groups and specializes in Lifestyle Medicine. For the last 5 years, Manas has traveled the nation setting up protocols for Ayurvedic medicine in yoga studios, hospitals, and integrative wellness clinics. He provides Ayurvedic consultations and teaches both health professionals as well as the community how to care for their health and well-being. Providing a holistic approach to medicine, his philosophy of healing revolves around Diet, Yoga, Meditation, Detoxification, Nutrition & effective Stress Management. He is a sought-after speaker, engaging small groups to large audiences. He believes that medical care should be personalized, and that treatment plans need to be tailored to the individual rather than set in a standard protocol. Manas also believes that our mental and emotional state greatly affect our health and has led many patients from a state of chronic stress and disease to leading a more balanced, meaningful and joyful life.

Dr. Manas Kshirsagar

Claire Ragozzino

Level 1 Program Director

Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner with a background in nutrition and natural cooking. Her work is dedicated to bringing yoga, Ayurveda, and nutrition to a modern lifestyle. She is the author of the popular site, Vidya Living, and also writes and photographs for online and print publications surrounding topics of food, culture, and our relationship to nature. Her first book, Living Ayurveda, offers a comprehensive Ayurvedic cookbook and lifestyle guide. Claire works with clients around the globe, specializing her work in women's health, and leads immersive workshops and retreats.

Claire Ragozzino

Arun Deva, DASc, AD

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT(500), C-IAYT, YTRx practices yoga and Ayurveda. Quietly. Mostly in Los Angeles. But he also travels to teach. And this could perhaps be not so quiet. In fact, he tends to get a little passionate about his favorite subject: the surcease of suffering. He likes to wander about looking for the Buddha in every face he sees. And this sometimes, as you may imagine, is quite challenging. Arun is a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda; Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA), Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (NAMA), Yoga Therapist (IAYT) and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher (E-RYT500). The founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM for over 15 years. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including pancakarma and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood. He also teaches the Ayurveda and Yoga modules for many Teacher Training Programs around the world and is Director of Ayurveda at LMU’s YTRX Program. Arun has often presented at both the NAMA and SYTAR Conferences. Born in India, where he began his studies as a child, Arun has made his home in Los Angeles since 1977.

Arun Deva, DASc, AD

Laura Plumb

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Laura Plumb is the author of the the best-selling book Ayurveda Cooking For Beginners, the writer and host of a 53-part tv series called VedaCleanse and of a 12-part series called Divine Yoga. As a graduate of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and the American Institute of Vedic Studies, she is a leading educator on the power of the Vedic sciences to promote sacred, sumptuous living.

Formerly the General Manager of The Discovery Channel Europe, Laura is the founder/director of VedaWise, offering clinical services in natural medicine for whole person wellness and trainings in the Vedic sciences. She offers classes and consultations in Ayurveda, Jyotish, Yoga Therapy, Whole Food Cooking and Nutrition, serves as a contributing Ayurvedic educator at the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine and The Sevanti Institute, teaches at wellness centers and festivals internationally, is a monthly contributor to Spirituality & Health, as well as an Ambassador for Banyan Botanicals.

Laura’s blog is an inspirational resource for Ayurvedic recipes and wise living. Her popular whole food, plant-based seasonal cleanses are powerful, effective and deliciously nourishing. Her articles on health and wellness have been published in Huffington Post, Ayurveda Next Door, Spirituality & Health, Insight, and the Times of India, among other national and international media.

Laura is an E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance, an Ayurvedic Health Professional and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist through NAMA, and a Jyotish consultant in the M.K.Gandhi lineage.

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David Crow

Sevanti Institute Instructor

David Crow, L.Ac., graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984; he is a California state licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been a clinician, consultant, researcher, and educator for over 30 years. As an educator, he has taught extensively for over two decades in the US and Canada, and online internationally; over 5,000 students have attended his online courses in the last three years. He has traveled extensively to study traditional medicinal systems, including spending several years in Nepal and India studying Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine. He is the author of four books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, about his time with traditional doctors in the Himalayas, and Sacred Smoke, about his ethnobotanical research in Ecuador. Along with his wife Sara Crow, he is the founder and owner of Floracopeia, Inc. a company devoted to supporting sustainable ecological agriculture through the production of essential oils.

David Crow, LAc

KP Khalsa, Yogaraj, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H.

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is one of the foremost natural healing experts in the field today. He is one of a very few clinicians with over 47 years of experience with complementary medicine. Khalsa is President Emeritus and Global Ambassador of the American Herbalists Guild, and director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association. Author or editor of 30 books, Khalsa teaches herbalism at three medical schools and is the first American to be board certified in herbalism and Ayurveda.

Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Doctor, state certified dietitian and author of over 3,000 published health articles. Khalsa’s approach to complementary medicine is very eclectic. He was personally trained by Yogi Bhajan for 32 years, supporting his main focus in Ayurvedic medicine. He also teaches about Chinese and North American natural medicine.

He was the principal medical formulator for Yogi Tea, a medicinal tea company, and is the curriculum director and principal instructor for several Professional Herbalist, Nutritional Therapy and Ayurveda training programs. He lives in the Northwest with his family.

KP Khalsa, AD

Dr. Margo Bachman, DACM, LAc

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Dr. Margo Bachman, DACM, LAc
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist
NAMA certified Ayurvedic practitioner

Dr. Margo Bachman, DACM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner and clinical director Wild Rose Medicine Acupuncture and Ayurveda. She received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Margo has been passionate about natural medicine and healing for over twenty-five years. She is a woman’s health and fertility expert that has studied extensively and practiced acupuncture, Ayurveda, herbal medicine and yoga therapy for decades and is dedicated to improving the health of others. Margo is the author of Yoga Mama Yoga Baby; Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth. She lives in in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Dr. Margo Bachman

Simon Chokoiski

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Simon Chokoisky worked five years at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, where he taught Medical Jyotisha and Sanskrit. He is the author of The 5 Dharma Types: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living, along with Sex, Love & Dharma, and Gambler's Dharma. His forthcoming book, Spiritual Dharma: How to Find Enlightenment in the New Millennium comes out fall 2018. His Sanskrit Without Stress book and DVD program has been hailed by students as the easiest way to learn Sanskrit. He travels widely and consults clients over the phone and online. To contact, email

Simon Chokoisky

Sherri Silverman

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Sherri Silverman, PhD, has worked with Vastu clients since 1999. As one of the most experienced Vastu consultants and author of the acclaimed book Vastu: Transcendental Home Design in Harmony with Nature (2007), she is one of the world's leading Vastu experts. Sherri taught meditation, yoga, and spiritual development courses for decades; she studied directly with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (TM) and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living). She was an adjunct professor at Naropa and other universities, teaching a wide range of subjects. Her doctorate is in Creativity, Art, and the Sacred & Application of Asian Concepts. Besides Vastu, her main focus is on being an artist. Sherri is adept at making Vedic knowledge clear and accessible. She began studying Ayurveda in 1984 and brings that understanding into her Vastu Course at Sevanti Institute.

Sherri Silverman, PhD