About us

About us

Pandit Atul Krshna and Monica B Groover are the co founders Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy and, dedicated to continuing the cause of a plant based diet, Vedic and Ayurvedic Health and Yoga Practice.

Dr Aparna Dandekar, D.O., AP Dr. Aparna Dandekar received both her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sanskrit as well as her Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle (‘96). She received her doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA (‘02), and did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Medical Center (‘05).Dr. Aparna Dandekar is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and graduated from San Diego College of Ayurveda as Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner. She practices Ayurveda in Oakland and offers Home Visits as well.

Contact Dr Aparna for a consultation in Oakland and San Francisco Area

Born into a family of Vedic tradition from Maharashtra, Dr. Aparna integrates the east and west to find holistic therapies for her patients. Dr Aparna teachers the Block 1 Foundation course for the college. She also enjoys reading ancient Sanskrit texts, as well as literature in the Indian languages of Marathi and Hindi.


Monica B Groover, Ph.D., LMT, E-RYT 200

Dr Monica B Groover is a licensed Massage Therapist, Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, & Herbalist.

Ms. Groover comes from a heritage of Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology and Herbal healing. Her father was a famous Vedic Astrologer and Herbalist in India. MS Groover studied extensive Ayurveda and Panchakarma under Guru Shishya parampra and happens to be a prenatal yoga teacher, and meditation teacher as well. She has taught at Kerala Ayurveda Institute, and, prepared Ayurveda curriculum for graduate courses and different Ayurveda colleges.

An accompalished gandharva music singer, advanced meditation practitioner, and, Herbalist- Ms. Bhatia practices traditional Ayurveda as passed to her by her heritage, Energy medicine, and also practices Vedic Healing through Mantras.

A certified NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association), member at the Ayurveda Doctor level; Ms. Groover’s research and articles have been published in India, as well as U.S. Her articles have been published in Light of Ayurveda Journal, and her curriculum has been used by Universities. Ms. Groover’s in the process of finishing two books. Ms Groover has been a participant in NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) sub committee for Ayurveda Counselor and Practitioner board exams in US.

Priyanka Rajan BAMS

Dr Priyanka Rajan comes from a long line of vaidyas and Ayurvedic Physicians from Southern India. She finished her Bachelors in Ayurveda Degree from Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University. Dr Rajan lives in New Jersey and teaches some of the Ayurvedic courses online.


Pandit Atul Krishna Das

Vedic Astrologer, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Sanskrit Pundit

Pandit Atul Krishna Das does Vedic Astrology Consultations and teaches Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking Demonstrations. Jyotish, when combined with Ayurvedic Consultation – it gives a holistic blueprint for the whole life. Why things happened in past and what is indicated for the future from health, wealth, relationship aspects.

Pt Atul Krishna is a Vedanta pundit of Vaishnava Vedic Philosophy, Samkhya Philosophy and Sanskrit, Pundit Krishnaji has translated and edited a number of ancient Sanskrit texts including Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Sri Brahma Samhita, Hitopadesh, Origin of Ratha Yatra and various Stotrams.

He is helping us translate Charaka Samhita word by word from Sanskrit and giving his own commentary. Pandit Atul Krishna teaches Samkhya, Manasa and Sanskrit for SDCOA.

His book on Samkhya philosophy is used by SDCOA. Pandit Atul’s been been published in the Light of Ayurveda Journal.

His Ayurvedic Vegetarian cooking skills are legendary within the Ayurveda community, and, people fly from all over the world to learn from him.


Monica Singhal, AP

Monica Singhal attended one of the most prestigious Medical schools in New Delhi India-All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After specializing in Dermatology, she decided not to pursue Westerm Medicine, and, instead decided to focus all of her attention to Ayurveda and holistic medicine. Monicaji completed her Ayurveda Practitioner program San Diego College of Ayurveda. She practices out of Carmel Valley, San Diego.

Sangeetha Agara

Sangeetha Agara grew up with Ayurveda, Vedic Sciences and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), and, Sanskrit. She has a Masters in Business Administration from a prestigious institute in Canada. She graduated and then did consulting work for San Diego College of Ayurveda under Pandit Atul Krishna and Manjulali Dasi. Ms Agara is a citizen of Canada and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Pt. Atul Krishna Dasa