Our Services include individual consultations, seminars, retreats, lecuturing and education on Ayurveda. We also carry a line of natural products, botanicals and vitamins to support our patients needs. For rates on speaking and education, please contact our office.

Individual Consultations

We have worked with many thousands of individuals who came to us with a wide range of health complaints. Here are just a few of the health imbalances we have successfully treated:

Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, weight loss, weight gain, lack of concentration, asthma, allergies, acne, addiction recovery, digestive disorders, constipation, migraines, acid reflux, low assimilation, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, psoriasis, thinning hair and nails, fibromyalgia, back pain, high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, vertigo, various cancers, thyroid disorders, low blood sugar, diabetes, recurring yeast infections, hypertension, high blood pressure and stress.

Please do not hesitate to ask us about our experience with any health concern you have. You will find a listing of many of the services that we provide along with their rates. Please note that we do accept checks and cash and credit cards, but that we are not set up to accept insurance.


  • Initial Ayurvedic Consultation 30 minutes     $150
  • Second Ayurvedic Consultation 30 minutes    $150
  • Follow up appointments 30 minutes    $110
  • Individualized Yoga Program 30 minutes    $110
  • Private Yoga Instruction 60 minutes    $220
  • Individualized Breathing Instruction (pranayama) 30 minutes    $110
  • Marma Point Therapy 30 minutes    $110
  • Marma Point Therapy 60 minutes    $220
  • Individual Meditation Instruction 60 minutes    $220                        
  • Phone Consultations    $3.66 per minute 
  • Email Consultations    $25.00 per email   


Mela Gaskins Butcher holds a five year degree in Kayachikitsa, or Ayurvedic internal medicine. Mela studied under the direction of the renown Ayurvedic scholar Dr. Jyoti Ananda. She also holds a Masters in Science from the University of Washington. She is the the owner and director of the CENTER FOR AYURVEDA. Mela has been practicing Ayurvedic medicine since 1990 and has personally overseen more than 14,000 individual medical cases working with the Ayurvedic model. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and teacher trainer on the subjects of Yoga and Ayurveda in the US and abroad. She is the faculty head of an annual Ayurvedic school in Los Angeles in partnership with Yoga Works, and  is also the lead Ayurvedic lecturer and Ayurveda  curricula author  for Yoga Works teacher trainings.

Mela has also taught Yoga since 1980, and is certified in the Hatha, Iyengar and Yoga Therapy traditions. She was raised by Yogis in the Self Realization Fellowship tradition(Paramahansa Yogananda) and was initiated as a Kriyaban at the age of 17.

You will most likely find her smiling….

If you would like to receive more information about how to have Mela bring her inspiring and unforgettable  presentations to your school, center, or establishment, then we would love to speak with you!

We may be reached directly at: 310 712 2660 or info@centerforayurveda.com

We look forward to the possibility of speaking with you!

Ayurvedic Phone Consults

At the Center for Ayurveda we also provide Phone appointments for our patients who live out side of the Southern California region, or for whom phone consultations are helpful to their busy schedule.


Call us at 310.712.2660 and let us know that you would like to book a phone consultation along with the amount of time you would like to book and the best number for us to reach you.

Fees for Phone appointments are $110.00 for 30 minutes and $220.00 for an hour.  This provides you with direct access to our Director, Mela Gaskins Butcher, who wIll oversee every aspect of your treatment plan.

We take great joy in serving patients from all over the world and look forward to the possibility of working with you!

Please do not hesitate to call or write us with any questions you may have about booking a private Ayurvedic Consultation.

Contact Us
When you first meet Mela, you know something is different about her. There is a certain calm that surrounds her which immediately relaxes and assures you that you have come to the right place. She is kind, compassionate and gifted. And she is passionate about improving the lives of others. If you are looking for ways to reduce stress or anxiety, you owe it to yourself to visit the Center for Ayurveda in Southern California.”
David Leaser, Business Development Executive, IBM
“I’ve been a patient of Mela’s and a student in her yoga classes for six months now. When I came to her I was in pretty bad physical condition. I weighed 235 lbs (I am a 6’0” 27 year old male). I didn’t have any energy, and I was winded easily. I didn’t exercise at all and I didn’t have much strength or endurance. I used caffeine to keep me going throughout the day, and I had trouble sleeping at night. I wasn’t happy with the way I was eating, but I didn’t know how to change. I came to Mela for a healthier way of life.
Mela spent a lot of time with me as a patient. She took time to learn who I was and what my life had been like thus far so she could tailor her recommendations to fit me specifically. She gave me a personal yoga and exercise routine I could do at home, and my own set of breathing exercises. She prescribed certain botanical supplements to help correct physical deficiencies. She not only taught me which foods were good for me, but how to fit them into an overall healthy way of eating. Over the last six months she modified these recommendations as I changed, adapting them to my needs as I progressed.
Now I feel great, and I am feeling better all the time. I currently weigh 173 pounds. I have more endurance and energy than I did even as a teenager. I feel strength coming into my limbs, and I feel like I am beginning to reclaim my body. I no longer depend on caffeine, and I sleep much better at night, and I FINALLY feel good about how I eat.

It is Mela’s personality as much as the regimen she prescribed for me that has encouraged me to make the progress I have made. Mela is a deeply knowledgeable, kind and compassionate person whose humility belies her skillfulness. In yoga class she can make a room full of people like they are each getting a personal lesson. She doesn’t push you too hard or go too easy on you, but rather sets you at a pace that is just right for you. In her Ayurvedic capacity, she makes the patient feel like nothing is more important to her than your health. She takes pains to become intimately familiar with your overall physical and psychological condition and lifestyle so that she can give you the best possible advice. Mela is a gifted healer and a joy to be around. The fact that she is like this in addition to being a gifted yoga teacher and ayurvedic practitioner, is the reason I recommend her to my friends and family, and why I am recommending her to you.

Tim Greenfield, Student
If you are looking for your very own, personal healing angel-look no further than Mela Butcher!

The amount of genuine caring and attention to my condition has been both impressive and heartwarming.
Thanks to Mela, the strong and horrible medications that I was taking to fight off Crohn’s disease are no longer a part of my daily routine. I am especially happy to no longer be taking the tablet form of chemotherapy that is often Part of a Crohn’s fighting program for western medicine. Instead, I am happy to report, I have gained back weight, fell better and happier, and instead of prescription drugs, I have my own healthy program of rebuilding that Mela has individually created for me.

While the daily twists and turns in both my personal and professional lives has at times changed the equation, Mela has always come up with the right answer for each problem as it occurred.
I continue to check in with Mela to fine tune my health. It has been a great source of personal pleasure to take what has been a medical problem that standard western medicine does not fully understand and has no cure for and follow a natural and healthy path towards rebuilding. Mela is so caring and so focused on improving my physical AND mental health that I feel that I have a personal life coach to help me express my optimal life. She is a true gift and I would recommend her to anyone.

Patrick Aiache, President Table Tools, Inc.