Melissa Cuddihy

Melissa Cuddihy


"I believe that well-being  consists of a balance of exercise, healthy nutrition , rest and relaxation.  I have found mindful movement to be an essential component to wellness. I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years and became certified to teach yoga through the Nourish teacher training program with Victor Dubin.  In addition to teaching yoga, I have over 15 years of experience in the wellness industry.  I am certified in massage therapy, aquatic therapy and exercise and teaching integrative fitness for people with injury.    I believe my teaching style allows students of all levels to easily follow classes, I help each participant with any accommodations they may have. "

"I have lived in Santa Cruz for 20 years raising my family.  I enjoy traveling and practicing  yoga.  I am excited to open the doors of Urban Sanctuary to offer a range of classes to suit people from all walks of life!"

Melissa Cuddihy, Founder/Instructor



Laura Albrecht, Instructor

Laura Albrecht teaches Yoga, Spinefulness, and theraputic exercise to groups and individuals throughout the Bay Area. She a background in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga from studies at Mount Madonna Center and currently studies with  Spinefulness founder, Jean Couch, at the balance center in Palo Alto. She also has experience  as physical therapy aide and chiropractic aid. Laura believes that for a healthy yoga practice, the fundamental postures of life; sitting, standing, bending, walking, and sleeping require the most awareness and refinement. As a teacher, Laura's goal is to keep students safe by moving slow and educating everyone about deep, postural strength. She guides students through poses and movement patterns that inform the way they move off the yoga mat with intention of bringing mindful movement into our everyday lives. Laura believes that Yoga and Spinefulness are practices that can be beneficial to everyone. It is her job to help you discover a practice that allows for the body's internal healing powers to shine.



Julie Holbrook, Licensed Esthetician

Since 2005, Julie Holbrook has offered effective and deeply relaxing skin and body care treatments in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas. Throughout the years, she has worked in both small and large spas, and has experience in Spa Management, Education, and as a Traveling Skin Care Sales Representative. This experience has provided her with a broad working knowledge and holistic perspective of the Skin Care and Spa Industry. Years of continuing education and on the job training has also provided awareness of additional modalities and methods of healing such as: advanced ingredient technology, Japanese Facial Massage, Ayurvedic principles, Aromatherapy, Cranial Sacral techniques, Clinical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Body Treatments.

I have an intense love for my industry. I experience joy by sharing my passion for skin care treatments whether it be a pampering facial, a beautifully done brow arch, or a simple corrective makeup application. Through Esthectics, I am able to help my clients feel better on the outside, which in turn, helps them feel better within. This has inspired me to do gratis work on people recovering from traumatic facial scarring. Sometimes when we look and feel better Esthetically, it creates a healing process, from the inside out. I look forward to working with you!
— Julie Holbrook