Acharya Shunya

Acharya Shunya

Acharya Shunya is a globally-recognized Vedic scholar, best-selling author and spiritual teacher of non-dual wisdom [Advaita Vedanta]. Her forthcoming book with Sounds True, Sovereign Self, will be released in September 2020. She has transformed the lives of thousands through her extensive knowledge of ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts. Moreover, she has used this wisdom to deeply examine her relationship with herself and the world. In doing so, she was able to overcome her own challenges, remove the veils of ignorance and awaken to a deeper truth, and abiding state of peace and contentment.

Acharya Shunya is the first female lineage-holder from an ancient line of Vedic spiritual teachers from northern India. She was groomed in the study of Vedic scriptures for 14 years, by her loving grandfather and guru, Baba Ayodhya Nath, (alongside regular schooling) and chosen amongst multiple male candidates as the first female spiritual leader of the lineage at the age of 24.

As a representative of this ancient Vedic lineage, she conveys the deepest scriptural wisdom in a manner relevant to modern western sensibilities while losing none of the original beauty, authenticity, purity, and power. Acharya Shunya's non-dual universal teachings are directed toward people of all faiths seeking to realize their true potential. Her profound spiritual teachings change lives, enable abiding happiness, peace, and realization of the ultimate truth. Her students describe her as a catalyst for awakening, a beacon of light- that has illumined their paths from powerlessness to powerful. Students consistently remark at her gift of delivering profound wisdom eloquently, within the context of easy to remember real-life application.

An international lecturer and a sought-after speaker, Shunya delivers inspirational speeches, workshops and retreats throughout the world and has delivered keynote addresses for members of the World Ayurveda Congress (a multi country consortium), the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (AAPNA), and the Global Ayurveda International Conference. She was also invited to present on the status of "Ayurveda in the United States" by the Government of India, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs in 2016. This is a rare honor.

Shunya has also received prestigious awards both in the United States and India, including for Distinguished Service by the California Institute of Integral Medicine (CIIS), excellence in education by the Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (AAPNA), the Best Speaker Award at Global Ayurveda International Conference, and the International Ayurveda Ambassador Award from Indian Institute of Medicine (IIM).

She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, beloved pets, plants, and a globally expansive student community.

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