Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if this eCourse is right for me?
Do you feel stuck? Stressed? Do you experience disturbed sleep, heartburn, emotional eating, weight gain, high blood pressure, chronic pain or other physical challenges? Have you lost your enthusiasm, joy or vitality?
Are you ready to become unstuck? Are you searching for new, but reliable and all natural ways to be whole, healthy and happy again? Then this course is for you.
Following this course’s guidance can lead you to implement a few or even all of Ayurveda’s health-, joy- and peace-awakening practices, and thereby experience greater physical energy, more enthusiasm, better ability to focus, higher sleep quality, improved digestion and immunity, amongst many other profound benefits for physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health and well-being.
In this course, you’ll learn lifestyle, food and positive behaviors from the classical science of Ayurveda that will inspire you, help you heal yourself, make you more whole and give you the hope and confidence you are seeking to connect with your inner latent state of health and well-being (despite current symptoms). The teachings will serve as a rite of transition, from a life lived unconsciously, at the mercy of unexamined habits or chemicals and dependency upon medications, laxatives, for example, to the recreation of each day, lived in brilliant balance hence forward with the aid of Ayurveda. Once the wisdom from this course is internalized and lived, disease is overcome spontaneously, and all dependencies, including emotional ones, are resolved.
Worldwide, people are turning away from popping remedies (even the natural forms) and exploring lifestyle-, food- and belief-level changes. This course is a leader in this trend and has helped countless people since its beginning in 2007 reclaim their soul birthright of enjoying renewed health, well-being and joy!
Along with the health seekers, Ayurveda lovers, self-healing enthusiasts, seekers of wellness, Ayurveda doctors, integrative medicine and functional medicine practitioners, holistic and mainstream nurse practitioners and essentially anyone who wants activate their health and their family’s health and wellbeing from within are invited on this journey with Acharya Shunya. You won’t be disappointed you took this course.
I am not sick, I am pretty healthy. Will I still benefit from this eCourse?
Whether you’re looking for food and lifestyle recommendations for specific health concerns such as stubborn weight, asthma or depression, or if you’d simply like to protect and improve your overall health, immunity, vitality and well-being and learn anti-aging practices, in this course you’ll find a treasury of classical, deeply integrated and spiritually-inspired Ayurvedic lifestyle teachings, wellness practices and inspired ideas for every part of your day. The spiritual and psychological teachings in this course are well-balanced with practical knowledge on physical health, supported by practical advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle by following Ayurveda’s daily routines.
This course is for everyone, because we envision a healthy and happy planet. We invite the youth, the middle-aged and ageing, the diseased and the healthy, the home-makers and the professionally employed; and finally, we invite current and future students and practitioners, who wish to awaken their own health with the tools we impart, for one and all.
What will I learn?
This first-of-its-kind course is based upon the spiritually-potent Awakening Health Model™ of Ayurveda, as put forth by internationally renowned Ayurvedic teacher, healer, and scholar, Acharya Shunya. It goes beyond a basic level or micro-level study of Ayurveda (constitution-focused) and, instead, will launch you into a macro-level engagement with Ayurveda, its life wisdom, spiritual philosophy, health-enhancing lifestyle practices, superfoods, and recipes.
You will learn nourishing daily rituals organized by the time of the day and aligned with the seasons. This course teaches you how to incorporate traditional practices, recipes, exercise, yoga, rituals of devotion, meditation, self-care and beauty into your modern lifestyle.
You will learn the “why” and “how-to’s” of several traditional Ayurvedic health, well-being and immunity-enhancing lifestyle practices; morning and evening self-care, spiritual rituals and contemplations, self-massage, beauty and cooking instructions, and information on important spices, recipes, exercises, and ways to access inner peace and mental clarity.
You will learn all about the Doshas, how modern lifestyles contribute to dosha imbalance, and how to restore dosha balance for vital health and strong immunity.
You will learn in great detail about various food groups and their healing qualities, seasonal usage and impact on body and mind (dairy, cereals, pulses, vegetables, meats, oils, buts, fruits, etc). You will learn how to use Ayurvedic superfoods and other herbal elixirs to enhance your immunity and fortify your energy. ‘
In depth, you will explore Ayurveda’s lesser-known but very powerful Sacred Psychology teachings from ancient Ayurvedic texts that will help you calm and purify your own mind, and respond to relationship or work challenges with greater wisdom and presence of mind.
"Health is not a probability that you may achieve. It is a reality, an underlying natural state of being." - Acharya Shunya
Can you explain what is different about the “Awakening Health Model” and how I stand to benefit from it?
Acharya Shunya’s “Awakening Health Model” draws upon the enormously powerful but sadly forgotten psycho-spiritual teachings of Ayurveda that evoke inner abilities and latent resources to manage and transcend emotional stress, relationship challenges, and existential question marks. An increasing number of published studies are examining the connection between spirituality, health, and quality of life.
Spirituality is different from religion. While religion pertains to devotion to a “god figure,” spirituality is universal and focused around expanding inner “awareness” and “consciousness.” It speaks to ultimate existential concerns, coping with the stress of life, loss, aging, personal strivings, and issues of adaptive functioning. Physical medicine has limitations in this capacity, and this is where the need to blend the hard science of disease management with pragmatic spirituality, ethics and values, becomes apparent.
This is why those who are spiritually-inspired and have a sense of connectedness with a universal truth experience hope, meaning, purpose, and inner strength to overcome to become. To understand this spiritually-integrated approach and sample Alchemy through Ayurveda sign up for the
FREE, 3-part introductory course. We suggest you watch all three videos!
What is the format of the course?
The course is 100% online and self-paced with access to videos, learning materials, discussion forums and once-a-month LIVE sessions with Acharya Shunya or her teaching assistant Vimala.
View Vimala’s biography here: https://www.vedikaglobal.org/vimala-leeann-brady.
While attendance to the live sessions is completely optional, we highly encourage attending due to the interactive nature of these sessions.
What will I get when I enroll?
The Alchemy through Ayurveda course includes access to 3 separate courses within Acharya Shunya's online wisdom school.
Upon enrollment, you'll receive:
-Access to the Alchemy through Ayurveda course - which includes 40 video classes organized by season into 10 modules
-Access to the Yoga Sutras Masterclass: A Roadmap to Self-Mastery - 4 video classes on yoga philosophy and the associated meditations
-Access to the Ayurveda Ancestral Herbal Video and Recipe Library - 18 video classes and recipe PDFs on herbs, spices, flowers, and superfoods.
-Access to a discussion forum where you can post questions and have them answered, and also connect with other students.
How many times will I get live interaction with Acharya Shunya?
For your first year, Acharya Shunya will join her TA in the monthly interactive Q&A session to answer your questions, and encourage you in your journey towards greater health and well-being with Ayurveda several times a year (no less than five times per year). After your first year, you will have the opportunity to continue these live interactions with both Acharya Shunya and her TA in the Interactive Alchemy module.
Are there any prerequisites to the course?
None at all. You are welcome to join this course without any prior knowledge of Ayurveda or its sister sciences of Yoga or Vedanta.
What is the time commitment for this course?
There is no required time commitment for this course, as it is self-paced. You have lifetime access to the course. Additionally for the first year you have the option to attend live classroom teachings in the form of Learner's Sangha and Ayurveda Sanctuary.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have lifetime access to the course materials, including video teachings, recipes, and handouts. Additionally for the first year, you have the option to attend live classroom teachings in the form of Learner's Sangha and Ayurveda Sanctuary. After your first year, you will have the opportunity to continue this live study if you choose.
When do classes begin?
You can start any day of the year. Upon enrollment, you will be emailed your username and password to login into the course and access the teachings.
When can I enroll?
You can enroll any day of the year.
When does enrollment close?
Enrollment is always open. You can enroll at any time of the year and continue at your own pace.
Is financial aid available?
Not at this time.
Will I be licensed to practice when I complete this course?
In its current form, no, this course does not license you to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner. However, all of the Ayurveda Ancestral Herbal Library classes are eligible for PACE credits from the National Ayurveda Medical Association - these are provided as a gift within the Alchemy through Ayurveda course.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, all graduates will get a “Certificate of Study with Acharya Shunya” issued by Vedika Global®, Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) spiritual and socially responsible humanitarian Ayurveda organization, founded by Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur in California. Vedika Global®, Inc. is dedicated to igniting a spiritually empowered community healing and wellness movement with classical Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta.
Where is your institute located?
As of 2020, our programs are 100% online. Our administrative office is located in Hayward, California.
Can I share the course and log in with friends/family?
Practicing studies, recipes and demonstrations with a friend or family member may be fun and educational, however, sharing logins and course materials will result in account cancellation. Please do not share account or login information. Thank you for understanding.
I don't live in the United States. Can I still take your classes?
Anyone with an Internet connection can sign up for our classes. If you are wondering whether our courses meet specific standards for your country, you would need to check with your local regulations. Please note that all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Prospective international students should contact their bank to determine exchange rates.
How do I get my questions answered during the course?
We have set up several ways to ensure all your questions are answered as you progress along the course.
We have a discussion forum where you can interact with the TA, post your questions and get them answered. All Q&A will be available alongside the course and you can return to it anytime.
Any questions that need a fuller explanation, will be answered during the monthly Live Q&A session by the TA.
No less than five times a year, Acharya Shunya will join the LIVE Q&A sessions to answer the most important questions.
Can I get a refund?
We have a 100% money back guarantee. We want you to be happy and fulfilled by this course. If you buy this course and aren't satisfied, email us within 30 days of your purchase and we'll refund your money or you can opt for a credit toward another course. To request a refund, email us at email@example.com.