Acharya Shunya is an internationally renowned teacher, author, speaker and scholar of nondual wisdom (Advaita) and a classically-trained master of Yoga and Ayurveda. Acharya Shunya is the first female head of her distinguished Vedic lineage, which traces its roots to 2,000 years ago in the holy city of Ayodhya in northern India. She is also the first woman to teach in the 21st-century West as a representative of this ancient lineage.
Acharya Shunya is the Founder of The Awakened Self Foundation and Vedika Global, Inc., platforms that empower, educate, and inspire. An award-winning author of international repute, Shunya has authored Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman's Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful (Sounds True, 2022); Sovereign Self: Claim Your Inner Joy and Freedom with the Empowering Wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita (Sounds True, 2020); and Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize your Health, Prevent Disease and Live with Vitality and Joy (Sounds True, 2017). She is also the host of the top-rated podcast, “Shadow To Self.”
Through online courses and retreats on Ayurveda, Yoga, Advaita, and interpreting Vedic goddess mythology, the Awakened Self Foundation is focused on the timeless Vedic teachings that enable all humans to attain their full potential as healthy, authentic, and awakened beings. Vedika Global Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to forwarding the spiritual teachings and philosophical ideals of Acharya Shunya’s lineage. Both organizations are headquartered in Northern California and serve a global community of students.
Acharya Shunya’s unique gift to humanity is her deeply personal understanding of the ancient Vedic traditions of spiritual knowledge and their classic scriptures. She expertly demystifies and adapts these into contemporary language, and crafts meaningful practices for Western seekers, providing a rare opportunity to receive authentic teachings from a genuine Vedic master—one with a distinctly down-to-earth feminine flavor who never lets us forget that our humanity is to be embodied and enjoyed.
Acharya Shunya has grown up revering God as Divine Mother, and has conceived empowering and entirely unique goddess archetypes within the laboratory of her own life as daughter, wife, and mother. As someone who has herself walked the path from shadow to light, she is uniquely able to communicate these subtle teachings to modern seekers through her ability to share candidly by personal example, to interpret mythology, to translate esoteric wisdom from sacred Sanskrit texts, and to communicate consciousness—elevating and emboldening practices and insights.