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Shiva Rea, author of Tending the Heart Fire

“Acharya Shunya is one of the extraordinary teachers of the living, embodied wisdom of Ayurveda. She transmits it through the roots of her family lineage as well as throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom. She is a model of how to access the healing power of nature within.”

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS MD (Ayurveda), and Author of The Hot Belly Diet, Director: Ayurvedic Healing Inc.

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom" is a valuable companion for those wishing to understand and apply holistic concepts of health and healing to real-life challenges. Ayurveda is the original lifestyle medicine, which bridges the gap between epigenetics and gene expression enabling you to take control of your total health & wellbeing.  In this book you will find many pearls of wisdom that will inspire you to a mindful & positive lifestyle.”

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of the video newsletter and author of 7 books including Eat Wheat, Body, Mind and Sport and the 3-Season Diet.

“For 30 years I have been trying to teach Ayurveda in the way I learned, by following my Ayurvedic teacher in India for over a year. Acharya Shunya has gifted all of us with her story of learning Vedic wisdom from her grandfather, Baba, as a very young girl. Baba’s timeless wisdom is woven throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom as Acharya teaches us all the pearls of Ayurveda, Baba through Acharya and now to us. We all are deeply touched."

Sally Kempton, Author Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It

“Shunya Mathur has written a definitive guidebook to living the Ayurvedic lifestyle. A powerful clinician who comes from a long line of Ayurvedic healers, Mathur brings the tradition alive with profound authority and clarity. Her work is thoroughly grounded in the traditional wisdom, and tested through years of healing practice and consultation.   Mathur offers us a path that integrates body with mind and spirit, showing us the secrets of Ayurvedic daily practice, self-care, and much more. Layered through the book is the deep spiritual underpinning that is the heart of true Ayurvedic healing. This is a book to cherish, consult often, and use throughout your life.”

James R. Doty, M.D. Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine

“The practice of Ayurveda has been in existence for millennia and, for many, has proven to have a profound positive effect on mind, body and spirit. It is not surprising that this ancient practice that began in India is now being used throughout the world to improve the health of millions. In this wonderful volume, Acharya Shunya, shares with us a prescription to optimize our health in a clear and straightforward fashion giving each of us the power to change our lives.”

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, Spiritual director, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment; founder and president, Meru Institute for Yoga Studies, Ayurveda, and Community Service; author, Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life, host, The Yoga Hour weekly podcast on Unity Online Radio.

“Acharya Shunya’s wise and engaging book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, rings out like a temple bell and shines like the sun at dawn. It gently, yet unmistakably, heralds a new day of radiant wellbeing as accessible to us as the air we breathe or the grasses beneath our feet. A healing balm for our distracted lives, it offers us easy-to-implement, practical Ayurvedic guidance for healthy living every day. It boldly inspires us to claim our inherent healing power and shows us how to do it. You won’t want to put this book down, and fortunately, we don’t have to, because its wisdom continues to whisper in our inner ear, like Acharya Shunya’s beloved Baba—Your life is sacred; remember, you can live that way."

Yogini Shambhavi Devi is a mystic visionary, spiritual guide, renowned author and educator of ancient Vedic traditions as Co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, USA.

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom by Acharya Shunya beautifully unfolds the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in an experiential manner relevant to our contemporary lifestyles. All Wisdom must integrate devotion, pratyahara and dedication. Shunya has wonderfully woven these intricate teachings together forming the basis of all Yogic paths.”

Alain Touwaide, PhD, Co-founder and Scientific Director, Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, Washington, D.C.

“Ayurveda-Lifestyle Wisdom is a poetic and inspiring journey through the joy of life deeply rooted in a millennia-long tradition. I have had the pleasure of meeting Acharya Shunya who has been learning Ayurveda tradition from the best source--not only her grandfather but also the founding texts of Ayurveda. More than anything else, Acharya Shunya irradiates the calm certainty that life is stronger and that being healthy is more than efficaciously treating disease. With Ayurveda and the way Shunya explains it, life is an art, a wisdom, and the embodiment of a tradition going far back in time that Acharya Shunya helps us to bring back to life in the 21st century.”

Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, Chair, Dept. of Somatic Psychology, Integrative Health and Human Sexuality, California Institute of Integral Studies, author, How to Be a Health Coach, founding Editor, American Fitness Magazine

“No one knows more about how to translate the time-honored philosophy of Ayurveda into health-enhancing practical steps than Vedic scholar Acharya Shunya. I’m convinced that if you follow her extraordinarily effective yet simple daily strategies, you will radically improve your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is the ultimate practical guide that promises to reconnect you to the fundamental truth of our spiritual nature and the divine cosmic laws of balance, rhythm, seasonal detox, and so much more. I love this book—it’s outstanding, and I’ve read many books on Ayurvedic medicine. However, this one was different. Shunya’s deep seated knowledge about Ayurveda, and her compassionate and warm-hearted writing gave me the confidence to try her suggestions about losing weight and getting better sleep and eliminating heartburn. It all worked --when nothing else would! Follow her recipes and daily hygiene and lifestyle tips. You’ll be astounded at the positive results.”

Philip Goldberg, Author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

“Ayurveda is one of Indian civilization’s greatest gifts to the world, and Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is an important addition to the growing literature on the subject.  With this highly readable and eminently practical book, Acharya Shunya illuminates Ayurveda in all its fullness – not just a collection of remedies for preventing and treating disease, but a holistic system that draws from its venerable sister sciences, Yoga and Vedanta, to address all facets of human life.  Every household should own a copy.”

Diana I. Lurie, Ph.D., C.A.P. Professor of Neuropharmacology, The University of Montana, Editor-in-Chief, Ayurveda Journal of Health.

“A beautifully written book that offers a unique perspective of the simple and effective diet and lifestyle changes from Ayurveda that you can make to achieve better health.  The appendices with detailed information and recipes are a wonderful addition!"

Ricki Pollycove M.D, MS, Author of The Pocket Guide to Bioidentical Hormones and Co-author of Mother Nurture, with Rick Hanson PhD, and Jan Hanson, Lac.

“As a Western trained scientist and physician, I believe that Integrative Medicine offers health-enhancement at every age.  Representing an Ayurvedic perspective, Lifestyle Wisdom encourages us to explore all aspects of our lives as they contribute to health.  For those who suffer chronic headaches, joint aches and musculoskeletal pains, insomnia, anxiety or depression, frustrations with weight, gut pains or bloating, this book invites deeper inquiry. From reassessing “the American diet” to growing our own medicinal herbs, this book contains practical paths to better health in body, mind and spirit.  Acharya Shunya's explanations are comprehensive, clear, passionate and often poetic and offer us opportunities to reconsider assumptions of what we consider “normal” in our daily lives and shows us how to gradually achieve health-enhancing change.”

Dhaval Dhru, M.D, Chair, Department of Ayurvedic Sciences, Bastyr University, WA, and President of Board, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)

“This book contains profound Ayurvedic Wisdom. Acharya Shunya, a well-respected Ayurvedic teacher and practitioner acquired this authentic knowledge from her grandfather and guru shri “Baba”, distilled it through her personal experience and practice, and observed the transformative effect of this knowledge.  Now she shares that eternal knowledge through this book with stories and examples that are easy to follow and put into practice. This book would serve as an invaluable resource for anyone who is embarking on a journey to restore vibrant health, and a source of inspiration to those who have already embarked on that transformative journey.”

Richard Miller, PhD. Author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency, and Well-Being (Sounds True)

“I can attest personally to the miraculous healing powers of Ayurveda, and offer my heartfelt gratitude to Acharya Shunya for her book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom. Her offering is a joy to read and offers us an information rich resource guide of spiritual wisdom and medical knowledge that flow through each and every one of her words. I love how Shunya weaves together easy to understand, health-focused practices that are deeply rooted in ethical and socially responsible interventions, which are good for both our inner health and outer relationships. Acharya Shunya offers us the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda Medicine that reveals our essential nature as already whole and healthy, while offering us practical and inspired lifestyle interventions to heal our personal imbalances and dis-eases that enable us to restore boundless health and vitality to our daily lives. This is a must read that belongs in every home and on everyone’s reading table who wants to lead a natural healthy and happy life.”

Anand Dhruva, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers readers a way of living that promotes continued well being for those who are healthy and a path back to health for those who have been unwell.  Informed by a long family lineage of Vedic gurus and imbued with compelling personal stories, Acharya Shunya skillfully guides the reader in incorporating these time tested health practices to create a balanced state of natural resiliency.”

Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP Associate Professor of Surgery (Retired), Eastern Virginia Medical School, Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine, American College of Surgeons, President, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Chairman of Board, Life in Yoga Institute

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom brings Acharya Shunya’s long time experience in teaching and practicing Ayurvedic Lifestyle to treat disease and maintain health. This is a masterpiece book, which should be an essential part of every Ayurvedic practitioner, health care professionals, and all the patients with chronic diseases who will find themselves coming back to the text time and time again for deeper study and practice. It describes step-by-step approach to how to incorporate Ayurvedic daily routine, Dinacharya and seasonal routine, Ritucharya to maintain health and Prevent Disease. The book describes science and spirituality of Ayurveda, importance of elimination, daily body treatment, taking care of five senses and pillars of health as self-healing entity.”

James Kelleher, Co-founder American Council of Vedic Astrology, Founder the Sierra Institute of Vedic Astrology, and author Path of Light Volumes I and II.

“In Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Acharya Shunya presents a brilliant introduction to the science and art of Ayurveda in practice as a lifestyle.  A unique and profound guide to healing as well as the art balancing life energies, this book presents an elegant and practical approach to health and well being appropriate for anyone. Acharya Shunya comes from a long line of Ayurvedic practitioners, learning at the feet of her grandfather, in the best tradition of the Vedic Gurukulam style.  This book presents the reader with intuitive wisdom, as well as a down to earth approach towards health and happiness that is in keeping with the highest offerings of ancient India.”

Rita D. Sherma, Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, Chair, Hindu Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Dharma Studies

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a pleasure to read and inspiring in its mission to provide the tools with which we can reclaim our lives. Acharya Shunya’s emphasis on life-style modification as the locus of both psychological and physiological health, in a field that has increasingly adopted allopathic medicine’s pathology-centered approach, is refreshing. Her searing critique of contemporary reductionist Ayurvedic practices based on the harvesting and delivery of endangered botanicals, and eschewal of traditional lifestyle-based remedies is a wake-up call to those unconcerned about the shearing of Ayurveda from its roots in sacred texts & traditions. The book highlights a spiritually and ecologically conscious, ethically grounded, health-centered rather than disease-focused Ayurvedic method, with extensive information and pragmatic instructions that make it easy to follow the counsel within. This is a highly significant contribution to the growing literature on Ayurveda.”

Cate Stillman, Founder of + Yoga Health Coaching author of Body Thrive

“Have you ever wondered what you would have learned if you were raised by an Ayurvedic guru? Acharya Shunya shares her experience in growing up in family of Ayurvedic sages and carrying on the healing traditions in the USA. She shares her best family stories, recipes, and authentic Ayurvedic lifestyle wisdom in her book, which is sure to become a classic of students of Ayurveda around our Earth.” 

Felicia Tomasko, Editor in Chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine, President, Bliss Network, former President, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, former Board Member, National Ayurveda Medical Association

“Acharya Shunya is one of the leaders of the modern Ayurveda movement. She combines the legacy of a renowned family lineage with a commitment to translating the art and science of Ayurveda to the unique needs of today’s stressful modern world. In this gorgeous book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Acharya Shunya combines stories of the lessons she learned from her family with her years of experience training students and coaching clients. The combinations of stories, recipes, practices, and rituals are a superb addition to the bookshelf of any seeker. Acharya Shunya offers the advice of a trusted sister, whose dedication to Ayurveda shines through every page. I have long admired her work and the presence she brings to the practice and the community and am happy to have these inspiring words by my colleague available for the world. ”

Siva Mohan, MD, MPH, Founder,, Founder, Veda Mela LA, Board Member, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

“Reading this book is an enchantment, a wide-eyed, joyous heart opening to the possibilities of health and connection. Through the eyes of a young girl, we see the sweet harmonies, the thunderous bass, and the rhythmic melodies of Nature come alive. Shunya lovingly leads us past a disease-centered discussion, to some of the richer gifts of Vedic wisdom. This is a rare and refreshing appearance of the heart and soul of Ayurveda, alongside the body of wisdom in a modern lifestyle book. Enough stories to relate easily, and enough tools to transform your experience of life, and finally, finally, a book on Ayurveda that speaks to all the parts of us. I will recommend this text widely as a powerful insight into conscious living."

Peter Z. Wasowski, Founder & CEO Vasper Systems, NASA Ames Research Park

“Acharya Shunya takes you home in this fascinating, detailed guide to proactive health practices through the principles of Ayurveda.  She conveys profound time proven knowledge in this passionate, step-by-step guide that can be easily embraced by all, at any age for a life of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. Wonderful reading!”

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