Vimala is a traditional Ayurveda physician known by the title Vaidya. She graduated from Vedika Global’s School of Ayurveda in 2012 as Certified Ayurveda Clinical Practitioner A.C.P
(Vaidya Bhushana) after completing an in-depth 5-year program of study and clinical training, the most exhaustive training in Ayurveda outside India at its time. She brings to her love of Ayurveda, over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has a Masters in Holistic Health Education and Nutrition from JFK University and consulted as a nutritionist and health coach prior to studying and teaching Ayurveda.
Vaidya Vimala has studied with Acharya Shunya since 2007 and served in various capacities at Vedika Global and in the Ayurvedic community, including serving on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) for seven years, where she contributed on various committees for the promotion of Ayurveda in California. She has also travelled several times to India with Acharya Shunya, attending Ayurveda conferences, visiting Ayurveda pharmaceutical facilities, herb farms, and panchakarma centers for a first-hand experience of the living tradition of Ayurveda.
Vimala’s Academic Accomplishments: In-depth Training
Vaidya Vimala graduated with honors from a 5-year full time study of Ayurveda under Acharya Shunya and international Ayurveda teachers and physicians as guest faculty, including Professor emeritus R. H Singh, Vaidya Mahesh Sabade and Vaidya Abhijit Jinde. Vimala acquired complete in-depth knowledge of the philosophy and science of Ayurveda along with clinical skills, understanding, diagnosing and caring for humanity in wellness and in disease. After completing her physician (Vaidya Bhushana) level training, Vimala studied for additional two-years in “Gurukulam Apprenticeship” program at Vedika Global to study Ayurveda’ source text: Book of diagnosis, Madhava Nidana.
Vaidya Vimala has also had the honor of taking direct classes on Ayurveda psychology based on the Charaka Samhita and on nondual (Vedanta) spirituality from the Bhagavad Gita and texts like Tatva Bodha, Sadhana Panchakarma, and other Vedic source texts, for an uninterrupted period lasting over 13-years under Acharya Shunya. She also availed the rare privilege to study under Acharya Shunya’s father, Lineage teacher Padmashri Daya Prakash Sinha, under whose instructions, she delved into the history of Ayurveda and understand the greater cultural influences that molded Ayurveda in the healing science that it is today. She also apprenticed with Vedika Global’s Cooking and Food Professor Chef Sanjai, and under his guidance, she has become an expert in the Ayurvedic art of cooking.
Leadership in Clinical Field
Due to her dedication to her Vedic lineage, and academic brilliance demonstrated, Vimala was offered an adjunct faculty position at Vedika Global, where she developed and led Vedika Global's Awakening Health Clinic Training and Public Health offering from 2015-2019. During her time, Vaidya Vimala trained and graduated more than 60 students in Ayurvedic Clinical Medicine from Vedika Global’s 2.5-year Specialists Diploma in Ayurveda Prevention Medicine & Public Health.
Second Teacher: Alchemy Through Ayurveda
Since 2019, Vimala is serving in the crucial role of assistant teacher next to Acharya Shunya in the award-winning Alchemy through Ayurveda course offered by Awakened Self Foundation - a sister concern of Vedika Global. Vaidya Vimala plays a central role in ensuring the success of all enrolled students by representing Acharya Shunya’s lineage teachings, and her Awakening Health Model in all its depth and expanse. She answers student questions that arise from watching the videos, clarifies concepts and principles that need extra explanations over a private student community forum, and leads popular student gatherings through the monthly online Ayurveda Learners Sangha’s (live teachings and Sanskrit chanting from Ayurveda’s source texts).
The Background: What Brought Vimala to Ayurveda
Vimala became a patient of Acharya Shunya in 2006, after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (2004). After meeting her teacher, she immediately knew studying Ayurveda was her path back to health and balance. She soon became a devoted student to both Ayurveda and to her teacher’s Vedic lineage. As her health stabilized and improved, her devotion to Ayurveda deepened. She became passionate about giving back and helping others receive what she was gifted by her teacher- the knowledge that changes lives.
Vimala lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband Richard and her cats and chickens. She loves spending time with her extended family and is looking forward to sharing Ayurveda practices with her grandson. She is passionate about spending time in nature, gardening, camping by the Yuba river, biking and cooking for her teachers, family and lineage circle of friends and co-students.
"Vimalaji is a warm and loving support to our Ayurveda learning course. She is always sure to respond to our questions. Vimalaji encourages us to go slow and absorb the teachings. She is a good listener and... Read more.
"Vimala is a gentle and kind teacher who would answer your questions in detail with patience and mindfulness. She can explain complicated concepts with clarity and without being distracted from the core principles of the teaching." Read more
Arati Ullal Fernandes
"When I first joined the course and learned that the Q&A sessions will be taken up by someone else other than Shunyaji herself there was some level of disappointment. But our first meeting...." Read more
"Just as we learn in Ayurveda that we need all six tastes, sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent, to build our Agni and digest our food, I believe we need teachers with..." Read more.
"I am a repeat student of the Alchemy Through Ayurveda course and have been studying under the guidance of Vimala for almost a year now. I truly enjoy Vimala’s welcoming..." Read more
"Vimala has been a very supportive guide in my journey to embark ayurveda lifestyle through the Alchemy course. She is a calm, compassionate and is always smiling..." Read more