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A Roaring  Teacher

Acharya Shunya is a truth-teller who facilitates authenticity, self-remembrance, and divine feminine pathways to awakening.
The first female head of her spiritual lineage that traces its roots to 2,000-year-ago in India, the imparter of goddess archetype theory as a pathway to soul-ascension, Shunya reinterprets and re-contextualizes ancient Vedic wisdom and dharma teachings of Advaita Vedanta (nondual teachings), Ayurveda's lifestyle wisdom and Yoga scriptures, to create a learning and awakening path for contemporary seekers, empowering people everywhere to lead spiritually  fearless, fulfilled and enlightened lives. Her teachings acts like a bridge between ancient wisdom and issues faced by modern humans, today.

Acharya Shunya is the author of two bestselling books Ayurveda lifestyle Wisdom (2017), Sovereign Self (2020) and her newest book is coming out in September 2022 by Sounds True,  Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman's Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful. In this book, Acharya Shunya honors her progressive Vedic roots while breaking the shackles of tradition to bring modern-day women, an inclusive, feminist spirituality.

Known for her unique and revolutionary perspectives,  recontextualizing of ancient wisdom and retelling of Hindu goddess mythology that have enlightened tens of thousands of students worldwide, Acharya Shunya does not hesitate to address issues like patriarchy, sexism, racism, religious bigotry, urban alienation,  estrangement from soul, emotional suppression and numbing and other  suffering arising patterns.

Acharya Shunya is the founder of The Awakened Self Foundation - a learning, empowering and awakening platform headquartered in Northern California. The Foundation makes Acharya Shunya's teachings in Ayurveda, Yoga, Adwaita and Vedic Divine Feminine goddess archetypes available  worldwide, through live-streamed online and onsite classes, workshops, retreats, and a vibrant subscription based  membership program The Vedic Way supporting  seekers learn, embody and awaken with Vedic wisdom, to a whole new level of wellbeing, joy and authenticity, in community with like minded seekers from across the globe. 

Acharya Shunya has taught at Kripalu, Ram Dass's Be Here Now Foundation, SHIFT network,, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Sivananda Ashram’s and yoga conferences worldwide, Stanford University, UCSF, UCLA, amongst others. 
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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) awarded the Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Distinguished Service Award to Acharya Shunya  on May 7, 2016 for her extraordinary achievement as a Vedic scholar and practitioner. The event was held at Crowne Plaza, Foster City.

CIIS President at that time, Joseph Subbiondo heartfully acknowledged Acharya Shunya’s work in promoting the Vedic sciences and her groundbreaking efforts and shining light on health and consciousness with her books and teachings on Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga.

Award being presented by Board Trustees Prasak Kaipa and Ricki Pollycove, MD.

When the student is ready
As the first female lineage holder in a 2,000-year-old line of spiritual teachers, Shunya provides a rare opportunity to receive these 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’s depth of  understanding and compassion as a feminine teacher, and  her inner light profoundly touch the hearts of those who meet her and study with her. Through her presence and her wisdom, she radically change people's  life story, health, mindset and destiny for the better. Her teachings help awaken  latent human capacity to  heal  and thrive from within, physically, emotionally and of course spiritually. In this sense, she is a  true spiritual guide who is creating a  lasting impact on the world. Her ability to translate esoteric knowledge from sacred Sanskrit texts, into deep contemporary insights, leave students experiencing profound shifts from within. As someone who has herself walked the path from shadow to light, she is uniquely able to communicate subtle teachings to modern seekers empowering health and elevating  consciousness—through empowering practices and insights.

As a teacher who has herself walked this path from darkness to light, from emotional bondage to spiritual freedom, Acharya Shunya is committed to sharing authentic knowledge, illuminating the way forward.
Due to her own journey, that she shares with candid honesty,  she is uniquely able to communicate these ancient subtle truths to modern seekers.  She encourages her students to embrace their humanity, and abide in their greater Self, simultaneously, creating an enlightened vulnerability, bringing forth an authentic and empowered whole person into the world, every day.
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