Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur, Member, Council of Advisors (CoA) and Guest Lecturer at Taksha Institute (TI) Center for Integrative Medicine and Yoga (CIMY), is a traditional scholar, healer, and teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic sciences. She is Founder of Vedika Global, Inc., a California-based non-profit Vedic foundation that supports an awarded, international School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies, sponsors community welfare initiatives, and delivers charitable wellness through global humanitarian projects. She is also President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM).
Acharya Shunya is considered a pioneer in reviving the ancient Gurukulam System of Education in Ayurveda. Her own classical Ayurveda knowledge stems from 14 years of rigorous, Gurukulam-based training in Ayodhya, India. Acharya Shunya thus supports the preservation, promotion, and teaching of the complete, holistic science of Ayurveda and allied Vedic sciences through Vedika Gurukulam, which she founded in 2008. Vedika Gurukulam is the first school worldwide to return to the traditional Vedic model of in-depth, experiential education, where Ayurveda is taught and lived in its classically pure form, rooted in the ancient Veda and the oral, lineage-based Gurukulam education system.
For her trailblazing work in reviving Gurukulam education, Acharya Shunya was bestowed the Mother Padmavati International Ayurveda Award by the prestigious Indian Institute of Medicine; the Nalanda Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Education by AAPNA; and was honored by India-based AYURA and FERATSM foundations. Acharya Shunya leads statewide Ayurveda education and legislation as President of CAAM, and has served on CAAM’s Board of Directors since 2007. She was invited to co-chair the International Delegates Assembly at the prestigious World Ayurveda Congress, a 40-country consortium promoting global education and worldwide Ayurveda accreditation.
Acharya Shunya is Advisor to internationally known Mind Body Soul Magazine, Tathaastu Magazine, and Yoga Bharati, the US affiliates of SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) Yoga University. Her work is featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, and Tathaastu Magazine. She teaches year-round and lectures worldwide. For further details, see: www.vedikaglobal.org.