Acharya Shunya

Author of
  • Sovereign Mind, Sovereign Self
    Sounds True, 2020
  • Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom
    Sounds True, 2017

Acharya Shunya is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher, ordained lineage holder, and authoritative scholar of the Vedic Sciences of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta. She is Founder and Spiritual Preceptor of Vedika Global Wisdom School and Spiritual Community in California and President of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She is also the No. 1 Amazon best-selling author of her book, AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE WISDOM.

Books by Acharya

Sovereign Mind, Sovereign Self

Wisdom from the Ancient Vedas to Purify Consciousness, Reveal Your Soul Power, and Experience True Everlasting Joy

SOVEREIGN MIND, SOVEREIGN SELF elucidates the teachings on connecting with inner joy, that is of an abiding nature, from a deep-rooted and greatly respected tradition, perhaps the oldest in the world, emerging from ancient India. This universal wisdom is to be found in the great spiritual books, called the Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagwad Gita.

Vedic wisdom reveals that a healthy mind is a sovereign mind – a detached and deliberative, spontaneous and unscripted, naturally empowered state of mind, versus conditioned, mechanical or impulsive. A sovereign mind naturally reveals liberating values, freeing thoughts and emancipating belief systems, producing personal autonomy in life and relationships, freedom to make choices at will, and stay free of sorrow-causing emotional attachments, blame or shame, compulsions and obsessions. This book guides readers to their own Sovereign Self, known as Atman in Sanskrit, “The Boundless One”.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom

A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

Ayurveda teaches us that true health is our birthright—and that by artfully adapting to the rhythms of nature, we can bring ourselves back into balance and experience optimal well-being. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a groundbreaking work within the field of holistic health and traditional yoga, written by internationally renowned Ayurvedic healer, teacher, and scholar Acharya Shunya.

Raised in a distinguished lineage of Vedic mystics and healers, Shunya learned the ancient art of Ayurveda directly from her grandfather, a well-known healer in Northern India. Here, she presents both an engaging narrative of her unique education, as well as a complete encyclopedia of Ayurvedic practices, recipes, and knowledge.

With Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Shunya maintains the integrity of Ayurveda’s traditional teachings while showing us how to integrate them into our modern lifestyles. Through her in-depth teachings, we learn to live in a way that supports our greatest health through daily ritual, nourishing food, spiritual practice, and self-care.

Praise for Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom

Shunya, president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, says it was her "karma" to write an "authoritative bible of sorts" on Ayurvedic wisdom. Raised in India, Shunya studied Ayurveda under the tutelage of her grandfather, who was born in 1900 and served as his town’s Ayurvedic guide; throughout this informative text she weaves poignant stories and lessons learned from her highly esteemed relative and advisor. Ayurveda, Shunya explains, is a 5,000-year-old system that covers such topics as lifestyle, food, health, spirituality, meditation, and yoga. Her focus is on applying the ancient principles to modern life and she includes selected case histories from clients and students who believe Ayurveda helped them resolve a variety of issues (e.g., eating disorders, stress). Despite the range of applications Shunya cites, she cautions that Ayurveda is not "one size fits all," and gives readers a number of guidelines. Shunya writes with passion and expertise; newcomers to Ayurveda will receive a comprehensive education, and long-standing practitioners can also delve more deeply into this wellspring of knowledge. This is an important addition to a "holistic approach to health" that readers will want to refer to time and again.

Publishers Weekly

This is the ultimate guidebook for optimizing your self-care habits…Shunya makes Ayurvedic ideas and practices completely accessible.


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.

Shiva Rea, author of Tending the Heart Fire

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a valuable companion for those wishing to understand and apply holistic concepts of health and healing to real-life challenges. You will find many pearls of wisdom that will inspire you to a mindful and positive lifestyle.

Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS MD (Ayurveda), and author of The Hot Belly Diet

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a poetic and inspiring journey through the joy of life deeply rooted in a millennia-long tradition. 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. Acharya Shunya brings that tradition back to life in the twenty-first century.

Alain Touwaide, PhD, cofounder and scientific director at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

Reading this book is an enchantment. 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 story 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.

Siva Mohan, MD, founder of, founder of Veda MeLA, and board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom rings out like a temple bell and shines like the sun at dawn. 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.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment and author of Jewel of Abundance

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 serves as an invaluable resource for anyone who is embarking on a journey to restore vibrant health, and as a source of inspiration to those who have already embarked on that transformative journey.

Dhaval Dhru, MD, Ayurveda chair at Bastyr University and president of the board of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association
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