The Awakened Self Foundation Presents
THE VEDIC WAY
Learn, Embody and Awaken in Acharya Shunya’s Global Community
The Vedic Way is an ongoing membership community to receive paradigm shifting teachings from Acharya Shunya, and awaken to a whole new level of wellbeing, joy and authenticity. This wisdom springs from the heart of Acharya Shunya’s own lineage and that of the ancient, but still wonderfully alive Vedic tradition from India, encompassing the disciplines of Ayurveda, Yoga and Advaita.
AN INVITATION TO SEEKERS WORLDWIDE
I invite you to become a member of the The Vedic Way, where, through ongoing weekly teachings from me, you will experience a beautiful inner integration, practical life guidance and spirituality grounded in the divine feminine, along with timeless wisdom of nondual Advaita (Vedanta), Ayurveda and Yoga. Expect to be renewed in hope and in strength.
You will also benefit from connecting with a world family of most committed seekers, who might well become your heart friends, for the rest of your life journey.
I have to say that nothing like this program has ever been offered by me before and I feel excited as well as satisfied to offer it at this time to the world, when our human lives are especially fragile, filled with emotional despair, confusion, anxiety, with an overall sense of malaise due to uncertainty, unrest, inequality, unnecessary violence and unprecedented ecological outcomes.
Thankfully, the Vedic seers of ancient India have gifted us perennial wisdom that offers humanity some very real solutions for our suffering, and ignites within us an eternal flame of knowledge. This comforting light in the midst of frightening darkness, helps shape a wiser, more authentic, enlightened and empowered human, who is at the same time, embodied and in harmony with nature, in the here and now.
From this perspective, The Vedic Way acts like a bridge between ancient wisdom and issues faced by modern humans, today. It is an incubator, birthing beautiful possibilities to learn, embody and awaken in the body, mind and soul.
Ready to Awaken?
EXPERIENCE AWAKENING TEACHINGS IN THE VEDIC WAY
Encounter paradigm shifting knowledge from the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and disciplines of Advaita, Ayurveda and Yoga.
Learn tools to master fear and false beliefs, own an illumined mind, heal trauma, master your self and relationships.
Gain wisdom to deal with whatever is happening in your life in an empowered and emotionally healthy way.
Gather easy to adopt spiritual and lifestyle practices and yogic skills and meditations that will support your wellbeing.
Cherish seasonal ayurveda recipes, all-natural beauty rituals and restorative slow yoga asana and pranayama training.
Enjoy support from a conscious community, soulful assimilation circles, Q and A time to help you digest what you are learning.
Benefit from authentic opportunities to connect with other course participants, share and reflect together.
Co-create a spiritual community connected deeply through a shared quest of universal divine consciousness.
Chant goddess mantras and enjoy creative spiritual expression in countless different uplifting and inspiring ways.
ACHARYA SHUNYA'S VEDIC CURRICULUM
CIRCULAR BY DESIGN
A circular curriculum aids understanding and deeper internalization of wisdom over time, as topics are revisited from different angles throughout a member’s journey.
It aids groundedness and motivation through the monthly rhythm of intentionally sequenced sessions.
It supports connection and community with other members who are on similar journeys.
It extends confidence knowing that no matter when you join or if you have to take a conscious pause, you will eventually complete the circle of learning.
YOUR CIRCULAR LEARNING JOURNEY
Week 1: Sadhana Prepare The Ground Of Your Body Mind Being
Learn, embody and awaken through step-by-step lifestyle practices incorporating Ayurvedic injunctions and, or, slow, restorative yoga asana, balancing pranayama techniques, chakra opening mudras, unique guided meditations and mantras from Acharya Shunya’s lineage, that holistically invigorate the soul and open up the body and mind to light.
WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING
INCLUDED IN YOUR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
Weekly live teaching sessions
Private online learner’s community
Access to recording library
Monthly contemplation guide
YOUR PRESENCE IS SACRED
As with all of our offerings, we are creating this online learning community with an open mind and a warm heart. Enjoy a safe space with us, because unity consciousness is a core Vedic principle. We shall honor and celebrate you, regardless of ethnicity, religious, group affiliation, race, gender, financial status, age, sexual orientation, political belief, or physical limitation.
Ready to Begin?
WHO IS THE VEDIC WAY FOR?
The Curious Ones
This is a perfect program for anyone who simply wishes to know more about Vedic wisdom and its disciplines of Ayurveda, Yoga and Advaita, not in an academic way, but truly integrated with daily life, health and relationships. If you join, your life will change for the better, without the intellectual overwhelm of formal, pedagogical, study.
The Starting Ones
You may have read Acharya Shunya’s books and are curious about her style of teaching, her legacy of knowledge from her guru, her interaction with seekers, and would perhaps like to get a taste of her teachings first-hand and enjoy ‘participating in her community’, ask her questions perhaps, then this may be a great place to begin.
The Ready Ones
This is a recommended program for those who already know they wish to study with Acharya Shunya in an ongoing manner, week after week, month after month, year after year, because the ability to study with a living master, the leader of an ancient lineage and a teacher of teachers is rare indeed, and such an opportunity is always valued by ready souls.
The Committed Ones
This is also a great place for students who have been studying with Acharya Shunya for some time now in her other programs or have graduated from them, yet wish to go deeper with her in a sustained and affordable manner, where concepts they have become familiar with shall stay alive through renewed emphasis, repetition and embodiment.
The Busy Ones
Everyone, no matter how busy they are, can take advantage of this opportunity to learn, because it does not demand much except to show to the class ‘live’ on one evening a week or catch recorded sessions later, at a convenient time. Each week, seekers will take baby steps, and over time, their mind, body, soul, will blossom, organically.
How do I know if this eCourse is right for me?Do you feel stuck? Stressed? Do you experience disturbed sleep, heartburn, emotional eating, weight gain, high blood pressure, chronic pain or other physical challenges? Have you lost your enthusiasm, joy or vitality? Are you ready to become unstuck? Are you searching for new, but reliable and all natural ways to be whole, healthy and happy again? Then this course is for you. Following this course’s guidance can lead you to implement a few or even all of Ayurveda’s health-, joy- and peace-awakening practices, and thereby experience greater physical energy, more enthusiasm, better ability to focus, higher sleep quality, improved digestion and immunity, amongst many other profound benefits for physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health and well-being. In this course, you’ll learn lifestyle, food and positive behaviors from the classical science of Ayurveda that will inspire you, help you heal yourself, make you more whole and give you the hope and confidence you are seeking to connect with your inner latent state of health and well-being (despite current symptoms). The teachings will serve as a rite of transition, from a life lived unconsciously, at the mercy of unexamined habits or chemicals and dependency upon medications, laxatives, for example, to the recreation of each day, lived in brilliant balance hence forward with the aid of Ayurveda. Once the wisdom from this course is internalized and lived, disease is overcome spontaneously, and all dependencies, including emotional ones, are resolved. Worldwide, people are turning away from popping remedies (even the natural forms) and exploring lifestyle-, food- and belief-level changes. This course is a leader in this trend and has helped countless people since its beginning in 2007 reclaim their soul birthright of enjoying renewed health, well-being and joy! Along with the health seekers, Ayurveda lovers, self-healing enthusiasts, seekers of wellness, Ayurveda doctors, integrative medicine and functional medicine practitioners, holistic and mainstream nurse practitioners and essentially anyone who wants activate their health and their family’s health and wellbeing from within are invited on this journey with Acharya Shunya. You won’t be disappointed you took this course.
I am not sick, I am pretty healthy. Will I still benefit from this eCourse?"Whether you’re looking for food and lifestyle recommendations for specific health concerns such as stubborn weight, asthma or depression, or if you’d simply like to protect and improve your overall health, immunity, vitality and well-being and learn anti-aging practices, in this course you’ll find a treasury of classical, deeply integrated and spiritually-inspired Ayurvedic lifestyle teachings, wellness practices and inspired ideas for every part of your day. The spiritual and psychological teachings in this course are well-balanced with practical knowledge on physical health, supported by practical advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle by following Ayurveda’s daily routines. This course is for everyone, because we envision a healthy and happy planet. We invite the youth, the middle-aged and ageing, the diseased and the healthy, the home-makers and the professionally employed; and finally, we invite current and future students and practitioners, who wish to awaken their own health with the tools we impart, for one and all.
What will I learn?This first-of-its-kind course is based upon the spiritually-potent Awakening Health Model™ of Ayurveda, as put forth by internationally renowned Ayurvedic teacher, healer, and scholar, Acharya Shunya. It goes beyond a basic level or micro-level study of Ayurveda (constitution-focused) and, instead, will launch you into a macro-level engagement with Ayurveda, its life wisdom, spiritual philosophy, health-enhancing lifestyle practices, superfoods, and recipes. You will learn nourishing daily rituals organized by the time of the day and aligned with the seasons. This course teaches you how to incorporate traditional practices, recipes, exercise, yoga, rituals of devotion, meditation, self-care and beauty into your modern lifestyle. You will learn the “why” and “how-to’s” of several traditional Ayurvedic health, well-being and immunity-enhancing lifestyle practices; morning and evening self-care, spiritual rituals and contemplations, self-massage, beauty and cooking instructions, and information on important spices, recipes, exercises, and ways to access inner peace and mental clarity. You will learn all about the Doshas, how modern lifestyles contribute to dosha imbalance, and how to restore dosha balance for vital health and strong immunity. You will learn in great detail about various food groups and their healing qualities, seasonal usage and impact on body and mind (dairy, cereals, pulses, vegetables, meats, oils, buts, fruits, etc). You will learn how to use Ayurvedic superfoods and other herbal elixirs to enhance your immunity and fortify your energy. ‘ In depth, you will explore Ayurveda’s lesser-known but very powerful Sacred Psychology teachings from ancient Ayurvedic texts that will help you calm and purify your own mind, and respond to relationship or work challenges with greater wisdom and presence of mind. "Health is not a probability that you may achieve. It is a reality, an underlying natural state of being." - Acharya Shunya
Can you explain what is different about the “Awakening Health Model” and how I stand to benefit from it?Acharya Shunya’s “Awakening Health Model” draws upon the enormously powerful but sadly forgotten psycho-spiritual teachings of Ayurveda that evoke inner abilities and latent resources to manage and transcend emotional stress, relationship challenges, and existential question marks. An increasing number of published studies are examining the connection between spirituality, health, and quality of life. Spirituality is different from religion. While religion pertains to devotion to a “god figure,” spirituality is universal and focused around expanding inner “awareness” and “consciousness.” It speaks to ultimate existential concerns, coping with the stress of life, loss, aging, personal strivings, and issues of adaptive functioning. Physical medicine has limitations in this capacity, and this is where the need to blend the hard science of disease management with pragmatic spirituality, ethics and values, becomes apparent. This is why those who are spiritually-inspired and have a sense of connectedness with a universal truth experience hope, meaning, purpose, and inner strength to overcome to become. To understand this spiritually-integrated approach and sample Alchemy through Ayurveda sign up for the FREE, 3-part introductory course. We suggest you watch all three videos!
What is the format of the course?The course is 100% online and self-paced with access to videos, learning materials, discussion forums and once-a-month LIVE sessions with Acharya Shunya or her teaching assistant Vimala. View Vimala’s biography here: https://www.vedikaglobal.org/vimala-leeann-brady. While attendance to the live sessions is completely optional, we highly encourage attending due to the interactive nature of these sessions.
What will I get when I enroll?Upon enrollment, you'll receive access to 120+ hours of course content with coordinating PDFs for further learning and engagement. You will also get access to discussion forums where you can post questions and have them answered, and also connect with other students. All participants will also access to the 4-part Yoga Sutras: A Roadmap to Self-Mastery Masterclass and Ayurveda Ancestral Herbal Video and Recipe Library (18+ video teacings and recipe PDFs.
How do I get my questions answered during the course?We got you. We have set up several ways to ensure all your questions are answered as you progress along the course: We will host a discussion forum where you can interact with the TA, post your questions and get them answered. All Q&A will be available alongside the course and you can return to it anytime. Any questions that need a fuller explanation, will be answered during the monthly Live Q&A session by the TA. No less than five times a year, Acharya Shunya will join the LIVE Q&A sessions to answer the most important questions.
How many times will I get live interaction with Acharya Shunya?Several times a year (no less than five times per year), Acharya Shunya will join her TA in the monthly interactive Q&A session to answer your questions, and encourage you in your journey towards greater health and well-being with Ayurveda.
Can I preview the course before I enroll?Absolutely! Please sign up for the FREE Preview of Alchemy through Ayurveda.
Are there any prerequisites to the course?None at all. You are welcome to join this course without any prior knowledge of Ayurveda or its sister sciences of Yoga or Vedanta.
What is the time commitment for this course?The time commitment is variable as this is a self-paced course - which means you can proceed with it at your own pace. The recommended guideline is to complete one video per week and attend the LIVE online sessions once per month.
How long do I have access to the course?You will have access to all of the materials and videos for 547 days (which is approximately one 1.5 years) after which you will lose access to the content.
When do classes begin?You can start any day of the year. Upon enrollment, you will be emailed your username and password to login into the course and access the teachings.
When can I enroll?You can enroll any day of the year.
When does enrollment close?Enrollment is always open. You can enroll at any time of the year and continue at your own pace.
Is financial aid available?Not at this time.
Will I be licensed to practice when I complete this course?In its current form, no, this course does not license you to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner. However, all of the Ayurveda Ancestral Herbal Library classes are eligible for PACE credits from the National Ayurveda Medical Association - these are provided as a gift within the Alchemy through Ayurveda course.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?Yes, all graduates will get a “Certificate of Study with Acharya Shunya” issued by Vedika Global®, Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) spiritual and socially responsible humanitarian Ayurveda organization, founded by Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur in California. Vedika Global®, Inc. is dedicated to igniting a spiritually empowered community healing and wellness movement with classical Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta.
Where is your institute located?As of 2020, our programs are 100% online. Our administrative office is located in Hayward, California.
Can I share the course and log in with friends/family?Practicing studies, recipes and demonstrations with a friend or family member may be fun and educational, however, sharing logins and course materials will result in account cancellation. Please do not share account or login information. Thank you for understanding.
I don't live in the United States. Can I still take your classes?Anyone with an Internet connection can sign up for our classes. If you are wondering whether our courses meet specific standards for your country, you would need to check with your local regulations. Please note that all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Prospective international students should contact their bank to determine exchange rates.
Can I get a refund?We have a 100% money back guarantee. We want you to be happy and fulfilled by this course. If you buy this course and aren't satisfied, email us within 30 days of your purchase and we'll refund your money or you can opt for a credit toward another course. To request a refund, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET YOUR VEDIC WAY LEADER
Acharya Shunya is a truth-teller who facilitates authenticity, self-remembrance, and non-dual divine feminine pathways to awakening. Acharya Shunya awakens and enlightens people from all walks of life.
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, Acharya 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 act like a bridge between ancient wisdom and issues faced by modern humans, today.
She is regarded as a ‘teacher’s teacher’, whose sheer presence and deep teachings on transformative wisdom initiates long-time seekers into a deeper inquiry, facilitating paradigm shifts and inward movement towards the final journey of awakening to the higher 'Self' within. This Self recognition invokes and with it, dharma, peace, truth, peace and divinity, revealing the abiding state of pure consciousness, immortal existence and lasting inner joy. She is the author of two bestselling books: Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom and Sovereign Self. Her upcoming book is called, Roar Like a Goddess will be released on September 6, 2022.