Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur is a tradition-based, classically trained scholar, healer, and teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic sciences. She is the 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 projects. She is also the current 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 knowledge of classical Ayurveda stems from 14 years of rigorous Gurukulam-based training in the holy city of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. Acharya Shunya has therefore taken up the preservation, promotion, and teaching of the complete, holistic science of Ayurveda and allied Vedic sciences through Vedika Gurukulam, a School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies 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 system of Gurukulam education.
For her trailblazing work in reviving Gurukulam system of education in Ayurveda, Acharya Shunya was formally bestowed the Mother Padmavati International Ayurveda Award by the prestigious Institute of Indian Medicine, Pune, India (2010); the Nalanda Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Education in North America by AAPNA (2010); and was honored by Ayurveda Yoga Upachar Research Activity Foundation AYURA (2013), and, Foundation for Education and Research in Ayurveda and Traditional Systems of Medicine - FERATSM (2009) in India.
Acharya Shunya also leads statewide Ayurveda education and legislation issues as President of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and has actively served on CAAM’s Board of Directors since 2007. Acharya Shunya 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 also serves on the Council of Advisors (CoA) and Visiting Faculty of Taksha University School of Integrative Medicine based in Virginia, USA.
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 in Bengaluru, India, and a host of other like-minded organizations that support Vedic sciences.
Acharya Shunya’s work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, and Tathaastu Magazine. She teaches year-round to medical students and lectures in classrooms, conferences, and seminars worldwide.