ANANTA RIPA AJMERA
Ananta Ripa Ajmera is Director of Program Development at Vedika. She is also a Vedika Certified Ayurveda Health Practitioner and Yoga Instructor who has studied with Acharya Shunya since 2011. As Director of Program Development, Ananta oversees marketing, branding, advertising, social media and overall strategy for Vedika's various offerings in conjunction with each individual Program Director. She is responsible for positioning Vedika’s public communications in a way that bridges the ancient knowledge the organization offers for the needs of a modern 21st century global online community. She plays an integral role in ensuring that Acharya Shunya's teachings are archived and organized in a library for ongoing students and for posterity, and helps host an online community to support ongoing students in deepening their studentship. She also edits various publications for ongoing students, including an upcoming Introduction to Vedanta book by Acharya Shunya.
Ananta is author of the bestselling book The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World’s Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion and More (Storey Publishing, 2017). Her Ayurveda articles are popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal and Huffington Post. Her book has been featured in Reader's Digest, on Fox 5 News, Good Day New York, and in Spirituality & Health Magazine. Her blog was recognized as one of the Best Yoga Blogs of 2016 by DoYouYoga.com and as one of the Best 100 Health Coach Blogs of 2015 by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
She has taught Ayurveda at Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, the California Department of Public Health, UNICEF, New York Insight Meditation Society, Mindful NYU, Mother Earth News Fair, Sedona Yoga Festival, and the invite-only Social Innovation Summit of Fortune 500 executives, government leaders and social entrepreneurs. She has spoken at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Silicon Valley's Health Technology Forum, UC Berkeley and Columbia Business School.
Ananta graduated from NYU Stern Business School, where she received an honors degree in marketing and was an inaugural Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.
Ananta is deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the continuation of the knowledge Acharya Shunya teaches, so that these sacred teachings may continue to spread far and wide, offering healing and hope to as many as possible.