SOUMYA KRISTIN MATTIAS
Soumya Kristin Mattias has been studying at Vedika with Acharya Shunya and Chef Sanjai since January 2012. She is a Vedika certified Public Health Educator and has been a student within the Vedic Spiritual Studies Program since it's inception in 2014. She is a facilitator of Vedika's Awakening Community Circles and brings forward Acharya Shunya's 5 point Mandate (Pancha Viniyoga) for Personal and Community Emotional and Social Health.
Soumya serves as Vedika's Satsangha and Seva Coordinator. As Satsangha Coordinator she oversees the overall management and coordination of individual satsangha class events and retreats. She ensures that these offerings provide a cohesive setting for all guests and students to deepen in their studentship.
As Seva coordinator, she organizes the many hands that contribute energy, time and skills in selfless service to share this life-changing wisdom. She coordinates Vedika's Seva teams and also supports each of the Seva Team Leads to ensure Acharya Shunya ji’s message reaches the growing community in a timely and seamless way.
Soumya apprenticed in Vedika's kitchen and has spent a lot of time learning authentic Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition with master Chef Sanaji ji. She uses her experience and teachings as a private Ayurvedic chef, and enjoys cooking nourishing foods in different community settings. Previously, she was a school Chef and Food Manager at her children's Waldorf inspired school where she created a vegetarian Food Program and created farm to table organic food experiences for the student body. She recently merged her interests of Ayurveda health education, Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition, and social work background and started a small business supporting mothers and families. As a mother of three small children, she incorporates Ayurveda and Vedic teachings into her families daily lifestyle and diet.
Soumya has a Bachelor's degree in Communication, a Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis on community development. She has offered group therapy, individual therapy, and health empowerment education to high school students.
Soumya is continually inspired by her studentship at Vedika and dedicated to Acharya Shunya's mission to awaken health and consciousness and to embrace the beauty, joy, and unity in humanity. She is deeply grateful for Vedika's lineage and wisdom teachings. The path of learning that Acharya Shunya ji provides awakens Soumya's consciousness and true authentic desire to serve others.