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Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur

Born into a Living Wisdom Tradition

Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur

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  • When you become smitten with Ayurveda what happens next?!

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  1. Aet says:

    Thank you. It was great interview to start my magical Sunday! Love you! Namaste!

  2. Katarina says:

    I don’t know where to write this comment, but I must say that I am very surprised, that after buying the online package for this summit, I am not able to watch the lectures online, only after download. Certainly this is the first time I see this..
    May I kindly ask, how long you keep the access to this page for those who bought it?

  3. Peter Wasowski says:

    Dear Shunya ji,
    Thank you for another wonderful meal for my heart and soul.


  4. Sreedev says:

    Wonderful talk by Acharya Shunya! I can personally attest that she is a fantastic Ayurveda teacher from an authentic Ayurvedic lineage.

    Please note that the correct website is http://www.VedikaGlobal,org (note to Ayurveda Summit: At the beginning of the talk it displayed as

    In addition to being the Founder and Acharya of Vedika Global, I would also like to recognize Acharya Shunya for her leadership as President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). For those of you who enjoyed her Ayurveda Summit talk, she is also giving a free tele-class via CAAM on “Oil Pulling” on Monday, 11/16 at 7pm Pacific time. RSVP by noon Monday to to get the dial-in info, or visit

    Last but not least, thank you Cate and Eric for making all of this possible!

    • Sreedev says:

      Oops, I mistyped the correct website in my prior comment. It is

      Acharya Shunya and Vedika Global are geographically in the SF Bay Area but offer classes which can be taken via webinar from anywhere in the world provided you have an internet connection. They also have a plethora of free resources on the website & social media — including the best Ayurveda YouTube channel I have seen.

  5. Jennifer MacDaniel says:

    Loved this interview! I am a 2nd year student at Vedika Global, and Shunya Ji is my Acharya. I just wanted to say how grateful I am to be learning Ayurveda in a traditional gurukula. This interview really helped me to connect the dots. Jai ma!❤️

  6. Gita says:

    What an amazing conversation! I am so glad I didn’t miss this one.

  7. Janya says:

    Jai Ayurveda! Jai Shunyaji! Jai Maa!

  8. sarah says:

    I love this wonderful person. She does not know it, but she has taught me so very much. And I am forever grateful. And to technology to allow her teachings to reach me in my home in Australia. Thank-you

  9. Ms. Cheryl says:

    Thank you Acharya Shunya, for proving how important it is to “KNOW” & “EMBRACE” ones lineage and bloodline. In the west this is not important… Also, Many of us do live our spirituality from “head to toe” not from the neck up — how I would love to talk to you in person. Please repeat this one Cate.
    Thanks so much. 😀

  10. Usha Leason says:

    I`m blown away by Acharya Shunya, she touches my heart the way Dr Lad does. She has helped me to connect the dots and understand why I fell in love with Ayurveda back in 1995…it was the piece when she spoke about ¨the stress from the pain of separation from the higher SELF and the shame that we carry for being told we`re not good enough^. I never heard any one say things that I too feel and think, and make sense of it. I can`t remember facts but I understand. Hearing her words have given me so much inner peace and self acceptance. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Namaste

  11. Teresa says:

    I have the honor of studying with Shunyaji and she embodies the highest dharma and pure consciousness. She is an amazing teacher with an awesome command of the knowledge. Jai maa! and Jai Shunyaji!

  12. debra says:

    Great interview, Cate! And thanks to you both for choosing to “live your power”.

  13. Heidi says:

    Lovely and informative. Wonderful chemistry between you and inspired teachings. Thank you.

  14. S says:

    What a delightful conversation. It is an honor to know you Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur. Thank you Cate and doctor Eric for introducing her to us. I feel like leaving my physical body and start the path of guriculum. In a away I feel like I have already left my physical body and became one with the intention of the speaker.
    Thanks again.

  15. B says:

    This woman is a fraud on many levels. For those of you think she is some sort of spiritual teacher too, wake up and study a little more about the guru tradition.

    • Lee says:

      Why do you say this? Explain, please.

    • Shupra says:

      Listen again – let her light in – match it with your inner light—feel the blossoming of Spirit tickling you from within. I have known this great soul Shunya for over 18 years – not one cell out of integrity – sending you healing energy – lots-you clearly need TLC!

  16. Kathryn says:

    Thank you very much. This was a moving and beautiful conversation to have been a part of. The depth of Acharya’s wisdom spoke to me in the same place as when I first encountered Ayurveda. Magical.

  17. Victoria Alara Alcoset says:

    Thank you Acharya Shunya and Cate Stillman for this uplifting and inspring exchange. Many blessings…

  18. nazira santana says:

    I have appreciated this talk very much!

  19. Sarah says:

    Dear Shunya, Listening to you talk took me back to Vaidyagrama when I was fortunate to have you as my “roommate” from across the hall. I sure do miss you! I enjoyed this, in particular how you discussed the power of language and how words change our reality. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I will come see you someday! Sarah

  20. Anuradha says:

    This is one of the best lectures I have ever heard of Ayurveda. The reflection of gurus grace is spreading in our lives through Acharya. As an Indian I also grew up in a spiritual family and learnt a lot through observing more then memorizing. I learn through my experiences and I feel the truth within. That I am the Atman without any form and Gunas. Love love and simply love it. Thank you Cate and Acharya Ji.

  21. Miriam Woolf says:

    Thank you so much from this talk. I feel blessed to have the doors of wisdom and knowledge opened to me to help make the world a better place. Namaste

  22. Ananta says:

    As one of Acharya Shunya’s students for the past five years, I can attest to what she shares about how Ayurveda can really help you live your power. My entire life and health have dramatically changed from studying with her, and I am now able to share this same healing power with people from all walks of life: in prison, at Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, and corporate executives.

    It is an extremely rare opportunity to study with a living master who truly embodies the teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads and connects those teachings to the lives of modern seekers.

    If you’re looking for the “real deal” in terms of a spiritual teacher, if you are seeking a true experience of spirituality and want to personally transform yourself, then Vedika Global is a wonderful place to study. The best thing is that you can now be part of our community from the comfort of your own living room via webinar-based classes. Visit to learn more about how you can benefit from Acharya Shunya on an ongoing basis.

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  24. ruth says:

    Very nice conversation 🙂 Thanks !!!

  25. Mansi Kotak says:

    What a beautiful talk!! <3

  26. Juniper says:

    This has been my favourite presentation thus far. I am moved by Acharya’s words and perspectives.

    Thank you

  27. Pam says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. I love strong, vibrant women doing the work. Thank you so much for sharing your light with us.

  28. Patricia says:

    When the heart hears truth it is forever changed. I am so grateful to start this day receiving the transmission of truth from the beautiful being that is Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur.

  29. osa says:

    The loveliest encounter….such joy in this living mirror of the pristine primordial pure heart of dharma within Ayurveda! Thank you dear Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur!
    I also note with great joy in the merest glance of your website the free, donation based, and modest tuition reciprocity you invite making accessiblity of this bountiful treasury of Ayurveda, a gift to all!

    Osa Manell
    Doctor of Tibetan Medicine/ Practitioner of Ayurveda

  30. Dr. Paul Bowman Jr says:

    We at Bowman Health appreciate your efforts!

    • CCarla says:

      Cate I thank you for the way you conducted this interview. You talked slower, when you asked questions, you allowed Acharya to elaborate without your cutting in giving your opinion, this is the best interview you have done so far, please keep up the good work. Kudos to you.

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