- March 10, 2017
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone's birthright coupled with the belief that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature's abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Acharya Shunya's new book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn approachable ways to engage with this time-tested art and science of health and well-being. Renowned for her ability to make Ayurveda accessible and practical for Western audiences, Acharya Shunya shares the knowledge of self-care, daily contemplations, self-massage, skin care, cooking, and more.
Acharya Shunya is joined in a conversation about her life and work as an internationally recognized spiritual teacher who awakens health and consciousness through Ayurveda lifestyle and Vedic spiritual teachings by Debashish Banerji , the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at CIIS.
This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students. Must attend full weekend.
Acharya Shunya, the recipient of 2016 Hardias and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service by CIIS, is an internationally recognized authority and scholar of Vedic Sciences of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta.
Shunya has been studying and teaching for forty years and is the living custodian of an eminent Vedic lineage from India. She is the founder of Vedika Global Inc., a Vedic foundation supporting a leading school of Ayurveda and Vedic Medicine in California.
Today, she teaches at her school in California and worldwide via online courses, and leads retreats and workshops internationally. She is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote address to audiences that include the World Ayurveda Congress; National Ayurveda Medical Association; University of California, Berkeley; and Stanford University.
As President of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), she leads the statewide Ayurveda agenda. Acharya is co-chair of the Ayurveda International Delegates Assembly, a 40-country consortium promoting Ayurveda globally. She is also Chair and advisor to several other noteworthy national and international organizations. In 2015, she was featured in Spirituality & Health magazine as one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda. Shunya has received prestigious awards both in the United States and India including: by Indian Institute of Medicine (2010), by the Ayurvedic Association of Practitioners of North America (2010), Global Ayurveda Conferences (2015).
Acharya Shunya offers the highest intellectual knowledge and makes it accessible in ways that directly impact physical, emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Her teaching is derived from original ancient texts as well as instruction from her guru, her grandfather, who in turn was taught by his grandfather and down the line for generations.
Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to joining CIIS, Banerji has taught South Asian art history, Indian philosophy and yoga psychology at a variety of academic institutions. From 2005-2009, he was the Director of the International Center for Integral Studies in New Delhi, India. From 1992-2006, he served as the president of the East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International, based in Los Angeles. Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) andSeven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012).