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Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy Paperback – February 1, 2017

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“An ongoing source of expert guidance...Ayurveda is an ancient, deep and complex science and its details can be overwhelming. But in [AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE WISDOM], along with facts, charts, and illustrated yoga poses, the author shares her experiences, wisdom, and knowledge in a loving way.” ―Light of Consciousness

“Shunya, president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, says it was her "karma" to write an "authoritative bible of sorts" on Ayurvedic wisdom. Raised in India, Shunya studied Ayurveda under the tutelage of her grandfather, who was born in 1900 and served as his town’s Ayurvedic guide; throughout this informative text she weaves poignant stories and lessons learned from her highly esteemed relative and advisor. Ayurveda, Shunya explains, is a 5,000-year-old system that covers such topics as lifestyle, food, health, spirituality, meditation, and yoga. Her focus is on applying the ancient principles to modern life and she includes selected case histories from clients and students who believe Ayurveda helped them resolve a variety of issues (e.g., eating disorders, stress). Despite the range of applications Shunya cites, she cautions that Ayurveda is not "one size fits all," and gives readers a number of guidelines. Shunya writes with passion and expertise; newcomers to Ayurveda will receive a comprehensive education, and long-standing practitioners can also delve more deeply into this wellspring of knowledge. This is an important addition to a "holistic approach to health" that readers will want to refer to time and again.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This is the ultimate guidebook for optimizing your self-care habits…Shunya makes Ayurvedic ideas and practices completely accessible.” ―Bustle

“Acharya Shunya is one of the extraordinary teachers of the living, embodied wisdom of Ayurveda. She transmits it through the roots of her family lineage as well as throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom. She is a model of how to access the healing power of nature within.” ―Shiva Rea, author of Tending the Heart Fire

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a valuable companion for those wishing to understand and apply holistic concepts of health and healing to real-life challenges. You will find many pearls of wisdom that will inspire you to a mindful and positive lifestyle.” ―Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS MD (Ayurveda), and author of The Hot Belly Diet

“Acharya Shunya has gifted all of us with her story of learning Vedic wisdom from her grandfather, Baba, as a very young girl. Baba’s timeless wisdom is woven throughout Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom as Shunya teaches us all the pearls of Ayurveda, Baba through Acharya, and now to us.” ―John Douillard, author of Eat Wheat; Body, Mind, and Sport; and The 3-Season Diet

“In this gorgeous book, Acharya Shunya combines stories of the lessons she learned from her family with her years of experience training students and coaching clients. The combinations of stories, recipes, practices, and rituals is a superb addition to the bookshelf of any seeker. Acharya Shunya offers the advice of a trusted sister, whose dedication to Ayurveda shines through every page.” ―Felicia Tomasko, editor-in-chief of LA Yoga magazine and president of the Bliss Network

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom offers a way of living that promotes continued well-being for those who are healthy and a path back to health for those who have been unwell. Acharya Shunya skillfully guides the reader in incorporating these time-tested health practices to create a balanced state of natural resiliency.” ―Anand Dhruva, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

“This is a masterpiece book that should be an essential for every Ayurvedic practitioner, health care professionals, and all the patients with chronic diseases, who will find themselves coming back to the text time and time again for deeper study and practice.” ―Dilip Sarkar, MD, president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

“A unique and profound guide to healing as well as the art balancing life energies, this book presents an elegant and practical approach to health and well-being appropriate for anyone.” ―James Kelleher, cofounder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and author Path of Light: Volumes I and II

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a pleasure to read and inspiring in its mission to provide the tools with which we can reclaim our lives. The book highlights a spiritually and ecologically conscious, ethically grounded, health-centered rather than disease-focused Ayurvedic method, with extensive information and pragmatic instructions that make it easy to follow the counsel within.” ―Rita D. Sherma, PhD, chair of hindu studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Dharma Studies

“Have you ever wondered what you would have learned if you were raised by an Ayurvedic guru? Acharya Shunya shares her experience in growing up in family of Ayurvedic sages and carrying on the healing traditions in the United States. She shares her best family stories, recipes, and authentic Ayurvedic lifestyle wisdom in her book, which is sure to become a classic of students of Ayurveda around our Earth.” ―Cate Stillman, founder of Yogahealer.com and author of Body Thrive

“Ayurveda LifestyleWisdom by Acharya Shunya beautifully unfolds the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in an experiential manner relevant to our contemporary lifestyles.” ―Yogini Shambhavi Devi, co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe and author of Yogini: Unfolding the Goddess Within

“With this highly readable and eminently practical book, Acharya Shunya illuminates Ayurveda in all its fullness―not just a collection of remedies for preventing and treating disease, but a holistic system that draws from its venerable sister sciences, yoga and Vedanta, to address all facets of human life. Every household should own a copy.” ―Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

“A beautifully written book that offers a unique perspective of the simple and effective diet and lifestyle changes from Ayurveda that you can make to achieve better health.” ―Diana I. Lurie, PhD, professor of neuropharmacology at the University of Montana and editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal of Health

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom encourages us to explore all aspects of our lives as they contribute to health. Acharya Shunya’s explanations are comprehensive, clear, passionate, and often poetic. They offer us opportunities to reconsider assumptions of what we consider ‘normal’ in our daily lives and show us how to gradually achieve health-enhancing change.” ―Ricki Pollycove, MD, author of The Pocket Guide to Bioidentical Hormones

“Acharya Shunya, a well-respected Ayurvedic teacher and practitioner, acquired this authentic knowledge from her grandfather and guru shri Baba, distilled it through her personal experience and practice, and observed the transformative effect of this knowledge. Now she shares that eternal knowledge through this book with stories and examples that are easy to follow and put into practice. This book serves as an invaluable resource for anyone who is embarking on a journey to restore vibrant health, and as a source of inspiration to those who have already embarked on that transformative journey.” ―Dhaval Dhru, MD, Ayurveda chair at Bastyr University and president of the board of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

“I love how Shunya weaves together easy-to-understand, health-focused practices that are deeply rooted in ethical and socially responsible interventions, which are good for both our inner health and outer relationships. This is a must-read that belongs in every home and on the reading table of everyone who wants to lead a natural, healthy, and happy life.” ―Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency, and Well-Being

“Acharya Shunya takes you home in this fascinating, detailed guide to proactive health practices through the principles of Ayurveda. She conveys profound, time-proven knowledge in this passionate, step-by-step guide that can be easily embraced by all, at any age, for a life of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” ―Peter Z. Wasowski, founder and CEO of Vasper Systems, NASA Ames Research Park

“Shunya offers us a path that integrates body with mind and spirit, showing us the secrets of Ayurvedic daily practice, self-care, and much more. This is a book to cherish, consult often, and use throughout your life.” ―Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It

“Acharya Shunya shares with us a prescription to optimize our health in a clear and straightforward fashion, giving each of us the power to change our lives.” ―James R. Doty, MD, clinical professor of neurosurgery and director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom rings out like a temple bell and shines like the sun at dawn. A healing balm for our distracted lives, it offers us easy-to-implement, practical Ayurvedic guidance for healthy living every day. It boldly inspires us to claim our inherent healing power and shows us how to do it. You won’t want to put this book down, and fortunately, we don’t have to because its wisdom continues to whisper in our inner ear, like Acharya Shunya’s beloved Baba: ‘Your life is sacred; remember, you can live that way.” ―Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment and author of Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life

“Reading this book is an enchantment. This is a rare and refreshing appearance of the heart and soul of Ayurveda, alongside the body of wisdom in a modern lifestyle book. Enough story to relate easily and enough tools to transform your experience of life, and finally, finally, a book on Ayurveda that speaks to all the parts of us.” ―Siva Mohan, MD, founder of AyurvedaBySiva.com, founder of Veda MeLA, and board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a poetic and inspiring journey through the joy of life deeply rooted in a millennia-long tradition. With Ayurveda and the way Shunya explains it, life is an art, a wisdom, and the embodiment of a tradition going far back in time. Acharya Shunya brings that tradition back to life in the twenty-first century.” ―Alain Touwaide, PhD, cofounder and scientific director at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

“Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is the ultimate practical guide that promises to reconnect you to the fundamental truth of your spiritual nature and the divine cosmic laws of balance, rhythm, seasonal detox, and so much more. Shunya’s deep-seated knowledge about Ayurveda, and her compassionate and warmhearted writing gave me the confidence to try her suggestions about losing weight and getting better sleep and eliminating heartburn. It all worked―when nothing else would!” ―Meg Jordan, PhD, chair of the Department of Integrative Health and Human Sexuality, California Institute of Integral Studies

About the Author

Acharya Shunya is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher who awakens health and consciousness through Ayurveda lifestyle and Vedic spiritual teachings. She is founder of Vedika Global, a wisdom school and spiritual community in California, and is President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. For more, visit acharyashunya.com.

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  • Item Weight : 1.72 pounds
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1622038274
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1622038275
  • Dimensions : 7.97 x 0.78 x 10.08 inches
  • Publisher : Sounds True (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: : English
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