Biography, Teja Shankara
Teja (pronounced “Tay-juh”) Shankara is an author, blogger, and spiritual helper who leads interfaith healing circles and cares for the dying and their families. With a smile that lights up the room, she shines with the radiance of one who does daily spiritual practices.
During her last semester as a Political Science major at Butler University, she found her true passion in an Anthropology class called “Religion and Ritual Around the World.” Religious studies captured her mind and heart, as she had deeply loved all things spiritual ever since she was a young girl mesmerized by the colorful stained glass windows and heady incense of her Indiana family’s Catholic church.
After graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish (1992), she worked at universities in international programs, and continued to study religions, including Judaism, Native American, and others. Then, during many years of being an at-home mom in Ashland, Oregon, she trained as a labor doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, postpartum doula, energy healer, caregiver, meditation instructor, medical assistant, hypnotherapist, and facilitator of prison groups. During those years she discovered the Raja Yoga Path of Hinduism, and began leading healing circles in which she shares do-able spiritual practices with people of all religions and other cosmic belief systems.
With a strong sense of ethics and integrity, as well as an uncommon amount of compassion for all beings, Sister Teja, a self-proclaimed nun forging her own Shakahara StarFire Tribe, is on fire with a mission to help elevate the human species to the Highest Love Vibrations. As “StarFire Teja” she feels passionate about writing blog articles that really help people to Happy Up their lives.
She Happys Up her own life through daily spiritual practices, including chanting (sacred singing), meditating, studying spiritual teachings, cultivating Gratitude, and visualizing with guided imagery techniques. She is a mama of two bright amazing young men, and a barefoot nature lover who loves the Sun, orange marigolds, sunflowers, red roses, trees, birds, stars, red rocks, hot black coffee (organic, fair-trade, dark roast!!!), pinecones, and amethyst crystals.
At age 49, Sister Teja has returned to her Indiana roots, where she enjoys high vibration plant-based living with her parents. She writes daily in her tree-house temple overlooking a green yard filled with birds, squirrels, and wild brown rabbits. For more information, please visit https://starfireteja.wordpress.com.