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Dr. Shailla Vaidya



Dr. Shailla Vaidya



Shailla Vaidya is a Physician/Yoga Therapist practicing Mind-Body Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

She studied Medicine at Dalhousie University, did her residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Master’s in Public Health (Management and Policy) at Harvard University.

She has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. 
Shailla grew up in a cultural tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda, and is excited to bring the science of Eastern Wisdom to Western Medicine.

Her current area of practice is in stress-related illnesses, with a focus on burnout and caregiver strain in the Helping Professions.

She is the creator of Yoga for Stress Resilience – Therapeutic Yoga Burnout Recovery Program (TYBR), which combines the path of yoga with the science of human function, change management, and stress recovery.

She also serves on the faculty team of Svastha Yoga Therapy.

Shailla frequently gives workshops to her fellow physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals.

As a “Compassion-it” Change Agent, she is effecting change within the health care system by healing our healers and by bringing a more holistic approach to the management of chronic disease.

Getting a Good Night Sleep with yoga!

SATURDAY / 2:10 - 4:10


Getting a good night’s sleep is key to our wellbeing, yet 2/3rds of adults do not get enough sleep. In fact, the World Health Organization notes that sleep loss is epidemic in industrialized nations.

Poor sleep is noted to be a contributing factor to many chronic illnesses including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Studies show that Yoga can play a key role in helping people sleep well. It may be the best thing you give back as a yoga teacher.

In this session, we will:

- Understand the physiology of sleep and why a good night’s sleep is key to our health.

- Review evidence based practices from Yoga and Ayurveda which can help improve sleep onset, duration, and quality.

- Review the role of Dinacharya for improved sleep hygiene.

Yoga and Your Hormones

SATURDAY / 4:30 - 6:30

Hormones are responsible for the regulation of our bodily functions. When our hormones go out of whack, so do we. This can affect our monthly cycles, our weight, predisposing us to diseases such as diabetes, infertility and weight gain. Yoga can play a role in regulating our hormones and bodily functions.

In this session, we will:
- Review the workings of Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Hormonal Axis and it’s role in regulating bodily functions.
- Review the evidence for yoga and hormonal disorders (including metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility, and diabetes)
- Practice key techniques to help reset ourselves and our hormones

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