About Shailla

Photo Credit: Tavish Vaidya. Location Naina Devi Temple, Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh, India

My name is Dr. Shailla Vaidya and I am a former Emergency Room and Family Physician, practicing Mind-Body Medicine on Toronto, Canada. I have worked everywhere from downtown Toronto, in the suburbs, to isolated rural areas including Canada’s First Nation Communities. I am passionate about improving health care and helping those who work on our frontlines.

Despite my hard work attempting to improve health care delivery, the toxic environment in which I was working took its toll on my health. After slogging away in my medical career, I was completely burned out and I hardly recognized myself. Thankfully, my yoga practice gave me a respite from the stress. It also gave me clarity as I was reminded of my initial intention in studying medicine - to be able to combine the powerful Eastern Practices with Western Medicine, in a scientifically-sound way.

So I took the opportunity to further my studies in Yoga and Ayurveda. I travelled to India to study with the Mohans of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. I re-learned many of the traditions I had been taught in my younger days, healing myself, so I could get back to healing others.

I spent the next few years writing and teaching a program for stress and burnout recovery. It was a really rewarding way to bring creativity back to my medical practice and to watch people flourish.

Then in 2018, the universe literally hit me on the head. I sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to a cycling accident. My life changed in an instant. Luckily, I had a strong yoga practice under my belt, and the understanding that the brain can change and heal. It gave me hope and the skills to get better. Then once again, I made lemonade. I adapted my stress program for Concussion, filling in a much need gap in health care. I get because I go through it too.

Now my medical practice focuses on concussion recovery. I also run a coaching and education platform for burnout recovery as well as to educate helpers on how you can bring therapeutic yoga to your practice. My goal is to help you regain your energy and vitality, then help others to do the same. I hope that I can help you develop clarity, compassion, and courage. Reconnecting with your true self, I hope you will find healing, and live a life of contentment.

Shailla Vaidya MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, the University of Ottawa Family and Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and the Harvard T.Chan School of Public Health. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is a trained teacher of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, the Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities Program, and serves as a faculty member with the Svastha Yoga Therapy Training Program.

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