The Yoga MD

Dr. Shailla Vaidya MD MPH C-IAYT

Physician | Yoga Therapist | Author| Coach

Meet Shailla

As a former ER and Family Doctor, I worked in many toxic and unsupportive environments that caused me to burn out and question why I went into medicine.

My yoga practice saved me. It helped me release the stress that had built up in my body. It helped clarify my initial intention to become a doctor – to bring Eastern Wisdom to Western Medicine.

It was time to do what I wanted. So I travelled to India to study Yoga Thera and Ayurveda, healing myself so I could heal others. 

When I came back, I started practicing Mind-Body Medicine. Research has been validating what the ancient yogis described thousands of years ago!

Rest, Reset, Rise! was born – a therapeutic yoga program for stress-related illness and burnout. 

In 2018, the Universe hit me on the head. I sustained a concussion. Once again, yoga saved me, helping me regulate my nervous system and foster neuroplasticity. Then, I created the Reconnect Program for Concussion and Neuroinflammatory Disorders. 

Now, I teach how therapeutic Yoga, Self-Compassion, and Ayurveda can foster health and well-being through clinical training, workshops and speaking engagements.


Dr. Shailla Vaidya MD MP CCFP(EM) C-IAYT is a physician focused on Mind-Body Medicine in Toronto, Canada. She is trained in Family and Emergency Medicine, as well as Yoga Therapy, and holds a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. For over 20 years, she has practiced with diverse and marginalized populations, innovating healthcare.

Dr. Vaidya combines Eastern Wisdom with Western Medicine to help people heal from stress. She has created multiple trauma-informed, therapeutic Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine programs. These include the Rest, Reset Rise! Burnout Recovery Program, the Reconnect Program for Brain Injury and Neuroinflammatory Conditions, as well as the Live Better Lifestyle Medicine Program. She is also teacher-trained in the Mindful Self-Compassion Program and Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities.

Dr. Vaidya is a dynamic speaker who engages her audience on the science of stress, the process of yoga, and the importance of compassion for personal well-being and organizational resilience.

Watch My Story

People often ask me how I started the Yoga MD. Here’s how it happened:

Shailla Vaidya MD MPH 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 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.