This series explores and honours the texts, philosophies and practices of spiritual traditions originating in India. Each session introduces a breadth of practices related to yoga as a counterpoint to the emphasis on the body promoted in the West. Our aim is to provide space for all students to learn and apply Vedic and yoga philosophy in support of their own holistic wellbeing.
After attending several sessions students will be able to recognize traditional Vedic texts and place them in historical and cultural context, perform several different pranayama (breathwork), meditation techniques (including chanting), and asana (postures) skillfully on their own and know how these relate to personal wellbeing.
The Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and other Vedic texts are the foundations of this program.
All U of T students
How The Program Works
This group practice is taught by an experienced facilitator who will guide you through a lesson, several different practices and answer questions. The majority of this session will take place sitting on the floor with some gentle movement. Yoga mats or chairs if preferred are available for in person sessions. No special clothing is required.
This registered program runs once a week for 8 weeks in the fall (October-November) and winter (January-February).
Each session is 1 hour long.
Please go to PROGRAM REGISTRATION below for room information and dates.
Role on Team: Vedic Yoga Philosophy Instructor
Shehla has taught public classes, workshops, retreats, and yoga philosophy/therapy for 15+ years. She is lead trainer for George Brown College's Classical Yoga Teacher Program and senior faculty for several yoga studios in Toronto. Her current teachings are informed by field experience serving racialized women from African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities, offering chair yoga classes and one-on-one yoga therapy at community health clinics, and working with automotive injury clients.Learn more about Shehla
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I really appreciate being taught by a south Asian person who has a spiritual connection to yoga and Vedic philosophies. Oftentimes yoga studios are turned into white spaces that remove the spiritual aspect and focus on simply the body which I don't appreciate.
Vedic Yoga Philosophy Participant
[I learned] breathing exercises to help me when I am struggling with my anxiety.
Vedic Yoga Philosophy