This virtual series explores the cultural and spiritual history of meditation in spiritual traditions originating in India. Each session will include opportunities to experience gentle asana (movement/postures), pranayama (breath work) and mantra (chanting).
Your facilitator, Shehla Khan, will focus on a particular aspect of the Yoga Sutra and/or Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic texts including the Upanishads and how this aspect connects to the experience of meditation.
Starts September 27, 2021 and runs for 10 sessions (excluding October 11 for Thanksgiving).
- Facilitator bio
Shehla Khan first came to yoga through her dada’s (grandfather's) Ayurveda courtyard. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga.
Her grandfather blended oils and manipulated joints to facilitate healing for local community members. As a child, Shehla's left shoulder often dislocated. Her grandfather, along with his teacher/friend, healed her shoulder with oils, firm pressure and massage. What she remembered from this practice was the firmness and diligence that was required to bring us back to balance, and the trust between teacher and student.
From classical Hatha Sivananda yoga, to Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative, to being a certified IAYT yoga therapist in the great tradition of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar from Yoga Therapy Toronto, Shehla has come to realize that yoga is a lifelong journey full of healing and love. Her most recent love affair with yoga asana is aerial yoga and deepening Raja yoga. She is well established in yoga philosophy and Mantra yoga, and continues to further her studies in Vedas and Kashmiri Shaivism. Her teachings are strongly influenced by all her teachers and honour the person in front of her and the surrounding environment. To the best of Shehla's abilities, she teaches according to seasons, weather changes, time of day and of course the people in front of her – a core Ayurvedic principle.
Shehla has been teaching for over 15 years. Along with public classes, workshops, retreats and outreach programs, she also teaches yoga philosophy and yoga therapy. Shehla is lead trainer for George Brown College's Classical Yoga Teacher Program and senior faculty for several yoga studios in downtown Toronto.
Shehla's 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 in conjunction with healthcare providers as their rehab support.
All U of T students
How The Program Works
Vedic Yoga Philosophy runs every Monday at 6 p.m. ET on Zoom. A link to access the session will be emailed to registered students.
Facilitator Shehla Khan will guide you through a meditation practice and answer any questions you may have.
Register for upcoming sessions on CLNx through the links below:
- September 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- October 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- October 18, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- October 25, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- November 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- November 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- November 15, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- November 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- November 29, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET
- December 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET