About Shelley

Shelley Cummins Shehab

founder of

Rewilding Within

From my heart, warmest welcome. Rewilding Within courses are founded upon the 8 limbs of yoga, buddhist philosophy, & oneness all held within an abundant love of nature. Rewilding Within is restoration through yoga & meditation into one's uncultivated, natural, pure state.

 

Some Details of the Journey

As well as providing Rewilding Within courses Shelley teaches meditation and yoga at the University of California San Francisco. She is the author of The Ecstasy of Practice now available as an audiobook on Audible, Apple Books & Amazon as well as Peaceful Journey A Yogi's Travel Kit by Barron's Publishing.

 

Shelley was a founding member of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Department in NYC for eight years where she developed yoga programs, taught private sessions for patients, and co taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction She received a two year grant to work with Alzheimer patients easing anxiety through movement at the Sara Neuman Center. Shelley also taught dance, yoga and meditation to emotionally challenged children for two years at Weill Cornell Mental Hospital.

 

Auspiciously Shelley studied meditation with Dalai Lama as well as Rinpoches of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery. She completed a year long study at Kauai Hawaii's Hindu monastery in Saivite Hinduism. She is trained in guided imagery from The School of Remembering in Sedona, AZ. Shelley is certified in  Self Awakening Yoga, Yin Yoga and Laughter Yoga. Since 2006 Shelley has studied and taught courses for Oneness Ekam Meditation Center based in Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Shelley's first career was a ballet dancer in NYC for thirteen years. Prior she received a full dance scholarship to the University of Arizona and danced professionally with Ballet Arts alongside her studies. Her last year of school she attended University of London and Ballet Rambert Conservatory in England. In NYC Shelley danced with Balinese American Dance Theater fusing Balinese dance with ballet, New American Ballet, Battery Dance, Alice Farley Dance Theater as well as performing in musicals: Phantom of the Opera, On Your Toes and South Pacific.  

 

She directed a pre-professional dance company for high school students at State University of NY at Purchase for three years and was an educational teaching artist for NYC Ballet for two years. In the latter part of her performing career Shelley trained privately for three years with Master CK Chan in Tai Chi Chuan, La Hok Ba Fa, and double edged sword form. Master Chan guided her in transitioning from ballet to qi power of inner awareness enhancing her career and character greatly. She also trained with Master Peng in the Twelve Cycles of Qigong and Yi Jin Jing.

 

"More than half my life has been immersed in the art of dance. The gratitude I have for this ephemeral expression of the soul is boundless. This creative foundation guided me into my next chapter of rewilding. The stage now is in the collective heart, all meeting as artists." ~ Shelley

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