Walk the 8 Fold Path
Shelley Cummins Shehab
founder of 8 fold path courses
My mission is to be my natural self artistically exploring while sharing gifts of the inner arts. The 8 Fold Path is the perfect synthesis of relaxation, awareness, inner arts training and rewilding. I welcome you to share the walk ~ becoming and serving the path in your unique way.
As well as providing 8 Fold Path trainings Shelley currently teaches meditation and yoga at the University of California San Francisco. She is the author of The Ecstasy of Practice now in audiobook format available on Audible, Apple Books and 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 8 week meditation courses. 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.
Shelley has studied meditation with his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as well as Rinpoches of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery. She has completed the Master Course and Innersearch at Kauai's Hindu monastery a year long study of Saivite Hinduism. She has studied Native American meditations with Drunvalo Melchizedek in the American southwest for many years. Shelley is certified in Interdisciplinary Yoga, Yin Yoga and Laughter Yoga. Since 2006 Shelley has studied and taught the gifts of Amma and Bhagavan, a husband and wife duo founders of Oneness University and Ekam Meditation Center, offering a universal path applicable for secular and spiritual alike.
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 the University of London and Ballet Rambert Conservatory in England. In NYC Shelley had an eclectic dance career in contemporary ballet. For more than a decade she was a member of Balam, Balinese American Dance Theater, fusing Balinese dance a unique shamanistic Hinduism with ballet. She also danced with 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 and was an educational teaching artist for NYC Ballet. While performing 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.
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 exploring body, mind spirit through the arts of yoga and meditation. My greatest joy is to share and create the path with you.