Tamsin Sheehy E-RYT500, YACEP
Owner, teacher & co-creator of the Teacher Training Course. 
 
Seeking a holistic form of body movement led Tamsin to her first yoga class. In 2004, after four years of dedicated practice in a diversity of yoga lineages including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga, Tamsin completed her first teacher training with Louisa Sears at Yogarts, an Australian based yoga school in Bali. She subsequently completed an intensive two-year Bihar teacher training with Carly Louw at Yoga Connection in Pretoria and travelled to Kerala, India 2006 to study Sivananda asana, chanting, puja and philosophy. In 2009 Tamsin completed a philosophy-rich Ashtanga style yoga teacher training with Shimon Ben Avi. Between November 2016 and March 2018, Tamsin completed her 300hours Advanced Yoga Teachers Training with Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman in Hong Kong.
 
She has a special interest in the role of yoga as a practice of healing and repair on all levels of Being. Her most inspiring work comes from teaching on The Shala’s Teacher Training programmess. The art of lymphology and digestion are key focus points for workshops and courses.
 
Tamsin opened The Shala – Cape Town Yoga School, in 2007, and in 2018 will run her 12th 200hour Teachers Training Course.
 
Tamsin dynamically weaves together elements from each of these diverse yogic traditions and therapeutic schools of thought to offer alignment based yoga classes that work on strength and body intelligence. Tamsin’s creative and well-paced sequencing, anatomically precise instruction and hands-on adjustments combine to provide her students with a safe and sacred space to immerse themselves deep in their practice and develop an intuitive relationship with their bodies. Over and above simply instructing poses, Tamsin emphasizes the importance of helping students find the subtle, internal connections that make up these poses through conscious breath and movement. She encourages students to ‘move in the direction of yoga’ – to develop a sustainable self-practice and integrate the teachings of yoga into all aspects of their lives to find greater balance of mind, body and spirit.

Thomas Sheehy E-RYT200, YACEP
Co-owner, teacher & anatomy teacher on the Teacher Training Course.
 
With a lifelong swimming practice, where the breath and movement are intrinsically synchronised, Thomas immediately resonated with yoga after being introduced to the practice in 2005. For Thomas yoga is a therapeutic practice of healing and repair which has transformed his own health and become the foundation of his daily life, and which stimulated a desire to learn more about the complex interactions between our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
 
Since completing his 200hr teacher-training in 2008, Thomas has studied nutritional therapy and naturopathy and is currently undertaking MSc Advanced Complementary Medicine, researching ways to integrate yoga into the orthodox medical paradigm in order spread the healing power of yoga to a wider audience, and to further his career as a yoga instructor and natural health coach specializing in diet, nutrition and lifestyle education for the management of chronic health conditions.
 
Thomas facilitates the Anatomy & Physiology module of The Shala’s teacher-training programmes and presents workshops on human physiology, food science and digestive health. His regular studio classes follow the principle that less-is-more by focusing on foundational postures and the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body; leaving practitioners feeling grounded, centered, and better prepared for life off the mat.

Kathleen Booyse
Studio Manager & Teacher
 
Kathleen’s yoga journey is largely inspired by her mother who has been a dance instructor for over 30 years and has always had a strong interest in eastern philosophy. Due to her mother’s influence, Kathleen’s understanding of the connection between movement, spirituality and healing began to develop at a young age, and has acted as her stepping stone into the world of yoga. Also through her mother’s influence, Kathleen has realized the potential for healing and gratification that lies in teaching others.In May 2015, Kathleen left her position as film producer and took a leap of faith to begin her journey toward becoming a yoga teacher, and yoga has since been an incredibly transformative tool in her everyday life. She completed her 200hr teacher-training in October 2015 at The Shala – Cape Town Yoga School, and has since been not only a teacher but also the full time studio manager.Kathleen has a passion for teaching beginners and is one of the lead teachers of the studios reputable Absolute Beginners Course that runs twice a year. She also teaches four other permanent classes at the studio every week. She strives to encourage all her students to be mindful about their alignment and foundation, to embrace their inner teacher, and to take the time to develop a self-practice.Kathleen feels strongly about the importance of addressing mental health issues through movement and meditation, and continues to use yoga as a tool to help her clients with depression, anxiety and other illnesses. She has a strong interest in physiology and anatomy, and is therefore inspired to continue learning about the relationship of the physical body with the energetic and spiritual bodies. To continue her education, Kathleen is diligent about working on her daily practice and participating in courses and workshops. She is also in her first year of her Specialised Kinesiology studies.

Avila Groenewald E-RYT200
Teacher & co-creator of the Teacher Training Course.
 
Adila finds yoga to be instrumental in her personal journey of healing, awareness and transformation; her passion is to explore how the wisdom of yoga can support us in our modern lives. She originally studied with Africa Yoga and Shimon Ben Avi in the Ashtanga vinyasa tradition, and is the owner of Yoga in Walmer Estate. Adila has taught yoga philosophy and self-enquiry on various teacher-training programs for the last 6 years and is the co-creator of The Shala’s teacher-training course. She encourages students to explore their own bodies and minds with curiosity and compassion using the breath as a guide.

Lara Roux
Teacher
 
Lara believes that beyond the grace of the movement, the depth of the breath, and the pure joy of practicing with intent; that it is the soul connection one can experience on their mat which is the true essence of yoga. Combining the playfulness of her nature with the importance of intelligent sequencing, music to move your soul, and an adventure of self-discovery, Lara teaches with the desire to encourage a journey into moving meditation for all her students, encouraging them to look deeper within, to walk in their truth, and to continuously find a way to delight their spirit.
 
After returning from years abroad working in exotic destinations and practicing various styles of yoga, she felt a need to ground herself into the beauty of Cape Town and decided to take her deep passion for yoga further and do a teacher-training, which was the start of a challenging yet beautiful path deeper into the philosophy and dedication of yoga. She is delighted to be able to share all she knows and continues to learn with other yoga practitioners in this Cape Town community.
 
Lara has completed a 200hr vinyasa teacher-training in Cape Town in 2011, plus a 200hr Forrest yoga training in Chicago in 2012, and an advanced teacher-training with Patrick Creelman in 2013. She is deeply inspired by teachers like Ana Forrest, Janet Stone, Patrick Creelman, Yvonne De Koek, Jim Harrington and the beauties that teach at The Shala, who have been her teachers for as long as she can remember. She feels honoured to be a part of this sanctuary.

Beatrice Asselta
Teacher
 
Beatrice is a passionate and warm Italian with love for life, good healthy food and conscious living. Her interests vary between outdoor activities and sports, visual arts and photography in a constant research of beauty, harmony and truth.
 
Beatrice moved in Cape Town in 2011 where she started approaching the practice of yoga moving through different styles in her practice and experience. Her first introduction to yoga has been through a strong Ashtanga practice, while in the last few years she developed a crescent interest and connection towards the flow, variety and benefits of asana sequences that vinyasa yoga propose. Her focus during practice and the sequences she offers is on alignment and the continuous flow of body, breath, mind and spirit with the purpose of finding new connections, comfort and effortlessness in every asana and in oneself.
 
Beatrice intention is to explore the journey that is the asana practice with awareness, curiosity and freedom into and trough the body, integrating those aspects and experiences that unravel within ourselves onto our mats, into our lives.

Naomi Marshak
Teacher
 
Naomi was introduced to yoga at a young age. Her mother is a senior Iyengar yoga teacher and her passionate immersion in the tradition has been foundational to Naomi’s own love of the practice. She has had a dedicated daily practice in the vinyasa lineage since 2010 and completed her 200hr teacher-training at The Shala with Tamsin Sheehy and Mariah Betts in 2016.
 
Since completing her teacher-training Naomi has been teaching group yoga classes plus private and corporate clients. She aims to integrate the alignment precision of Iyengar yoga with the fluidity of vinyasa yoga into her classes to provide students with a safe, intelligently sequenced and inspiring space from which to go deep into their practice. She encourages students to practice intuitively, to move and breathe consciously, finding the internal connections making up each pose. She hopes to facilitate this ‘connection-finding’through as much individual attention and hands-on adjustments as possible.

Nena Butler
Teacher

Néna Butler is an actress, yoga student and qualified vinyasa yoga teacher with a passion for helping people find more comfort, joy and connection on their yoga mat and in life. She grew up in Noordhoek and was introduced to yoga as a teenager and since then her curiosity and love for the practise have blossomed.

She completed her 200hour training at The Shala and considers this space her home away from home. She is constantly inspired by new trainings and teachers and recently completed a 50hour yoga training in Creative Sequencing with Maya Pratt as well as a 30 Hour Intensive Training for Yoga Teachers with Tamsin Sheehy and Lara Roux who she feels honoured to learn from on a daily basis. Nena plans on completing her 300hour training in 2019 and wants to delve deeper into the therapeutics of yoga through further studies.

“Yoga for me is freedom, self love, community and strength. The practice is a powerful, multifaceted gift that I hope to share through my classes and interactions with people.”        

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Sheona Mitchley
Teacher
 
Sheona initially discovered yoga as a means to find respite from a busy external world. Having always been drawn to self-inquiry and introspection, yoga provided a platform to discover space within and the more subtle aspects of the self.
 
Experiencing a variety of yoga styles, Sheona felt drawn to the freedom of suspension yoga and in 2015 completed a Suspension Yoga teacher-training at The Yoga Republic in Johannesburg. In 2016, she completed the 200hr teacher-training at The Shala – Cape Town Yoga School, and in 2017 she trained under Ana Forrest, completing the Forrest Yoga advanced teacher-training. Her teaching encourages a deep connection to self using yoga as a tool to witness whatever mirror the asana presents
 
Yoga has provided Sheona with a means to feel and acknowledge the complexities of life and to consider her responses to circumstances, giving a broader perspective and greater awareness of self. This awareness she readily shares with others to help them enhance their own journeys of discovery.

Megan Moore
Teacher
 
In 2014 Megan completed her 200 hour teacher training with Jim Harrington. Her dance and circus background inspire her to choreograph Vinyasa sequences that are interesting, different and just feel extremely good for the body. Together with a fun sequence she is very hands on with her students. “I believe that correcting and adjusting are extremely vital in my yoga classes. I also incorporate aromatherapy oils as i believe it adds a very personal touch.”

In February 2018 she completed her Aerial yoga teacher training. She believes that this is a wonderful form of yoga as not only are you able to find your playful side but by hanging upside down in inversions one is also able to resolve many back problems. The hammocks also allow a lot of support making it easier to feel the correct alignment in the body.

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Sarah Jane Horn
Teacher
 
Sarah Jane did her 200hr teacher-training at The Shala in 2015 and then did her advanced 300hr training with JP Tamblyn-Sabo at Ahimsa Yoga Studio in Toronto in 2017. She recently spent a month in Bali to expand her understanding of meditation, breath work and sound healing, and also founded the Reconnexion Retreat in Canada with a focus on reconnecting people to their food, friends, breath and movement.
 
“I found yoga at The Shala in 2011. I was in a rut, filled with self-doubt and in need of a purpose. I will never forget the moment I fell in love with yoga. I was amazed that something so beneficial for your body could be even better for your soul. It was what I needed as I learned to choose to love myself every day, to take time to breathe, and to embrace the body I was given. My classes include creative flowing sequences with a focus on breath and alignment. I believe yoga is for everyone and I strive to find connection in this disconnected world. I encourage students to be present, creative and listen to their bodies, so they can get to know and love themselves.”

Harriet Came
Pre-natal Teacher
 
Harriet has been practicing yoga for the last 14 years; initially studying and practicing the Ashtanga form in London under the guidance of Liz Lark and Gingi Lee. Since arriving in South Africa eight years ago and discovering the fabulous and friendly Capetonian yoga community, she learned to deepen and vary her practice from a pure Ashtanga base; and found an even greater respect for her body upon falling pregnant for the first time in 2007, thus softening her practice and increasing her fulfillment from yoga.
 
“The commitment I made to yoga during my pregnancies taught me an enormous amount about my body, about my practice and about myself. Without a doubt it increased the enjoyment and ease of my pregnancy, the birth and my recovery from the birth. I also truly believe it has influenced the characters and wellbeing of my children. Since becoming pregnant, I have developed a deep interest in pre-natal yoga and how this combined with diet and exercise can influence a pregnancy and birth.”

Nicola Van Schaik
Teacher
 
Nicola first came to yoga as a child, fascinated by a children’s yoga book in which leotard clad children took the shapes of eagles breathed like lions and gazed into candle flames. Traveling and living in the East, she unsurprisingly found herself in India, immersed in the Sivananda tradition and Vipassana meditation; and in Thailand, where she studied with Jonas Westring (Anusara), Sara Avant-Stover (Yin) and with a variety of Yin, Iyengar and Hatha teachers.
 
Nicola completed her first 200hr teacher-training in 2012 with Tamsin Sheehy, Adila Groenewald and Mariah Betts at The Shala. Subsequently, she has studied philosophy and Astanga vinyasa with Shimon Ben Avi (2013-2017), completed an advanced training in yoga therapeutics and Chinese 5-elements theory (Tina Nance, 2017) and been inspired by ongoing work with Patrick Creelman and of course the team at The Shala.
 
Nicola believes that the practice of yoga is an ongoing and ever deepening cultivation of awareness of the inner, rather than the outer, asana and is deeply interested in combining attention to alignment, awareness of breath and a heart based practice to encourage greater self-connection and awareness. Her classes and conscious adjustments are informed by her understanding of fascia, her belief in the body’s own innate intelligence, the interconnection between body & mind and and her bodywork training including Thai massage and skillful touch. Nicola is deeply committed to Seva yoga, continuing to work with local NGO The Earthchild Project, and taking the principles of selfless service into everyday life. She draws on a love for movement, whether surfing, dancing, hiking or diving, to inspire classes that aim to be a moving meditation.

Justine Barnes
Teacher
 
Justine found yoga in the 1990’s after having been a dancer for 10 years. She was already aware of the beauty of the mind-body connection and had a yearning to take it to a deeper level. Justine completed her 200hr teacher-training with Jax Jai in Cape Town in 2010 and is currently completing her 300hr advanced teacher-training with Jim Harrington.
 
Justine continues to remain fully inspired by attending workshops and retreats with yogi’s from all over the world. She finds daily inspiration in the students who come to her classes and believes that we all encourage each other to rise to our true potential in this life time.
“Yoga gives me the space & clarity I need during challenging times & allows me to move through these times as elegantly as possible with grace & gratitude.”

Victoria Putter
Teacher
 
Victoria did her 200hr teacher-training with The Shala in 2016 and then completed her 300hr advanced teacher-training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand in 2017. She continues to attend workshops with local and international teachers to expand her understanding of and relationship to yoga.
 
“I like to bring a sense of play into my classes and I encourage exploration. I often teach from my weaknesses to show my students that we are all learning together. Yoga is not about making perfect shapes; it’s about building relationship to self. Yoga somehow sneaks in the back door without us noticing and plants seeds of self-acceptance. Before long we start to build our external life around this inner blossoming and transformation occurs. As the body slowly starts to open and we build strength in this present and conscious way, we can channel more life force energy, which enables us to digest and assimilate life quicker. And so we grow.”
 
Victoria teaches vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga and breathing. Her personal practice is a mix of vinyasa, Ashtanga, chanting, contemplation and pranayama.

Rosalind Langer
Teacher
 
Ros came to yoga whilst living on the island of Antigua. Yoga teachers were few and far between, and those that did come to the island never stayed very long! She began practicing using a DVD of the Primary Series by John Scott, one of the worlds few certified Ashtanga teachers and a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
 
Since then Ros has practiced daily, reading about yoga with an intense hunger and following her passion. Ros completed her first teacher-training with Jacqueline Ivory of Jai Yoga in Cape Town in 2010. Having been a high school English teacher for 20 years, the ‘teaching’ aspect came quite naturally to her. In 2012 she did a 7-day workshop with John Scott at Purple Valley in India, and later and completed his teacher-training in Cornwall in January 2013. Ros continues to travel annually to meet with John Scott to further her development as a teacher.
 
“Yoga is my life. My mat is my home. Yoga has become entwined in the very nerve centre of my being. It is my guard; it protects me, fulfills me and is my constant companion. I feel blessed to be able to share this love with others. My Yoga journey never ends. Each student has been a gift that has deepened my love and appreciation of Yoga. I have seen in my self and many others the transformative power of breath, movement and awareness.”

Melanie Castleman
Teacher
 
Johannesburg based Mel Castleman trained in many different styles yet gravitates towards Forrest yoga and Forrest inspired vinyasa.
 
“Holding space for an experience needed by the student is my passion, and my fuel.”
 
After much Forrest training Mel has developed her own unique style of teaching and has a dedicated following in South Africa and globally. With lots of attention to detail and breath Mel weaves a web of connectedness throughout the room, facilitating a slow but fluid flow. Her classes are creatively sequenced and light hearted with the right amount of intensity for gentle transformation.

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Collins Masasa
Caretaker

Collins is the studio caretaker, responsible for the various daily operations of our beautiful heritage building including its ongoing maintenance and repairs. He oversees the warm welcome, safety and security of our yoga community; plus, the care and cultivation of our ever-expanding plant-life!

Collins is a regular yoga practitioner, building up his experience in order to undertake his RYT200hr teachers-training. He is often seen in the 6:30am class, which he describes as both energizing for the day ahead, plus, helping him to sleep better at night.

Collins is from Mulange, Malawi where he is a landowner and currently in the process of building a family home.