Tamsin Sheehy

Owner, teacher & co-creator of the Teacher Training Course, E-RYT 200

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 to study Sivananda asana, chanting, puja and philosophy. In 2009 Tamsin completed a philosophy-rich Ashtanga style yoga teacher training with Shimon Ben Avi. She is currently completing her WildLotus 300hours 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. The art of Lymphology and Digestion are key focus points for workshops and courses. Encouraging the body through specific movement to release stuck toxins and kickstart the bodies natural ability to repair itself.

She opened her own studio in 2007 in Cape Town , The Shala, Cape Town Yoga School and in 2018 will run her 10th 200hour Vinyasa Yoga Teachers Training.

Tamsin dynamically weaves together elements from each of these diverse yogic traditions and therapeutic schools of thought to offer eclectic Vinyasa flow style classes. 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.

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 Vinyasa 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 4 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 workshops/courses.
She is also in her first year of her Specialised Kinesiology studies.


Thomas Sheehy

Anatomy Teacher

Originally from Worcestershire in England, Thomas moved to South Africa 2006. Following a lifelong swimming practice, where breath and movement are intrinsically synchronised, Thomas discovered yoga in 2005 and completed his 200hr Teachers Training in Cape Town in 2008.

Personal health issues led Thomas to further training. Having studied nutritional therapy and naturopathy, he is currently undertaking MSc Advanced Complementary Medicine (Research & Practice) to support his work as a yoga instructor and natural health coach specializing in diet, nutrition and lifestyle education.

Thomas facilitates the Anatomy & Physiology module of The Shala Teacher Training Course and presents workshops on human physiology, food science and digestive health.

Lara Roux


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 your mat which truly is the essence of yoga. And it is from that sacred place that she teaches.

Combining the playfulness of her nature, the importance of intelligent sequencing, music to move your soul and an adventure of self discovery, she teaches with the desire to encourage a journey into moving meditation for all her students. She encourages them to look deeper within, to walk in their truth and to continuously find a way to delight 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. She then decided to take her deep passion for yoga further and do a teacher training. This 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 practitioners in this Cape Town community.

Lara has completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in Cape Town in 2011, 200 hour 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.

Adila Groenewald

Teacher & co-creator of the Teacher Training Course, E-RYT 200

Aldi finds yoga to be instrumental in her personal journey of healing, awareness and transformation. It is her passion to explore how the wisdom of yoga can support us in our modern lives.

Aldi studied with Africa Yoga and Shimon Ben Avi in the Ashtanga Vinyassa tradition. She’s taught yoga philosophy and self-enquiry on various teacher training programmes for the last 6 years.

Aldi encourages students to explore their own bodies and minds with curiosity and compassion using the breath as a guide.

Beatrice Asselta


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.

She moved in Cape Town in 2011, where she started approaching the practice of yoga moving through different styles in her practice and experience.

Beatrice’s  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 proposes 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 intent 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


Naomi completed her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at The Shala with Mariah Betts and Tamsin Sheehy in April 2016. 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 yoga. She has had a dedicated daily practice in the Vinyasa lineage since 2010. After completing her YTT, she have been teaching group yoga classes, 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 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

Harriet Came

Pre natal teacher

Harriet has been practicing yoga seriously 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 6 years ago and discovering the fabulous and friendly Capetonian yoga community, she learned to deepen and vary her practice from a pure Ashtanga base. Since falling pregnant for the first time in 2007, she found an even greater respect for her body 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.”

Nokuphiwo Jada


15 years ago Noks was introduced to breath work, Yoga and Sudashin Kriya. The benefits of all these practices drew her interest and she started to practice regulary. Leading her to completing  a 200hour Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.

As a community developer Noks started teaching a course called “Breath Water Sound”.  Yoga took her attention when she started teaching children’s yoga which she has been doing for 10 years now. She gained interest in going more into teaching parents and school teachers within the schools that she works in and within her community. For the past 15 years Noks has had a dedicated practice  of  breath, music, yoga and Self-development studies. She is  currently available on weekends and public holidays to teach mobile yoga classes. These classes are aimed at teaching on a one to one basis or in small groups. All sessions are tailor made for individual needs. Correct breathing, music and sound, yoga poses and motivational talks.

Nicola Van Schaik


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. She completed her first 200 hour training in 2012 with Tamsin Sheehy, Adila Groenewald & 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 (Thai massage & Skillful Touch).

Nicola is deeply committed to Seva yoga, continuing to work with 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


Justine found yoga in the 90’s when 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.

She completed her intense 200 hour teacher training certification with Jax Jai in Cape Town in 2010 and is currently completing her 300 hour advanced TTC with Jim Harrington.

Justine continues to keep 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 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


Victoria did her 200h Vinyasa training with The Shala in 2016 and then did her 300h advanced 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


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: The Primary Series: John Scott. (John is one of the worlds few certified ashtanga teachers and is a direct student of Sri K. Patthabi 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. She is scheduled to do his next level of teacher training in May 2016.

“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


Johannesburg based Mel Castleman (Forrest Guardian in training) 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, light hearted, with the right amount of intensity for gentle transformation.