Teacher Training

Our 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training programmes offer the perfect platform to develop your personal yoga practice whilst learning safe and effective teaching skills both at foundational and advanced levels.

On the 200 hour programme you will learn refined alignment of core yoga poses, effective verbal cueing, clear demonstrations, adjustment techniques, safe and effective sequencing. The 300 hour programme builds on these foundations and takes you on a deeper personal journey with yoga. Graduates gain the confidence to instruct multi-level classes in a wide variety of teaching settings.

Tamsin Sheehy
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
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.

Adila Soeker
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.