yoga teacher training

The Shala School of Yoga offers a unique opportunity to embark on a teacher training programme with an exceptionally experienced team of teachers.

Yoga Teacher Training

The Shala School of Yoga offers teacher training programmes to a select number of students each year. Our unique programme this year has brought together some of the UK’s most well respected and inspirational teachers to offer an exciting multi-disciplinary yoga teacher training foundation with over 300 hours of tuition, practice and study and a RYS-200-hour Yoga Alliance accreditation. The course offers a foundation for anyone wishing to embark on a career as a yoga teacher, giving students the opportunity to be part of a thriving London yoga studio and community. It also serves as a practitioners intensive for those wishing to enrich their own personal yoga journey. 

The Shala Teacher Training Programme


Lead Teachers

Leading the 2017 course is the founder of the Shala, Gingi Lee – who has taught, trained and inspired many British and international yoga teachers over the last two decades – and Mark Kan, the UK’s senior Dharma Yoga teacher and mentor on New York’s Dharma Yoga teacher training faculty. They bring with them over 35 combined years of teaching experience. The course also draws on the expertise of Norman Blair who offers the restorative and meditative practices of yin yoga to the programme.



Course Overview

This comprehensive year long immersion programme examines all aspects of the science of yoga, from the physical practices of asana, pranayama, kriya and anatomy to the mental, philosophical and spiritual nature of the practice undertaken through academic study of the yoga scriptures and the main literary texts. 

A rigorous practical focus to the programme provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience of teaching and assisting community classes at the Shala with continual ongoing assessment and a mentoring scheme to offer guidance and support for the duration of the course.




Yoga Lineage

The multi-disciplinary course combines the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with classical Hatha Raja Yoga practices and Yin Yoga, as well as insight in to many other aspects of yoga. Sequencing  is given for each of the three styles, as well as unique sequences that combine the two main practices taught by Gingi and Mark.


The three lead teachers have many years experience teaching yoga, and have themselves come from a strong lineage of teachers under whom they themselves studied. 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Gingi Lee studied principally with Derek Ireland as well as Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Classical Hatha Raja Yoga: Mark Kan studied principally with Dharma Mittra

Yin Yoga: Norman Blair studied with Sarah Powers, Richard Freeman and Judith Lasater

Yoga Philosophy

Ruth Westoby presents the Yoga philosophy module of the course, which will give an overview of yogic history and philosophy from modern day yoga to the vedic or pre-classical period. Ruth holds a Masters’ degree with Distinction in Indian Philosophy and Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs philosophy workshops at Astanga Yoga London and teaches history and philosophy modules on yoga teacher training courses. She is also Authorised Level Two in the Astanga Yoga lineage. Ruth spends her mornings practicing and assisting at AYL, her days with her kids and her evenings studying Sanskrit.



Anatomy & Physiology

Modules on human anatomy and physiology are presented by anatomy specialist and long time yogi Graham Stones, who has also been the lead bodywork therapist for the English National Ballet since 2012. These modules incorporate a comprehensive overview of human anatomy in relation to yoga, as well as an in depth look at common injuries.

Guest Teachers

An impressive line-up of guest teachers includes Hamish Hendry, Liz Lark (right), Ben Wolff and Kath Roberts who offer inspiration and insight in to key aspects of the practice ranging from Dharma philosophy to Creative Sequencing, Yoga Nidra and Alignment.




Our Mission

Our aim is to produce a new generation of inspiring and talented teachers with a highly informed methodology in all aspects of modern yoga. Our objective is that these trainee teachers will go on to teach yoga with passion, confidence and integrity and in turn inspire more yoga in the world. 


We plan to support this course with a second tier 500-hour training and eventually an 800-hour vocational training and apprenticeship scheme.