ABOUT THE SHALA SCHOOL OF YOGA

ethos

The Shala School of Yoga offers authentic yoga teacher training and professional development for a diverse range of students utilising our exceptionally experienced and gifted team of Senior teachers. Our philosophy is based upon understanding Yoga in its myriad forms as an invaluable holistic wellness tool that goes way beyond physical fitness. We respect yoga as an ancient discipline designed to bring long-lasting balance and harmony to the physical, mental and emotional aspects of our lives. Our yoga teacher trainings and CPD courses craft and intertwine traditional methods with a more contemporary approach utilising modern-day research and knowledge, providing a non-dogmatic comprehensive immersion into the vast subject of yoga. We are a registered yoga school (200-RYS and 300-RYS) accredited by Yoga Alliance (US).

the shala history

Established in the late 1990s, the Shala was one of the first yoga centres in London. For over two decades, The Shala has served a wide community in London and built a strong reputation for high-quality authentic yoga teaching. In 2016, The Shala School of Yoga, our sister organisation, was set up to enable our most experienced Senior teachers to pass on their considerable knowledge through more in-depth courses and trainings. These courses have been primarily designed for yoga teachers and other healthcare, wellbeing and caregiving professionals.

Since 2016, we have had nearly 1,000 students come through the Shala School of Yoga. Some have graduated from our 200-hour yoga teacher training programme as certified yoga teachers, others have gone on to gain advanced certification as 500-hour registered teachers from our 300-hour yoga teacher training programme, many others have attended our broad range of stand-alone CPD courses.

The Shala School of Yoga brings together an exceptionally experienced and gifted team of Senior teachers. Our lead teachers on the 200 and 300 hour programmes are Gingi LeeMelanie Cooper and Kath Roberts, all of whom have a profound depth of knowledge plus over 25 years of teaching experience. Our faculty also includes the following teachers who have been teaching for many years and are experts in their own specific fields:

Dr Matthew ClarkNorman BlairJennie WadstenAdelene CheongMartin AylwardDaniel SimpsonDina CoenDavid BehrensBarrie RismanRichard HolrydAyala HomossanyAlexa Dean and Anne Malone.

The Shala School of Yoga is an incredibly nurturing and supportive place to take that first step towards becoming a yoga teacher. The course has real integrity, and the teachers are hugely experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring, and all clearly have a deep love for the practice.
JK
200-hour Graduate
Emily Mulligan Aerial Yoga

OUR TEACHING FACULTY

The Shala School of Yoga brings together an exceptionally experienced and gifted team of Senior teachers. Our lead teachers  on the 200 and 300 hour programmes are Gingi Lee, Melanie Cooper and Kath Roberts, all of whom have a profound depth of knowledge plus over 25 years of teaching experience. Our faculty also includes the following teachers who have been teaching for many years and are experts in their own specific fields:

Dr Matthew Clark, Norman Blair, Jennie Wadsten, Adelene Cheong, Martin Aylward, Daniel Simpson, Dina Coen, David Behrens, Barrie Risman, Richard Holryd, Ayala Homossany, Alexa Dean and Anne Malone.

teachers with heartfelt authenticity and an emphasis on facilitating students unique potential
200-hour Graduate
Attention, care and encouragement was given to every student. Listening, appreciating, acknowledging and respecting the individual’s life experience and stage of development, allowed them to grow in the space.
200-hour Graduate

our students

Our students fall into three main categories

  1. Anyone seeking personal development
  2. Yoga Teachers & Trainee Teachers
  3. Healthcare, Wellbeing & Caregiving Professionals
Personal Development
The awareness, humility, humour, patience and generosity of teachers was consistent. Gingi the students when they needed it, teaching us the essence, ethics, magic, nuance and grace of yoga in a subtle, authentic and indirect way which for me was really touching it developed a special sense in me which is something I’ll never forget and will now take forwards in the work I do with people.
LS
200 hour graduate

anyone seeking personal development

Many students begin their educational journey with us by deepening their connection to yoga on our workshops and shorter courses. Some also embark on our 65-hour Foundation course or on our 200-hour programme for personal rather than professional reasons. Often this turns into an unexpected passion for teaching but that need not be the end goal for those who join our courses with personal growth as their objective. Most students have found our 200-hour programme a hugely transformational experience on a personal level whether they are looking to teach or not.

Yoga Student

yoga teachers & trainee teachers

Many students join our yoga teacher training courses specifically to qualify as a yoga teacher from our 200-hour programme, or to uplevel their yoga teaching skills on our 300-hour yoga teacher training programme. The Shala School of Yoga has very much become a home for developing teachers. We engender continuous learning, evolution and growth, which we encourage as a life-long process and commitment.

Our modular based approach allows you the flexibility to choose your own individual unique path of learning. 

The cumulative experience and knowledge of the teachers is unrivalled and this, combined with the course leaders' down-to-earth attitudes and the nurturing, supportive environment in which you learn and develop means that The Shala is a first-rate studio at which to complete your 200 hours training. With your commitment, the best is drawn out of you on far more levels than you expect!
SW
200-hour Graduate
The Shala School of Yoga
Healthcare Professionals

healthcare, wellbeing, holistic & caregiving professionals

We run modular courses ranging from half day to week-long trainings and courses, which are ideal as CPDs for professionals who work with supporting others in a wide range of capacities. This can range from school teachers, life coaches and therapists to wellbeing coordinators, healthcare professionals, doctors, counsellors and doulas. Depending on the length of the course, we offer certifications for CPD purposes, most of which are accredited by the Yoga Alliance.

our mission

The Shala School of Yoga aims to offer yoga teacher training, professional development and growth opportunities to a broad range of caregiving professionals including:

  • yoga teachers
  • school teachers
  • life coaches
  • healthcare professionals
  • corporate well-being and HR managers
  • nurses & doctors
  • counsellors
  • holistic therapists
  • midwives and doulas and more

We aim to not only teach but support and empower our students, creating a community that can share knowledge and grow together beyond the training itself. This is facilitated by the fact that we are one of London’s oldest and most experienced studios and house teachers with many years of experience who are committed to passing on their knowledge through the school. We are committed to honouring a breadth of yoga disciplines and exploring many aspects of the art and science of yoga, from the physical practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, and anatomy to the mental, philosophical and spiritual nature of the practice. We are committed to inclusivity and offer a wide range of trainings including 1-day workshops, online offerings and longer accredited courses as well as opportunities for bursaries.

Pushkar Yoga Studio

our mission

The Shala School of Yoga aims to offer yoga teacher training, professional development and growth opportunities to a broad range of caregiving professionals including:

  • yoga teachers
  • school teachers
  • life coaches
  • healthcare professionals
  • corporate well-being and HR managers
  • nurses & doctors
  • counsellors
  • holistic therapists
  • midwives and doulas and more

We aim to not only teach but support and empower our students, creating a community that can share knowledge and grow together beyond the training itself. This is facilitated by the fact that we are one of London’s oldest and most experienced studios and house teachers with many years of experience who are committed to passing on their knowledge through the school. We are committed to honouring a breadth of yoga disciplines and exploring many aspects of the art and science of yoga, from the physical practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, and anatomy to the mental, philosophical and spiritual nature of the practice. We are committed to inclusivity and offer a wide range of trainings including 1-day workshops, online offerings and longer accredited courses as well as opportunities for bursaries.

BLENDED LEARNING

Wherever possible, we widely encourage in person learning in our London studio, though we have also embraced the advantages of the new era and make the most of the flexibility and convenience of online learning, wherever we feel it is appropriate. Our overall programme represents a broad approach, with in studio, livestream, on demand and blended options offering a variety of learning styles.

facebook community

We have a by invitation Facebook community page which is a forum open only to those studying with us. The group has been set up in order to facilitate sharing of knowledge, ongoing support and connection within our professional community. If you would like to join the group and have not yet been invited, please log on to our Facebook Community page and request to join. 

The Shala School of Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Programme

sign up for monthly updates

Receive Monthly Special Offers, featured or new services, plus a selection of news.