ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAININGThis immersive 150 hour level 2 teacher training will deepen your connection to Yogic wisdom, expand your personal Sadhana and hone your skills as a teacher so you can share authentically and inspire your students from your heart.
About our Advanced Teacher Training program
Join Rachel for this 150 hours of immersive, level 2 teacher training starting in August 2019. This training is suitable for teachers who have already completed a minimum 200 hours of training, in any tradition.
Lead by one primary teacher this training is for you if you want to be empowered to teach from the heart, to share a resonant sacred practice firmly rooted in ancient Yogic wisdom. This training is for you if you are seeking to align with your highest potential and wish to share and inspire your students from this authentic space. You’ll be guided in an intimate, safe and supportive space where creativity, professionlism and leadership are nourished.
The course is facilitated over a five month month period with four weekends taking place at Ray of light which is Rachel’s boutique home studio in Bull and a five night immersive retreat in beautiful North Bali. Between weekends you’ll go through a process of integration, practice and experience through sacred sadhana and reflection maintaing inspiration and a connection to the teachings and your peers between weekends.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as the mirror - This component/module is held over three immersive days of chanting, studying and deep reflection. Through a process self-inquiry we explore the Yoga Sutras as a mirror to our minds. How can I define the even state of mind that I crave? What interrupts my mental clarity? What is the cause of these disturbances? What methods lead me towards the state of Yoga?
The Bhagavad Gita – This module delves into the yogic wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, and unpacks the paths to a state of yoga; as taught by Krishna in this epic text. Discover new ways to understand and teach from this timeless classic in a way that is relatable to our modern lives.
Dharma circle – Self-enquiry and Satsang are the heart of the yogic path. Spend time in sacred circle with experienced facilitators to guide you on a journey of self-discovery through group process and yoga philosophy. This is an intimate and safe community where competition and comparison are not encouraged.
Deepening into practice and teaching – Theory and practice of yoga techniques including classical Vinyasa Krama, the Vinyasa of Pranayama, Vinyasa of meditation (Dharana), Bandha, Mudra, Chanting, and other traditional yoga techniques. Substantial emphasis will be given to both the theory and guided practice within the Krishnamacharya lineage.
Teaching beyond the class format – Explore course and workshop development – how to establish your teaching and offerings beyond the 1.5 hour class format.
Facilitation skills– Explore group dynamics, hone your faciltiation skills preparing you to shine and expand into workshops and retreats.
Living your yoga – Explore your personal Sadhana; You’ll be supported in engaging and staying inspired in daily self-practice. The space between weekends will allow you to return to your daily life and integrate the new information, to practice and experience. You will have enrichment activties between weekends to keep you inspired.
Refresh your Sanskrit – Revise your connection to the ancient language of yoga, the sanskrit alphabet and sounds. Receive feedback on your pronunciation of postures, key words and mantras. This module will inspire you to keep this language alive for yourself and your students.
Nada yoga – Voice opening, toning and projection techniques to build confidence whilst teaching, reading, chanting and public speaking. Discover creative ways of working with and exploring fear when it comes to public speaking.
Trauma informed and inclusive teaching – Learn the tools, language modifications and teaching methodology to provide an inclusive experience for all students. This module includes an inquiry into yoga and body image.
Ayurvedic living – Learn more about Yoga’s sister science and philosophy (Ayur – Life, Veda – wisdom). You will experience and study self-care practices, nutrition and seasonal lifestyle modifications empowering you and your students to live in harmony with natures rhythms. Learn how to use the model of the elements and Doshas to support your students seasonally and for their constitution. These skills are also key to maintaining balance in your own life and sustaining rich and rewarding teaching career.
Yogic physiology – We teach your to understand the function of the subtle anatomy and how to work with this within the practice. You will study the subtle anatomy and energy fields including: nadis, koshas, chakras and gunas. We will explore how to apply this wisdom specifically in practice design for both indivduals and group classes.
Ethics– Reflecting on ethics for yoga teachers, social justice, power and oppression. What does it mean to be in the seat of the teacher, and the student and explore a framework of learning and teaching.
I feel that my understanding of yoga has deepened further than I could have anticipated. My ability to deal with every day life and the challenges it imposes, has been strengthened in the short time since I began this course through my deeper understanding of yoga and its application in the every day world. My physical practice is also getting stronger – as is the flow on effect my study has had on other members of my family. I could not have anticipated the new ideas and experiences that have come my way since starting the teacher training course.Denise Martin
Ray of light Bulli offers a nurturing and caring environment to study yoga teacher training. Rachel has so much wisdom and knowledge to share from yoga philosophy and she offers a course that provides you with a wide range of skills to take you on your yoga journey. These include trauma yoga, kids and teen yoga, pregnancy yoga, sankrit language skills and much much more! I loved the course so much that I am continuing further studies with her this year to delve deeper into yoga and its wisdomTegan Barnett
About your mentors
Principle teacher trainer / Yoga Therapist / Yoga Teacher / Psychotherapist / Ayurvedic Practitioner
Yoga first came into Rachel’s life in London in the late 90’s she was in awe of the serenity she experienced, she had come home. After some heart-break she went on a healing journey which ignited her love affair with India in 2006, it was there she heard the call to teach. On returning to Australia she studied under the guidance of Katie Mantisas (Jivamukti Yoga) completing her first teacher training in 2007, her purpose was clear. Rachel see’s herself as the forever student she has continues to deepen into life as a sacred practice which involves asana, meditation, chanting mantra, kirtan and cooking.
Rachel has found her life’s purpose and she would love to inspire you to find yours. Over the past eleven years of teaching Rachel has integrated her learning creating a methodical approach to Vinyasa Yoga. This includes intelligent sequence design, the weaving of Yogic philosophy and real-life story telling along with chanting into the Yoga practice. Rachel loves how her students can choose from a range of Yoga tools so that the practice can really be made available to all students.
Rachel teaches the courses and workshops at her home studio in Bulli which she has created over the past 9 years with the loving support of her husband Michael. She leads retreats in Australia, Europe, Bali and India. Rachel also offers ongoing mentoring to teachers who have completed the Ray of light teacher training or those looking to continue their exploration of Yoga philosophy and teaching. She loves how the Yoga family is expanding and celebrates the rich diversity in the students who attend her courses.
Rachel brings with her thirteen years of clinical experience as a counselling therapist, therapeutic group work facilitator and trainer. Rachel holds a Diploma in Counselling and group work, Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling and Cert IV in training and assessment, Dip in Sport studies, Dip Sport and Leisure Management. Her interest in Ayurveda prompted her to seek out teachers such as Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya and David Frawley.
Rachel returns to India most years to spend time with her teachers and to continue her personal enquiry. She considers her self a devotee of the divine in her many forms. When she can she takes the opportunity to spend time at her favourite Ayurvedic retreat centre or with her teacher Dr NC in Chennai and living Saint Shakti Amma.
You will have three private consultations with Rachel over the training. These sessions are designed to support you in developing and sustaining a personal practice and individual mentoring for you in your personal and teaching journey.
Co-hosting Bali Retreat with Rachel
Sarah Ball has been teaching yoga for 15 years and practising for over 20 years. She is the founder of Body Love Yoga Australia, and is also an eating disorder and body image counsellor, trauma-sensitive yoga teacher, course developer with Off The Mat Into The World Australia, and lover of raspberries. Sarah travels regularly to teach, and spent much of 2013 coordinating a non-profit yoga studio in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is currently completing a master of social work.
Having completed three yoga teacher trainings in diverse traditions, as well as extensive training in social justice, mental health and counselling, Sarah brings a broad range of perspectives to her work on yoga teacher trainings. Sarah specialises in facilitating rich discussions that challenge our assumptions about our role as yoga teachers, expand our awareness of the applications of yoga in diverse contexts, and refine our capacity to facilitate change on both the personal and social level. Learn more at her website.
The program is run from our boutique rainforest studio, set in the Bulli escarpment. We are located an hour south of Sydney and 20 minutes north of Wollongong.The area boasts plentiful accommodation options and we welcome students from near and far.
Students are invited to continue in a mentoring program following completion of the YTT for ongoing support and continued professional development.
Teacher Mentoring Sessions
Did you know Rachel offers highly customised, one-on-one mentoring sessions to new and evolving teachers? Discover how you can refine your skills and potently share your passion today!
Weekend Sample Schedule
6.30am – 8am Morning practice
8am – 9am Ayurvedic breakfast
9am – 11am Session 1
11.00 -11.15am Morning tea
11.15am – 1pm Session 2
1pm -2pm Ayurvedic lunch
2pm – 3.30pm Session 3
3.30pm 3.45pm Afternoon tea
3.45pm – 5.30pm Session 4
10th & 11th August
7th & 8th September
11th, 12th, October
10th – 14th November Bali retreat
7th & 8th December
The full price of the course is $4995 the early bird price is $4395. Payment must be received in full by 1st Febrary 2019 to take advantage of the early bird offer.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in the training.
Payment plans for the remaining amount are availabe.We offer 9 monthly payments of $499.45 contact us for the details.
We have a scholarship place available please contact us via the form below for the applicaiton process.
Fees & Inclusions
- 150 hours of face to face training with experienced mentors.
- Your personal Ayurvedic chef prepares seasonal breakfast, lunch and snacks during weekends
- A 5-night retreat at Abasan Mountain retreat in North Bali, including all meals and shared accommodation
- Home study and practice guidelines
- 1 text books and a manual
- Online support between weekends
Please note that flights to Bali are not included in your tuition fees approx $450 – $750.
- Fill in and submit the online application form (or download and send completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- You will be notified within 10 days of your acceptance. If you dont’ hear from us it means we haven’t recieved your application so please call 0414 585 688.
- Pay $500 non refundable deposit once you’ve been accepted onto the course.
- We offer a 30 minute complimentary phone session with Rachel to discuss your application and questions regarding the course content etc.
2019 – Applications open
Terms & Conditions of Accreditation
- All assessment tasks through out the course must be completed to achieve certification at the end of the course.
- A daily self practice and journal
- Advance notice of absence must be given where possible. Students may miss 1 weekend (2 days) of the course but will be expected to complete assignments as required.
- All days missed require a minimum of a 1 hour mentoring session ($110 per session).
- Students from other traditions will need to complete a short online bridging course details TBA.
Please make sure you have read the detailed version of our Terms and Conditions.
We are currently in the process of getting this training accredited with Yoga Alliance.
A YACEP® or a qualified provider who meets the following criteria:
- is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT®) currently registered with Yoga Alliance, or
- has a relevant degree or certification, and/or substantial education in an area of expertise related to
one of the YA Educational Categories, combined with substantial teaching and/or professional experience in that area.
Get in Touch
We love to hear from prospective yoga teacher trainees, so don’t hesitate to fill in the form and get in touch or give us a call.
Address: 20 Cope Place
Bulli, NSW, 2516
Phone: 0414 585 688