Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Wollongong - Sydney - Bulli


This immersive advanced Yoga teacher training will deepen your connection to Yogic wisdom, expand your personal Sadhana and hone your skills as a Yoga teacher so you can share authentically and inspire your students from your heart.


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About our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program

Join Rachel for this 150 hours of immersive Yoga teacher training. This training is suitable for teachers who have already completed a minimum 200 hours of training, in any Yoga tradition. 

Lead by one primary Yoga 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 Yoga 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.

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Modules


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.


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Trainee Testimonial

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

Teacher Trainee

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 wisdom

Tegan Barnett

Teacher Trainee

About your mentors

Rachel Nokes

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.

Sarah Ball

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. 

This advanced Yoga teacher training 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 advanced Yoga teacher training for ongoing support and continued professional development.

Fill in our online application form for 2019

Yoga Teacher Mentoring Sessions

Did you know Rachel offers highly customised, one-on-one Yoga teacher mentoring sessions to new and evolving teachers? Discover how you can refine your skills and potently share your passion today!

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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

2019 Dates

2019 Weekend dates

10th & 11th August

7th & 8th September

11th, 12th, October

10th – 14th November Bali retreat

7th & 8th December


2019 Midweek dates

Shorter days 9.30am – 4.30pm

April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

May 7th, 14th, 21st

June 4th

July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th


NSW Retreat dates

2nd August – 5th August

Investment – Midweek/Weekend options

MIDWEEK COURSE commences April 2019 
This course is run over 14 Tuesdays 9.30am – 4.30pm at Ray of light studio. This option includes a delicous Ayurvedic lunch and afternoon tea.
We will enjoy a 4 night retreat together in the Blue Moutains this immersion will be co-facilitated by Rachel and Sarah Ball.
Weekend course commences August 2019 
This course runs over four immersive weekends at our Bulli studio and a five night retreat in beautiful Bali.


Fees & Inclusions

  • 150 hours of face to face training with experienced mentors.
  • Your personal Ayurvedic chef prepares seasonal breakfast, lunch and snacks during weekends/ lunch and afternoon tea only midweek.
  • A 5-night retreat at Abasan Mountain retreat in North Bali, including all meals and shared accommodation/ Midweek option is a 4 night  winter retreat in the Blue Mountains
  • Home study and practice guidelines
  • 2 text books
  • Online support between weekends
  • 3 private 1 hour mentoring sessions with Rachel
  • Welcome goodie bag with ayurvedic supplies


Midweek course + 4 night winter retreat $4395 early bird if paid in full by 10th Jan 2019 $3995 or payment after your $500 deposit  9 monthly payments of  $432.80.


Weekend course + 5 night Blissful Bali retreat $4995  – early bird Paid in full by 1st Feb $4395 or payment plan after $500 deposit – 9 monthly payments of $499.45




  1. Fill in and submit the online application form (or download and send completed form to
  2. 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.
  3. Pay $500 non refundable deposit once you’ve been accepted onto the course.
  4. We offer a 30 minute complimentary phone session with Rachel to discuss your application and questions regarding the course content etc.
  5. 2019 – Applications open
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Terms & Conditions of Accreditation

  • All assessment tasks through out the course must be completed to achieve certification at the end of the course.
  • Daily Yoga 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 advanced Yoga teacher training accredited with Yoga Australia.

  • 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, Wollongong NSW, 2516

Phone: 0414 585 688