ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAININGThis 150 hour level 2 teacher training will help you find the truth in your practice and share authentically from the heart.
About our Advanced Teacher Training program
Join Rachel and a fabulous team of experienced guest teachers for 150 hours of immersive, level 2 teacher training starting in February 2018. This training is suitable for teachers who have already completed a minimum 200 hours of training, in any tradition.
The training is held in the stunning rainforest set studio at Ray of light in Bulli. Ayurvedic food and refreshments are provided throughout all trainings, as well as the five-day immersion in secluded northern Bali at Abasan Gaia Oasis retreat.
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 is 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.
Deepening into practice and teaching – Theory and practice of yoga techniques including classical Vinyasa Krama, creative sequencing, 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.
Teaching beyond the class format – Explore course and workshop development – how to establish your teaching and offerings beyond the 1.5 hour class format.
Living your yoga – Explore your personal Sadhana; staying inspired and engaged with your own practice is a must for teachers. You’ll be supported in engaging in daily self-practice.
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; how yoga harms & how yoga heals.
Ayurveda – 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.
Yogic physiology – Study the subtle anatomy and energy fields including: nadis, koshas, chakras and gunas. We will explore how to apply this wisdom, including how to weave it throughout your classes and private yoga sessions with students.
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
Rachel began her yoga journey in London in the late 90’s and felt the call to teach after a trip to India in 2006. She has studied under the guidance of Katie Mantisas (Jivamukti Yoga) completing her first teacher training nearly a decade ago. Since then she has continued to seek and deepen her knowledge under the Krishnamacharya linage with the highly respected Dr N Chandrasekaran and Jasmine Tarkeshi of Laughing Lotus. Her interest in Ayurveda prompted her to seek out further training with Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya and David Frawley and she returns to India each year to refresh and expand her training in Yoga, Vendanta and Ayurveda.
Rachel teaches dynamic yet playful group classes at Ray of Light and leads retreats in Australia and overseas in Bali and India. She works with a wide variety of clients who are interested in using the tools of Yoga therapy and Ayurveda to take care of themselves, improve their wellbeing and regain their health.
Rachel also brings with her 13 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, Cert Ayurvedic lifestyle counselling, Ayurvedic massage and Ayurvedic pharmacy.
Life for Rachel is about continuous growth and learning which she balances by whole heartedly sharing her knowledge and giving back to the community. She works with A Sound Life Charity, bringing yoga and music to those in need as well as being involved in “Yoga off the Mat” a grass roots organization started by Sean Corn in the states.
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 Yoga Sutras as a Mirror – 3 days
Since the early 1980’s Leanne has developed her interest in yoga into a career pathway through the study of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. After training in 1988 with Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta academy in India and continuing personal practice, Leanne commenced her second teacher training in the tradition of Krishnamacharya in 1996.
Leanne is currently honoured to serve, with the wonderful team of Committee members and office staff, as President of Yoga Australia. She has great enthusiasm for contributing to the profession of yoga teaching and fostering the practice and understanding of yoga in our community. She has special interest in preserving the authenticity of yoga from its cultural and textual roots whilst embracing its evolution into contemporary life.
Leanne works full time as a Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, Acupuncturist and as Yoga teacher and Yoga therapy trainer.
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
6am – 8am Practice
8 – 9am Ayurvedic Seasonal Breakfast
1-2pm Ayurvedic Seasonal Lunch
2pm – 6.00pm Lectures
3rd & 4th March
6th, 7th & 8th April
13th -18th May in Bali
17th & 18th June
6th, 7th & 8th July
The full price of the course is $3950. The early bird price is $3750. Payment must be received in full by 1st November 2017 to take advantage of the early bird offer.
You are welcome to make payments any time that is convenient. Please always use your name as a reference and an email outlining the days and amounts you’d like to pay. You will be provided with account details once you have been accepted into the course.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in the training.
Fees & Inclusions
- 150 hours of face to face training with experienced teachers
- Ayurvedic 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
- 2 text books and a manual
- Online support between weekends
Please note that flights to Bali are not included in your tuition fees.
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).
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.
- 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
- Pay $500 non refundable deposit
- You will be invited to collect texts that are included in the course.
All students are required to have 2 years of solid practice. A reference from your current teacher maybe requested.
2018 – Applications open
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.
Address: 20 Cope Place
Bulli, NSW, 2516
Phone: 0414 585 688