Ray of Light Teacher Training

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Teaching skills and a love of yoga that will enrich and inspire you for a life-time.

So you want to teach yoga?

Are you ready to explore the question “what is yoga?” and discover how you can share the practice with others?

I believe we teach only what we have directly experienced. Yoga is something that must be enquired into, reflected upon, assimilated and integrated. For me, this is the ‘vinyasa’, or ‘intelligent steps‘ of learning and teaching this ancient practice.

Ray of Light teacher training is an opportunity for us to walk this path together; through personal practice, chanting, reflection and immersion in the philosophy. Come and join me on this exploration into your yoga.

About our Level 1 Teacher Training program

Ray of Light’s level 1 teacher training runs over 6 or 10 months and includes to face training, assignments, and focus’s on creating a regular personal practice for you to do at home. Our dedicated teachers will guide you in uncovering the meaning of yoga through direct experience, self-inquiry, study and group discussion.

Our teacher training program is a thoughtful blend of ancient philosophy and a thorough grounding in the science of anatomy and physiology. It aims to ensure your confidence in traditionally inspired classes and safe teaching practices. The course is designed to be an uplifting experience that celebrates the gift of life as our greatest teacher, helping you develop teaching skills and a love of yoga that will both enrich and inspire you for a lifetime.

We draw from the timeless teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Hatha, Raja and Bhakti yoga. We focus on making a yoga practice assessable. You’ll practice and learn to teach Vinyasa yoga (movement, breath and awareness) while modifying and adapting the sequences and teaching cues to keep students safe in their bodies. We teach our students how to teach asana, yoga meditation, pranayama and chanting as well as how to weave in the philosophy of yoga into the practice to deepen the students’ experience.

Training Modules:

Anatomy and physiology – Anatomy and functional physiology of bodily systems and it’s applications for safe practice.

Yogic physiology – Study of subtle yogic physiology and energy fields including: nadis, koshas, chakras and gunas.

Philosophy, ethics and lifestyle – Study of the yogic philosophies and yoga educational texts, ethics for yoga teachers and yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle. There are a number of yogic texts that will be studied, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
and The Bhagavad Gita.

Techniques – Theory and practice of yoga techniques including asana, pranayama, meditation, bandha, mudra, relaxation, chanting, and other traditional yoga techniques. Substantial emphasis will be given to both the theory and guided practice.

Teaching Methodology – You will study and practice teaching methodologies including principles of demonstration, observation, communication, assistance, correction, adjustments, instruction, teaching styles and learning styles.

Integrative Practice and Teaching – Supervised teaching practice, observation of teaching, assistance in classes, receiving and giving feedback.

Introduction to Sanskrit – An introduction to the ancient language of yoga, the sanskrit alphabet and sounds. Learn to pronounce the names of postures, commonly used words and mantras.

Nada yoga – sound and vibration Voice opening and projection techniques to build confidence when teaching, reading, chanting and speaking from the heart.

Trauma informed and inclusive teaching – Learn the tools to be sensitive to all students needs, learning to modify language and teaching methodology for an inclusive experience.

Ayurveda – Learn 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. Weekend program only :You will be nourished during the course with Ayurvedic meals for breakfask, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Teacher Training at our beautiful Bali style studio

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!

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About your mentors

Rachel Nokes Yoga Teacher Training


Natalie Ryan

“My Ray of Light Teacher Training 200 hours has introduced me to a wide range of concepts regarding yoga. I was surprised to find the training to be as much about learning to teach yoga asanas and being introduced to the philosophy of yoga as a journey of personal growth and exploration. This training has a strong emphasis on the spiritual aspect and I would thoroughly recommend Ray of Light for anyone wishing to take this journey as part of their teacher training.”

Denise Martin

“The training offered at Ray of Light, Bulli was very detailed and thorough in preparing me to become a more insightful and competent practitioner of yoga. The teaching staff were all talented and experienced and provided a warm, supportive and nurturing environment in which to learn and develop as a teacher.”

Emma, Practicing Psychologist

“I feel like this training has changed my life and the way I view things. I have felt happiness and joy everyday since starting the training, and I have felt so enthusiastic about sharing the teachings of yoga with everyone and anyone who will listen! I love the way you approach yoga, in that your body doesn’t have to bend a certain way or do a certain thing to be a teacher or yogi. I feel so supported and comfortable being on your training, and all of the doubts I initially had about my own abilities have already started to melt away. Thank you for making this possible and sharing your wisdom with me. I am truly blessed to have embarked on this journey with someone as passionate and inspirational as you.”

Elizabeth Hobbs, current teacher trainee

Learning Yoga, the sequences, the breath, the focus of the mind added with the ancient teachings continues to be a most interesting, valuable and positive experience. Rachel creates a safe environment for us students to explore, share and develop understanding. It is a journey of self discovery.

Rachel Nokes

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.

You will have a minimum of three private consultations with Rachel over the training to support you in developing and sustraining a personal practice. 

Lis White

Anatomy & physiology teacher 

In 2008, after practicing yoga for several years, Lis travelled to India to deepen her practice. She resided at a Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Training centre in the mountains of Southern India where she studied Hatha Yoga and gained her teacher qualifications.

Lis has been teaching yoga since 2009, both at home and while experiencing the wonders of the world, teaching in the Greek Islands, Morocco, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala and Bali. In 2013 Lis added to her teaching qualifications in San Francisco studying under Jasmine Tarkeshi of Laughing Lotus.

Lis will be teaching Anatomy and Physiology drawing on her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, and her subsequent experience working with musculoskeletal and neurological trauma in rehabilitation settings. Student teachers will be provided with a sound knowledge of human anatomy and physiology applied specifically to asana and pranayama. Lis hopes that each teacher will enjoy learning the foundations of the human body and how to adapt a practice to ensure that all students are safe in a class that offers balance, healing and nourishment.

Lulu and Mishka

Sarah Ball

Trauma sensitive teaching.

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. 

Lulu and Mishka

Lulu and Mishka

Voice projection

Lulu and Mishka are devoted to living a peaceful life and hold the intention to awaken humanity through music, workshops and wellness practices. Passionate travellers, they tour Europe annually delivering their music and their message. Throughout their travels they eagerly explore and learn sacred songs from different traditions that carry the message of unity.

As part of the Ray of Light teacher training team, Lulu and Mischka will guide you in exploring voice opening and projection techniques to build confidence when teaching, reading, chanting and speaking from the heart. We’ll dive into mantra – what is it and how can it be used in class. Together you will also explore various deities of the yoga tradition, and the chakra system to assist you in theming your classes.

Sunita Patil

Sunita Patil

Sanskrit language 

Sunita Patil is a yogini, teacher, writer, artist, and coach. She offers comprehensive yoga teachings and practices so people can realize their wisdom within. Sunita has over a 30 years of experience in the personal practice of yoga, and over the past 18 years, she has taught thousands of students worldwide (Australia, USA and India).

She is renowned for her depth of understanding in the ancient language of yoga, Sanskrit, and has taught Sanskrit to yoga teachers and trainees worldwide. Sunita translates the more sophisticated aspects of yoga philosophy that are often lost in the modern day application, bringing a contemporary outlook to facilitate their application into people’s everyday lives.

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.

Fill in our online application form for 2018

2018 Dates

2019 Dates TBC 



6 month mid week program

(Tuesdays + Saturdays marked with *) 

9.30am – 4.30pm

2018 dates

June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,

July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, *28th, 31st

August 7th, 14th

September 4th, *8th 11th, 18th, 25th

October 2nd, *6th 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

November 6th, *10th, 13th, 20th, 27th







(Midweek program)

The full price of the midweek course is $3850. The early bird price is $3550. Payment must be received in full by 1st March 2018 to take advantage of the early bird offer.

You are welcome to make payments any time that is convenient with the full payment being complete by 5th May 2018. 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.


Fees & Inclusions

  • Two hundred hours of face-to-face training with Rachel and guest trainers.
  • Teacher training manual plus 2 text books
  • Three one hour sessions with Rachel for home practice development and mentoring.

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 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.




  1. Fill in and submit the online application form (or download and send completed form to info@rayoflightyoga.com)
  2. You will be notified within 10 days of your acceptance
  3. Pay $500 non refundable deposit..

All students are required to have 2 years of solid practice. A reference from your current teacher maybe requested.

Download the Application form now. 

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