Foundational 200 hours Teacher Training

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Starts July 2019 – Wollongong  


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


Foundational level modules

Our Yoga teacher-training program is a thoughtful blend of ancient philosophy with a thorough grounding in the science of anatomy and physiology.  The course is designed to be a personal and transformational experience that celebrates the gift of life as our greatest teacher. We support you to develop a strong foundation in Yoga with your personal practice, teaching skills and a love of yoga that will both enrich and inspire you and your students for a lifetime.

Our non-residential retreat style training takes place at Rachel’s boutique home studio set in the lush rainforest near beautiful Wollongong.  Together we’ll gather in the garden studio to immerse ourselves in this ancient wisdom. During our down time we’ll share meals around the dining room table or the garden, experiencing and embodying the rich wisdom of Yogic eating and it’s sacred lifestyle.

Rachel Nokes is the principle teacher on the course. She is an experienced Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, trainer, and counsellor with many years of practical experience as well as qualifications in these fields. 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 breath practices and meditation 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 and her guest teachers share at her home beautiful home studio in Bulli near Wollongong. Rachel leads retreats in Australia, Europe, Bali and India. Rachel also offers ongoing mentoring and training to teachers who have completed the Ray of light teacher training or those looking to continue their exploration of Yoga philosophy and teaching. Rachel loves how the Yoga family is expanding and celebrates the rich diversity in the students who attend her courses.

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Yoga Teacher training timetable

Sample timetable for our midweek course

We feel that it is important to take this time to learn and grow in Yoga and that this process cannot be rushed.

8am – 9.15am 
Yoga practice

9.15am – 10am
Ayurvedic breakfast

10am – 11.30am
Session 1 – Seasonal living lecture & introduction to Ayurvedic eating

11.30am – 11.45am
Morning tea

11.45am – 1.30pm
Session 2 – The eight limbs of yoga

1.30pm – 2pm
Ayurvedic Lunch

2pm – 3.30pm
Session 3 – An introduction to Anatomy

Ayurvedic Meals

During our training we’ll move through the seasons celebrating with Ayurvedic wisdom which we share throughout each weekend. We do this through lectures from our in house Ayurvedic chef Nicole Stanton and through the amazing meals you are served each weekend.

The food is a real highlight and means you don’t have to worry about finding a café or creating a packed lunch on top of your usual weekday commitments. The food we serve is well thought out to compliment the season and to increase your learning and attention capacity for a weekend of study. We can support you with any food intolerances.

Sample Winter menu

Quinoa porridge with sweetened rhubarb

Morning tea
Baked and spiced vanilla pears
Herbal tea

Keralan vegetable curry
Capsicum rice
Chutney & chapatti

Afternoon tea (weekend only)
Bombay carrot halva
Herbal tea/Chai

Yoga History

What is yoga and where did it originate?

What is yoga and where did it originate? This module traces the journey of yoga from it’s ancient roots to it’s modern day voice. The teachings we share have a lineage so in these sessions we share the family tree of our teachers and their teachers. We have an overview of the ancient text that underpins our modern practice. We are grateful to those who have shared this ancient wisdom with us and acknowledge them in all that we share.

Bring it home

We believe that creating a personalised approach to practice where you can move and breathe at your own pace is truly transformational. You’ll receive an individual practice from Rachel as part of the course and will be supported in creating your personal “Sadhana” both on and off the mat.


The “Science of life” encapsulates a huge area including herbal medicine, rejuvenation, body therapies, beauty and astrology. We focus on the practical aspects such as lifestyle, food, seasonal living and understanding our constitution. We will share our love of Ayurveda through food and lifestyle practices that assist us in staying balanced and radiant throughout the year.

Yoga lifestyle

“Yoga isn’t something we do it’s a way of being”

Yoga Techniques

The theory and practice of yoga techniques including āsana (postures), pranayama (breath techniques), dharana (meditation), bandha (energetics), mantra (chanting), and other traditional yoga techniques. Substantial emphasis will be given to the theory, guided and personal practice. Start where you are. There are no physical prerequisites for our course and teaching, just a desire to learn. We teach from the premise “meet your students where they are” and we will teach you to do the same.

Principles of āsana practice

This topic introduces the classification of the postures, the function of the postures and the breathing patterns connected to the movements.

Students will be able teach safely and direct students into each posture sequence within their personal physical capacity and with an understanding of the function and the effect of the pose on the spine, breath and energetics.

Sequencing Yoga Classes

This module teaches trainees to design effective sequences with a range of considerations such as audience, time of day, length of class, abilities of students and intention or theme of the class. You will be confident in creating effective sequences being mindful of keeping the session moving intelligently through various stages including warm up, preparing the body for a goal peak posture, counter postures and cool downs.

Asana Application and Yoga Class Design

Learn ways to modify the postures and vary the form of the classical postures to suit your students. Students will learn how to alter the breathing within the postures and the effect of this. You will learn how to assist and support students with injuries and health issues. We believe a good yoga practice is a safe practice.

Yoga Teaching methods

You will study and practice teaching methodologies including principles of demonstration, observation, communication, touch, instruction, teaching styles and learning styles.

7 Steps to learning and teaching Yoga

Students will learn about the process of learning and teaching. You will understand the importance of the process and learn and that teaching from experience is key.

The pedagogy of teaching and facilitating

Students will learn an educational model for yoga teachers. You will be introduced to the adult learning styles and how these impact on methods of teaching. Students will reflect on their own personal learning style and how this will inform their role as a guide. You’ll be inspired to experiment with ways in which you share yoga as guide for students, developing your personal style, creativity and flair as a teacher.

The Language of Yoga teaching – Modifications and Adjustments

Yoga practices can be adapted to a wide range of audiences. This module explores how to modify the practices for physical impairments or to change the intensity. Students will be confident in approaching and directing modifications or giving gentle physical or verbal adjustments to move the student more safely or effectively into the pose.

Yoga Techniques and practice – Intro to pranayama

An introduction to the role of the breath in a yoga practice including the practice of pranayama. We discuss the use of the breath in moving in and out of postures and the function of the diaphragm. This module emphasises the importance of the breath in yoga. After completing this module you will understand the role of the breath to provide calmness to the body and quietness to the mind as well as how to use the breath in various ways in a Yoga practice..

Nada Yoga – Sound and Mantra

During the course you will be taught the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation so that you can correctly pronounce posture names and other key Yogic terms. You will be helped understand how the various sounds and vibrations affect the constitution and how to include chanting and sound in yoga classes. You will participate in call and response Kirtan sessions and will be taught Sanskrit chants during group practices. You will also be guided to choose mantras or sounds as part of your home practice.

Yoga Meditation

Theory and Practice Students will learn about the different qualities of the mind as outlined in the Yogic text and learn techniques that invite the mind into focus. Students will experience a range of different meditation practices in our group classes and will become confident in teaching simple methods to their students. You will become comfortable explaining the purpose and benefits of meditation.

Trauma informed Yoga teaching

We want to make yoga safe and accessible to a wide range of students and feel it’s imperative for Yoga teachers to understand the impact of trauma. This module includes an Introduction to trauma theory, the four key principles of the Trauma Sensitive Yoga approach and how to apply this method to public classes. We cover the basics on how yoga can be adapted in specific contexts to support trauma sensitive principles.

Yoga Philosophy

The subtle body Students will have a basic understanding the inner workings of Prana its affect on our psychology and physiology. You will learn about the layers of our constitution and how each of them is related.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

This is our major text for the course. You’ll learn about the eight limbs of yoga, the obstructions and other Yogic psychology covered in this amazing text. Students will chant the sutras during the course and learn key concepts from the text using discussion/reflection and journaling.

Bhagavad Gita

Students will learn about the four paths to yoga presented in this epic text. In small groups students will study important chapters. You will develop understanding of the context of the text and how you can use the text for personal reflection, growth and your teaching career.


Students will be presented with an ethical framework underpinned by Yogic philosophy. We will discuss and reflect on the power dynamics of the teacher student relationship. We will review documents on ethics as written by the Yoga Alliance and the International Yoga Ethics Association.

Business of Yoga

This teaches the basics of running a business in Australia including legal and tax requirements and registration options for yoga teachers. Trainees will learn how to legally register a business and what record keeping and reporting is necessary. They will also understand insurance requirements and occupational health and safety guidelines, which must be adhered to provide a safe business and practice environment.
We will facilitate discussion and planning around who you feel called to share yoga with an how you will move forward this with a sketched out vision and initial business plan. We will discuss marketing and ways to communicate your unique offering.

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga teachers

Students will be presented with an overview of the major systems of the body, the basic physiology behind common pathologies, and appropriate modifications to promote management. The course curriculum covers a detailed study of the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, muscles and fascia and application of its principles to asana practice. Students will learn injury prevention and modification for injury management through asana.

Guest Yoga Teachers

We are grateful to high caliber guest teachers who share on our training

Applied anatomy and physiology


Lis is a highly experienced Yoga teacher and exercise physiologist with a passion for sharing practical applied anatomy for our training.

 Āsana practical

Rebecca Blackman –

Rebecca shares her love and wisdom of asana she has studied with Rachel for the past 4 years and shares the Krishnamacharya lineage with us, she is also an established Yin teacher.

Prenatal Yoga

Briony Goodsell  –

Briony is a passionate prenatal yoga trainer, doula and nutritionist with a deep connection to Ayurveda. You will learn how to modify the yoga practice for the pregnancy. Briony also runs additional training for those interested in training specifically in pre and postnatal Yoga and Ayurveda.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teaching

Sarah Ball

Sarah is a yoga teacher, trainer and counsellor who specialises in empowering Yoga teachers and students in the area of mental health issues and trauma. Sarah offers further specialist training for those seeking to deepen in this area such as health practitioners and is also teaches on our level 2 training.

Teaching yoga to children and teens

Kathy is an inspiring teacher with a passion for sharing Yoga with our younger generation. This is a practical and informative workshop that is bound in inspire you.

Chanting and voice projection

Lulu & Mischka

This module is led by international kirtan musicians Lulu and Miskha. They are two souls devoted to supporting the awakening of humanity through music and stillness. It covers the practice of chanting and voice projection. It’s a fun an experiential workshop that will have you inspired.

The business of Yoga & marketing


Brook is a yoga teacher and business coach with a passion for heartfelt business. Her experience and guidance on our course brings to life how you’d like to share yoga.


Yoga Teaching Practicum session

Students will be required to design and teach a 60 minute group yoga class. They will be required to design the practice within the guidelines learnt throughout the course.  The practice will include asana, pranayama, meditation etc. During the course each student will be required to teach this practice, hand in the written plan and a reflection.
There will also be a written assessment.


Inclusions – You’ll Enjoy !

  • A non-residential retreat style learning where we share and embody the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda.
  • Two hundred hours of face-to-face training with Rachel and highly regarded guest trainers (please note this is above the registration requirement but we feel face to face is our preferred method)
  • Your personal in house Ayurvedic chef will cook and serve all of your meals plus morning .
  •  A welcome goodie bag with items to support your Yoga journey.
  •  An extensive teacher training manual
  • Three text-books
  • Three private lessons with Rachel.
  • Online support between weekends your teachers are available via telephone or email.
  •  Online resource library that you’ll have access to ongoingly.


Cost: $6995

Please arrange your $1000 deposit once you’ve been accepted onto the course always use your name as a reference. Please arrange to pay your deposit to reserve your space. You can pay in full or you can pay 5 monthly payments of $1199. Please contact us to arrange this.

Terms & Conditions of Certification

• 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).


What Yoga teaching qualification will I gain?

On successfully completing the 200-hour Level 1 Teacher Training, you will be issued a Certificate of Yoga Teacher Training from Ray of Light Yoga. This is accredited by Yoga Alliance, the US based International Yoga Association at the 200-hour level. This means you will be able to get insurance and can start teaching.


What ongoing support is available after completing the Yoga teacher training course?

After completing the course you will be qualified to teach, however, additional training, mentoring/apprenticeship with Ray of Light Yoga is highly recommended. Continuing education is really valuable for additional learning, support and inspiration, and to keep you in contact with your teachers and peers. It’s also a requirement of continuing membership of many yoga associations.
We offer advanced teacher training courses, teacher mentoring circles and private sessions. to support after your training. All of these can count toward your continued learning and some towards your next level of Teacher Training if you are registered with Yoga Alliance.


What if I change my mind or am unable to complete the course?

Unfortunately there will be no refund or exchange to another course. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed individually.


How to Apply

  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 for any reason you don’t hear from us please call Rachel 0414 585 688.
  3. We offer a complimentary 30 minute phone session with Rachel to explore your expectations, you can ask questions and check the course is the right match for you. Please indicate on your application form if you’d like to arrange this. 
  4. Pay your $1000 non refundable deposit to secure your space.

2019  Dates

Tuesday dates 

July 16th, 23rd, 30th

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 

November 5th, 12th, 19th 


25th August 2pm – 5.30pm

21st September 9am -1pm

22nd September 9am -1pm

23rd November 9am -1pm

24th November 2-4pm 


Local accommodation is available from $50 per night on airbnb contact us for our contacts.


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