~The jewels of Yoga~

Sacred sounds, sutras, and slokas from the Yoga tradition

50 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

You will immerse yourself in person at our rainforest retreat.

You’ll join Rachel and an intimate group of committed teachers diving into each of the weekend modules. This training runs over a three month period meeting for one weekend (non-residential) a month in June, July and August. 

Yoga Teacher Training Student
Yoga Teacher Training Stretch

You will experience traditional yoga techniques, the devotional practice of chanting and philosophy. This course teaches practical, transferable skills, and mentors you personally. We draw from traditional Yogic wisdom based study, supporting you to develop your knowledge through theoretical understanding and practice. We support you to lead from your heart and to be confident in your skills and expressing yourself and the ancient teachings in your classes and courses. Having attended each weekend you will experience an individual mentoring session with Rachel to support your learning and integration. 

Module 1 


5th & 6th June

Refresh your Sanskrit

This fun module will inspire you to keep the sanskrit language alive for yourself and your students. Revise your connection to the ancient language of Yoga, the sanskrit alphabet and its unique sounds made by the 5 different mouth positions. Receive feedback on your pronunciation of postures, key words and mantras to ensure that with proper pronunciation, you are saying what you intend to say. We will also affect the heartmind through learning and practising sanskrit mantra, uplifting one another as we learn. 

Nāda Yoga

In this module, you will experience toning and projection techniques to build confidence whilst teaching, reading and chanting. As a leader you will tune into your unique voice so you can share and lead with confidence and humility. We will explore the effects and application of sound and mantra in Yoga. We will experiment with using the harmonium, learning and leading simple chants. Learn how to use singing bowls and music as a way of bringing nāda Yoga as a well thought-out layer into your yoga classes. 

Module 2


July 3rd & 4th

The Yoga sūtras of Patañjali as the mirror

Through a process of self-inquiry we will explore the Yoga Sutras as a mirror to our minds. We will reflect on questions such as; How can I define the even state of mind that I crave? What interrupts my mental clarity? What is the cause of these disturbances? We will cover major themes from Chapter 1 and 2. Our sessions will be a combination of chanting, reflection, journaling and practice design.

Module 3

The Bhagavad Gītā

August 7th & 8th

The Yoga sūtras of Patañjali as the mirror

Krishna in this epic text. Discover new ways to understand and teach from this timeless classic text in a way that is relatable to your career in Yoga. If you haven’t already found your unique way to share Yoga in the world, study of this text will guide you to find your unique purpose or dharma. We will also learn the significance of several key concepts; artha, moksha and kama.

Weekend sample schedule

7.30am – 8.30am  – Morning practice

8.30am – 9.30am – Ayurvedic breakfast

9.30am – 11amSession 1

11.00 -11.15am Morning tea

11.15am – 1pm Session 2

1pm – 2pm Ayurvedic lunch

2pm – 3.30pm Session 3

3.30pm – 4.30pm Session 4   

This course includes

  • Three non residential weekends are Ray of lights rainforest studio 
  • Three mentoring sessions to support your learning 
  • Delicious Ayurvedic meals 
  • Handouts & 4 text books

NEW – You’ll also receive three months’ complimentary access to The Online Sadhana collection to supplement your learning through the course (valued at $141).


  • Cost payment on enrolment  $1440 

Payment plan:

  • $500 deposit + 3 x $466  monthly payments via credit card 


  • Fill in and submit the online application form (or download and send completed form to info@rayoflightyoga.com)
  • 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.

Trainee Testimonials

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

Rachel has found her life’s purpose and she would love to inspire you to find yours. Over the past eleven years of teaching yoga Rachel has integrated her learning creating a methodical approach to Vinyasa Yoga inspired greatly by the Krishnamacharya lineage. 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.

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.

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!



  • We are a YACEP® or a qualified provider through Yoga Alliance. 
  • Rachel is a registered mentor through Yoga Australia so you are invited to apply for CPD points through this governing body. 

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