Polyvagal Theory Course

Befriending Your Nervous System

Befriending Your Nervous System

This course held over five weeks is a gentle yet deep understanding of Polyvagal Theory with gentle Yoga and bucket loads of compassion! It is designed to increase self-awareness. Each session will finish with a guided relaxation practice so you can switch off your camera and transition smoothly into the rest of your evening. 

Nervous System

One thing we all have in common is we all have a nervous system. Understanding your Nervous System patterning and experimenting with ways to traverse your inner landscape is an empowering enquiry.

Part of this system is the Vagus nerve, also known as ‘the wandering nerve’. It sprawls out from the brain and into the body like an intricate network of roots, connecting to the lungs, heart, gut, immune system, and many organs. It feeds information into all of our bodies’ systems, creating our physiology. Our Nervous System determines how we experience ourselves, other people and the world. More and more, we’re learning how critical vagal activity is to attention, mood and overall well being. 

Science shows us that heightened vagal activity counteracts the stress response, which involves the Sympathetic Nervous System. Working with the Nervous System can unlock new doors to treating all manner of human suffering and take part in life or lead us to shelter when we feel a need to rest, recuperate, or protect ourselves. 

Something happens when we befriend our inner workings rather than fighting with them. This course intends to empower you to utilise the wisdom of the nervous system through practice and compassionate inquiry to promote health and vitality in your system and your relationships. 


Yoga Teacher Training Stretch

Course Structure

All live sessions will be taught and recorded via Zoom. In addition, each module may include worksheets, guided video and audio practices, and other resources to support your learning and integration. The recordings and resources are all stored on our online learning platform, which you will have access to for six months post the course. 

Learn through movement practices, inquiry, breathwork and sound in a trauma-informed way.

Course Modules

This acronym BASIC themes each week of our course 


Here we get a clear overview of Polyvagal Theory, including its three principles. Hierarchy, Neuroception and Co-regulation. 


Here we inquire further into Neuroception by bringing what is feeding our Nervous System into conscious awareness. 


Once we can identify where we are in our Nervous System, we get practical learning simple ways to shape our system.


Taking what we are learning about our system to the next level, integrating what we know into a language we can use with ourselves and our relationships. Increasing our ability to communicate and connect to others compassionately and authentically.  


From the moment we are born, we are wired for connection. Self-regulation is only one part of the picture. Here we explore safe ways that we can move into our social engagement system with others. 



Payment plans are available. Please contact us directly to organise.

“Befriending the nervous system has been so helpful in understanding the different stages of the nervous system. It has inspired me to take better care of myself and feel better supported. Thank you, Rachel.”

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.

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