Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
This immersive advanced Yoga teacher training will deepen your connection to Yogic wisdom.
Expand your personal practice and hone your skills as a Yoga teacher so you can share authentically and inspire your students from your heart.
About our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program
Svadhaya + Authenticity
This Yoga training is for you if you are seeking to align with your highest potential and wish to share and inspire your students from an authentic space. You’ll be guided in an intimate, safe and supportive environment where creativity, professionalism and leadership are nourished. Sharing from the theory of sadhana you will be bringing the tools and techniques of Yoga and Ayurveda into your every life, to sustain and nourish you day to day. Strengthen your faith and commitment by learning practical ways to harness your authenticity, maintaining purity in the face of yoga trends and fads, whilst creating a sustainable income doing something you not only are passionate about but are actually brilliant at.
A multidimensional journey
Why choose me to guide you through this journey? I’ve been spending years practicing and living this method and I’m really looking forward to sharing this multidimensional journey of discovery and fulfillment with you. I’ve curated this course to include only the most effective teachings and techniques that I have been blessed to receive and experience over my twenty years of practice. Along with my personal practice, I have over a decade of experience teaching yoga on trainings, international retreats, courses and workshops, plus working one to one with students is my specialty.
Leadership + Facilitation
As a leader you will tune into your unique voice so you can share and lead with confidence and humility. You will gain the skills to confidently achieve these goals as well as guide your students to live in harmony. You will hone your skills in building community; gain confidence in your role as a facilitator; grow your leadership skills, allowing you to develop excellent courses, retreats and offerings all whilst expressing your unique vision. During our five-night study retreat in North Bali your experienced hosts will guide your learning, sharing with you the structure and intricacies of hosting retreats.
You’ll receive coaching and practical experience to hone your facilitation skills so that you feel confident to hold space for others. To do so requires that you also experience being held. During our time together, you’ll spend precious time in circle with others, providing opportunities for growth and reflection. As we walk the path together inviting curiosity around our limiting beliefs we at the same time celebrate the brilliance of who we already are.
Dharma – The courage to be seen and shine
The ancient teachings offer us an incredibly powerful map to understand our internal landscape. Through the study of the ancient texts we can empower ourselves to manifest our full potential (dharma). At Ray Of Light you will hear and be inspired to learn and share in a modern and uplifting way. We value diversity, life as the great teacher and we embody trauma-informed principles in order to create a safe space for your transformation.
Ayurveda offers us rituals for living a beautiful life, in tune with your natural rhythms and embracing the cycles in planning your life and offerings. Developing a practice for longevity (sadhana) in your teaching career is essential to your wellbeing.
Brahmacarya + Sustainable teaching
What life lessons do you bring to your yoga? What did you do for work before retraining in yoga? We believe that everyone brings with them unique and important gifts and experiences which can be integrated and drawn upon in your yoga work. Doing so adds richness, professionalism and increased income potential. Learn how to do this and why it is essential for your longevity.
This is a time when women more than ever are running their own self-employed businesses. Ray Of Light will have you harness your business self, live your highest potential by ensuring you do what you love when you go to work. Together we will explore how the ancient techniques can ensure you harness your intention, directing your energy and focus to become a 21st Century ‘Girlboss’. Dream big and have your ideas come to fruition through program development and teaching one to one.
23rd – 27th April
Pañca Maya study immersion
We commence our advanced yoga teacher training with a this 5 day study immersion. We will journey inward through practice, enquiry and lectures on the Pañca maya model.
Pancha – meaning five – Maya – All pervading
The mayas are different aspects making up the holistic human entity. These are constantly interacting and influencing our unique manifestation in the world.
This teaching encourages a practical exploration of the nature of being, Who Am I? This will lay the foundation to our advanced study revealing a pathway to work holistically with your Yoga students in groups or individual sessions.
May 8th & 9th
Vinyasa Krama Deepening into practice and teaching
Discover and refresh your understanding of the theory and practice of yogic techniques from classical Yoga. Substantial emphasis will be given to both the theory and guided practice within the Krishnamacharya lineage, in which we learn the application and function of these tools. In other words, we will ask what it is we do in Yoga and why we do it that way, prioritising function over form. The word Vinyasa means – intelligent placement here you will learn the specifics of placing the body, breath & attention in an intelligent sequence.
- Principles of vinyasa movement with breath
- Vinyasa Krama the intelligent placement of postures towards a chosen goal
- Principles and the Vinyasa of Pranayama • Bandha as an extension of pranayama.
- Vinyasa of Dharana (meditation)
- Vinyasa of mantra
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 sound bowls and music as a way of bringing nāda Yoga as a well thought-out layer into the yoga practice.
July 3rd & 4th
The Yoga Sutras 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, journalling and practice design.
August 7th & 8th
The Bhagavad Gītā
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 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.
September 4th & 5th
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 nature’s rhythms. Learn how to use the model of the elements and Doshas to support your students seasonally and for their constitution. These skills are also key to maintaining balance in your own life and for sustaining a rich and rewarding teaching career.
Living your yoga
Explore your personal Sadhana and sustaining your personal practice. You’ll be supported to engage with and stay inspired by your daily self-practice, the cornerstone of your teaching.
With such a diversity of Yoga students attending classes, each of us will face countless layers of ethical dilemmas across our lifetime as a Yoga teacher. This module is designed to provide the space for a rich and intimate enquiry into your own ethics as a teacher, and how they interact with the ethics of the whole. The module is designed to equip you with skills for ongoing ethical enquiry that will support your future practice as a refined and high quality Yoga teacher. The module offers a chance to dive deep into the ethics of teaching Yoga in our everyday direct practices and interactions. We also look beyond the everyday to the industry surrounding Yoga – including business; global yoga issues; cultural appropriation, and maintaining authenticity in the midst of the international Yoga boom.
October 9th & 10th
Teaching beyond the class format
This playful and creative module provides guided processes for you to dive deeply into new ideas, expand the scope of your teaching, and imagine the possibilities of your Yoga offerings beyond the class format. Previous graduates emerged from this module with richly informed plans for diverse initiatives including retreats; community service programs; international Yoga tours, and specialised workshops – among others. Expect to both expand and refine your understanding of all the ways that you are the ideal person to offer your own particular gifts and experiences through Yoga, and clarify all the ways in which you are more ready than you may realise to grow beyond the class format, should you choose to.
Exceptional teaching is more than the capacity to instruct or transfer knowledge. Learn how to understand and craft experiences for groups that support participants to feel safe, connect with a sense of belonging in the group, and integrate learning through diverse embodied processes. Refine the art of opening circles, closing processes, and grow your confidence in facilitating the heart of what it is you feel called to share.
Details coming soon !
- 150 hours of yoga teacher training with experienced mentors.
- Simple Ayurvedic seasonal breakfast, lunch and fruit for morning and afternoon tea breaks (made by Mick and Rach)
- Home study and practice guidelines
- Manual, 2 text books + reading list
- 2 x mentoring sessions with Rachel
- 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. 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.
- We offer a 30 minute complimentary phone session with Rachel to discuss your application and questions regarding the course content etc.
Weekend sample schedule
7.30am – 8.30am – Morning practice
8.30am – 9.30am – Ayurvedic breakfast
9.30am – 11am – Session 1
11.00 -11.15am – Morning tea
11.15am – 1pm – Session 2
1pm -2pm – Ayurvedic lunch
2pm – 3.30pm – Session 3
3.30pm 3.45pm – Afternoon tea
3.45pm – 5.30pm – Session 4
I have been a student of Rachel over several years and completed my Foundational and advanced yoga teacher training with her. If you are looking to continue to go deeper into your yoga practice in safe experienced trauma informed hands, then I highly recommend Rachel’s offerings to you. As a teacher or a practitioner having her loving guidance and wealth of knowledge to support you on your path is an invaluable resource.
Thank you Rachel.
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.
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
About your mentors
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.
Social worker, Yoga teacher, facilitator, trainer
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.
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
- 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