Foundational 200 hours Teacher Training



Dive deeper

Starts February 2019  




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


Are you ready to deepen into your yoga?

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

Are you a health care professional interested in sharing the tools of Yoga with your clients? Perhaps you are a committed practioner ready to dive in a bit deeper. There are many reasons why people choose our training.

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

Take the next step in your yoga journey Ray of Light’s intimate level one teacher training. Our training will ground you in both living and teaching Yoga as a sacred heartfelt lifelong practice.

Our 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 at strong foundation, your personal practice (Sadhana), teaching skills and a love of yoga that will both enrich and inspire you and your students for a lifetime. 

We draw from the timeless teachings of Vinyasa Yoga in the linegae of Krishnamacharya, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Hatha, Raja and Bhakti yoga. You’ll learn to teach from your heart a holistic practice which may include āsana, pranayama, dharana (meditation) chanting and philosophy. 

Our training weekends take place at Rachel’s boutique home studio set in the lush rainforest in beautiful Bulli.  Together we’ll sit around the dining room table during our weekends to share and embody the Ayurvedic wisdom of eating and sacred lifestyle principles. Rachel’s dear friend Nicole is our Ayurvedic chef  who stays over the weekend preparing all of your meals with love and devotion, you’ll taste the difference we promise! 


Training Modules:



Ayurveda – You will directly experience Yoga’s sister science and philosophy throughout the training. You’ll receive the recipes from each weekend as well as guidance as the seasons change on food and lifestyle adjustments to stay balanced and radiant throughout the year.


Bring it home – Create a home practice where you can move and breathe at your own pace. You’ll recieve a personal practice from Rachel as part of the course and will be supported in creating  your personal “Sadhana” both on and off the mat.


Functional anatomy & physiology Lis White our Exercise Physiologist and highly experienced yoga teacher will share her wisdom of 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. You’ll understand the deeper aspects of Yoga, why we do what we do in the yoga practice and how this effects our vital energy Prānā.


Philosophy, ethics and lifestyle –  We love sharing the wisdom from the ancient Yogic texts and their incredible relavence in our modern lives. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita are of upmost importance to our training as we believe this is what makes Yoga – Yoga. This will give you a solid foundation from which to share Yoga. You’ll inspire their yoga journeys whilst maintaining authenticity with Yogic wisdom.


Techniques – Theory and practice of yoga techniques including āsana, prānayāma, meditation, bandha, mudrā, relaxation, mantra chanting, and other traditional yoga techniques. Substantial emphasis will be given to both the theory, guided and personal practice. Start where you are there’s no physical prerequistes just a desire to share, just like we teach you to meet your students where they are at.


Teaching Methodology – You will study and practice teaching methodologies including principles of demonstration, observation, communication, touch, instruction, teaching styles and learning styles. Please note we adhere to trauma sensitive principles and do not teach strong physical hands on adjustments in this training.


Integrative Practice and teaching – Practice teaching with the support of your teachers and peers. You’ll be invited to develop your unique gifts with practice teaching, observation of teaching, receiving and giving feedback to maximise  your confidence and growth over the year.


Introduction to Sanskrit – An introduction to the ancient language of yoga and sacred sound you’ll be introduced to the sanskrit alphabet and mantras. You’ll learn to pronounce the names of postures, commonly used words and mantras.


Nada Yoga – Sound has a lot of power, so raise your vibration with sound with voice opening. You’ll learn voice projection techniques to build confidence when teaching, reading, chanting and guiding your students from the heart. You’ll also experience the devotional practice of Kirtan.


Trauma informed and inclusive teaching – Learn the tools to be sensitive to all students needs. You’ll be learning a number of tools to enhance the language and teaching methodology used to create a safe and inclusive experience. Our intention is to make Yoga available and safe to everyone.


 The Yoga of business – Who do you feel called to share yoga with? Of course many of our students do our course for their personal development but you never know ! We invite Yoga teacher and marketing guru Brook Macarthy to share her wisdom on the journey to self employment, marketing, building a website, social media and setting up a business.


Additional modules included: Teaching yoga to children through to teens and Yoga for pregnancy.



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!

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

Yoga Therapist / Yoga Teacher / Psychotherapist / Ayurvedic Practitioner

Yoga first came into Rachel’s life in London in the late 90’s she was in awe of the serenity she experienced, she had come home. After some heart-break she went on a healing journey which ignited her love affair with India in 2006, it was there she heard the call to teach. On returning to Australia she studied under the guidance of Katie Mantisas (Jivamukti Yoga) completing her first teacher training in 2007, her purpose was clear. Rachel see’s herself as the forever student she has continues to deepen into life as a sacred practice which involves asana, meditation, chanting mantra, kirtan and cooking.

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 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.

Rachel brings with her thirteen 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. Her interest in Ayurveda prompted her to seek out teachers such as Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya and David Frawley.

Rachel returns to India most years to spend time with her teachers and to continue her personal enquiry. She considers her self a devotee of the divine in her many forms. When she can she takes the opportunity to spend time at her favourite Ayurvedic retreat centre or with her teacher Dr NC in Chennai and living Saint Shakti Amma.

You will have three private consultations with Rachel over the training. These sessions are designed to support you in developing and sustaining a personal practice and individual mentoring for you in your personal and teaching journey.

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.

Nicole Blaik

Ayurvedic Chef

Nicole is an Ayurvedic chef with a passion for food. Nicole is inspired by the notion that if you want to eat something you should make it yourself (and grow if it you can).

Nicole is guided by Ayurvedic philosophy when preparing meals for retreats and teacher training events. Meals are vegetarian, using seasonal ingredients as well as herbs and spices that aid digestion. You can expect belly-warming porridges, baked seasonal fruits, delicious vegetable soups, stews and dahls. There will be home made breads, chutneys and sweet treats. All meals are made fresh on site and dietary requirements are catered for.

During each weekend Nicole will share some Ayurvedic wisdom on the seasons and menu selection, you’ll recieve all recipes and inspiration to integrate this wisdom at home. Nicole is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic health counsellor with her teacher Myra Lewin from Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga in Hawaii.

The program is run from our boutique rainforest studio, set in the Bulli escarpment. We are located an hour south of Sydney and twenty minutes north of Wollongong. The area boasts plentiful accommodation options and we welcome students from near and far.

Students are invited to continue  onto our level 2 150 hour training and ongoing mentoring programs following completion of the YTT for ongoing support and continued professional development.



2019 Dates


2019 dates

9th & 10th  Feb

23rd & 24th March

27th & 28th April

11th & 12th May

1st & 2nd June

27th & 28th July

27th & 28th August

21st & 22nd September

26th & 27th October

23rd & 24th November

Sample day

6.30am – 8am Practice

8am – 9am Ayuruvedic breakfast

9am – 11am Session 1

11am – 11.15am Morning tea

11.15am – 1pm Session 2

1pm -2pm Ayurvedic Lunch

2pm – 3.30pm Session 3

3.30pm – 3.45pm Afternoon tea

3.45 – 5.30pm Session 4



Early bird price if paid in fully by 1st October 2018 $6795 The full price of the course is $6995.

Please arrange your $500 deposit once you’ve been accepted onto the course always use your name as a reference.

In addition to the deposit required to reserve your space we offer a monthly payment plan. 12 monthly installments of  $541.25. Please contact us to arrange this.

We offer two part scholarships / subsidized spaces on each training for please contact us for an application .


  • Two hundred hours of face-to-face training with Rachel and highly regarded guest trainers. 
  • Your personal in house Ayurvedic chef cooking all meals and serving morning and afternoon tea. You’ll also recieve the reciepes to inspire you between weekends. 
  • A welceome goodie bag with items to support your Yoga journey. 
  • An extenstive teacher training manual and 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. 

Terms & Conditions 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.


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. Pay $500 non refundable deposit..
  4. 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.
  5. 2019 applications now open click here to:        Download the Application form now. 


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