Yoga - Ayurveda - Counselling
Meet Ray of Light - Rachel Nokes
Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Professional Counsellor. Founder, owner and principal yoga teacher of Ray of Light.
Yoga first came into Rachel’s life in the late 1990’s. It was part of a transformation for the little girl, who had grown up in a small village in the English countryside. She was in awe of the serenity she experienced in Yoga, she felt she had come home and that yoga was the perfect counterpoint to her demanding work life as a therapist. A fresh experience of heartbreak then spurred her onto a healing journey – a trip through India that ignited her love affair with the chaos and the culture of the home of Yoga. It was there she heard the call to teach and her purpose was clear. On returning to Australia she studied under the guidance of Katie Mantisas, completing her first teacher training in 2007. Since then, she has continued to deepen into study and her sādhanā – a sacred practice by weaving together āsana, meditation, chanting mantra, kirtan and Āyurvedic cooking. Her interest in Ayurveda prompted her to seek out teachers such as Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya and David Frawley. Rachel regularly takes pancha karma (deep cleansing) and lives her Āyurvedic practices as part of her daily life.
Rachel sees herself as the forever student. She has integrated her learning by 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. She loves how her students can choose from a range of Yoga tools so that the practice can really be made available to all students.
Because Rachel has found her life’s purpose, she would love to inspire you to find yours. She teaches her Yoga courses and workshops at her home studio in Bulli, near Wollongong – a place she has created with the loving support of her husband Mick who’s unwavering support makes this all possible. He keeps the amazing rainforest gardens, grows veggies and does all the cooking for the events.
Rachel leads retreats in India, Australia, Europe and Bali. She offers ongoing mentoring to Yoga 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 of the students who attend her courses.
Drawing on her background in counselling, Rachel has extensive and wide-ranging experience in helping others to find harmony between mind, body and spirit. In addition to her work as a Yoga teacher, she offers counselling therapy for couples and families, those in addiction recovery or overcoming anxiety and depression. She takes a whole-person approach as well as looking through a wider systemic lens. She does this by taking in the individual as well as their place within the wider networks of family and community.
Rachel returns to India most years to spend time with her teachers and to continue her personal enquiry. She considers herself 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.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga therapy, 2011
- Yoga Teacher Training, 2007
- Diploma in Counselling and Group Work, 2004
- Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling, 2008
- Certificate 4 in work place training and assessment