Ray of light - Yoga - Ayurveda - Counselling

MEET RAY OF LIGHT - Rachel Nokes

Rachel offer's you holistic health through the rituals of Ayurveda & Yoga in the stunning rainforest close to Wollongong just one hour south of Sydney

Rachel Nokes- Yoga Wollongong

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 Rachel, who had grown up in a small village in the English countryside. Soon, 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 counselling 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 sadhana – a sacred practice by weaving together asana, meditation, chanting mantra, kirtan and Ayurvedic 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 and lives her Ayurvedic 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. 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. 

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 Michael. She leads retreats in India, Australia, Europe and Bali. Rachel also 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 therapy, 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.


Rachel’s qualifications:


  • 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



Looking to immerse yourself in Yoga & Ayurveda?

Our retreats are the perfect way to deepen your practice and discover the ‘science’ of life! We offer a range of retreat experiences both locally and overseas.

Looking to join us for yoga classes?

Ray of Light offers regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training. We look forward to practicing with you.

Due to limited space in our boutique style studio and the uniquely personal experience you will receive – bookings are absolutely essential when attending our classes. You can book in via the timetabledownload the app or email Rachel direct to make your booking.

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