Rachel Nokes & Rebecca Black man Yoga teachers and Ayurvedic Therapists


Rachel and Rebecca come together to offer 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 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 Yoga 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 Yoga courses and workshops at her home studio in Bulli near Wollongong 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 regulary takes Pancha Karma and lives her Ayurvedic practices as part of her daily life. Rachel in partnership with her husband Mick they are proud owners of their local organic shop Manic Organic. Manic Organic offers the community access to a wonderful range of Certified Organic produce and lifestyle items.

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.

Rebecca Blackman - Yoga Wollongong

Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Beauty Therapist

Rebecca teaches Yin and Vinyasa yoga. The traditional yoga practices and ancient borrowed teachings have changed her life and she loves sharing what she has learned with her students

In Ray of Light’s Ritual Room, Rebecca will soothe your skin and realign your spirit with Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. The ancient medical system is still used in India today to bring harmony to the mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda includes supplementary treatments which have lasting holistic affects and of these, Rebecca specialises in Ayurvedic facials.

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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