Ray of Light Teacher Training

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

So you want to teach yoga?

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

I believe we teach only what we have directly experienced, enquired into, reflected upon, assimilated and integrated. For me, this is the ‘vinyasa’ (intelligent steps) of learning and teaching.

Ray of Light teacher training is an opportunity for us to walk this path together; through personal practice, chanting, reflection and immersion of the philosophy. Come and join me on this exploration into your yoga.

About our Teacher Training program

Ray of Light teacher training runs over 12 months and involves one weekend a month face to face training, assignments, regular home practice and studio class attendance. Our dedicated teachers will guide you in uncovering the meaning of yoga through direct experience, self-inquiry, study and group discussion.

Our teacher training program is a thoughtful blend of ancient philosophy and a thorough grounding in the science of anatomy and physiology – to ensure your confidence in traditionally inspired classes and safe teaching practices. The course is designed to be an uplifting experience that celebrates the gift of life as our greatest teacher, helping you develop teaching skills and a love of yoga that will both enrich and inspire you for a lifetime.

We draw from the timeless teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Hatha, Raja and Bhakti yoga. We focus on making a yoga practice assessable. You’ll practice and learn to teach Vinyasa yoga (movement, breath and awareness) while modifying and adapting the sequences and teaching cues to keep students safe in their bodies. We teach our students how to teach asana, yoga meditation, pranayama and chanting as well as how to weave in the philosophy of yoga into the practice to deepen the students’ experience.


Training Modules:

Anatomy and physiology – 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.

Philosophy, ethics and lifestyle – Study of the yogic philosophies and yoga educational texts, ethics for yoga teachers and yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle. There are a number of yogic texts the following will be included:
– Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
and The Bhagavad Gita.

Techniques – Theory and practice of yoga techniques including asana, pranayama, meditation, bandha, mudra, relaxation, chanting, and other traditional yoga techniques. Substantial emphasis will be given to both the theory and guided practice.

Teaching Methodology – You will study and practice teaching methodologies including principles of demonstration, observation, communication, assistance, correction, adjustments, instruction, teaching styles and learning styles.

Integrative Practice and Teaching – Supervised teaching practice, observation of teaching, assistance in classes, receiving and giving feedback.

Teacher Training at our beautiful Bali style studio

About your mentors

Rachel Nokes

Principle teacher trainer / Yoga Therapist / Yoga Teacher / Psychotherapist / Ayurvedic Practitioner
Rachel began her yoga journey in London in the late 90’s and felt the call to teach after a trip to India in 2006. She has studied under the guidance of Katie Mantisas (Jivamukti Yoga) completing her first teacher training nearly a decade ago. Since then she has continued to seek and deepen her knowledge under the Krishnamacharya linage with the highly respected Dr N Chandrasekaran and Jasmine Tarkeshi of Laughing Lotus. Her interest in Ayurveda prompted her to seek out further training with Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya and David Frawley and she returns to India each year to refresh and expand her training in Yoga, Vendanta and Ayurveda.

Rachel teaches dynamic yet playful group classes at Ray of Light and leads retreats in Australia and overseas in Bali and India. She works with a wide variety of clients who are interested in using the tools of Yoga therapy and Ayurveda to take care of themselves, improve their wellbeing and regain their health.

Rachel also brings with her 13 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, Cert Ayurvedic lifestyle counselling, Ayurvedic massage and Ayurvedic pharmacy.

Life for Rachel is about continuous growth and learning which she balances by whole heartedly sharing her knowledge, working in the community for A Sound Life Charity bringing yoga and music to those in need as well as being involved in “Yoga off the mat” a grass roots organization started by Sean Corn in the states.

Lis White

Anatomy & physiology teacher / exercise physiologist / safety in practice / injury management

Lis started yoga in 2001, primarily for the physical benefits yet as she deepened her study of the various styles of Yoga she noticed the benefits extended beyond the mat. Yoga was transforming her life far beyond the physical. Years of yoga practice and study have taught her the profound effect it can have on the mental, spiritual and emotional self and she wants to share this experience with her students.

Lis completed her honours in rehabilitation and works in the field at The Illawarra Brain Injury Service. Within the field she has worked in joint replacement, back surgery and neurological conditions and is able to apply this knowledge to her Yoga students to ensure that each student is safe and participating in a practice that offers balance and healing.

In 2008, Lis travelled to India to immerse herself in the study of Hatha Yoga at a residential Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Training centre in the Nilgiris Mountains.She has taught yoga in the Greek Islands, Morocco, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala and Bali. In 2010 she completed a month long intensive teacher training under Jasmine Tarkeshi from Laughing Lotus Yoga. From the same lineage of Laughing Lotus, Lis has studied under Sharon Gannon and David Life from Jivamukti Yoga. 

Lis employs an in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge gained from her qualifications and experience in Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation. Drawing on the human body’s great capacity for flowing movement with breath, whilst exploring deeper physical awareness on gross and subtle levels. In between teaching, being a Mum and her rehabilitation work Lis enjoys attending retreats and workshops with some wonderful Australian Teachers, including Lucy Roberts and Clive Sherridan.

Lulu and Mishka

Lulu and Mishka

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Sarah Ball

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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. 

The program is run from our boutique rainforest set studio in set in the Bulli escarpment, 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 YTT for ongoing support and continued professional development.


A $500 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance of your enrolment following a review of your application.

Early bird price is $3500 – We require $500 to save your space must be paid in fully by 1st October.

Full price is $3800 – We require a $500 deposit to save your space.

Full payment is required 1month prior to the course starting. You can arrange a payment plan leading up to the course if required.


  1. Fill in and submit the online application form (or download and send completed form to info@rayoflightyoga.com)
  2. You will be notified within 10 days of your acceptance
  3. Pay $500 non refundable deposit
  4. You will be invited to collect texts that are included in the course.

All students are required to have 2 years of solid practice. A reference from your current teacher maybe requested.

Download the Application form now. 

2017 – Program full

2018 – Applications open


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




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