Foundational Level Yoga Teacher Training
Enrolling now for 2024
Yoga Teaching skills and a love of yoga that will enrich and inspire you for a life-time
“Being given the opportunity to learn so much more than the physical practice of yoga has opened many doors for me. The opportunity to focus inwards and develop my true self is something I never expected. The course is nothing like you are expecting. It is so much more, It’s like the feeling of coming home.”
Ray Of Light Teacher Training
Foundational level modules
Our Foundational Yoga teacher-training program is held over twelve weekends at our boutique rainforest studio. It is a thoughtful blend of ancient philosophy with a focus on contemporary application. The course is designed to be a personal and transformational experience that celebrates the gift of life as our greatest teacher. We support you in developing a solid foundation in Yoga with a personal practice, teaching skills and a love of Yoga that will enrich and inspire you and your students for a lifetime.
“Yoga is much more than postures, there is real depth and beauty no one understands until they do this training. To learn something so pure, and from a passionate soul like Rachel, this course is highly recommended.” Storm Yoga student 2018
Our program involves attending twelve non-residential retreat-style weekends where we delve deep into the teachings of yoga and have the invaluable opportunity to connect and build strong bonds with those who are partaking in the course alongside you.
About Rachel Nokes
Rachel Nokes is the lead teacher on the course. She is an experienced Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, trainer, and counsellor with many years of practical experience and qualifications in these fields. 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 offer methodical approach to Vinyāsa Yoga greatly inspired by the teachings of TVK Desikachar and Krishnamacharya. This includes intelligent sequence design, the weaving of Yogic philosophy and real-life storytelling, and breath practices and meditation into the Yoga practice. In addition, 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 leads retreats in Australia, Europe, Bali and India. Rachel also offers ongoing mentoring and training to teachers who have completed the Ray of light teacher training or those looking to continue their exploration of Yoga philosophy and teaching. Rachel loves how the Yoga family is expanding and celebrates the rich diversity in the students who attend her courses.
“Rachel has a wealth of knowledge and can explain the content in a comprehensible way. The location was absolutely beautiful; the sounds of the birds made me feel like I was in a beautiful rainforest. The food during the training was an absolute highlight. It was delicious, and I felt it was made with love. Overall I have come out of this course with clarity and the confidence to teach.” 2019 student
What is covered in the course?
Request the brochure below for the full cirriculum
Yoga History I An overview of the history and origins of yoga and āyurveda
Yoga Techniques I Principles of āsana practice, intelligent sequencing, principles of prānayāma, meditation techniques
Yoga Philosophy Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gitā and ethics
Yoga Teaching methods I The process learning and teaching Yoga, a pedagogy of teaching and facilitation, teaching yoga for all bodies, trauma-informed Yoga teaching
Yoga Teacher training timetable
Sample timetable for our weekends together
7.30 am Yoga Practice
9.00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Lecture
11.30 am Morning Tea
11.45 am Midday Lecture
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Afternoon Lecture
4.00pm Closing circle / Relaxation Practice
Face to face course now open for enrolment
Course starts January 2024
Face to face attendance one weekend a month for 12 months, three weekends will include a Friday.
Includes all text books and manual
Delicious āyurvedic meals made with love
An online library of lectures and resources to support your learning journey
Three mentoring sessions with Rachel to develop your personal practice and support with learning
Monthly group mentoring sessions via zoom
2024 Yoga Teacher Training Course Dates
Includes twelve non-residential retreat weekends, at our stunning rainforest studio. Three of the training weekends include a Friday
Enjoy homemade āyurvedic meals for breakfast and lunch
A beautiful training manual
All textbooks required for the course
An āyurvedic goodie bag to support your personal āyurvedic practices
$1000 deposit required on acceptance into the training
Full payment must be made a minimum one months prior to the training begins
Please note the deposit is non-refundable and the training is non refundable without exception
Payment plans begin one month after the deposit has been received via credit card
Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions. On payment of your deposit you are agreeing to a contract.
We are grateful to high caliber guest teachers who share on our training
Lis White – www.liswhiteyoga.com
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Lis is a highly experienced Yoga teacher and exercise physiologist with a passion for sharing practical applied anatomy for our training.
Sarah Ball – www.sarahball.com.au
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teaching
Sarah is a yoga teacher, trainer and counsellor who specialises in empowering Yoga teachers and students in mental health issues and trauma. Sarah offers further specialist training for those seeking to deepen in this area, such as health practitioners, and teaches on our level 2 training.
Kathy Gaudiosi- www.kinkouyoga.com
Teaching Yoga to Children and Teens
Kathy is an inspiring teacher with a passion for sharing Yoga with our younger generation. This is a practical and informative workshop that is bound to inspire you.
What people are saying...
“I valued the overall framework of the course and the fact it was established on evidence based research. I particularly appreciated the content about chronic pain, somatic practices with Sarah Ball (trauma informed yoga teacher). I enjoyed that it was accessible to everyone, regardless of your fitness levels or age.
I would say as a person, it’s life-changing, and as a professional, it will significantly expand your ability to equip your clients a variety of methods.
I would also like to add that you definitely don’t need to be able to do a headstand before you attend this training! You will journey so much deeper than just the physical body.
I don’t teach regular yoga classes in a studio model, and there are endless possibilities as to where you can utilise the skills you’ve learnt to fit your niche.
This training was an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and create a supportive community that I still stay in touch with today. Rachel creates a warm and nurturing learning environment, fit to meet you exactly where you are. I highly recommend joining this training and if you’re feeling nervous and unsure if I could participate (like I was) jump on a call with Rachel she will answer any of your concerns. “
Shona Sim - Psychologist & Yoga teacher
Terms & Conditions of Certification
• All assessment tasks throughout the training must be completed in order to receive certification
• A daily self-practice
• Advance notice of absence must be given where possible
• Students may miss two days of the training but are expected to complete assignments as required
• All days missed require a minimum of a one-hour mentoring session
What Yoga teaching qualification will I gain?
You will receive a two hundred hour teaching certificate registered through Yoga Alliance.
What ongoing support is available after completing the Yoga teacher training
After completing the training you are will be qualified to teach. However, additional training, mentoring/apprenticeship with Ray of Light Yoga is highly recommended. Continuing education is valuable for further learning, support and inspiration. It’s also a requirement of membership of many Yoga associations.
Ray of light offer advanced teacher training and mentoring sessions to support you. These sessions count toward your continued learning and CPD points for governing bodies.