Ray Of Light Yoga Teacher Training
Enrolling now for February 2024
Traditional lineage-based yoga education and practice
Held over seven in-person four day blocks at Ray Of Light, Long Beach
with a focus self-practice to anchor yourself in the teachings
with group and private mentoring
Our focus is on promoting clarity and accuracy within the Yoga community by emphasizing the authenticity of the practice. Our goal is to provide access to the original teachings of Yoga, as they were developed by enlightened beings. Our carefully curated trainning is designed to guide practitioners beyond the physical aspect of Yoga, recognizing the body as a sacred vessel capable of profound transformation, while also exploring deeper energetic, philosophical, and spiritual concepts.
At Ray Of Light Yoga School, our logo is imbued with deep symbolism that reflects our mission, vision, and approach to teaching. Essentially, we believe that at our core, we are all rays of light. Our logo represents the journey we take to manifest our highest potential, drawing inspiration from the ancient wisdom of yoga.
The snake symbolizes prāna, the vital energy that flows through all living beings. In our teaching, we explore the energetics of yoga, learning how to design practices that stimulate and balance the different prāna vāyus. By enlivening, calming, and balancing our energy, we can achieve greater physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The circle layers represent the multidimensional nature of the self. According to the Pañca Maya model, there are five interconnected aspects of the individual, including the physical, energy, mental, wisdom, and bliss bodies. By understanding and working with each of these layers, we can cultivate a more holistic and integrated approach to our practice.
The lotus reminds us that we must acknowledge and navigate the challenges of living in the world. We do not deny the difficulties and suffering we may encounter, but rather learn to move through them with grace and resilience. Through our practice, we can develop the tools and awareness we need to navigate life's ups and downs with greater ease.
The triangles acknowledge Sarva anga sādhanam, or comprehensive growth, to truly achieve holistic well-being, we must cultivate our minds, bodies, and communication skills. In our teaching, we incorporate yoga for the mind, Ayurveda for the body, and Sanskrit for communication, offering a comprehensive approach to personal development.
Lastly, the golden center represents the core of our being. Through our training, we aim to help our students connect with the remembrance that they are light and bliss. No matter what life may bring, there is a part of us that remains untouched and at peace. By tapping into this inner core, we can achieve greater levels of happiness, fulfillment, and contentment in our lives.
This training is designed to provide you with a comprehensive connection to the heart of the yoga tradition and access to an unwavering and passionate community of devoted practitioners and teachers who are deeply committed to upholding the principles of integrity and preserving the genuine essence of Yoga in its purest form. Thus, you can be sure that this training will help you immerse yourself in the true essence of Yoga and benefit from the collective wisdom of an authentic Yoga community.
Ray Of Light Teacher Training
Foundational level modules
Our Yoga teacher training is held over seven weekends at our beautiful property in Long Beach. 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 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
What is covered in the training?
Request the brochure below for the full curriculum
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 of learning and teaching Yoga, a pedagogy of teaching and facilitation, teaching yoga for all bodies, trauma-informed Yoga teaching
About Rachel Nokes
Rachel Nokes is the lead teacher on the course. She is an experienced Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, trainer, and counselor with many years of practical experience and qualifications in these fields. Her passion and dedication to her craft have led her to discover her life’s purpose, and she is eager to share her knowledge and inspire others to find their own sense of purpose and fulfilment.
Throughout her sixteen years of teaching experience, Rachel has honed her skills to offer a meticulous approach to Vinyāsa Yoga, inspired by the teachings of TVK Desikachar and Krishnamacharya. Her methodical approach entails intelligent sequence design, the incorporation of Yogic philosophy and real-life storytelling, as well as breath practices and meditation into the Yoga practice. Rachel takes pride in offering a range of Yoga tools to her students, ensuring that the practice is accessible to all individuals. With a passion for sharing the benefits of Yoga with others, Rachel leads retreats in various locations across the globe, including Australia, Europe, Bali, and India. In addition to her retreats, Rachel also provides ongoing mentoring and training for teachers who have completed the Ray of Light teacher training program and those who wish to continue their exploration of Yoga philosophy and teaching. Rachel is thrilled to see the expansion of the Yoga family and celebrates the rich diversity in her 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
Yoga Teacher training timetable
Sample timetable for our days 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 training now open for enrolment
The training starts in February and completes in August 2024
Each block runs from morning 10 am Friday to Monday 3pm
Delicious āyurvedic meals are provided during the days
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 (Februrary - November)
2024 Yoga Teacher Training Dates
9th - 12th
8th - 11th
5th - 8th
3rd - 6th
21st - 24th
12th - 15th
2nd - 5th
For full details, please fill in your email for the brochure below
Five residential spaces and five non-residential spaces are available.
Non-residential: $5995 AUD
Residential: $7995 AUD including fourteen nights accommodation (1 night on weekend two nights on long weekends includes a light supper
Includes seven, four-day blocks Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, plus enrichment activities and a 2-hour mentoring call each month. The training will be held at our property Long Beach on the South Coast of NSW, just ten minutes out of Batemans Bay.
Onsite accommodation and additional meals can be provided for students traveling from out of the area (contact us for details)
During the training days, all students will enjoy homemade āyurvedic meals for breakfast and lunch
A beautiful training manual/book and all textbooks required for the course
An āyurvedic goodie bag to support your personal āyurvedic practices
$750 deposit is required upon acceptance into the training
Full payment must be made a minimum of one month prior to the training begins
If you pay in full, you will receive a discount of $500
Payment plans begin one month after the deposit has been recieved
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 kind humans 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.