Rachel Nokes is a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant; the 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 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 courses and workshops at her home studio in Bulli 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.