eBlast 08 Feb 2017


Honouring the Universe – The philosophy of The Australasian Yoga Institute….

Dedicated to a tradition of excellence in teaching for more than 40 years,The Australasian Yoga Institute offers yoga teachers comprehensive and systematic training in classical yoga. We teach yoga techniques for body, breath, mind and spirit in 200hr and 500hr certification programs. Our programs include training in meditation, asana. GOOD MORNING DEAR STUDENTS

I have been receiving some rather depressing modules from students who are trying to explain to themselves and to me the concept that everything in this life leads to suffering. First, please understand that translators often get it wrong. There is no accurate translation of the word Dukkha and translators take the easy way out and call it suffering. It isn’t. Here is a broader concept

… Keep this in mind when you see the word “suffering” (Dukkha). The word dukkha is made up of the prefix du and the root kha. Du means “bad” or “difficult”. Kha means “empty”. “Empty”, here, refers to several things—some specific, others more general.

Within the Buddhist sutras, dukkha is divided into three categories:

  • Dukkha-dukkha: The dukkha of painful experiences.  This includes the sufferings of ageing, illness and dying.
  • Viparinama-dukkha: The dukkha of the changing nature of all things (this includes being frustrated when you cannot get what you want).
  • Sankhara-dukkha: The dukkha of conditioned experience.  This includes basic un-satisfactoriness pervading all of our existence.  A sense that nothing is able to live up to our expectations, or our standards.

The ancient Aryans who brought the Sanskrit language to India were a nomadic, horse and cattle breeding people who travelled in horse or ox drawn vehicles. Su and dus are prefixes indicating good or bad. The word kha, in later Sanskrit meaning “sky,” “ether,” or “space,” was originally the word for “hole,” particularly an axle hole of one of the Aryan’s vehicles. Thus sukha … meant, originally, “having a good axle hole,” while duhkha meant “having a poor axle hole,” leading to discomfort.   THE WORLD

We can hide from the world, we can fight it, or we can embrace it. In the Tibetan Book of the Dead there is a meditation practice described called TONGLEN, we have discussed it in teacher training. It is about taking in the pain of the world, transforming it and giving back joy. From the Christian tradition when you see something that is evil you hold the cross out to chase it away. In popular Buddhism, when people see something that is unwholesome they invoke the name of The Buddha. These are all practices of devotion. To whom are you devoted? When you shine a light, the darkness will disappear. We can see this as a fight between light and darkness, but in fact it is an EMBRACE. Like the negative and positive energy that produces the electric light.

If you practice meditation, and use mindfulness continuously in your daily life, this will be strong enough to embrace fear or anger and transform it. We need not chase evil away, we need not “have a war against evil” (“wars against….” rarely are effective), we can embrace and transform it in a nonviolent way by being mindfully present. Embracing, not fighting. Aware that this is the best thing that we can do, sometimes the only thing we can do, we will feel solid within and then we will be a vehicle for helping others and initiating change. The Buddha taught “Be an island unto yourself, take refuge in yourself and not in anything else”. You begin to take the path of transformation when you practice the things that you talk about, that you say you are devoted to. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY TRAINING AT MY HOME STUDIO (NEW LEVEL 2 COURSE BEGINS WITH A PRACTICAL SESSION FEBRUARY 18th and 19th) “Early bird” special now finished, full fee applies. Sign up today.  Go to www.restore.moonfruit.com Please arrive at either 12.30 on the Saturday to join in a restorative class or 1.30 if you want to get right to work. Arrive on time, and prepared with writing materials for the class, and your paperwork completed. The Sunday class will begin at 12.30 not 11am as scheduled as this conflicted with other needs. We aim to please. On both days we will plan to finish by 4.30. It may not be possible to join in the 4.30 Restorative Class after the workshop on Sunday – the class is full unless there is a cancellation. PLEASE BOOK TODAY The Restorative Yoga is becoming the backbone of our practice, and there have been some new developments. I have already informed most of you that there are three levels.

The workshop for level 2 will be at MY HOME STUDIO in Woodend. It will have a resounding effect on your practice and your life. To learn more, see below, and hop on over to www.restore.moonfruit.com. LEVEL 1 is the teach yourself course on www.myyogabooks.etsy.com

LEVEL 2 is the RESTORATIVE YOGA COURSE and the Introduction to Therapy with emphasis on Structural Yoga Therapy.

And LEVEL 3 (coming later in the year) In this I am presenting a course which will include nutrition, the use of exclusive essential oils and therapeutic mixtures which can be prescribed and used in conjunction with the yoga to make it a stand-alone clinical practice. This would be a great addition to the practice of those who are doulas (both with pregnant women and the dying), and those who routinely work with the chronically ill, people in recovery etc. etc.

You cannot do LEVEL 3 if you have not done LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2 and started out with the RYTA200. This will be truly a therapy course. There is nothing like it in the world today.  If you are looking for a life path, if you really do want to become a yoga PRACTITIONER rather than a YOGA TEACHER, then this is for you. The curriculum is not complete, and the Level 3 course will not be until later next year, but there is lots you have to do between now and then.

LEVEL 1 is on ETSY right now, you can start now, and The next RESTORATIVE LEVEL 2 will be delivered in February 2017 (18th and 19th Feb – see the web sitewww.restore.moonfruit.com for details) at The HOME STUDIO. Level 1 is not a hard course, but it is not a “rubber stamp”.  If you don’t pass the exam for level 1, then there will not be an option to move to level 2 unless you re-sit the exam until such time as I can see you have understood.

If you are almost at the end of your Teacher Training, do this practical course, do the practical course, and catch up with the theory at a later date.  

Please email me, and let me know your intention, or go to www.restore.moonfruit.com for details and an application.

(I will travel to you to deliver the workshop if you can get 5 students – you and 4 more).   WITH REGARD TO STUDENT INSURANCE AND REGISTRATION (again):

In the new year we will be bringing in a new regime to make this link between STUDENT registration and STUDENT insurance very clear, and very organised…. Please note, you cannot get student insurance on the day that you enroll with us unless you have the documentation and relevant YOGA teaching experience that makes it possible. Student insurance is not a right, it is a great privilege. And it CAN BE awarded under very specific conditions.  Please mark in your diary when you registration and insurance are dean contact us if we have not contacted you. Please note that although Lloyds of London are noted as the underwriter, AJGallagher is the insurer. If you have an issue contact us, or contact them. THE VIDEOs.  As it says in your initial emailed information pack, from the very first one with “how to set yourself up” clearly noted, please make a journal note of all the yoga you do in a day, and that includes the videos. A computer is just a computer, and whilst we make every effort to get them to comply with our will, they sometimes don’t. If you have a daily journal and mark down in it all the yoga you do and watch, and then on a monthly basis transfer the totals to your passport, you will have a hard copy record, and a computer record. NOA BELLING – YOGA HANDBOOK and SECOND HAND BOOKS
You might be able to still get the book (and many others) second-hand from the bookshops below.  I would advise you to buy a few so that you can amortize the postage cost across a number of books rather than one.

                                                Cost     Mail
UK      1/ Revival Books Ltd     $4.94    $5.90       USA    2/ Goodwill Books       $1.50    $12.99
UK      3/ Awesome Books       $9.89    $6.47       USA    4/ Hippo Books           $5.50    $11.50
USA    5/ Hippo Books             $5.50    $11.50     USA    6/ Goodwill Books       $1.00    $17.00
USA    7/ The Book Women     $5.00    $14.75   I try to imagine life without being able to speak to God, but none of the days without that special energy have the same laughter, or opportunities. CLASS TIMES $15 per class or 10 classes for $135
THE BENTINCK Enter through the Romsey Road gate, and park either side of the drive.

THE HOME STUDIO Park on the white gravel, in the small open yard opposite the house if no-one else has, or on the nature strip.   No need to bring props – mats etc. unless you want to – everything is provided.

                          HOME STUDIO                                                       THE BENTINCK
Monday:            10:00 am discontinued
                          (back on track –students have voted with their feet).   6.30 pm Hatha
Tuesday:            10:00 am Restorative                                                 7.30 pm Hatha with Nic
Wednesday:       12.30 Hatha                                                               5.30 pm Restorative,
                                                                                                              6.30 pm Hatha
Friday:                                                                                                  6:30 pm Hatha Yoga  
Saturday:           12.30 pm Restorative                                                10:00 am Hatha
Sunday:             4.30 pm Restorative (Full – text before lunch on Sunday to enquire about a cancellation) THE TIMES IN RED. From 2017 those classes in red above are at my home studio. So if you want to come to the home studio for your class please book. I need to know your name, the classes/s you want to attend and your email so I can confirm, as the classes will be limited and SMALL. Please email your booking and your details toyogafirst@netcon.net.au  

PRICES: The class prices at either place, Bentinck or Studio are be $15 per class,  $135 for a 10 class pass or $100 unlimited for one 4 week month (no extensions  – once the month is up the pass is done). Your present passes will be valid until they run out.

HEALTH FUND REBATES: There are health fund rebates possible for those students who are referred by their GP. These are not available class by class.To get a rebate you must have committed to a package/program and been referred. Any other option is not worth the time/travel/postage.   NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS AT MY HOME STUDIO
The next will be on Sunday 5th March, 2pm to 4pm at my home studio. Please join us. Bring writing materials, and be early.  Follow the Japanese Path at the side of the house. There is a notice on the door if you have trouble with direction. If you are a distance ed. student then the cost of the afternoon is $15. If you are a visitor you are most welcome – and if you are not formally a student teacher with us then the cost is $20. We have had the most wonderful trainings, there is nothing like them. Please do come. Park on the white gravel around the house, and in the open yard opposite. I am not sure there will be room for trainee teachers to join the Restorative class afterwards. We shall have to play it by ear. We are getting full classes at home now.
Yesterdays teacher training class yesterday was very good, in spite of the fact that half the class turned up HALF AN HOUR LATE for a two hour class. This is not respectful to me, or to the students who came (some from long distances) and arrived early. Some turned up at the wrong venue, some just didn’t stress themselves. Read the newsletter, mark the date and time in your diary, and keep to that time. Note: 2pm means we start at 2pm. If you are a trainee yoga teacher, prepare yourself like a trainee yoga teacher. This is not a class for observers (is there such a class?). There are no excuses – we send the newsletter out weekly. If you are unsure by Friday before the class, and if in the unlikely event your newsletter has not arrived for the last 3 weeks, then let us know…. If you get your newsletter regularly, and still came late – LEARN TO READ IT all the way through. You will not do well in this course if you have difficulty with the written word (or the Yamas).

Next Bendigo class Tuesday 21st February from 3.30 to 5pm at Crusoeden Body ($15). Turn at the Metricon building on the highway in Kangaroo Flat, Big METRICON sign on the building you turn at – also its a traffic light intersection, just up from Bunnings. Crusoeden is the building behind Metricon building, and faces Church Street. Its easy to find. Cost: $15 per class for everyone who attends.


Francis will be visiting on Friday 24th February to take an Ashtanga Class 6pm followed by a Yoga Therapy Session 7.15pm. The purpose is to address the teachings and the method of Ashtanga- Vinyasa Practice as well Yoga Therapy & Alignment.  During these sessions we will cover alignment, the nervous system, energy centres and late-summer energy balancing. I will also spend time covering meditation practice and mindfulness. 

I hope you can join us !  Details below, if you are interested to attend please let me know. Friday February 24th *Ashtanga  6pm (1hr)  *Yoga Therapy  7.15pm  (1 hr)
Cost: Students with passes are welcome to use them for these sessions, otherwise casual drop-in rate is $20 per class.
Location: Lazuli – Hepburn Springs. Crn Church & Ninth Street Hepburn.
Teacher: Frances Paderno GIFT VOUCHERS for The Australasian Yoga Institute.

Vouchers are available (all year) for $135 or $70 class passes, and massage $95 one hour or $50 half hour. Please contact me and we will arrange it. Emailyogafirst@netcon.net.au Most people have never met, and don’t understand, that there are angels all around us whose only job is to make sure that you don’t get too comfortable, fall asleep and miss the important moments (and gifts) in your life. THE SHOP and ETSY   www.myyogabooks.etsy.com


IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YAMAS AND CHAKRAS – my own little books are on etsy. Why spend hours looking for the information when you can pay from under $10 for these books and have a very valuable easy-to-read reference and resourcewww.myyogabooks.etsy.com. If you get them and read them they will help you with many of the concepts that you are having trouble with especially in your modules. Go to “CHOOSE LIFE”, a home based on-line restore and recover program.

I have loaded a new course “CHOOSE LIFE -THE 30 DAYS WELLNESS/HOME REHAB COURSE”.  If you have gone through rehab and need a booster, or you need help but can’t leave home (or afford a rehab), please download it and try it.

YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley. UP, UP, UP!!!
They are the best,  and will form the backbone of your yoga references. As I have told you before when I bought mine they cost $100 or so each. I thought that this was a good investment, and I still do. We have had to increase the price TWICE – everything everywhere is going up, and we have held this price for a number of years. Now $57.50. At this price we are accounting for currency increases and decreases, and they are still cheaper than I paid for mine initially. Look at Ebay – everyone is about the same. At twice the price they are still worth having. With Christmas coming, please order yours today.  I don’t have many left and I am waiting for more stocks to arrive in the mail – at this time of the year they sometimes get caught up in customs. www.myyogabooks.etsy.com
PS thank you to the students, who realizing they got the DVD’s at the wrong price have sent me the difference between the old price and the new one.  It is greatly appreciated. The gesture made me so proud of the students who have taken this step.  They are really, really living yoga.
THE GARDEN – It is like winter in the garden.  Freezing and 10 degrees.  Like winter.  I am confused so the plants must be too.  I worked in the garden on Saturday and it was warm and sunny, not so today!
MY TAROT – I have got the proof print for the first eight cards, and have just started work on the last card for the second eight. If you want an email reading please contact me. $35 for one question, $70 for two questions, $130 for three questions.

Let me know – yogafirst@netcon.net.au. I will keep you informed as to the progress of the cards. They will be on Etsy as usual, and the web site is being worked on. I have got a Facebook page called My Tarot.
REGARDING THE OFFICE: Thank you all so much for getting straight for Christmas – and living the Yamas. Now, direct that wonderful energy to looking for the time your registration and insurance is due…
ATTENTION:  EMAIL NUMBER. There was a problem with the server, but this has been fixed (after 2 days!!!) – For anything, anything at all please email me atyogafirst@netcon.net.au. If you do not your emails may get lost, as I am gradually going to get rid of the other email numbers…. Do not ring unless you have not got email, or you have an urgent question. Email, leave your number and I will get back to you. Phones?  We are being re-organised, even here…. So at the moment my number is 0402 088 170 – preferably leave a text or email. I will return your calls when I can – I am not a slave to either the computer or the phone, so you may find that emails or text (which I always recommend) work out best.
I am always as close as the post or the email, always working to make things better, dig deeper.  Why?  So you can be the best you can be.  Email me, talk to me, send me photographs.   I look forward to hearing from you. For more wonderful, delicious thoughts log on to our Web site www.yogabeautiful.com.auand tune in to our videos daily.

ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  Namaste Jahne

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