eBlast 12th May 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
EMAIL CHANGE: Please use yogafirst@optusnet.com.au (anything to do with accounts), Or the usual yogafirst2@bigpond.com. If you do want to speak to me personally, then email, make a time suitable for both of us, and then we can chat. If you do it this way, rather than just “wing it”, you can be reasonably sure I have time, and you will get my attention. POSTAL ADDRESS is not at my home – small mail box out in the open means that rain is an issue. Please address all land mail to the address it has always been – PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. Vic. 3441. Until you see it written here in large letters, that is where it will be.

TRAVELLING: As I have flagged to you previously….  I will be in Brisbane on the 18th and 19th May and in Shepparton/Euroa on the 25th/26th May. There are a couple of spots left if you want to have a chat, or explore training or Affiliation. Please email me ASAP and make an appointment to see me. It has been a long time since I hit the road, so make every opportunity count, who knows when it will happen again. Now that I have locked the travelling dates, those two weeks have a magical quality, and everyone who has been saying they want to see me here at home in Woodend, wants them that week. Other than the present yoga schedule that is not possible. People thankfully book ahead.
In the past, I have been disappointed that people close to home rarely come to my lectures as they think they can catch me another time. This may not always be the case, especially as interstate or overseas I get big turn-ups and charge a lot. Maybe if I charged my locals a lot more they would respect the teaching more – an unfortunate way of grading a class I would have thought.

SCHOLARSHIP – Just to recap. This has not yet been decided, but will be by the end of the month. Then the real excitement will start.

VIDEOS: Please note. Videos are subscribed on a one year basis. Doesn’t matter how long you pay the course off  – 12 or 18 months. Doesn’t matter how long you take to do the course. The videos are always a 12 month subscription. Once the 12 months is up the computer will remind you. When you are finished the 12 months you can take them month by month and pay them month by month. Also take note that the videos are not in order. I do them and did them when students asked for them were. I did them in response to questions, and not to make money, or match up with the modules. Now that I am getting really organised, thanks to some help, I will do more. What is Nirvana? Seeing one thing through to the end. Hell is not a punishment, it is training.   RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY – JUST TO RE-CAP….This is an essential course if you want to progress in your Restorative Yoga Therapy career.  It will give you all the tools you need to become the very best restorative teacher you can be.     I am working every day to get it properly health rebate accredited and that the right boxes get to be ticked. If you want to talk to me about the course, email me, and give me a few time options and we can schedule a phone call. Go To www.restore.moonfruit.com If you want to get your Restorative Yoga Therapy Certification at Level 2 and move on to level 3, then you will need to do your LEVEL 1 FIRST. You need that certificate BEFORE you can do Level 2. Please pay attention. For previous students: If you have done the last workshop, loved it and would like to repeat it (every class is a little different)  you can for a small fee, I would love you to join in and share your experiences since your workshop. 

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.

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..THE NEW LEVEL 2 COURSE IS TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THE SECOND WORKSHOP IN CASE YOU MISSED THE FIRST – planned date 27th and 28th May,  2pm to 4.30 on Saturday, 1pm to 4pm Sunday.  For the best – the latest about Restorative Yoga Therapy classes, Training and THE ALLIANCE….

And LEVEL 3 (coming later in the year) In this I am presenting a course which will include JHMS/E-D.HT, 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. This is going to be a groundbreaking course.  

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

“THE RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY ALLIANCE” – is a project we are currently working on, using The International Yoga Therapy Assoc. as our model. It will take us years to get to their level of perfection – but it is something you need. It will be an organisation aligned to The Australasian Yoga Institute. A branch of The Institute which will be inviting papers, focusing and sharing the more therapy aspects of what we do in Restorative Yoga. Not a medical model, but certainly a healing model. 

“MASSAGE ALLIANCE” – Both this and “The Restorative Therapy Alliance” are departments of The Australasian Yoga Institute, which we are initiating in response to the bigger and bigger requirements being put on us by the registering bodies. Applying to these registering bodies has become onerous and in some cases nearly a full time job to come into compliance. All the CEC, reading etc required to become accredited. I do believe that we need to be trained, but enough is enough. No amount of training produces a gifted therapist.. For instance, I have been a member of The MAA since it was started, have trained in Australia and Europe years ago when certificates were optional extras, and have over the last 40 years done hundreds of massages – and now some academic registrar is saying that I don’t know enough, haven’t got enough certificates (a ridiculous Cert.1V), and haven’t had the experience to be part of their association, as if 40 years of massage practice is not enough. Well,  it is enough for me. And this is my answer. We have opened a Massage Association of the Yoga Institute, and we have insurance in place. Maybe you would like to join us. YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL COUNT.
I remember years ago (years and years ago) when I was one of the few masseurs, and one of the only distance yoga teachers, The CEO of The Southern School of Natural therapies asked me if I would like to be a naturopath. In those days no one, including me, was really sure what that was. I said “no”. I was a yoga teacher and masseur, and being that was taking up my time.  It is one of my few regrets. I should have said yes. They were going to shoe-horn me through in 6 months.  That course now costs $45,000 and takes 4 years. Yoga is like that right now. It is not costly to get a great career in yoga, but all that is going to change as yoga becomes more and more professional. As we become less about exercise and more about therapy, the requirements will be greater, the costs will me more.
Take every opportunity that you can to be the best you can be right now. It is a gift.



If you have received insurance re-registration automatically AND DIRECTLY from A.J.Gallaghers in Queensland, let me know, and then disregard it.  They have been using old lists, and have put together a mass mail out.  I have not authorised this mail out and it does not take into account your ranking or where you are in your training.  It is just a couple of new hot-shots trying out their wings.  They have caused all kinds of mayhem, just when we were getting back on our feet, and just when A.J.GAllaghers Queensland Parmia office were recovering from the disruption caused by flooding.  

We based the course on graduating students in an average of 18 months to two years.  Keeping this in mind we thought you would not need insurance for those two years, so we gave you the first 12 months insurance and registration free, and ditto for the second – if you were not yet teaching. However, this is changing as more people who are teaching already are joining our course to get registered and insured. So we have changed the playing field FOR THEM. If you are not teaching then you don’t need to be insured, and you will be registered when you graduate.  
If you do start teaching whilst you are still working on the course, then you will need STUDENT REGISTRATION in order to get STUDENT INSURANCE. These are an extra cost and you should factor them in, as you must also factor in your videos which are also a yearly subscription. The first year is paid for in your fee, but from thereon it is up to you to renew.

Why Register with THE AUSTRALASIAN YOGA INSTITUTE? Registration says you are a member of our school (and proud to be so), and at the very least the income received from the cost of registration allows us to give out scholarships, and help others in their desire to teach. It is not mandatory, but it is recommended, and we encourage you to do it. How do you support and encourage your lineage? – or do you perhaps dream up a more glamorous version, something featuring India perhaps? We have a wonderful lineage that goes back through the Gita School to India and Tibet. My Heart Guru, Margrit Segesman the founder of the Gita school (a very important part of our lineage)  was sent to Australia from India and Tibet to teach yoga by her Heart Guru, but she never disclosed who that was – seeking to break the “guru tradition”..  When you register you are not just supporting our endeavours, you are acknowledging the wonderful teacher that Margrit Segesman was…and yoga is. A living tradition. Support us by being a fabulous teacher, and in time Affiliating with us, and taking our traditions into a complete Teacher Training School of your own.

Right now – TODAY, mark in your diary when your registration and insurance are due – Registration and insurance should be applied for YEARLY on the same day (it is easier this way).   – at this time contact us if WE (this office) have not contacted you. Note well  that although Lloyds of London are noted as the underwriter, AJGallagher is the insurer. If you have an issue contact us – we have a AJG/Parmia hot line, and we are the interface between you and them THE AYI COURSE VIDEOs.  WHATEVER YOU THINK, WHATEVER YOU KNOW, WHEREVER YOU CAME FROM BEFORE YOU START THIS COURSE – WATCH THEM.  That is why I did them!  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.


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 Plus 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           As Suzuki Roshi once said “if something is not paradoxical it is not true”.


$15 per class or 10 classes for $135 (and UNLIMITED ONE MONTH FOR $100 – great value if you come often) 

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.

  10:00 AM
  6.30 PM Yoga with JAHNE
  10:00 AM Restorative
  6:30 PM Hatha with Nic
  12:30 PM Hatha
  5:30 PM Restorative, 6:30 PM Hatha
  6:30 PM Hatha Yoga

  11:30 AM PHILOSOPHY for Yogis
12:30 PM Restorative
2:00 PM PREGNANCY YOGA CLASS $20 per class
  10:00 AM Hatha

  4.30 PM Restorative
  OUR YOGA CLASSES:  I have been doing this for most of my life.  50 years in fact.  These are not the usual “teeny-poppy” sort of class, they are about CHANGE.  Change the mind, change the body.  If you are NOT wanting to change, to grow, to get better and better.. (every day in every way), then these are probably not the classes for you.  And, you don’t need to wear lycra.

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 to yogafirst2@bigpond.com

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.

PHILOSOPHY CLASSES: Do join us. 37 Morris road Woodend. Enter down the side not the front door..

At the studio: Could you please park on the white gravel I had made especially for you. If there is no room on the white gravel or the naturestrip, then opposite us is a space we have been given permission to use. Just drive in. Please, don’t park on the road, or in other peoples driveways or naturestrips unless there is absolutely no parking available at the studio and opposite. 

At the Bentinck: there is work going on to build our new medical Centre. We dealt with the driveway, and in a few days cement is going to be laid for the ambulance parking. PRENATAL YOGA:  Are you pregnant and craving some “ me” time on the mat? Don’t want to be just another pregnant yogi in the room? Come and connect with yourself and your baby during this series you will learn to love your new baby body the yoga way.
It will be a small class, so register your interest now… 
Email to book: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

I AM MOVING FORWARD WITH EXTRA TRAINING (having said “I am done”). This time – CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION COURSE with the Royal Womens Hospital in July– not that far away. In the meanwhile I will be doing independent study into modern Pregnancy yoga/fitness/meditation techniques. Do come to our classes.


The next will be on Sunday 4th June,  2pm to 4pm  at my home studio (37 Morris Road in Woodend). Please join us – there is no need to book. 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.

TEACHER TRAINING in the CBD: I am considering doing the Restorative Yoga Therapy workshop in Melbourne CBD.  If you would be interested in doing this workshop (which is an important part of the course)  if this was an option for you, please let me know. yogafirst2@bigpond.com  (For people who have done the workshop and would like to do it again,  repeat it – you would be welcome for just $50).

I will be doing lectures at The theosophical Society Theatrette in Russell Street… Watch this space for times and dates.

TEACHER TRAINING IN EUROA: This is moving along beautifully and students from this group will be coming to our teacher training class this month. Now trainees in Euroa, Shepparton, Albury and surrounds will be able to do their teacher training with Heidi. We will keep you in the loop as this progresses. Please contact Heidi  (Director – Heidi Van Maanenberg – ask@byoga.com.au)

TEACHER TRAINING IN BENDIGO: Bendigo Teacher Training classes – every fortnight from 3.30 to 5pm at Crusoeden Body. 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 – thank you. (Directors – Jayne Boyle  – crusoedenbody@bigpond.com). Regular classes held – please email for timetable. Next class with Jahne – Tuesday 16th May. This will be a special class.  Please be there.

TEACHER TRAINING and YOGA IN LYONVILLE: Just a reminder about this Fridays Yoga classes 6pm & 7.15am with a special emphasis on the  AUTUMN EQUINOX for healing, rejuvenation and repair. Autumn Equinox is a time for cultivating, preparing and ensuring that the body is energetically ready and nutrient rich to support the body’s experience of winter.

The classes being offered during this Autumn Equinox period communicate a richness of information and knowledge on how the season of Autumn and the Equinox period affects our sense of awareness and general energy, and how certain movements, postures and forms as well as medicinal foods can be used as healing tonics and energy medicine during this period Teacher: Frances Paderno               Location: Lazuli- Hepburn Springs
Cost: $20 per session,  Students with passes are welcome to use them.
Directors: Fabio and Frances –   bafiodaponre@gmail.com TEACHER TRAINING SOON IN CHEWTON and maybe in Sydney:  These are still in the planning stages, but Chewton School is not far away.  But if you are in the surrounding areas, please let me know and I will pass your interest along – in the beginning I will be sharing the Chewton TT classes until we get them up and running. yogafirst2@bigpond.com

THE Australasian yoga institute  DHARMA SCHOOL: Although I am not sure how I am going to do this, or what form it will take, I believe that people in recovery need more than NA and AA helpful although I know they are. As Alice miller said:  “One is free from depression only when one’s self esteem is based on the authenticity of ones own feelings, and not on the possession of certain qualities”.  

DO YOU WANT TO AFFILIATE WITH US and Teach Yoga teachers?  If you are a graduate with us, have a studio already, and are at the point of considering teaching others to be yoga teachers, then please contact me and we can introduce you to our procedure for this. It is not like Macdonalds, it is not a franchise, you are always in charge, you make what you make, and I teach the modules just like you have done. It works – when you win, I win. Let me know if you would like a chat with me. Email me and let us set up a scheduled phone call – give me a few options for when you are available. Email: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

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. Email yogafirst2@bigpond.com Trying to climb the ladder of success? Forget the ladder. In yoga, everything is right here on the ground. IN THE THE SHOP AT “ETSY” 


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 resource www.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. YOGA NIDRA USB on ETSY.  For those of you who want to do yoga nidra like we do (like I do). Now you can. I have done a USB stick so you can plug it in and have a wonderful, long meditation whenever you can. Please go to my growing shop on www.myyogabooks.etsy.com 

THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY: Please people, make it an important thing to do – don’ t leave it as part of your “ bucket list”. If you are looking for reference books THE THEOSOPHICAL LIBRARY is the go-to place. There are books there you will see no-where else. I go at least once a month. It is very old fashioned and you have to pay per term to be a member, but I urge you to do this. It is situated in a beautiful old building between Bourke street and Little Collins Street in Melbourne.  Maybe you could join the Society. It is interesting to me how many of you grumble about the unavailability of books, but neglect this fabulous resource even when you are directed to it!

Its Three Objects are 1. To form a nucleus of the Universal brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, cast or colour. 2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science. 3. To investigate unexplained Laws of nature and the powers latent in the human being. Approval of these objectives is the only condition of membership. YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s –Please indulge in ALL three
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
THE GARDEN AND THE BEES  It is winter, and my garden is now going into hibernation apart from hardy herbs and of curse rhubarb. I have lots in my freezer – not that this will be helpful when the brown-outs and the black-outs start. We have heard a little and know a little, but it is almost inevitable don’t you think. I may as well ask. Do any of you have a small pot belly stove you don’t use that would like to live at my house?

REGARDING THE OFFICE: Thank you all so much for living the Yamas. Now, direct that wonderful energy to looking for the time your registration and insurance is due…let us know when you change address and emails
ATTENTION: EMAIL NUMBER. There was a problem with the server, but this has been fixed until the next time – For anything, anything at all please email me at yogafirst2@bigpond.com. 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 (send me questions). I look forward to hearing from you.  For more wonderful, delicious thoughts log on to our Web site www.yogabeautiful.com.au and tune in to our videos daily.

ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  Namaste Jahne

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