eBlast 18 January 2018




Hi there Students… As you know if you have been reading my facebook entries (there are not many), I have been drawing again. After receiving a stunning Christmas gift, I was inspired enough to go research octopus at the Melbourne Aquarium. I met a beautiful white one there – although I think white is the colour they take when they are not happy or stressed (or albino – there was no label so I don’t know for sure). I thought I would draw “The Angel of the Deep”, and feature an octopus. I hope you like it. The Octopus as a totem is wonderful. It inspires healing, spirituality, intellect (they are exceeding clever) etc. etc. So, If I am “missing in action” you will know I am at home with my angels again..

Giving Monday

With the year screaming forward (have you noticed Easter has arrived in stores?), we wish to thank all of our members for your ongoing support all year long. If you are thinking of giving to an excellent cause today or any time before the end of the year, The Australasian Yoga Institute hopes that you will think about your Foundation. Every donation goes towards scholarships and teaching opportunities.


For those students who have got well into the course and have been teaching consistently, but have taken a very long time, and are looking at a long time to finish, then this is the answer. THE FAST-TRAK. This means that you will do modules 19,20,21,22 and the exam. When these are received (and you have FOUR MONTHS to complete – not forever)you will get your RYTA200 Certification. The cost by distance is $650, or if you come here and do it in a day, then $950. If you are interested, then please contact me via email:yogafirst2@bigpond.com


This is my “inspirational” corner of the house looking out to my beautiful garden. I do my writing, drawing and thinking here (and the tarot drawings of course)

I have completed the article for The Australian Yoga Life magazine on Hypermobility, it has been accepted, and hopefully will be in the March edition. One can never tell. It was commissioned, but it is only an article, and if something even more stunning comes across their desk then it may be some time before mine makes the cut. But I don’t mind – it was a great discipline to do a large article with a required word count, and achieve it. Get the book on Etsy.

You have to start somewhere, and the beginning is a good place. Please, teachers, catch up by getting these books, reading them and reflecting on your practice.www.myyogabooks.etsy.com. THEY ARE JUST THE BEGINNING. Come to Teacher Training when you can.

Teacher Training? Just in case you haven’t seen any reference to it – and someone said I never write about it in the newsletters. I do. All the time. You have to read this newsletter to keep up! ….. Teacher Training: 1st Sunday in the month between 2 and 4, every Wednesday at 12.30 and philosophy on Saturday morning at 11.30.   AFFILIATES and those who would like to be. HELLO TEXAS! Teachers! Please give this some thought. If you would like to Affiliate and start teaching teachers (you need to have graduated), then please email me and we will arrange a visit – or a chat depending on where you are of course. If you have a studio, it’s your next step. 

Please use the email address yogafirst@optusnet.com.au for anything to do with accounts, or the usual yogafirst2@bigpond.com. To get to me. 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 a change written here in large letters, that is where it will be.


Please make sure you visit you local Post Office with your COLLECTION SLIP in hand if you are waiting for items from us. Items waiting for collection are sent back to us. This incurs double postage when we re-send it – nothing you/we will want to do with today’s postal charges. The fact that you have not picked it up does not mean that it has not been delivered. INSURANCE
  INSURANCE ALTERNATIVES. We are no longer closely involved with our teachers with regards to insurance…. AJGallagher seems to be the only one who will insure students who have not graduated but are teaching – although I must say they are increasingly difficult to deal with. However, we have made an alliance with Dancesurance which appear to insure students (trainees not yet graduated) cheaply, and, if you have a studio, they are really the only ones who insure this with understanding. If you are a student MAKE YOUR STATUS CLEAR, if you don’t, and need to make a claim, you may discover (too late) that you are not covered.

RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY INSURANCE: Dancesurance and AJGallaghers have both come through with a specialist insurance for our Restorative Yoga Therapy graduates. They can add this special insurance on to their ordinary insurance AT NO EXTRA COST. They have examined the course, they have looked at the caliber of the students going through, and made their decision. All you need to do is to supply a copy of your registration when you apply. Dancesurance – www.DanceSurance.com
Arthur J Gallagher – www.ajg.com.au


PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION. You need to be currently registered for your insurance to be valid, and you will need to supply a copy of a valid registration to be insured. Please check your insurance requirements – keep up to date. They change quickly.


We have fallen in line with other organisations and ask people who are registered with us and wish to re-register to do at least one short course in the year as a continuing education requirement. I have been shocked by what teachers THINK they know, and teach. You need to keep up. You can do one of my little courses on ETSY, or someone else’s, doesn’t have to be onerous, just something to keep you on your academic toes so to speak.


Every month the same names turn up. Insufficient funds, problems with the number etc etc. The explanations are wondrous, BUT, you have a month between payments to make sure that everything is in order. So, to encourage you we are taking the lead from other organisations, and we are going to charge $15 every time we are met with problems with funds. If it happened occasionally I would just think OK, try again. But it is every month and takes time. Jacky applies a couple of times to make sure she has the right numbers, then she emails, then she types up a list, then she passes it through to me, and I start the process again. Sorry. But it is wasting time. We already make every effort to accommodate you, keep our tuition down, are frugal so you can be trained economically. So please, try to be on time and have your funds in order. Otherwise, we will have to up our fees to cover these time wasting problems, and I am resisting that.


THE STUDIO – 37 Morris Road.

Tuesdays: 10 am Restorative.

Wednesdays12.30 I am making this a teacher training day. If you are a teacher, come. It may be easier for you than the monthly Sunday. Come to both!

Saturday: Philosophy 11.30 am, Restorative 12.30 pm. THE BENTINCK – on the corner of High Street and Romsey Road, Woodend.
Enter ONLY through the Romsey Road gate where you see the yoga sign. Do not park in the front of the Bentinck. The main two story building is not The Yoga Centre.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Hatha Yoga 6.30 pm

Wednesday: 5.30 pm Restorative, 6.30 pm Hatha Yoga

Friday: 6:30 pm Progressive Yoga Relaxation Class. I will also be using this time to speak about something not many teachers will discuss – life and death. We can meditate and chant. This is up to you.

Saturday: 10 AM Hatha Yoga CLASS/CONSULT PRICE STRUCTURE (from 7th January) We always used to limit the length of class pass to one month – everything was based on a one month pass, and I am doing it again. Pay $20 per class, or book ahead for 10 CONSECUTIVE classes over 10 weeks and pay $135 for the ten. It is a saving – but only if you come to class every week.

  • TERM PASS: 10 class pass – 1 class a week for 10 CONSECUTIVE classes over 10 weeks $135 – 2 classes per week for 10 weeks $250
  • PHILOSOPHY CLASSES 1 hour – Trainee Yoga Teacher $15 (casual $20) 
  • PHILOSOPHY CLASSES casual attendees 2 hours – $20
  • MONTHY PASS $175 (unlimited Hatha and Relaxation). If you come to Monday, Wednesday, Saturday morning and one meditation or teacher training, that would be $60 per week. Four weeks with that regime would be $240. So $175 is quite a saving. Especially when the average Yoga Class in other schools is $25 per class.
  • YEARLY PASS (if paid by 1st of February ) $1,550 unlimited Hatha & Relaxation

Please note that at the Bentinck, the Medical Clinic that we have all been waiting for is nearing completion, however, more work is being done on the driveways and ambulance bay. If it is full, park opposite. Walk carefully, workmen leave building materials about.


The next will be on Sunday 4th February, 2pm to 4pm at my home studio (37 Morris Road in Woodend). Please join us for Teacher Training 2pm to 4pm. There is no need to book. Bring writing materials, and be early. If you are teacher Training student then the cost of the afternoon is $15 (which applies to everyone. If you are a visitor and not formally a student teacher with us then the cost is $20 – for a 2 hour class! Come. 

We did the Studio Blessing this week before class. You will see the mark on the door lintel 20+C+M+B+18. The year, plus the names of the 3 wise men from the bible. Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior. I hope the Universe places its gifts before you, as it always does for us.

ANYTIME STUDIO PARKING – Park your car either on the white gravel around the front of the studio, or if this is full, then there is an empty drive and front yard leading to a shed directly opposite us. Park there and in a way that others can too.

NORTHCOTE: 9 Langwells Pde. (near Aldi). Next class planned for Monday 22nd January at 10.30. Please email me at yogafirst2@bigpond.com to check the day before you come…

Bendigo Teacher Training classes – The first Tuesday of the month. Next class isTuesday, February 6th (I think at this point). Turn at the Metricon building on the highway in Kangaroo Flat. It is a traffic light intersection, just up from Bunnings. Crusoeden is the building behind Metricon building, and faces Church Street. It’s 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.


SUNBURY: We had a wonderful workshop on HYPERMOBILITY and moved forward into THE CRANIO SACRAL CONNECTION CONNECTION. WE WILL BE REPEATING THIS IN THE NEW YEAR. If you would like to join us for these workshops in Sunbury at YOGA 101, please contact Michelle at Yoga 101. Emailinfo@yoga101.com.au

THE CRANIO SACRAL CONNECTION. I am planning to do an A3 poster of the spine, brain, “Cave of Brahama, Sacrum and Coccyx and all the anatomy that will help you to teach your students and clients about the subject of our workshops and our research. Keep checking on www.myyogabooks.etsy.com


Why haunt libraries for information on the chakras, yamas, and other yoga philosophies relevant to the course (or The Tarot). It is all on ETSY. For you who have never used ETSY please visit. It is fabulous and oh so EASY. You will find all our books, our DVD’s and CD’s on ETSY. (The Paul Grilley DVD’s are on our web site shop). Please go to www.myyogabooks.etsy.com. Or www.yogabeautiful.com.au. for the Paul Grilley DVD’s. If you are new and haven’t read about YAMAS, CHAKRAS then I have distilled them for you. Go to myyogabooks site as above and have a look – especially at the new book and DVD on Hypermobility. I am loading our newRestore/Relax guided meditation on USB, and available on ETSY. If you can’t come to Friday then get one of these and you can do it anytime.
ON ETSYA3 TEA LEAF READING Chart , sepia on a cream linen’y background, check it out…www.myyogabooks.etsy.com
PAST-LIFE PROCESS CONSULTATION AND MEDITATION. If you want an appointment with me, please email me and give me some time options, and say what it is you are looking for. For more information look at www.pastlife.moonfruit.com. Email me to make an appointment. yogafirst2@bigpond.com EMAIL NUMBER. We live in the country, and from time to time there are problems 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. For money matters (Keeping in mind Jacky is only here on Wednesdays) please email yogafirst@optusnet.com.au Do not ring unless you have not got email (some people living and working remotely don’t have computers), or you have an urgent question. Email, leave your number and I will get back to you.

So at the moment my TEXT 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. The mail address is PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. Vic. 3441. 

I am always as close as your email, and there are those who ring and manage to find me near the phone … Don’t forget to Register, insure and re-subscribe to the videos.  Don’t leave these to the last minute. Love and Blessings,  Jahne

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