eblast 18 March 2015

GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS ONES  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.

  THE “WAR ON ICE”……? If any of you have taken the time to read CHASING THE SCREAM (by Johann Hari), a riveting three year study and expose of the drug trade, you will understand very clearly that history has told us over and over again that attempting to prohibit anything, be it liquor or drugs is totally useless, and has been shown over and over again not to work. 

In the 1950’s there was an experiment with rats.  Scientists put rats in a concrete cage and put two bowls out for them,  one with cocaine water and one plain water.  Most of the rats drank the cocaine water, and died.  Scientists extrapolated from that, that we (like the rats), would always prefer the cocaine.  That we have an inbuilt need, attraction, call it what you will.
Recently that experiment was repeated with a few changes.  The (young) scientist put the rats in a cage with all sorts of toys and interesting things.  A “Rat Disneyland”.   He then put out the cocaine water and the plain water.  The rats hardly even went near the cocaine, and when they did it wasn’t regularly.  They liked where they were – the community worked.   Nothing to do with inbuilt needs or addictions.  They liked their lives, and anything else had no attraction for them.

In Vancouver the powers that be,  managed a total drug lock down and no drugs went in or went out.  Did it lessen the drug crime, did it lessen the arrests, did it lessen the deaths?  No.  Those people who peddled the drugs still did that, but they cut the drugs  with all kinds of dreadful corrosive substances. Prohibition meant  the  drugs were harder to get, cost more and were even more deadly.   We had seen that already in prohibition when liquor was cut with metho and spirits.   But we learned nothing. 

When you go into hospital for an operation you are given cocaine derivatives to lessen pain.  You may even have them prescribed when you come out.  Hardly any of us go on to become addicts.  Why?  Because we have meaningful lives.  The majority of us don’t even think about continuing with the pain killers, we want to get back to our lives.  We see this repeated hundreds and hundreds of times a day in hospitals across the country and across the world, but we don’t learn from it.

Until you change people, the drug trade will not go away.  We have to put back into peoples live’s what is missing, and it isn’t more drugs.

At Innisfree we feel that we are winning our own particular race by using natural means.  What we do WORKS, and we prove it over and over again.   Counselling, yoga, meditation, massage, TCM, naturopathy, diet, hypnotherapy, creativity and so on.  By putting back what is missing in our client’s lives,  by helping them to make  personal changes instead of taking out what is “wrong”  our clients go on to full, enriched, lives. 

As yoga teachers too we are winning in the first instance because we are enriching people’s lives.  We say to our students – why take drugs when you can get peace and contentment that costs nothing and builds individuals, families and communities from the ground up – and for life.  It is no contest.  We can change the world with yoga, one person at a time.  This is what Shri Prabhupadha did in the 1960’s.  That was how he built the Hari Krishna movement.  He said, during the height of the 1960’s drug spree in the USA “why pay to get high when you can do it with chanting and meditation – and there is no withdrawal…”  Thousands of people listened, and more importantly,  acted.  They meditated, chanted and changed.  It wasn’t hard work, it was fun.

  What you are may sometimes miss the mark,  a prisoner in liberty.  Get up somehow, get clean right now and be a happy, happy child set free.  
You must love this book, no-one has yet decided to part with it.   Please, please pass it on…
For those starting out this book is hard to get.  Even second hand.  I wondered if any of you out there had finished with their book and would like to sell it back to us, WE WOULD LOVE TO BUY IT OFF YOU.  We can get it secondhand from time to time for $25 to $30.  We will buy yours off you for $25 plus whatever is the postage cost.  Email us if you would like to sell yours, and Deb will call you to organise.  yogafirst2@bigpond.com

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 condition poor
USA    5/ Hippo Books             $5.50   $11.50 condition good
USA    6/ Goodwill Books        $1.00   $17.00
USA    7/ The Book Women   $5.00    $14.75

IIf you want  copy of this poem/prayer on a heavier paper – a more professional presentation, then we do have some in the office at $15.00 each including postage.  Please contact Deb via email and we will get one to you.. yogafirst2@bigpond.com

YOGA CLASSES –  Times/cost unchanged from last year. Classes held at the Bentinck  THE NEW HOME OF THE AUSTRALASIAN YOGA INSTITUTE. Cost:  $10 per person per class (or $100 a 12 class pass:  non–transferable).  $15 mum plus little yoga bub. $25 per family (mum, dad and two primary school children.  Young adults $10 each).
  Jahne’s classes are designed around her 50 years of teaching experience.  People say “can we have…yoga, or ……..…yoga tonite”.  The answer Jahne  always  gives is   “I don’t know, all depends who is there, and what is needed”.  Friends, Yoga is not a recipe that is repeated the same way every time in every class.   That would be mindless.  If you want repetition don’t go to Jahne’s class.  There is a thread running through the class. But it is not EXACTLY the same.  If it was the same each week,  you could just check your mind at the door.  The shelf is for shoes, not for minds.

Monday 6.30,
Tuesday 10am (RESTORATIVE) and 7.30 (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30, Friday 6.30, Saturday. 10am (and 12.30 RESTORATIVE).
Sunday 11.30 Philosophy starting next term.  Please register your interest.

*RESTORATIVE YOGA is a beautiful, gentle yoga which is done using lots of props and lots of time.  No balancing, no headstands, nothing but gentle stretches and rests.  You and/or a friend will love it especially if you have had surgery, are anxious, haven’t exercised for years, have a weight problem, or have a neurological problem.  It is also a PERFECT pre and postnatal session – if you are pregnant, please get a doctors certificate and bring it to your first class – not because I think you are unwell, but as it is an insurance requirement.  

Please if you have recently given birth and wish to come to yoga with your baby you are both more than welcome (I always have maintained a baby even a couple of days old is welcome in our classes with their mum), but please be sensitive to others in the room when you join a mixed general class.  If you wish to change and feed we have a lovely conservatory room especially set out just for you.  Warm, carpeted, floor to ceiling garden windows – a million dollar view for the short time you exit the class!  We love babies, we love young mothers, however,  if you want to be with other young mothers going through the same things as you are, please wait until we start our Mums+One classes.

If you are a Visitor or Casual (i.e you don’t come to every class) please note that BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL as our classes are pretty full with regulars I.e. People who buy a pass and wouldn’t miss a session.  TEXT ONLY YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO 0402 088 170.  Please don’t ring me. 

“The Bentinck” is on the corner of the Romsey Road and the High Street in Woodend.  Enter from  the start of the Romsey Road only.  Sorry, “Staff parking” at the front entrance does not mean you.  Please think of others when you park.
www.yogabeautiful.com.au  If you are looking for any changes in times and days, then please go to the web site.  You will find everything there. There is also our blog www.ministryofyoga.blogspot.com.au

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be on Sunday 5th APRIL at the Bentinck – in the Yoga Room.  Please join us.  If you are a distance ed. student then the cost of the afternoon is $10.  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.  
THE FORGIVENESS BOOK This book is still travelling,  keep it moving along, the list is longish.   And…..If you would like to be next on the list of 108 people, please email me…yogafirst2@bigpond.com 
PHOTOS FROM THE MISSION ALL THE INCOME FROM MY PAINTING AND ARTS GOES INTO OUR VARIOUS PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS. This is an ongoing philanthropic effort for us and the money as you know goes towards buying bandages and other necessities for the  mission.    If you can send even a few dollars, please do (talk to Deb on Tuesdays or Wednesday to arrange).  We live the yamas, so,  you will know the money will go to where we say it will go, and be used for what we say it will be used for..  No staff or administration fees deducted at any point!    
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/amigasdelsenor  PS:  You can’t send the money direct, although that would be easier – it has to go through the US Mission office for reasons of security.   Everything will change for you when you work out that there is plenty of time in every day to complete the important things.

II have my car back, and it is so wonderful.  She is AS NEW, thanks to the efforts of the boys from Kyneton Toyota.  I cannot tell you what wonderful service they gave me.  It was fantastic – above and beyond.  Especially the Toyota Hybrid I got to drive for a week.  What a car that was, almost like driving a Bentley.  I did give some thought to a change over, but in the end I discounted that after I had driven my car with a new heart.  Love that car.  You know, I didn’t pay any attention to cars until I got the MX6.  Up until that time, a car was just a way to go from A to B.  Once I had that car though, I began to listen and pay attention, so you never know, my Mazda is in six figures now, and here’s hoping she gets to the million mile mark.

All our classes are available via distance education and you can start any time..  Thank you to those students who are moving from their 200 to another, higher course.  Once you have got into the habit of learning, then it is easy to keep going….
Within our school there are three levels of YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, plus a course in the Gita, the fundamental source of all yoga teaching through the ages.
*THE BHAGAVADGITA (and YOGA PHILOSOPHY) which is like a Certificate or Diploma Level,  RYTA 200 which is our “degree course”  and     *RYTA500 the “masters”.


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 This week I received an email from one of our students who had purchased the chakras and colouring book and REALISED THAT COLOURING THE DRAWINGS  WAS A MEDITATION.  I celebrated.  It has taken a year for a student to understand the reason for the drawings. THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU……!!!

ALL OUR IN-HOUSE DVD’S AND CD’S ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS SITE.  Please remember that they are not flashy high cost productions.  They are made by Deb and me to answer your various questions.  They are useful in your course.

ADDITION TO THE TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL:  I am putting together a manual which will be included in each new trainees initial pack.  It will also be available on etsy for anyone of you who wants to buy it.  It will contain * A Beginners Guide to Teaching Yoga *  Basic Anatomy and physiology  * The Chakras * The Yamas and anything else I think is useful as the project progresses.    




YOGA SWINGS:  Have arrived.   If you want one for your studio, please reserve yours now.  Colours – *blue and grey, grey and black or pink and orange.   $150 plus postage.  I have five second hand swings in perfect condition available for $100.  Please contact me personally if you would like these.






ETERNITY THE PRAYER – (not on the site yet, but will be there soon). I move with the infinite in nature’s power.  I hold the fire of the soul.  I hold the life and healing”. (Rig Veda)
REGISTRATION/INSURANCE www.yogabeautiful.com.au We are giving you total choice now, although it may be a bit more expensive…..
YOUR TEACHER TRAINING YEAR (or so): If you are a trainee Yoga Teacher who has been working on the course for more than a year please understand that your course fee only gives you FREE classes with me for your first training year – the first 12 months only.     Imagine if what would happen to our Institute if  you took three years to finish your course and you could still come to classes free for the entire course.  We do our fee calculation based on 12 months of free yoga classes.   Your training fees cover you for a year, after that we ask you to pay $10 per class.  

Also, just signing up and not sending in any modules means you are not really a trainee yoga teacher, and unless we receive regular communication (even if it isn’t modules), at a certain point we will deem that you have disconnected from us, and we will disconnect from you.  And, coming to class with no intention of completing the course just to get the cheaper, easier student insurance, and free classes isn’t exactly living the yamas!  Sooner or later we will call your bluff.
I have found  if you paddle your boat it is easier to maintain the illusion of control, but I tell you it is so much more fun if you pull the oars in and just let the river take you where it will….

VIDEOS:  THEY ARE NOT OPTIONAL – THEY ARE NECESSARY! Only $275 per annum. Please look down the list of the videos before you try to do stick drawings, or organise your journal.  I have shown you what I recommend..  All you have to do is download.  I even did a video on ‘The Gita.  Good feedback thus far – thank you.      Please.  Email us and Debbie will make sure that you are logged in promptly. yogafirst2@bigpond.com

I have just finished some miniatures for the “1000 OM” Project.  I will put them on the site when I have got them totally ready for you to buy.  The first will be appearing on the poem above.   The small lino prints that I hand-colour are already on the ETSY site www.myyogabooks.etsy.com – the tiny Sumi paintings have sold out.

GARDENING WITH BENEFITS It has been freezing cold here, and I mean it.  FREEZING.  The trees are dropping their leaves, and plants are going into hibernation – although I do have a few flowers on a very confused pear tree!  Whilst we have had the cold, it has also been dry, so I have resorted to a proliferation of plastic bottles with those long nozzles so that I can give the plants that need it, a bit more water.  They are very good and I even use then indoors as I often forget to water indoor plants, and these bottles remind me.

My seven years beans took a long time to sprout, and they are flowering.  I think I will just get the flowers, in this weather I can’t see them actually getting beans, but you never know.  I am harvesting garlic, and potatoes, and looking for people who will willingly take the Jerusalem Artichokes.  They don’t agree with me, but I love the bush and the flowers, so I give away the roots.

I still have an apple a day from my gorgeous apple tree.  I am almost scared to get it pruned just in case it gets upset.  I did prune the black currants a bit, and will go even further when REAL winter sets in.

I have my winter honey store put away, herbs all year, and masses of harvest in the freezer, so, life is good.

  YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley Just got a new shipment.   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.  I think half that is a steal! And that is what we are selling this for. www.yogabeautiful.com.au

  JAHNE’S MENTORING SESSIONS ….  Because Jahne has been teaching yoga teachers for more than 40 years, and running a business the Buddhist way for much longer than that (and successfully) she is often asked for advice. Asking course questions is free. This does not mean IDLE Yoga questions “just because you want to know” – She could spend her whole day answering those and getting no-where, in spite of the fact you may think your life will not end if they are not answered.        
REGARDING DEBBIE –  If you want to speak to Debbie about any aspect of the courses – she has done them, please remember that she only comes in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  On those days she is available on Ph: 0354 273 518.  I am always here, and available preferably on email or text because I teach and am not always at my desk.  Don’t hesitate to email me and I will answer your email or text as soon as I can..

THE LAST WORD: 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…..

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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