eBlast 2nd March 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 was recently glancing at a TV program about PENGUINS (yes, penguins) and thought how much like the yoga students they are, except that penguins know how to survive, and sometimes yogis and yoga teachers don’t. Out in the wilderness when the wind-speed picks up, penguins don’t just walk around in solitary circles, they huddle together. Out in the cold alone they know they will freeze, but in community all close up, the temperature can reach 70 degrees. Unbelievable. They have a deep instinct for community– we have to build ours. You can happily move on in your own life, putting yoga to the side, or you can make it central and go to the sangha (and/or regular yoga practice), in the certain and perfect knowledge that some breakthroughs can only happen in community. What holds us back individually can often be overcome in a group.

Looking at nature once again, think about the Redwood tree community. If you have ever been to the States and seen such a forest it is impressive. The trees are some of the tallest in America and certainly some of the oldest– 2,000 years is possible. They don’t even fall down when they die!  Why? Because the roots of the Redwoods are not deep but they are wide. They intertwine.  Each tree holds up its neighbour.  Do you hold up your neighbour?  That is the purpose of the Sangha – to intertwine, in order that each of us holds up the others, providing strength, comfort and security especially in times of storm. What is Nirvana? Seeing one thing through to the end. Hell is not a punishment, it is training.   PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – GRADINGS ETC.

GRADINGS: For some time I have been considering how to properly recognize the different levels you all perform at, particularly with regards to the final exam. Some people write heaps but its just regurgitated (usually heralded in their work during their course year), some people are pithy but totally accurate, and some just don’t get what we are trying to achieve at all no matter how much mentoring is done. I was looking at my own wall of certificates and then I realized that particularly at the higher levels (and especially at Oxford Uni), exams are graded. So I have started to give your final certificates out GRADED. So you will begin to see on your Certificate of Completion (not your Registration) various grades. This has solved the problem for me, and I am sure it will give you a more accurate view of where you are at. If you want a good grade, step up, more contact, more research, more reading….

RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY TRAINING AT MY HOME STUDIO. THE NEW LEVEL 2 COURSE HAS BEGUN. We had a fabulous 2 afternoon workshop together. For the best – the latest about Restorative Yoga therapy classes, Training and THE ALLIANCE….
  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. Because a few girls were not able to join us for the Restorative level 2 Workshop, and although I did not intend to have another class in Victoria for a while (country studios getting my time), I have decided to hold a class in May I think. I will firm this up over the next couple of weeks. 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..

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 where we advise. I am working on level 3 and the “Alliance”. 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).

“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.



We have brought 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 due – at this time 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.

PLEASE APPLY FOR YOUR INSURANCE THROUGH US. When you do this you will save money, and you will get many more FREE additional modality options, AND we get a tiny donation from each insurance from the insurance company to our Foundation…. THE AYI COURSE 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.


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

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 Hatha Tuesday 10:00 AM Restorative 7:30 PM Hatha with Nic Wednesday 12:30 PM Hatha 5:30 PM Restorative, 6:30 PM Hatha Friday   6:30 PM Hatha Yoga Saturday

  11:30 AM PHILOSOPHY for Yogis at The Home Studio (Starting Saturday 4th March)
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 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. 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 6 week yoga series. Loving your new yoga body the yoga way.
A 6 week course starting Saturday 11th March (2pm to 3.30pm) and finishing April 15th, at the Morris Road Studio. All props provided. $100 for the 6 classes or $20 per class. Through asana, breath work, visualisation, mindfulness and mantra you will develop different tools for childbirth. It will be a small class, so register your interest now… There are only 4 places left. Email to book: yogafirst2@bigpond.com


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


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.

YOGA IN LYONVILLE Ashtanga Classes
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/Fabio Paderno  bafiodaponre@gmail.com NEW CLASSES: at the moment we are negotiating to have Feldencrais therapy classes at the Bentinck Yoga Room. We will keep you posted. We are also encouraging Kalma to come back to take a yoga class. Those folk who liked her teaching keep watching this space. If you remember she left to birth the beautiful Sabrina Rose – teaching right up to the last minute so to speak! In the old days when we had a studio in Gisborne we walked women in labour from class to the labour ward!  It was beautiful – but probably would not be allowed today! 

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. THE SHOP and 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. 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 from ETSY and try it. The MALAS and THREE MINUTE MEDITATION on ETSY.  If you have been inspired (by me) and by the experience of using Mala Beads to stimulate interest in meditation, I have made some, and have now loaded them this week on ETSY. They are wooden beads, with glass linking beads and a very special red and gold pendant bead made especially for us and inscribed with the “OM”. The cost of this packed in a box with a special bag, and an inspirational/instructional tiny booklet will be $35 plus postage. This money will be directed to The Foundation to help others.

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
PS thank you to the students, who realising 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  What a blessing. I now have the beautiful Chalice (Charlie) working in the garden – and it is starting to look less like a jungle. A little bit of rampant fantasy is good, but jungle maybe not so good. Yesterday I picked blueberries, elderberries, pokeberries, raspberries, marionberries and blackberries. Not heaps, but enough for a lovely breakfast and lunch side dish.

THE BUDDHA WALK – I designed my garden with the idea of a Buddha Meditation Walk uppermost in my mind. We already have the statue of Jesus, the statue of Ganesha, three statues of Buddha, and The LARGE Stupa. Take the opportunity to walk through the garden, stopping at each shrine, and reflecting on what is happening with you at each. I can’t force you to walk, I can’t mandate or legislate – you have to want to. But it is there right now. It will change, it will get better, but it is already there,waiting for you. It is much easier to get around now that charlie is doing a bit of trimming!

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  yogafirst2@bigpond.com. 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 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 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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