eBlast 30th 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
URGENT TEMPORARY EMAIL CHANGE: We have had a computer melt down here (A hidden farewell gift from the people who brought the system to its knees last year). For the time being or until you see the trusty usual email in messages from me,  Please use yogafirst@optusnet.com.au.
If you are waiting for a reply from something posted in the last day or so, please re-email to that optus number and I will get to you as soon as I can. 

SCHOLARSHIP – I am at present working on securing a scholarship for those interested in YOGA MARKETING. This will be funded through through our GitaJaia Foundation. It will be open to our REGISTERED GRADUATES. People who are registered and current with us.   Graduates who want to enlarge their potential. The course will be over 12 weeks and you will be working one-on-one with a guy in America who has been the marketing manager for Yoga Journal as well as LuLuLemon and many others. This is a fantastic opportunity, and to be considered for the course, you will need to write a one page document about yourself and why this would be good for you, why you want to win, and how it would assist the yoga community when you graduate. If you had to get this for yourself on the open market it would cost I am told, about $10,000. This is a fabulous, unbelievable opportunity. Keep watching this space, but start thinking about your application. If I can actually pull it off, and it is looking like I can, then this is a once in a life time opportunity. 
THE FAST/CLEANSE. I am still enjoying this macrobiotic regime, and as I have lost nearly 5kg with no effort at all, then I am going to keep it up. Even if I only do it a few times a week. It is easy, and I enjoy not having to think about food. I didn’t do it to loose weight, so I probably will level off sometime soon.  
The number 7 fast encourages us to eat primarily grains, and add fresh vegetables – no more than 30% although this is changing as I am coming to the end of the time frame… I am using rice, and herbs and greens from the garden. I am still having my green smoothie for lunch, but for the rest – brown basmati rice with green herbs and things from the garden added – sprouts, kale, peas and anything else I feel like. Nothing else needed.  
FIRST AID COURSE HOORAY, WE GOT THE PRICE DOWN:  Well we also got the level down, which wasn’t easy because everything is about to change, and soon there will only be one expensive level. If you would like to join us at our studio for the mandatory first aid course, we are holding it on Thursday 20th April. The cost for this level 1 certification will be $75 per person!! You will need to do a pre–registration questionnaire which will take about 20 minutes. If you would like to join us, please put this in your diary. Email me to book a space at yogafirst2@bigpond.com  We ask you to DD the amount to us by the 14th April. Please send me the receipt so that I can be sure we get it sent to the right account.
VIDEOS:  We had an issue with the videos that are part of our class structure, last week. Error messages kept showing up. This has been resolved. Sorry gang for the inconvenience, but we are after all working with computers. If we have a brown-out we are well placed – we can use the post, we did it by post for years.
A SURVEY: One of our tech savvy teachers – Nic (Tuesday yoga class at The Bentinck) has prepared two surveys for us which we ask you to spend a few minutes completing. We are trying to gauge how we can help you best with classes and trainings, and we can’t know until you tell us. These are just short, please take the time https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LQ27ZNC   FOR CLASS TIMES
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LZNN75L   FOR TEACHERS  
ADVICE:  I really like getting emails from students asking for advice, about classes and courses. Usually prefaced with some sentences about how wonderful it is to have me as a teacher, and how sorely I am missed… (this by the way is easily remedied – I am not on an island, I do have classes and teaching to which everyone is welcome at little cost. Only a few do take advantage of my actual personal teachings….). I have had 50 years experience and am well placed to answer. HOWEVER, when you have made the effort to ring or to write or to email, and then I have given you an answer, please, do the smart thing and take the advice. Don’t drift off into alternate universes. If you don’t want my advice – don’t ask. I put time and trouble into giving you the best answer, and it takes up head space maybe for a few days. Please if asking is a formality – and you have already made up your mind –  go with your gut… it is a pretty sure bet you will make the right decision, one you will be happy with. If you value my advice, and I give it – then take it. It is what you asked for. Remember the yamas.

KNITTING:  I took a bag of shawls and rugs to the collection point for Tibet, and we are working getting another bag of knitting together. Please keep knitting for me, for the children. Shawls, Rugs, Beannies and scarves. You choose.  What is Nirvana? Seeing one thing through to the end. Hell is not a punishment, it is training.   RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY – PLEASE PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS. It is important if you want to progress. I am working every day to get it properly accredited and the right boxes 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.
RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY TRAINING AT MY HOME STUDIO.  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….
  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..

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. 

We are an Approved Training Provider with IICT, and they have contacted me with regards to accrediting this course. So I will of course be moving in that direction too.

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, 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 had some problems getting our usual level of service through the new AJGallagher regime. They bought out our previous insurers Parmia. We have still not resolved all the issues, but we are getting there. If we can’t resolve the issues, then we will be forced to take our insurance elsewhere, which will be a great shame because we were very happy with Parmia, and got amazing service compared to other insurers we have dealt with. So if you are caught in the crossfire at the moment, just hold tight. We will get there.

Right now – TODAY, mark in your diary when your registration and insurance are due – at this time contact us if we 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 hot line, and we are the interface between you and them 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
12:30 PM Restorative

  10:00 AM Hatha
6 WEEK PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE STARTS 11th March) at 2 to 3.30.  (see below in green – if you missed the first one, you can catch up) Sunday
  4.30pm Restorative (Full – text before lunch on Saturday – Sundays have become super busy – 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.

PHILOSOPHY: We had a wonderful time thinking about The Purushatras, and we will probably spend a little more time on them before we move on. Do join us. 37 Morris road Woodend. Enter down the side not the front door..

PARKING: 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.  lease, 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.
  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 which started Saturday 11th March (2pm to 3.30pm) and finishing April 15th, at the Morris Road Studio (if you missed the start we will add on). 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

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. Later in the year I will be taking childbirth education classes at the home studio…


The next will be on Sunday 2nd April,  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.

The last teacher training (Sunday 6th March), was fabulous as usual. We studied the STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID Muscle and its “syndrome” which we will be repeating a a slightly different format in Bendigo this week.. We started the class – as we usually do – with philosophy. The classroom situation is so valuable, and wandering off the course is part of the learning experience. Don’t miss it.

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).


This is moving along beautifully and two 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 us (yogafirst2@bigpond.com) if you would consider training in Euroa, and I will put Heidi in contact with you. (Director – Heidi Van Maanenberg – ask@byoga.com.au)


Next Bendigo class Tuesday 21st March 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)


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.

Come along to Equinox Yoga this Friday ( 6pm and/or 7.15pm ) and learn about how specific yoga practices suit and support the body-mind connection during this time of the year. I will be teaching about a very important yogic pathway that can help support our wellness for the winter to come. 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. I hope you can join us !
  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 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!

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. 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. 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. For studio wanting to buy in multiples – for 10 or more the cost is $20 per mala. A saving of $15 per mala.

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. 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 – The bees are working overtime. We are overflowing with honey – it is wonderful. Charlie

THE BUDDHA WALK. I have been trimming the trees and the undergrowth as has Charlie, and The Buddha Walk is becoming clearer. Less overgrown. If you come to class, 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! I would love to have enough ground to do a labyrinth, but I don’t, so just walk around stopping at the shrines.

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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