email blast 10 September 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.

Teaching at Innisfree is not a walk in the park, and the other day after a particularly annoying start to a Restorative Session (half of the class were late, and came in scattered and chattering) one of the more “mouthy” students came up to me whilst I was making an cuppa and said (apropos of nothing) “Your Mediation/Relaxation class was fantastic!  When I asked why he said   “because you said that I would enjoy the yoga class that followed, I felt great, and I did enjoy the class that followed!  It is the first yoga class I have ever enjoyed!!!”

In the meditation class, I had done a deep relaxation, followed by quite a long Nidra, and at the end of that I took about 5 minutes to say how much the class “loved” yoga how their body was their teacher, and how much they were going to enjoy yoga.  They were going to commit to it, and enjoy it – and guess what, they did!

During the Mediation and in the restorative that followed I did lots of BRAIN yoga exercises.  Taking Yoga beyond the body.  I am including them more and more into my classes, and am getting a hugely positive response, even from the reluctant yogis.

In order to make the best use of the brain, it, like any other part of the body, needs to be exercised and nurtured.  After a set of simple restorative and brain exercises the energy centres(chakras) and auras are brighter.  Countless studies have been done in schools and universities in many countries, over many years, have shown that prolonged practice of Restorative and Brain Yoga (Thoppukarranam) makes the practitioner smarter, and more physiologically balanced.  It improves brain body performance when dealing with low self esteem and stress.  Benefits include increased memory, intelligence, test scores and grades in both children and adults.

Based on the success of our classs, I will be making an addition to the Restorative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training which will encompass BRAIN YOGA and NEUROPLASTICITY.  I think these things go together.

Wayne has mastered the 5 Tibetans, and Restorative, but not the therapy aspect, just the asanas.  For this aspect of his training he received an HONORARY teacher training certificate which will I hope spur him on to further studies with us.  You will be able to see photographs on our web site, and in the next edition of Australian Yoga Life magazine.  They might even have pics up on their web site.
We had a fantastic Teacher Training day on Sunday (yes, I know it was Father’s Day) at which a number of our students received their certificates.   Sorry if you couldn’t make it.

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.

Thank you for sending photographs to Nicole.  I am sure everyone likes to see that our students come from all walks of life, and from everywhere in the country (and the world).  More please….

THE YAMAS (a repeat by request)
I have never liked the (Christian) “Thou Shalt Not” approach and am trying out a new one.  What do you think of this.

“Just for today I will not kill thoughts, hopes, aspirations,  confidence.  I will not kill.”

“Just for today I will work on telling the truth”

“Just for today I will work on not stealing”

“Just for today I will work on respecting all people and all things”

“Just for today I will work on not taking more of anything than what I need”.

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.

YOGA CLASSES- Classes held at Bentinck

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).

Monday  5.30 RESTORATIVE, 6.30 General class with  Nicole
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE and 7.30  General class with Brad, 
Wednesday 12.30 General class with Kalma, 
Friday 6.30 General class with Nicholas, 
Saturday 10am General class with Nicole (9am and 12.30 RESTORATIVE)

*RESTORATIVE YOGA (all classes with with Jahne) 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.

“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.

No matter which class you come to – as you enter the Romsey Road gate, Yoga parking is either to the left or the right of the gate.  If that is full, then the space over the road is always available.  PLEASE DON’T park in the central space – even it is empty and you are late, this is for Innisfree staff coming and going.  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

WALK AGAINST SUICIDE INNISFREE is a sponsor, and I will be turning up really early to help cook the bacon and egg rolls like we did last year. The walk was great fun, for an urgent cause,  and I hope that you will join in .  This Sunday 13th September at 8.30 start at the Children’s park behind the BP service station in Woodend.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be the first Sunday in October 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…

THE ANGELS New angels can be seen at SEW WOODEND.  In the main street just up from the chemist.  Easy to pick – its the shop with the sewing machine on the footpath.  I am teaching a workshop there on painting and embroidering an angel.  Do let me know if you would like to join me.  I haven’t got any details, but it won’t be expensive, it will be short, and any money I raise will be going to our new GITAJAIA Foundation.  Email me and I will keep you in the loop.
Everything will change for you when you work out that there is plenty of time in every day to complete the important things.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – “JAHNE’S YOGA UNIVERSITY” AT A FANTASTIC PRICE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS…. 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 As usual we are ahead of the pack.  Colouring books are the new big thing, and we have had our colouring-in posters available for a long time now.

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.


 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 We are giving you total choice now, although it may be a bit more expensive…..
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. OH YES, IF YOU HAVE BOUGHT THE SUBSCRIPTION, THEN PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEOS.  IF YOUR NAME IS NOT EDGAR CAYCE THEN YOU CAN’T LEARN WHAT IS ON THE TAPE FROM SLEEPING WITH YOUR COMPUTER!
GARDENING WITH BENEFITS The weather has been beautiful wet and wonderful.  The veggies at Innisfree are looking splendid, and I am managing to get some fantastic green feeds.  All different kinds of lettuce, bok choy, kale (of course), and things even I don’t recognise.  All great, all edible.  I hope your own garden is doing half as well.  

Cooking!  I have been watching the cooking shows.  Especially Heston, and British Bake-Off.  Both of these shows are fantastic, and have improved my cooking no end.  I am now not a microwave maven.  I actually take time, and totally enjoy what I have cooked.   I haven’t gone as far as baking a sponge and icing it.  With my present skill level it would probably be easier to ice a tortoise.

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.   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. She also consults on the Tarot and the I-Ching.   Please make an appointment.
  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…..
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Namaste Jahne

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