email blast 12th August

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.

We re soooo enjoying the new offices.  Please come to yoga teacher training days and have a look around.  Mike took longer than expected to get the work done, but then, he did go further than we anticipated with french polished built-in mahogany desks!  Really!  In the end we were quite spoiled.   The computer guys from GICI in Sunbury were also fantastic.  So now, everything is working and we are happy. Come visit on a Tuesday or Wednesday. 

We are so happy there was hardly anything to write about.  Bliss.  I love my work at Innisfree, I love the teaching, I especially love the restorative yoga (I thought it would get easier – but it is getting more and more challenging – I love that),  we love our offices, the house is now empty and I am putting beautiful ceremonies into the day.  Tea ceremonies, breakfast ceremonies.  Lovely things, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am.  Every minute is a blessing – YOU my students are a blessing.  Thank you for coming into my life.

More and more time is being spend speaking about another WAR.  We had the WAR ON HEROIN, THE WAR ON AIDS, THE WAR ON TERROR, THE WAR ON OBESITY and now we have THE WAR ON ICE.

Ice really is not the problem.  Until we change society, until we put back the community values, until we value women at home, and the extended family (instead of pushing old people into care homes), ice (and whatever comes after that will be a problem).  Fix the family, the community and the other “Wars” will go away.  

Study after study has shown that if you heal the person, they give up addictions all by themselves.  Their world then becomes so important to them that they don’t need or want drugs.  

We can’t wait until a person is addicted and then try to change the family, we have to make the family so warm, so enriching, that our children are content.  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.

Don’t forget gorgeous students…if you want to increase your qualifications, we now have course specials on, but only to the end of the month as a gift to you to help us celebrate *Our first year at the Bentinck teaching Yoga * Our moving to the Bentinck, and the beginning of *The GITAJAIA YOGA FOUNDATION.   

Ring Deb if you want to go further in your yoga teacher training, and she can organise a lovely addition to your present level of qualifications, and a reduced cost.  Every penny saved helps.

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  

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be on Sunday 6th September 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…

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” 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 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…..
IIf 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.
GARDENING WITH BENEFITS We are in a drought.  Hard to imagine that, but we are.  Our local dam which has been at maximum for the past few years is down to half full and we are in the middle of winter.  I have a small tank, but need a large one, but even if I got one, how am I going to fill it – hardly any rain that is for sure.  We had a big rain storm the other day which filled up my watering buckets, but was fleeting.  But I am mulching as you should be.   Mulching will help the ground to maintain moisture.   Soon be planting time, but unless we get raid it will be a fruitless exercise.  It is back to the verandah I think.  At least pots on the verandah supply me with enough veggies, and they are easy to maintain and water. 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   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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