email blast 13 October 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 present buzz is all around MINDFULNESS, which I think is being massaged into just another kind of “do-it-yourself help”.  Meditation as a simple, accessible practice available without extensive training flourished in China in the 8th Century and in Burma in the 19th Century,  and growing directly out of the Burmese movement  is what is known as MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  Are we oversimplifying the discipline? Can I ask you this;  If MBSR represents Mindfulness as “purposeful, non-judgemental attention in the present moment” are we able to say exactly what we mean by “in the present moment”?   Can we know in advance of our sitting  how to maintain attention in the present moment?  Do we even know what a present moment is?  I enjoy going to source books, I love looking back into history to see where our teaching originated, and the points at which Western Philosophy and Buddhism seem to merge.  Can the Buddhas teachings truly transform who we are when we don’t know in any deep sense who we have been (and I am not speaking of past life therapy).  

Jon Kabat-Zinn the founder of MBSR said “The past is already over.  We have to deal with things how they are in the moment…Healing and transformation are possible the moment that we accept the actuality of things as they are.”    Thich Nhat Hanh writes in a book on mindfulness “From now on I will use the term “mindfulness” to refer to keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality.”  Actually the word “Mindfulness” (sati in Pali and smriti in Sanskrit) has remembering as its fundamental meaning.  It refers to remembering what has value, what matters most.  Choosing an active presence of mindfulness takes it off the cushion and inserts it into daily life.   When we do this we are actively choosing how to act in this moment, and choosing who and what will be, which is Real Mindfulness.

My beautiful certificates came in the mail today.  A long wait, but I have them at last.   I have a level 3 qualification which requires at least 10 years or 1,000 hours of teaching which  is just a fraction of the yoga I have actually done – 50 years of yoga, 40+ years of teaching teachers.  PLUS, and most importantly I have Accreditation of our yoga teacher training at 350 hours level. 

This week I noticed that our local cook store MORT AND PESTLE received  the delivery of old fashioned ceramic fermentation pots.  They look beautiful,  and are perfect for the ferment we started at the workshop, and the kimchi lesson we are planning.  More to come on this..

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.

I hope that I am doing better with my Facebook.  I am trying to be inspirational, and regular.  Thanks to those folk who leave feedback.

We are still asking for your help. 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 with jahne, 6.30 General class with  Nicole
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE with jahne,  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 with jahne)

*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 the first Sunday in November (1st Nov.) 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” AAT 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 200/350 which is our “degree course”  and     *RYTA500 the “masters”.

        Two levels.   CPE and Diploma level – includes “Brain Yoga”… A professional level course.

The RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY COURSE (Level 2), has morphed into a professional stand-alone course for people who want to specialise in Restorative Yoga Therapy.  It won’t be easy, and attracts the same conditions and provisions as the Professional Yoga Teacher Training course.  Everyone who is now on the course is doing the Level 1.  If you are interested in making Restorative Yoga Therapy your primary modality, then please let me know.  It is such a worthwhile course, and few are doing it to this level.

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…..

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. 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 My garden is looking splendid. Everything is bursting with life.  Just needs a preseason mulch and some maxi crop…  The TLC I have been lavishing on my kale is paying off.  I think it is better than the curly kale for what I use it for, although if I were making chips, the curly would be the go.   

Having asked my students for fish, my frogs have really lifted their game!  I went out and spoke to them, told them the problem, asked for help, and I got it.  The pond is beautiful and no mozzies.  Thanks frogs.

IRISH SODA BREAD.  Easy Peasy for people who are gluten intolerant, and don’t like yeast.   As usual I am guessing my quantities… play, you won’t go wrong.  You can make it with standard flour.

INGREDIENTS:  1 cup GF self raising flour, half cup GF wholemeal flour, 2 teasp bicarb soda, 1 egg, buttermilk, sprinkle salt, teasp honey.  For a savoury loaf add a small handful of garlic greens (tops) finely chopped.  For a sweet loaf increase the honey – you could add chopped nuts.  

METHOD:    Put the dry ingredients in a bowl including the garlic greens and mix with your hands, then make a well in the centre and add the egg and gradually the buttermilk (or plain milk) until you have a soft dough (sort of like a soft scone dough).   Make into a soft ball and transfer to a floured baking tray, dust with flour, score with a knife in a cross, and then bake in 180C for 35 minutes.  Leave to cool and then eat with lashings of real butter.  Wonderful.  When I was in South Africa I made this all the time because their traditional foods were way to heavy and greasy for my taste – I could always make this, sweet or savoury, it was quick, and a hit.  I had to get in first to get a slice.

Have you tried crisping up shavings of pumpkin peel instead of potato crisps?  

One of my students at Innisfree called me “a grouchy old tart”.  It was supposed to be an insult, but as teaching them was “grouchy old tart business”, I kept it and it is now used affectionately (I think).  I thought a T-Shirt would be good “Yes, I am The Grouchy Old Yoga Tart” but it hasn’t happened.  So the current version could be “Yes, The Grouchy Old Tart Cooks”

I have said in the past that we will be doing cooking videos.  Well I am exploring the technology.  I have the space, I have the mind, I have a plan and the plan is on the top of the pile.   Catherine the owner of the local cooking shop “Mort and Pestle” (
is sponsoring and helping.   Making sure that she has the bits and pieces that you may need to be the cook you want to be.  I try the op. shops first for the most interesting cooking equipment.

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.  Past Life Therapy available, but not on the phone, mainly due to the occasional line disconnect for whatever reason.  Totally ruins a session.  My next visit will be to Brisbane to chat about your yoga progress, explore the Restorative option,  and to do a past life session or two, so if you want me to contact you first when I know the dates, get your name on the list.  
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 YAMAS – I cannot stress these too much how important these are, and I am going to leave them at the bottom of the newsletter because I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THEM. If you come to me to be registered in our organisation (and baby,  it is growing and is going to take some BIG leaps)  and you haven’t done the yamas, guess what, you will have to do a workshop and an exam…..  For me, the philosophy of yoga is the most important.  There is NOTHING more important.  We start there
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”.
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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