email blast 15 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.

We are close to being able to launch the Foundation.  It is very exciting (and has been rather expensive of time – and soon – money as you can imagine), but hugely worthwhile.  It will mean that The Australasian Yoga Institute will live after me.  So, all your certificates, all your trainings will go on into the future.  You will be able to build and go forward in your yoga knowing that we will always be there to support you way into the future.  This was my main consideration – not that I am thinking of kicking the bucket until I am at least 103!  A tough old tart to the end.

Here is an easy to understand synopsis of our mission statement:  

The Australasian Yoga Institute is an international leader in yoga distance education at all levels,  offering knowledge, training and the environment  to enable anyone irrespective of background, ethnicity, age or distance from the schoolroom,  the possibility of  realising their full potential to bring about personal and community transformation.  Our programs are designed to exemplify yoga’s spiritual heritage uniting mind, body and spirit  (or in modern parlance, spirituality + wisdom + science).

The GitaJaia Foundation is a non-profit organisation designed to support and take forward into the future,  the aims of the Institute. 

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.

It has been hard for me to get my head around this – and as usual, I don’t work it all out quietly somewhere in outer space, and when it is perfect bring it to you.  For better or worse,  I work it all out in front of you.  Sort of like Picasso.  So you will see the detours, the “almost there’s”.  
I think I am on the right track now, and I think you will love it.  

STOP THE PRESSES!!!   You can do Level 1 and Level two.  If you do Level One and Level 2 (which includes ThopuKaranam – Brain Yoga), I will boost your RYTA qualification from a 200 hour to a 500 hours.  But you will have to do great modules.  I will have to see you have read, and practised.  No doing your modules whilst getting the kids ready for school, or eating breakfast.  No horrible drawings that I can tell have taken 5 seconds!!!  No rubbish just to fill a space.  I want you to really put in.  

This is going to be the Yoga of the future, and I want you to be right up the front.   I think that if you see this new work as I am, and work hard as I do, you will be able to work with therapists and alternative health professionals, and even adventurous medicos.  You certainly will be able to make your mark in your community.  Don’t hold back!  That being said, I am not going to make it super easy.  The yoga is easy, the UNDERSTANDING you will need to be true Yoga Therapists in this area will be hard to get your head around….

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….

Thank you all for supporting us by purchasing The Yamas from If you have read the article about us in The Australasian Yoga Life magazine you will realise that the yamas are the basis of our teaching (if you hadn’t got that message already!).

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 & YOGA The walk on Sunday was great fun, for an urgent cause.  It was great to see you joining in. 

An amazing connection was made.  I got there early as usual and walked over to speak to a mother and daughter who were sitting on a rock in the sunshine (it was a gorgeous day).    I learned that  the daughter was in rehab, and had just started doing yoga (and here is the amazing part) – she was being taught by a girl who had gone through rehab at Innisfree had learnt yoga from me, and was training to be a yoga teacher with us….how’s that for synchronicity.   

This young new student, still struggling with recovery was even now  thinking of being a yoga teacher when she is recovered so she could help others.   The circle is complete.  New circle started.  This is how I imagined it would all work – and it is!!.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be the first Sunday in October at the Bentinck – in the Yoga Room.  Please join us and bring questions.  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 I am hoping for some rain, but the garden is looking good in spite of this.  I have been mulching and will do more.  This year I am going to grow my strawberries in straw bales.  I will let you know how it goes.

You will never guess.  I now have a hot plate.  I am not sure I should have organised this because now my attention really is on food.  It rarely has been since the kids left home.  I loved cooking for my children, loved doing the survival cooking (see COOKING FOR A SMALL PLANET BY FRANCIS MOORE LAPPE).  But for myself I had a formula, and didn’t think much about it.  NOW I AM.  In fact my first bake was Scottish Griddle Scones (Gluten free of course).  They are light, fluffy, creamy and I only have 2 left!  I have been cooking Asian Stir Fries, and doing things you just can’t do in a microwave (easily).  I think about food.  And I have found I really don’t mind eating it either!

What am I giving up to get what I want?  I am giving up marginal, formula cooking to achieve a relaxed dinner time with wonderful tastes and flavours.  Meals and eating to care about.  Not bad for the Frugal Cook.  

PS with all this change, and better eating,  I have not increased my weight by an ounce, or my width by a fraction of an inch.  I just love meal times more and I really do  look forward to cooking and eating.

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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