email blast 16 December 2014

GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS ONES  Honouring the Universe – The philosophy of The Australasian Yoga Institute….
“THE MINISTRY OF YOGA” 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.
I thought I would take this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful support (as usual) during 2014.  There have been a lot of changes.  Changes to timetable, changes to venue, but they have all been of the “onward and upward” variety.  Some students who obviously don’t know me very well,  have asked me when I am going to retire.  The short answer is “never” as long as I can teach, I will be teaching, and as long as I am teaching Debs will be there to help I am sure.  We have only just scratched the surface in our yoga studies…..  It is not all about the asanas.

I am looking forward to 2015.  There are some wonderful new innovations, so “keep the faith”.  

At The Bentinck,  the gardens are emerging from  years of neglect, as is the swimming pool.  I remember when it was all very glamorous.  I am not sure that is what we are aiming for now, but it will be a wonderful place to visit, do your yoga, and take advantage of the other therapists and spa facilities as they gradually emerge.  From Deb and me, have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous new year.  (I will keep sending out the newsletter when possible over the break – depends on the web master). Love and blessings from Deb and me here at The Australasian Yoga Institute (The Ministry of Yoga).
HOLIDAY TIMES at Because everyone has heaps on, and we are usually so poorly attended over the Christmas period (in spite of everyone’s requests for us to keep open – I am often the only one at class!!)… These are the dates.
Last class for this year – Wednesday 17th December at 12.30
First Class for 2015 – Saturday 10th January at 10am
This means that Deb will be out of the office, for this time.  So if you want extra modules, re-subscribe to videos, organise a payment plan or any of the many things that Deb does for us all – then please get in BEFORE SHE GOES ON HOLIDAYS.  This is important – you get holidays, she needs one too.
I will mostly be around, but not always available.   If you want to speak to me, email first to make a time that is suitable for both of us. This is always advisable.  I am extraordinarily busy, and Deb is only here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so don’t just ring and expect us to be waiting.  We love to hear from you – and I love to chat.  Make an appointment and we can spend time – no hurry.   JANUARY TEACHER TRAINING …..WILL BE ON  11TH JANUARY 2pm TO 4pm – it is a Sunday as usual.

OUR SCHOLARSHIP/MISSION FUNDS Over the years, with your help (all the 8 hours+ community service) we have donated almost a million dollars (yes, $1,000,000) to our various communities, in time, scholarships, donations, free classes, free consults etc.
You will be pleased to know that there are only ONE of the Angel paintings left. They are healing icons, and are especially suited to therapy rooms. To see some pics go to      Thank you to those people who supported us AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US,  in our efforts to raise money for bandages at the hospital in Honduras (my sister is a missionary there).    If you can send us some more dollars, please do (talk to Deb on Tuesdays or Wednesday to arrange).  We live the yamas, so,  you will know the money will go to where we say it will go, and be used for what we say it will be used for.   Photos of the mission where we send bandages:   
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY…. The RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING on the 4/5 December was very successful.  We had a fantastic time, and the participants learned enough new skills to be able to equip them for one-on-one yoga therapy classes with the emphasis on restorative yoga.  There is only one thing they will all need to brush up on, and that is anatomy and physiology, and how it applies to yoga.  The best person to learn from is Dr.Brett.  So hop onto his web site.

I am going to Shepparton in February.   I will be advertising this for the general population, so if you want to come, you will have to get in and book early.  There will only be a maximum 10 places.  That is all I can teach at the one time.   If you are interested please speak to Craig Veysey or email me here at the office.  
The next destination after that will be HAY.. A hugely enthusiastic group.
I will be taking prints, paintings “a very special friend and colleague, and Jules (with conditions!!!)” on the Hay trip…  looking forward to it.

IT IS AMAZING HOW PEOPLE CAN STUDY THE YAMAS WITH ME, TALK ABOUT THEM, AND THEN FORGET.  A little whole ago I had a class at my home studio.  It is beautiful here, and the garden is very special.  My berries especially are abundant.  When it came to morning tea I said if the students would like to walk in the garden they could.  They could look at the statues and sit and have their morning tea by the pond. I wondered what they would do, as the garden Is bursting with fruit.

When they returned to the class room they told me how lovely the berries were. They had helped themselves!!!  NO ONE-ASKED ME IF THEY COULD HAVE SOME.  I could have had them ear-marked for jam, or another project…  no-one cared enough to ask.  I didn’t think I had to say,  as we had been talking about the yamas a few minutes before. Was taking my berries different from taking home stationery from work or down-loading copyright material, or any other kind of “taking without permission”?  A small thing, but important.

I  saw the students  a few days later and they said again how lovely the berries were.  I am not selfish about the berries, and yes they are beautiful.  There was plenty there for us all – BUT NO-ONE ASKED.  Why?   The yamas and yoga constitute a minute to minute study of your life – “no gaps”.  Nothing is forgotten, nothing is immaterial, nothing isn’t accountable.
CHRISTMAS TIME AND OPTING OUT The Australasian Yoga Institute, is a business.  Yes, we teach yoga, but if we were not a business then we couldn’t pay the rent, couldn’t teach, couldn’t travel to come see you, couldn’t do our “outreach”, couldn’t fund scholarships, and couldn’t send to missions.

 I know that Christmas is difficult.  I know that there are calls on both our time and our money – but please plan your  teacher training payments/finances NOW. . Remember karma, karma, karma and the rule of “threefold return”. Don’t wait for a crisis.  Start planning today.  Honour your commitments – take responsibility for the actions you have taken.  It is the yoga way.

YOGASLOW (RESTORATIVE YOGA) INSTRUCTORS TRAINING  THE WOODEND STUDIO (SOLD OUT) YOGA STUDENTS/TRAINEE YOGA TEACHERS – at your studio? Regular Price $1,395 for the practical studio sessions. DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE Pay only $775.00 to do the course entirely on line.     At the course, you will learn all the skills you require to give a thorough teaching of all facets of movement of the RESTORATIVE YOGA EXERCISES (and philosophy).  We will also be incorporating the use of essences, crystals, and PPT massage to make it a totally stand-alone therapy for people who want to teach it exclusively in groups or one-on-one.
You will receive in the two days:  *A two day intense course instruction by Jahne Hope-Williams, pioneer of yoga teacher training in Australia.  *Workbooks  * Practical Assessment *A DVD  *A Theory Exam you can do at home.  After  your practical assessment you will be able to teach better than you ever thought possible.
If you are doing our Yoga Teacher Training, then you can use this course as your elective.

  Please register your interest by emailing me personally (or Deb) on Pay pal, DD, credit card facility and time payment is available as always.

Why do we choose to be miserable?  Is it because we want to be accepted by our peers or our civilisation?  Do we really need to win the approval of strangers in order to live among them?  
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…   “Sanctified by the asceticism of wisdom, disengaged from attachment, fear and ire, engrossed and sheltered in Me, many being have attained My nature”.  (‘Gita Ch.4v10)   PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Within our school there are three levels of YOGA TEACHER TRAINING + extras (or electives).
*THE BHAGAVADGITA (and YOGA PHILOSOPHY) which is like a Certificate or Diploma Level,  RYTA 200 which is our “degree course”.   1.   THE BHAGAVADGITA (YOGIC PHILOSOPHY)  This study is optional.  There are no modules to return – this is a personal practice.  However, if you want a certificate, then you will have to do an assignment at the end of the assigned course time.   If you would like to know more, please contact me on    2.  RYTA200 –  THE BASIC YOGA COURSE This is where you start your yoga life.   It is not just the asanas – it is about the philosophy and takes about 12 to 18 months.  After you have completed this course you can be insured, and teach anywhere in the world. 3.  500  YOGA THERAPY COURSE
If you are through your course, or travelling well, then yes, please consider the new course   Yes, its is a 500 hour course.  The 200 hour course is a mandatory prerequisite  – whether you have done it with us or somewhere else.  If you have just done a quickie course which sailed over philosophy, then you may have to revisit that. Please apply to me personally if you are interested and we will email you the application.   4.  RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY TRAINING A complete, stand alone course that will enable you to go on and be a RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPIST. Please apply to me personally if you are interested. and I will put you on the list for our next course closest to your home or studio.
“People don’t grow old.  When they stop growing, they become old”. (Anon)

YOGA CLASSES – Classes now being held at the Bentinck   THE NEW HOME OF THE AUSTRALASIAN YOGA INSTITUTE. Cost:  $10 per person per class (or $100 a 12 class pass:  non–transferable).  $15 mum plus little yoga bub. $20 per family (mum, dad and two primary school children.  Young adults $10 each). “Innisfree at the Bentinck” Residents only –  no charge.  Visitors/public charges as above. Enter from the Romsey Road Junction with High Street Woodend – the start of the Romsey Road.   NEW!   Tuesday (7.30PM)  EVENING CLASS WITH BRAD –  If you are looking for a later class, this will be it.  No booking required, mats and props supplied.  Just wear comfortable loose clothing.   If you are looking for times and days, then please go to the web site.  You will find everything there.  
THE SHOP and ETSY  *”OM” BRUSH PAINTING – ON RICE PAPER BY JAHNE, Every one different, every one original.    


*  “YIN YOGA” AND “FIVE TIBETANS” Greeting Cards.

*  THE YAMAS:  This was the first book on the site and EVERYONE should have a copy.

*  THE UN-MEDITATION COURSE:  New on the site. A short course for beginners.  $27.95

*  YOGA SWINGS:  Have arrived.    $150 plus postage

*  THE REVELATION TAROT:  This is back on our site. Cards made and sent with love.

 *  HOW-TO BOOKLET…..If you are “fence sitting” an important read                                                                         * THE CHAKRAS – A COLOURING-IN BOOK and a REFERENCE BOOKLET – The cost is $43.50                                                                                                                                          
*  CHAKRA BOOKLET:  I have just submitted a booklet on the Chakras with small reproductions of the Big Posters to colour in. This booklet will help you understand the CHAKRAS, and to accompany the CHAKRA CHARTS, It is on Etsy now.
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….. REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE HAVE BEEN UNCOUPLED.  YOU CAN BUY THEM SEPARATELY.  DEARER, BUT IT SEEMS THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT.  WE AIM TO PLEASE.
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.   “If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up”. (Dostoevsky)  
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.

It is  berry season.  If you are making fruit jellies, then this little bag will be most helpful for you.  Every week I use mine for one thing or another.  Jams, jellies, straining herbs, making cheese, straining out whey for fermenting.  I could go on.  Such a small thing – so many uses, even holding art supplies..                                To buy the  bag,  log on to the shop at to get details/prices etc, try IN THE GARDEN/KITCHEN
As I said above, my gardens are producing more than I can easily harvest.  Every nite after yoga I am there, picking, picking.  This provides the berries, herbs and greens for the winter when nothing is available.  It is just beautiful.  Thank goodness I have an elf to help out.  Forget the goodies under the christmas tree, this is far more valuable to me.  

Over Christmas I am going start a new project.  I am going to put together little guides on line for people looking for yoga classes near them.  These guides will be by district – for instance “Macedon Ranges” or “Daylesford and Hepburn Springs”….There will be no charge to be listed in the guides.  If you have a yoga studio, and would like a paragraph, please let me know what style of yoga, your hours, your principal or principal teacher and all your contact details.   Expect a visit!    Email your details to me at

 If you have ankle or plantar muscle problems, or balance problems, you might like to hop on over to I have put some suggestions and a photo of fabulous feet – just to give you an idea of how to solve these problems in yourself and others.

  YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley THE NEW SHIPMENT HAS ARRIVED.  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. But we are selling it for heaps less than that – about half depending on your postage
       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:  Remember.  When the student is ready the teacher will come (or when the teacher is ready the students will come).  
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Namaste Jahne

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