email blast 2 December 2015

The Australasian Yoga Institute
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.

I cannot stress these too much how important these are.
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. 

“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”.

(Next TT Sunday 6th December 2pm to 4pm – we might have a lesson on Karma, Bhakti and Reincarnation.  This will be followed by Restorative Yoga Class, and a healing.  Both open for you all to join in if you come to Teacher Training….)

“Everything will change for you when you work out that there is plenty of time in every day to complete the important things”.

On Sunday at the Restorative Yoga introduction, we wandered off course a bit (surprise, surprise), and got into the topic of meditation.  Now here is a subject I love.  I do it every day, and I have for years.    By the way, that being said, missing it doesn’t often happen and I don’t beat myself up if I  do miss a day, BUT I do long for the chat, and can’t wait for the next opportunity to sit down and share with God!  Yep, that’s me speaking – what about you?

Here’s how I think about it.  People often say that they can meditate doing the dishes, or in the garden or running, and sure you can, but the way I meditate takes it to a different level (and it is not the only way to do it, or that I do it).  I have made a commitment to sit down with God every day.   It’s like making a commitment to sit down with a good friend every day.  I don’t just hope that they will tag along as I am weeding the garden.  I make a special effort.  

The other day I had a lovely friend come and trim the ivy for me.  I had asked him would he do it, and he was so happy and enthusiastic to share my garden with me and help.  Seeing that I had invited him, and it was not such an easy job I bought a pizza (I am gluten free – it was for him), At lunch time I made a cup of tea and we sat down at a table, chatted and had a lovely meal.   If I would do that for a guy trimming the ivy, what preparations should I make for a meeting with God!  What would you do?

Well, these are the preparations I make.
1. I make a date.

2. Then I prepare the space.  For me this means that I get some little glasses and have a flower in one, food in one (a piece of bread or something), water in another etc. 

3. At the appointed time I sit down and check in, say good morning and give thanks for the opportunity.  The Presence is calming and available, waiting for me to open the door..

4. First I clear the decks, review the day before.  We talk about the day, what was good, and what I could have seen clearer.  I apologise for the not very good things I did, mainly the attitudes that need changing.  I revel in the good things I did, some of these only He noticed.

5. Then I chat about whatever topic I have decided on.  I listen to the reply.  It isn’t as loud as someone standing behind me.  It is a voice in my head, that’s the closest I can explain.
6. Having spent time, given thanks for the time and the presence, I don’t prattle on. He is busy, I am busy.

7. When the time is over, I say thanks, make a namaste and then I go about my day. 

And that’s about it.  When I do the time, it is almost the same except God not only talks through my head, he talks through my hands on the keyboard.  It works that’s all I can say.
PS.  Don’t try to empty your mind.  Buddha didn’t.  He had a question and determined that he would sit under the Bodhi tree until it be answered or he die.  It was answered,  and yours will be if you have patience.
I hope that you take extra care with your morning meditation, and  have put an extra column in your “to-do” book for God (or The Universe – however  you like to think of Him).  I put the things I am having trouble with in this column in my own diary…..   It is amazing how quickly they get attended to.

Christmas is coming, so don’t forget that we have some lovely yoga things in our shop.  If you want CD’s, a swing, bands, books, the tarot…. You will be buying something encouraging for your yoga friends, and supporting us.

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 *1.45pm SPIRITUAL YOGA with Jahne followed by a one hour Yoga Nidra.  
5.30pm RESTORATIVE with jahne, 6.30pm General class with Nicole
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE with jahne,  and 7.30  General class with *Brad and others, 
Wednesday 12.30pm General class with Kalma,  *6.30 YIN YOGA with Bron.
6.30pm General class with Nicholas, 
Saturday 10am General class with Nicole (9am and 12.30 RESTORATIVE with Jahne)
Sunday:  *4.30 Restorative followed by a Hands-on-healing session with Jahne

Please note the three new classes above.  Yes it’s close to the end of the year, but we will be working up to the 23rd of December, so there is plenty of time to come to yoga.  It isn’t Christmas Day tomorrow (even though it may feel like that in the Supermarket).  

*Brad is not well at the moment, and we have other teachers who have volunteered their time to take his place (thank you).

*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 CLASSES:  If you are wondering what level to join here’s a clue.  The General class is a more vigorous class, the Restorative is a very gentle class and Yin Yoga lies between the two.  If you haven’t done yoga for a long time, you may like to start with Restorative, move on the Yin and then take your pick of the general classes.

“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 – on the inside 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.

There is no need to park on the road if there is room inside the gate to the right or to the left, and a huge space available just across the road if all is full inside.  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

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.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS  The next will be the first Sunday in December (the 6th) 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.  

Mondays at 1.45, followed by meditation 2.30 to 3.30.  
Please bring an open mind – this is a ‘ guided’ class.  We will be exercising the muscle between the ears (the brain).  Do come along….  No children please.   I love children in yoga but this particular class is not appropriate for children.

TTHE ROSARY (or MALA). This is a much maligned and underused item in a yoga persons repertoire of tools.  Just think of them as an aid to meditation. 

When you make a mala, sort out a prayer or a song that takes three minutes.  Divide the mala’s beads into three with a large bead between each section, and then as you meditate (and only if you have trouble concentrating with any other method, or like to do it during the day, or when out walking) you will know when you have done the three minutes, and then you can begin again, going over and over with many three minutes as you walk. 

Traditionally, there are 108 beads on a strand of buddhist mala prayer beads. The “ sacred” number relates astrologically to the 12 astrological houses, multiplied by the 9 planets in our solar system.   My small mini=malas have just two cycles of seven to denote days of the week. They can be anything – whatever makes you happy .  Originally the Buddha just saw the King threading seeds from the Bodhi tree into a Japa tool, thought it was a good idea copied it, and the various complications have arisen from that.  We humans like to make everything complicated!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – “JAHNE’S YOGA UNIVERSITY” 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”.

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 GITAJAIA YOGA FOUNDATION: Not only will this assist us to help others, it will be a registered charity – or that is what we are working towards.  Then all donations will be tax deductible.  What a good thing!

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 Oh my goodness, I really have to get out into the garden more.  The raspberries are fruiting and I put the nets on them this morning.  The Marion berries have an infestation of a thrip, but they are fruiting and winter (yes winter) will take care of the thrip most effectively.    I won’t use chemicals, just let nature take its course.  Obviously the vine needs a nutrient I didn’t provide… but I will.

It is vine leaf time.  If you have grape vines or can get your hands on some, choose the larger younger leaves and use them for wrapping little parcels  prior to putting them on the BBQ. Don’t just use them for wrapping cooked rice, although this is great.   Blanch a until they are limp, dry on paper towels, and wrap your fish,  prawns of whatever with the leaves, tying them with onion or leak tops which you have Blanched at the same time.  Gorgeous.

Think YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley…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.

If you want a Past Life appointment.  Please keep in mind it will take about 2 hours, maybe a bit more (or less)  I don’t like to feel a time restriction.  There are some Sundays available Between now and the New year, Fridays, and Tuesday afternoons also are possible given the time frame needed.  If you have a problem you have been wanting resolved, this maybe a lovely Christmas gift to yourself.  You will need to speak to me first if I don’t know you to determine a time frame.  Email in the first instance to

ATTENTION PLEASE: WE are so close to the end of the year, if you want an appointment make it now.  There are not many vacancies.

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.

****Last class 12.30 Wednesday 23rd December, opening again on Monday 11th January.
    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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