email blast 22 January 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.

OUR VERY FIRST BLOG STORY…from a person who went through Innisfree, did yoga for the first time there with me, and has gone on to begin yoga teacher training (the sort of person we give scholarships to… the sort of people your Angel Painting investments went to…..),

“……My pain was not so much environmental or physical, but there is no doubt that I spent most of my life spiritually bankrupt.  I had used mood or mind altering substances to fill this spiritual void for twenty years.  When the time came for me that I could no longer use drugs and live, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to yoga.  This introduction happened at the same time as my realisation that although I could no longer live with drugs, I had no idea how to live without them.  My mind and my body were both struggling to cope with the pain I was feeling.  Yoga brought me peace of mind and allowed my body to relax.  The quietness of my mind whilst practising yoga felt like a safe space, where my pain was not just bearable, but almost nonexistent.  The description of Hatha Yoga being like a cave, giving protection, really resonates with me, and has done since I first tried yoga.  Even though today I am not tempered by the heat of tapa, I still feel that when I am regularly practising yoga, I am giving myself an extra layer of protection to help with life’s ebbs and flows.”

Have you got it?  Time stands still in those precious moments that look to us just like “ordinary life”.   YOGA CLASSES –  Times/cost unchanged from last year. Classes 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 (under 5 years old). $25 per family (mum, dad and up to two primary school children).

Monday 6.30,
Tuesday 10am (restorative) and Tuesday   7.30 (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30,
Friday 6.30,
Saturday. 10am and 12.30 (restorative).
Enter from the Romsey Road Junction with High Street Woodend – the start of the Romsey Road.  If you are looking for any changes in times and days, then please go to the web site.  You will find everything there.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be on Sunday 1st February at the Bentinck – in the Yoga Room.

SHEPPARTON:  Several of my potential Shepparton students asked if the date can be moved.  Apparently February is too close to the start of the new teaching year….  That is fine by me.  I will let you all know when I have decided on a date – April? May?

Jules  has started a Writers Group at Innisfree Monday evening at 7pm.  Aspiring authors (even poets) welcome.  To record Innisfree at the Bentinck, and the changes we see every day,  I thought a blog would be good – so I am doing one,   Weekly not daily.
If you are interested have a look at   I would love some input from ex-resident (or current residents).  I can’t do this blog if you don’t give me the materials to work with, and I look forward to hearing from you.  This week I am featuring a lovely letter from an ex-resident that I think will be helpful not just to Innisfree people, but to yoga people too.  Hop on over and have a squiz.  
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…  

PHOTOS FROM THE MISSION This is an ongoing philanthropic effort for us and the money as you know goes towards buying bandages and other necessities for the  mission.    If you can send even a few 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..  No staff or administration fees deducted at any point!      
Photos:  PS:  You can’t send the money direct, although that would be easier – it has to go through the US Mission office for reasons of security.   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” Within our school there are three levels of YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. *THE BHAGAVADGITA (and YOGA PHILOSOPHY) which is like a Certificate or Diploma Level,  RYTA 200 which is our “degree course” and  *RYTA500 the “masters”.   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.    RYTA500 – THE NEXT STEP As yoga develops as a therapy (which is a good thing), those girls who want to teach one-to-one, or within a medical setting will be needing more than just the 200 hours to compete.   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.  This is not just a “yoga only” course.   We teach you a massage therapy, crystal healing, pendulum work.  In fact a few modalities that will help you establish a stand-alone clinical practice.  It is not just an add on to the yoga.   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.  
GREETING CARDS – YIN–YOGA AND THE FIVE TIBETANS.  In packs of five, these are perfect whether you want something less-christmassy, or just want to say hi or thank you.  They come with envelopes in a pack of 5.  Hop on over to Etsy to get yours.

* ADDITION TO THE TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL:  I am putting together a manual which will be included in each new trainees initial pack.  It will also be available on etsy for anyone of you who wants to buy it.  It will contain * A Beginners Guide to Teaching Yoga *  Basic Anatomy and physiology  * The Chakras * The Yamas and anything else I think is useful as the project progresses.     “YIN YOGA” AND “FIVE TIBETANS” Greeting Cards – blank inside.  These are also on the yogabeautiful shop   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.   If you want one for your studio, please reserve yours now.  Colours – *blue and grey, grey and black or pink and orange.   $150 plus postage.  I have five second hand swings in perfect condition available for $100.  Please contact me personally if you would like these.   THE REVELATION TAROT:  This is back on our site.   Cards made and sent with love.   HOW-TO BOOKLET…..If you are “fence sitting”,  read  ” HOW TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER BY HOME STUDY” $2.99 and it is available by emailing deb or me and we can make sure you get a copy.     THE CHAKRAS – A COLOURING-IN BOOK and a REFERENCE BOOKLET – CHAKRA CHARTS:   A great Christmas gift for someone. The cost is $43.50 and we will post it anywhere in Australia free postage.  Or go to and you can paypal it.

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)

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.

To get you in the mood for your elective, I have attached a photo of the Elective Project delivered by BRONWYN WEETMAN, and have posted it to the WWW.MINISTRYOFYOGA.BLOGSPOT.COM.  An exemplary effort.  She did a hardback book (through snapfish), and it is amazing.  Go to the blog and have a look.   Please, the elective is a PROJECT not a page of writing – use Bronwyn’s book to inspire you what can be done (remembering that Bron has 2 jobs and 5 children and a husband!!!!)..  I would like you to start out with a GOAL, and work towards it, plus I want to see you have put the time in – not just to research and reading,  but working towards the goal.  If you are describing something with a therapeutic outcome, then Case Histories are also important.   The COMMUNITY SERVICE too is not just an afterthought.  If you are working with a Group, then I want to know YOUR PART YOUR ROLE, WHAT YOU ARE DOING, NOT WHAT THE GROUP ARE DOING.  It is YOUR community service not theirs.  Remember, I have been marking these papers for more than 40 years – I can tell if you are only half doing something, or taking an easy way out, and will grade accordingly.   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.
“BAGS OF LOVE” – NUT MILK BAGS/JELLY BAGS/CHINESE HERBAL BAGS/TEA BAGS We have beautiful big “jam-bags” now available.  These are super strong and perfect for straining jam or vegetables for pickles) which is usually a larger quantity, and a heavier load.    To buy the bag,  log on to the shop at to get details/prices etc, try YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley 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. Asking course questions is free. This does not mean IDLE Yoga questions “just because you want to know” – She could spend her whole day answering those and getting no-where, in spite of the fact you may think your life will not end if they are not answered.   If you are looking to have Jahne do a PAST LIFE REGRESSION, then please email her to organise 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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