email blast 22 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.

Years ago when I was giving lectures on Spirituality with an emphasis on my ideas about Christianity, people got very upset when I put coloured lights in the room….  True.  They wanted the outside look of the room to co-inside with what they felt it should be.  They weren’t worried about the message, or the inward, they wanted the outward to look “normal”.  Do you know what “normal” actually is?   Where the word came from?  The set square ruler used by the builders of the great cathedrals was called a “normal”.   In order for things to sit square and not fall over, to last,  everything they built had to measure up to the “normal”.  

I don’t think I have ever measured up to the normal, and that especially when I was younger has brought me some pain, some loneliness, some people have been in conflict with me (rather than me with them), but it also has been an opportunity for some extraordinary learnings.  I have always, ever since I can remember, even when I didn’t understand it, believed in past and future lives.  I knew it was true, and experienced the truth of it from time to time, even when I was tiny.    For me, life has never been linear, never been “normal”.   

Now I am the age that I am, this has become more and more apparent as I speak to more people, and travel their time lines with them through the work I do, and experience the absolute beauty of the life that we have been given, and the opportunities we have chosen in order to learn.  As I have travelled with clients through their past lives I have found the continuity of our lives to be the most extraordinary opportunity for learning that I think we can have.  Not to excuse the present, not to expiate wrong doings in the past (or the future), but to understand what has brought us to here, today, and how to move forward the best way that we can.   To get better and better.  To be set free, by developing an intimate knowing and relationship with the energy of all things.  Bhakti.  

Your life is not a mistake, God doesn’t make mistakes.  She doesn’t have time.

(if you want to experience past life with me and can come visit – or want to check when I will be near you – email me at

You will all know that Margaret Armstrong is our resident “BODY ECOLOGIST” and for the third time she will be holding a FERMENTATION WORKSHOP at Innisfree.  This will co-incide with out next Teacher Training day – the 1st Sunday in October between 2 and 4 at Innisfree.  Enter and park in the usual space, either straight thru the Romsey Road entrance next to the yoga sign, or on the opposite side of the street.   So mark it in your diary and come along.  Please bring some glass bottles so that you can take home some fermentation that you have made. 
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.

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….

THE YAMAS (a repeat by request)
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 was listening to a fundamentalist pastor give a lecture about what she called “the secret place”.  For her that secret place was to be peopled by her Church who accepted the ancient revelations she had accepted,  as truth for today.  In particular about homosexuality.  That was really something she could get her teeth into.  She quoted often from the Old Testament as though this was appropriate in those terms for today.  I wonder if she uses oil lamps in her home, or uses a computer.  Not sure what Abraham, or Paul or even Ezekiel would think about our technology!

I don’t want to tread on others toes, but the Old Testament was written a long time ago when those in charge were trying to make a community out of a motley group of shepherds and farmers in the desert. They hadn’t yet discovered the prosperity oil has brought to the region.   They needed to be brought together and they needed some strict rules especially about marriage and family.   They needed to build a strong community, and some chats about how to go about that most efficiently was needed.  I am sure that as spread out as were across the country,  just coming out of a life as nomads,  homosexuality was a very accepted part of their lives (as was killing people who disagreed with your point of view.  Raping, stoning and pillaging would have been OK too).  But once their living conditions changed, the structure of their communities changed, they needed laws and they needed children to build a prosperous country.  Hence the rather colourful language about homosexuality, and of course the ten commandments.   

I am pretty sure that when Jesus came, he came to replace the commandments with the one commandment LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF.  

You can’t have a growing community that has to provide for that population and united,  stand against warring neighbours if you are not continuously replenishing the population with lots of children, and experiencing a reasonable time of peace and prosperity.   To build cities, temples and communities you need laws, continuity, and prosperity.

If the ancient Jews had known of the Yamas I am sure they would have been a wonderful source of INSPIRATION (rather than condemnation).   They are an inspiration for the 21st century and beyond, as they were thousands of years ago.   

If you put the Yamas into your own life, you too can be assured of peace, prosperity and calmness.  Don’t rush at it.  Just think about them.  Keep a card in your pocket with them written down and refer to them often.  Or just concentrate on the first Yama AHIMSA which is about love and respect, loving all things.  If you love all things as yourself you will find God and then there will be no differences.  

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

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – subject: “FERMENTATION” The next will be the first Sunday in October 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” 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…..

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 Weeding, weeding.  What more can I say.  It is hugely important to get on top of those weeds.  That is all that I am concentrating on at present.  Weeds, Weeds, Weeds.  

On the weekend I made a savoury bread and butter pudding which is called a “Strata” by the fabulous Martha.   First cook up some onions, tomatoes, a little garlic and seasoning in butter until you get a lovely caramelised mush.  Spread that between slices of gluten free bread (the butter is used to cook the onions) and arrange the slices at an angle in your pyrex dish so that the crusts are upwards.  Mix up about 4 eggs, some milk and pop this over the top of the “pudding”.  Let it stand as long as you like.  The bread soaks up the milk somewhat.  I then cooked it in the microwave until the egg was gently set but not scrambled.  Then pop it into the oven just to crisp up the top.  You can crumble some cheese over the top before you put it in the oven.  Serve it as slices with a crispy salad, or veggies – It’s up to you.  It is gorgeous, and takes longer to write about it that it does to make!!!! 

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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