Email Blast 22nd September

Email Blast 22nd September 2016


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.


ATTENTION: EMAIL NUMBER – For anything, anything at all please email me at  If you do not your emails may get lost,  as I am gradually going to get rid of the other email numbers….  To contact Sonya out of office hours, she has kindly submitted her mobile number.  Please text 0408 891017



Please understand.  After 50 years teaching yoga and 40 teaching to yoga teachers – I am not a yoga teacher, I am a YOGA THERAPIST.  I teach all aspects of yoga.. And my specialty is Addiction and Recovery.  

For the past eight yearsI have been very involved in the teaching of yoga (all aspects, not just asanas) to those people recovering from addictions of all kinds.   It has been difficult, but enormously rewarding.  It was interesting when watching the 4Corners project on Drug Rehab that Yoga didn’t even get a look in, especially considering it is a major modality in recovery across the world, especially in India (which even has a Ministry of Yoga).  

From my point of view, those people who have given themselves to yoga in their recovery facility or at home (and many more will have to do alone it as an outpatient as clinics fill up)  have a far greater chance of true recovery, than those who come into treatment programs and try to re-design them to suit themselves.  And many do.  They don’t want to do this, they don’t like that person, they don’t want to do this or that program – especially yoga thank you!    When I discover someone like this in a treatment program I tell them to save their money,  and if they want a spa experience to go to the Hyatt.  They can design a weekend of luxury and then get on with their drug taking.  If they really want to change, they will listen, follow the path we have been treading for a long time which leads to success,  and they will learn.   Yes it is difficult, yes they are going to have to surrender, and if they are able to do this and have lots of support, then they will change.  They have to be willing to change EVERYTHING.  

It is like crossing a river.  You are on the bank and you want to get to the other side but the river is dangerous.  However, there are stepping stones just like the stepping stones in recovery.  You can’t decide to take the stepping stones away, and still expect to get to the opposite bank.  It doesn’t work that way.  You need every stepping stone to be in place for the journey to be successful.

I am not an easy teacher, I am not an entertainer as I have said before, I take the RECOVERY part of the program very seriously. However, if people don’t want to learn about values, goals and willingness to change  (aspects of yoga philosophy), then the possibility off success is small.  I know –  it has been tried.  You  cannot teach yoga without the philosophy and expect recovery to the same degree!  That is why our teacher training in this aspect is tough, and why we to date only have two graduates.  It is not for everyone.  

That is why I have philosophy classes – starting again at my home studio, 10am on the 25th of this month .  Not because I haven’t got enough to do, but because IT IS ESSENTIAL, or as Patanjali would say CRUCIAL to recovery via yoga.  Yoga is an integrated  health program,  not just a series of exercises.

I am also designing a package for those people in recovery called CHANGE ON-LINE,  covering Diet, Yoga Asanas, Goals, Values,  Breathing, Meditation, Journalling, The Wellness Team, the necessity of NA,  Relaxation, and HealthyTime-out – even knitting.  This is aimed at people who can’t afford or can’t get in to treatment and want to change, or those who have been in treatment, but need an ongoing program of recovery and can’t get to an NA meeting or a like minded group.  A Sangha..  

Start Saving:  We are bringing a very prominent author and “do’er” in the area of Addiction and Recovery to Australia from the USA next year…..  June.    You won’t want to miss it.     This  Seminar on this most urgent yoga subject will be held in the Melbourne CBD.  As soon as it is cemented in re dates and times, we will notify you via the newsletter.



This is a very intuitive kind of massage.  You don’t need a string of degrees to do the course, however, this does not mean that there is no actual study, it means that the study is the background to the practice, the hands-on,  rather than the other way around.  What we are dealing with is an actual healing technique, not primarily a massage technique, and that’s where people lose the point.   If you would like to know more please log on to  

By the way.  If you see any PPT teacher training classes, and they are not by me, then they are not authorised.



Everyone who places a new insurance with us, or re-registers from the 17th August to the 17th September will receive FREE,  a template pack (5xA4’s)  of the  Five Tibetans.  Please email your request for insurance to me personally at  If you don’t use this email, then I cannot guarantee we will get it. (this applies to ANY email you send – send them to me).  If we get more insured, we will be able to get a donation for the Foundation from the Insurance company.



Don’t forget that each newsletter is archived on our web site.  If you have missed one, don’t ring me,  look on the web site at



For those starting out The Yoga handbook in particular is hard to get.  Even second hand.  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 (which includes BIG postage).  We will buy yours off you for $25 plus whatever is the postage cost.  Email us if you would like to sell yours, and I will call you to organise.

You might be able to still get the book (and many others) second-hand from the bookshops below.  I would advise you to buy a few so that you can amortise the postage cost across a number of books rather than one.

                                                          Cost       Mail

UK      1/ Revival Books Ltd                 $4.94    $5.90 

USA    2/ Goodwill Books                    $1.50    $12.99

UK      3/ Awesome Books                  $9.89    $6.47

USA    4/ Hippo Books                        $5.50    $11.50 condition poor

USA    5/ Hippo Books                        $5.50    $11.50 condition good

USA    6/ Goodwill Books                    $1.00    $17.00

USA    7/ The Book Women                 $5.00    $14.75



Please understand that you are not the only person on the course – NAME, MODULE NUMBER AND PAGE NUMBER ON EVERY PAGE SENT TO ME PLEASE.   I  READ and mark each module, from every student and I do it myself.  That’s a lot of reading and lots of writing from and to a lot of students – and assures the personal touch that you signed up with us to achieve.  PLEASE HELP ME by numbering each page you send me,  and putting them in order.  Make sure all the pages are there, no drawings missing.  If you are a “12 page plus drawings” type of student, then post them.  It is so much easier….

If you email, the same applies.  SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION:  One of the students went mad at me recently because I sent work back unmarked.  WHY?  The work was sent to me un-numbered, un-sorted, and just pages of text. There was hardly a comma or a full stop.  The spelling when “iffy” I can mostly work out, but  work with pages out of order and then with no punctuation is totally impossible.  

PHOTOS and scans – remember that if you have a fuzzy drawing and you photograph it, scan and email it, and then  I print it – it is going to be almost unrecognisable!  If in doubt, or multiples – lots of pages – post it.


CLASS TIMES FROM 5th September…

$10 per class or 11 classes for $100 (save $10 = one class for free)

Enter through the Romsey Road gate, Park either side of the drive.

No need to bring props – mats etc unless you want to – everything is provided.

Monday:                 10am Mindfulness,  6.30pm Hatha Yoga First

Tuesday:                 10am Restorative,  7.30 Hatha

Wednesday:            12.30 Hatha, 5.30 Restorative, 6.30 Hatha/Yin

Friday:                      5.30pm Mindfulness,   6.30pm Hatha Yoga                        
                                (from  23/9/16)

Saturday:                 9am Mindfulness, 10am Hatha,  and 12.30pm Restorative

Sunday:                   10am PHILOSOPHY

 (at my studio, 37 Morris Road, Woodend – No smoking (even in the garden.  People who don’t smoke have to  sit next to you in session!).  Park carefully – there is a small car parking area over the road, and there are                  spaces in my front garden.  Be mindful…).   

                               4.30pm Restorative

7.30 Friday will change to 6.30 Friday if you email me  at and let me know this is what you want (Sandra – I’ve got your email).


(Non-religious.  Practical. Suitable for beginners) 

Being present in the moment can relieve tension, reduce stress. 

RESTORATIVE Yoga 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.  


…is the “mother”of yoga and where it all began.  

Simple but strong poses which can be modified to suit those in class.  Beginners welcome.



The next will be on Sunday 2nd October 2pm to 4pm (followed by restorative yoga at 4.30) 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.    We have had the most wonderful trainings, there is nothing like them.  Please do come.


BENDIGO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Master Class –  with Jahne, assisted by Jayne Boyle and Nerissa

If you want to get into Teacher Training – become the teacher you dream about,   Jahne goes up there for the master class every 2nd Tuesday.  It’s a great opportunity for personal yoga growth.  

Book your place today – CrusoedenBody.  (

Next Master class Tuesday 20th September between 3.30pm and 5pm in Bendigo.    

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



All 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”.





5.      ***STARTING YOUR OWN TEACHER TRAINING STUDIO (by application to Jahne)


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.



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)



Insurance only – $220.  If we get more of you insured, we will be given a rebate which will be donated to our Foundation.  But only if more of you sign up!  Please. 



WE ARE REVIEWING ALL FILES. Have you received a phone call from the fabled Sonya?  She loves talking with our trainees, and she is confident she can get all the files in correct order with your help.– PLEASE.  She is bringing all the files up to date.  They got a bit disorganised, information missing, payments missed.  Don’t worry, don’t get in a flap..  If you have missed payments, we don’t need you to start the course again, or pay again (if you have already paid in full) but we do need you to keep up your payments (or pay those you have missed somehow) and we need you to complete your documentation.  You may have misunderstood our terms.  You get as long as you want to complete the course, BUT, the payments are over 12 or 18 CONSECUTIVE months.  

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.  

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, BUT NOT WITHOUT FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR PAYMENTS…  YOU SIGNED UP TO PAY MONTHLY and we hope you  REMEMBER!    And, coming to class or doing an occasional module  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.  We are certainly in the position to notice now.  

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….



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.



Yes, it is still raining.  I am very pleased no-one was around when I was digging drains.  I had a pair of way too big gum boots and lots of clothes… it was cold and wet.  But I succeeded, and the garden is draining.  I had the good sense to insist on a drainage channel (as opposed to a spiritual channel), when building the pond.  Although I had never used it, and it was blocked (spiritual channels can get like this too), it didn’t take too much effort to get it moving again.  

Dushy and Nelly came around on Saturday for their final PPT training, and I had to good sense to make a batch of Golden Milk. It is   simple.  For those of you who just don’t want to do it for themselves I am putting on our shop,  bags of the already spiced turmeric   powder.  All you have to do is add milk.  Go to the web site, and shop, shop, shop.



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.



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 end if they are not answered – experience has shown you and me that “this too will pass”.  Jahne is also available for PAST LIFE SESSIONS, AND ERICKSONIAN HYPNOTHERAPY…..  



If you want to speak to office staff or me, we are available at odd times, but you can book a time suitable to us both.   To Talk Money/Accounts, speak to Jackey on Wednesdays at 9.30 to 2’ish.   Sonya Tuesday and Friday at 9.30 to about 2pm.   Please Ph: 0354 273 518.  I am always available on the email 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.

Please only use the email:  If you use any other, you may not get a speedy answer.  

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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ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  

Namaste Jahne

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