email blast 23 June 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.

For a number of years I have been making the Red String bracelets for my students.  The idea came from a very ancient Kabbalah custom which recognised the need for protection from the envious (evil) eye.  They called this protection THE RED STRING.   I don’t believe that the strings in themselves have magic powers, but I do believe that we need reminding (when we can see the options) to take a higher path – the world is full of negativity and temptations.      Red Strings, red blood on the doorposts, and red wine are all mentioned in the bible in connection with the idea of protection against evil forces.  
Red is a significant colour by itself.  It is the lowest frequency on the colour spectrum (think Muladhara – a connection here).  The lowest level of light and extreme negativity.  Why would you use negativity against negativity?  Put simply, a sort of a vaccination.  Why do we use wool?  It is based on the idea of spinning.  The world spins with judgement and mercy and when you spin the two together,  judgement is converted into mercy.  A single candle converts the darkness into light.

I know that of itself the Red String changes nothing.  But it reminds me that when I change, THEN EVERYTHING CHANGES.  Seen this way, the Red String is transformational, but only because it reminds me to transform.    I am not particularly superstitious, and I wear my Red String to remind me of the person I aspire to be.  It reminds me of my yogic philosophies, and my desire to live the yamas daily.  It is a reminder I take everywhere to be the best I can be. 
It is worn on the left wrist as the left hand pertains to the concept of receiving.  As I act on the Red String I am changing the negative which comes to me, into positive, intercepting and converting negative forces.   When it falls off?  I just figure it has done its job thus far.  No need to panic.  If it won’t stay on, and keeps on falling off (apart from making sure it is knotted firmly) well then I would examine my energy and how I have been behaving towards others.

Within the plaiting of the string I use 7 strings of silk along with wool, and  I tie 7 knots to remind me of the chakras, also to contain the colours of the rainbow, and the koshas which signify the worlds that influence reality.  So what would in the first instance look like a simple plait of red silk/wool, has quite a deep significance;   certainly it has for me – it is not just a magic “charm”. You can buy one from the Etsy site and shop or contact me on

Nic is doing our FaceBook pages and the Blog She tells me we are on  Instagram and we even have a program for the week!

Thank you to those girls who gave me some photographs of the Dalai lama from our visit in Brisbane.  I took lots of photographs, but some of them were obscured by a white light surrounding Him and were hard to reproduce.

Because it is designed to reflect our lineage, I think I am going to call the Foundation ‘THE GITAJAIA FOUNDATION”.    GITA because that reflects the teaching of my own source teacher (Margrit Segesman who began the Gita School of Yoga), and the teachings of the Gita are the Foundation of our Institute and its courses,  and JAIA because that is how I think of myself .  

I am working on getting the foundation legally correct and I think it will take another month.    It is a lengthy process, and we will let you know how we progress.  The Foundation  will not make any immediate differences to our students or teachers, it just changes the business model – but neither the nature nor the purpose of our Institute, which is to inspire yogis.  It will mean that we will have a Board, and that if anything untoward happens to me,  the Institute will go forward, your qualifications will be safe, and you will be able to build on them.  I have outlived most of my forebears and plan to last for sometime yet – but one never knows when God will call.  I theoretically have booked my passage when I reach about 103 years of age, but providing all my marbles are present, I am happy to last longer!

As you know, I redesigned the tarot a few years ago, and they are quite lovely – they sell all over the world.  I have some vacancies in my own practice if anyone out there wants a reading.  I consider myself to be quite different and certainly worthwhile.  Please don’t come to me if you want to know about someone tall dark and handsome in your future, or winning  lotto numbers.   We will however discover things in your future you may not have thought about.   

Please make an appointment by emailing and give me a few optional dates. It is also possible to have a postal/email reading.

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 –  Times they are a changing…. Classes held at the Bentinck  THE 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. $25 per family (mum, dad and two primary school children.  Young adults $10 each).

Jahne’s classes are designed around her 50 years of teaching experience. Friends, Yoga is not a recipe that is repeated the same way every time in every class.   That would be mindless.  If you want repetition don’t go to Jahne’s class.  There is a thread running through the class. But it is not EXACTLY the same.  If it was the same each week,  you could just check your mind at the door.  The shelf is for shoes, not for minds.  

You will notice that some of my senior trainee teachers are taking over the evening classes – Nicholas Martin, Nicole and Kalma. I hear that you are enjoying them.  Don’t expect them to teach like me – they are trying to put their own stamp on yoga.  This seems to be important when you first start out as I remember.”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.  

Don’t wander around Woodend looking for the class.  If you really get lost, just ask a shopkeeper for THE BENTINCK.  It is iconic in the district and they will give you directions. PARKING – Sorry, “Staff parking”  1. at the front entrance and 2. parking right outside of the yoga door is not available to us yoga persons, this is kitchen staff parking (doesn’t even apply to me) and does not mean you.  Please think of others when you park.  We hemmed the chef in the other day and he was not a happy chappy.  Never upset the cook!.  If both sides of the car park are full when you arrive, please park over the road – you just have to walk across Romsey road to yoga, and that’s not such a hard thing.

Monday  5.30pm RESTORATIVE , 6.30 general class (Nicole).
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE – Jahne and 7.30 general class (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30 general class (Kalma)
Friday 6.30pm general class (Nicholas)
Saturday. 10am general class (Nicole)  
plus 9am RESTORATIVE YOGA  – Jahne, and 12.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA – Jahne 

**Because some of the classes are back to back, please check before you walk in early.  There is a notice on the door,   PLEASE READ IT.  Walk around the building and wait quietly in the sunroom on the other side  –  don’t just walk in.  Thank you.

*RESTORATIVE YOGA (4 classes now – and growing)
The more I learn about how to teach Restorative Yoga, what to add, what to leave out (every class is a little different) I am more and more in awe of it. 
……….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.  

Please,  if you have recently given birth and wish to come to yoga with your baby you are both more than welcome (I always have maintained a baby even a couple of days old is welcome in our classes with their mum – however NOT in restorative yoga), but please be sensitive to others in the room when you join a mixed general class.  If you wish to change and feed we have a lovely conservatory room especially set out just for you.  Warm, carpeted, floor to ceiling garden windows – a million dollar view for the short time you exit the class!  We love babies, we love young mothers, however,  if you want to be with other young mothers going through the same things as you are, please wait until we start our Mums+One classes.

If you are a Visitor or Casual (i.e you don’t come to every class) please note that as our classes are pretty full with regulars i.e. People who buy a pass and wouldn’t miss a session, we may not be able to fit you in.
TEXT ONLY YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO 0402 088 170.  Please don’t ring me.  

PLEASE PEOPLE:  It is important that you get to the class early.  When you arrive, be observant, and if there is a class in progress go around to the side door.  PLEASE,  please be on time. 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. Nicole is loading things on this. 

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be on Sunday 5th July 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 a visitor and 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.

Please keep knitting Beanies.  I still aim to send a big box in September.  

You should see Debbies, it his beautiful.  People knit a beanie, and love it, then they knit one for themselves.  Then a family member will have a first try, and on and an it goes – all from one person knitting one beanie.
Try it, it is easy.  If you can’t manage a beanie, then knit a scarf. Thank you for those who have posted beanies to us.    Last year we at the yarn bombing group managed to inspire enough knitters to send a large bale of beanies to schools in Nepal.  With the earthquakes,  and the cold and hardship faced by the people at this time,  I felt that we could REALLY knit heaps of beanies and provide an even more valuable service. You will find a pattern on 

Send your beanies to PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. Vic. 3441. Please don’t send them POD or COD.  It would be cheaper for us to buy beanies if we have to repatriate them from the post office.  The cheapest way to forward them is to collect a whole lot, and then go to office works and take advantage of their new parcel service.  Some Newsagents also have a splendid Australia-wide parcel postage service.

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.

3.    RYTA500 – THE NEXT STEP    
       which you can take in a number of ways.  Must start with 200 hours first.

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 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, Nic and me to answer your various questions.  They are useful in your course.  

YOGA SWINGS: Colours – *blue and grey, grey and black or pink and orange.   I have five second hand swings in perfect condition available for $100.  Please contact me personally if you would like these.

ETERNITY THE PRAYER – (not on the site yet, but will be there soon).

YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley How many times have I urged you to buy these?  I have lots count.  But they are a great source of information.  This is one of my major sources of course and can be a source for you too.  BUY ALL THREE.  You will never regret it.   They are the best and will form the backbone of your yoga references.  Don’t hold back it will be false economy.   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.   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): We are culling our files and putting old files in archive.  If you have not sent in any modules, and have not communicated in the last year, your file will be archived.  You can still continue your course, but there will be a fee to start it up again.  If you are not sending in modules, and are not communicating, then how can we know if you are a student!

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.

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.       

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..

GARDENING WITH BENEFITS Please go to our Blog. to catch up with recipes.

Nothing much is happening in the garden at the moment apart from weeding. Mulching, and keeping the frost off things.

My newest Icy-Pole (Yes, I like them even in the winter time), is Pumpkin puree, Rose-Hip syrup and cream.  Totally gorgeous.  I did make one to which I added cherry brandy to the Rose-Hip syrup – decadent, but quite, quite lovely.   I have not yet put it on the blog, but I will.   Keep checking.
WANT RAISED VEGGIE GARDENS?  One of my students is a member of a large apple growing family, and he has available BIG APPLE CRATES.  Deb has bought two and tells me they are 1.2m square, weathered to a lovely grey.  They are well constructed and would make a fabulous wood box, compost bin, raised garden bed and even with casters on the bottom a reasonable coffee table I am told.  If you want one they are $100 each.  If you live outside of Woodend you will have to collect them.  But they are rather lovely.  Order through Deb.

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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