email blast 23 March 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.

  KEEPING A SPIRITUAL JOURNAL…. I know that you probably think that you know how to keep a journal.  Just a matter of writing THINGS down, right?  Well not that easy.
We live in an age when people are flying here and there, taking time off and flying to another State or another country.  I like to think that I am a traveller in INNER space.  It’s a long time since I became excited about flying by plane, although I still have to from time to time.   I am among the travellers in Inner space Those of us who are still taking wrong turns and trying to get back on track by reading self-help books.  I love them and I am sure you do too, but there is one book that you should really pay attention to and it’s not one that you READ, its one that you may write!   

A journal is a book that you write about yourself.  It is not a diary even though you may keep a diary too.  Your diary is a history of what you did, and when.  As Oscar Wilde’s character says in “The Importance of being Earnest”  “Every young lady should keep a diary.  One should always have something exciting to read on the train”.  

A journal is about who the writer is, not only about what the writer is doing.  A human Being, not a human Doing.  It can be a fantastic tool to help you find yourself,  and find out what is important in your life.  The time you spend writing in your journal is a gift you can give to yourself.  A way to help you escape from the masks you wear as you walk through your days and your life.  Here are some ideas to make it easier for you..

  1. Keep it honest – write for yourself.
  2. Make a plan – set a time of day and a set time you will be writing, and keep to it.  Some days will be easier than others, and that’s OK>
  3. Make the Book special – don’t just write on anything.  Buy a lovely book that you will look forward to writing in.
  4. Be kind to yourself – Be willing to share your deepest feelings, no wrongs, no rights, just a learning experience.
  5. Keep it to yourself – this isn’t the kind of book you can easily share, SO DON’T!
  6. Review – After time you will begin to see patterns.  Note how you have changed.  What choices and decisions you have made in the past are bringing you the most rewards and peace today.
  7. Don’t rip out the pages you don’t like –  They are you too. No regrets.

Your journal can help you see yourself better, and help you accept and love the person you see. 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.  
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You must love this book, no-one has yet decided to part with it.   Please, please pass it on…
For those starting out this book 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.  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.

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.  I  mark each module, from every student and I do it myself.  That’s a lot 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 by post,  and putting them in order.  Make sure all the pages are there, no drawings missing.  

If you email, the same applies.  Don’t just scan them any old way.  SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION:  One of the students went mad at me recently because I sent work back unmarked,  because in a big handful of unsorted pages there was hardly a comma or a full stop.  The spelling when “iffy” I can mostly work out, but a page (or pages) out of order and then with no punctuation is totally impossible.  

If  modules (especially those sent by post) are sorted then we  have had a chance.  We guess and do our best, but I am sure it does no justice to the time and effort a student may put into the modules.     I do appreciate that not everyone knows about grammar, but do your best.  Work out with Debbie  a system of lines or marks in the margin that may help us in marking, and do the easy thing – number and sort the pages.

If you want  copy of this poem/prayer on a heavier paper – a more professional presentation, then we do have some in the office at $15.00 each including postage.  Please contact Deb via email and we will get one to you.

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. $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.  People say “can we have…yoga, or ……..…yoga tonite”.  The answer Jahne  always  gives is   “I don’t know, all depends who is there, and what is needed”.  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.

Monday 6.30,
Tuesday 10am (RESTORATIVE) and 7.30 (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30, Friday 6.30, Saturday. 10am (and 12.30 RESTORATIVE).
Sunday 11.30 Philosophy starting next term.  Please register your interest.

BENDIGO TEACHER TRAINING:  Due to Easter, the next teacher training in Bendigo will be on Friday 17th April.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS:  Our first Narcotics Anonymous meeting will be on Tuesday the 31st March at 11.30 straight after Restorative Yoga.  It will be held weekly at that time.
*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.  

*Please if you have recently given birth and wish to come to yoga with your baby you are  more  than welcome (I always have maintained a baby even a couple of days old is welcome in our classes  with their mum), 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 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL as our classes are pretty full with regulars I.e. People who buy a pass and wouldn’t miss a session.  TEXT ONLY YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO 0402 088 170.  Please don’t ring me. 

“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.  Sorry, “Staff parking” at the front entrance does not mean you.  Please think of others when you park.  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 – The next will be on Sunday 5th APRIL 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.   Yes, I know it is Easter.  
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 ALL THE INCOME FROM MY PAINTING AND ARTS GOES INTO OUR VARIOUS PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS. 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.

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”.


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 am putting prints of the first OMS from the “ONE THOUSAND OM PROJECT”.  I know they will be around the $20 including postage and packaging.  Please support me in this as these prints are raising money for the yoga cause.   The more we sell the more we can do.

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.

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.    




YOGA SWINGS:  HHave 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.






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

I have just finished some miniatures for the “1000 OM” Project.  I will put them on the site when I have got them totally ready for you to buy.  The first will be appearing on the poem above.   The small lino prints that I hand-colour are already on the ETSY site – the tiny Sumi paintings have sold out.

GARDENING WITH BENEFITS Wasn’t Sunday beautiful.  I had TIME which I don’t have much of, and I got out in the garden.  I spread some mulch (it hadn’t spread itself although I waited), and picked about apples, 500g of berries, some potatoes, garlic, and herbs.  At the end of the day I settled down with a fantastic vegetable feast from the garden.  Then a baked apple with berries and honey from my own bees.   Because I live in a colder part of the world I don’t have watermelons or pumpkins, although thanks to Heidi in Euroa, I do still have some in my fridge,  but what I do have is wonderful.   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. 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.         
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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