Email blast 25th January 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.


MAKING SMALL CHOICES  Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca famously said to Ingrid Bergman that their lives “don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world” and I must admit there are times when it feels like that to me, and I know it feels like that to you.    But with the season of LENT coming up on the calendar I have had the growing feeling that actually small choices can matter a great deal.  Like ripples on a lake, everyone of those small choices, those millions of decisions we make in a lifetime has the potential to change the world (I am not saying that do, but that they could do)  – but where to start?  What seem like small choices to us may well be part of a much greater plan and purpose.  Mistakes may be put to good use and chance becomes opportunity.  I think that God made us not just to be but to BECOME.  If we know anything at all, we know we have been given the will to choose.  We can rule wisely or badly, respectfully or just raping and pillaging.  We have the glory of choice.  We were not created with huge brainpower for nothing!   Even if you have not been exercising wise choice lately, it is never to late to start.


THE YOGA NIDRA WORKSHOP was fantastic.  Thank you to all those who turned up.  We had a couple of amazing personal breakthroughs in the practical session (which weren’t looked for – they just happened), and a good learning was had by all.  I did alert everyone that it was possible to go very deep with this technique, and it appears it was easier for you than I had anticipated.  I have been asked to consider putting on a mandala workshop with meditation as the next one.  It is just a matter of moving the workshops around so we will do this.  It will not however be a MIDNIGHT MANDALA workshop.  We will leave that for the winter.   


BLOGS are where you will find the thoughts for the day


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




You can decide to do JUST the workshops if you already have a teacher training qualification, or perhaps just an interest in the topic of the month..  


1.  You can come just for the monthly workshops and pay for them individually ($60 per workshop), and get certificates just in those – there is a distance ed requirement in each.  

2.  You can add this to your teacher training course as an elective, or just to get extra skills. 

3.  OR you can do the  RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING MASTER COURSE in its entirely and get a 500 hour certification at the end.  


If you register your interest I will let you know personally how to join in.  I understand it is not for everyone.  As usual there will be a distance ed.  Component and yes, you will be able to organise a payment plan with Debbie. 



We are still asking for your help. 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 *1.45pm SPIRITUAL YOGA with Jahne followed by a one hour Yoga Nidra.  

5.30pm RESTORATIVE with Jahne, 6.30pm General class with Nicole or Kalma

Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE with Jahne,  and 7.30  General class with Nicholas, 

Wednesday 12.30pm General class with Kalma,  *6.30 YIN YOGA with Bron.

Friday 6.30pm General class with Nicholas, 

Saturday 10am General class with Nicole (9am and 12.30 RESTORATIVE with Jahne)

Sunday:  *4.30 Restorative followed by a Hands-on-healing session with Jahne



THE SPA – Thank you for your response to our notice of the spa – soon to be opened.   We are still receiving applications from therapists, and to this point have lined up a superb Tarot/Astrology Therapist,  an Ayurvedic massage practitioner, A fantastic Masseur with amazing qualifications and lots of different massages to offer, the Nail Spa Apprentice of the Year,  Amanda is amassing wonderful crystals, artifacts and clothing, and Lorraine is getting her “Blessed Herbs” ready  for sale..and we are also  offering my hypnotherapy.  We are going to be the place to go.  There will be an “open day party” I am told!




There will be new classes, and new teachers going into the new year.  Not because we are trying to confuse you, or be difficult.  Many of our teachers have more than yoga to deal with (families, other occupations) and this is the time when those changes are made.  Often suddenly.  It is the yoga that matters, it is not about the teacher.  


THE CLASSES:  If you are wondering what level to join here’s a clue.  The General class is a more vigorous class, the Restorative is a very gentle class and Yin-Yoga lies between the two.  If you haven’t done yoga for a long time, you may like to start with Restorative, move on the Yin and then take your pick of the general classes.


TEACHERS WANTED.  WE ARE OPEN TO INTERVIEWING EMERGENCY TEACHERS.  If you are one or know of one “on the lamb”, please let us know.  There are always unexpected things happen in family, and right now, we really have to search to get teachers when a regular can’t make it.  


WHERE IS THE BENTINCK?  “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.


PARKING: 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 – on the inside 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.


There is no need to park on the road if there is room inside the gate to the right or to the left, and a huge space available just across the road if all is full inside.  Please do not go to the front of the building in Carlisle St.  That is for residents.  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.


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.




The next will be Sunday 7th February 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. 



SPIRITUAL YOGA CLASS – DIVINE YOGA:  (an absolutely favourite class of mine)

Mondays at 1.45, followed by meditation 2.30 to 3.30.  

Please bring an open mind – this is a ‘ guided’ class.  We will be exercising the muscle between the ears (the brain).  Do come along….  No children please.   I love children in yoga but this particular class is not appropriate for children.



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 200/350 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.





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)




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.  The price hasn’t increased since we originally put these on our site. 

Philosophy videos recently put up for you.  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.      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!



In response to requests, there are more philosophy videos out on the web site.  Subscribe today if you haven’t already. You asked for them, I have made them.




This unseasonal wet cool conditions means that the berries have quit earlier than usual, and the garden is growing fiercely and new shoots are appearing.  I will have to wait and see what is happening.  The apples are looking great, and the plums are nearly ready, but with the wind there has been a lot of windfalls, which I have been picking up an using in relish.  I love the tartness of the not quite ripe fruit – and there is no wastage in my garden.  




I am considering going vegan for Lent (Mar 24th to Feb 10th).  I know it won’t be easy for me as  I enjoy drinking milk and I eat eggs.  But I am sure I will learn a lot in the course of the four weeks.  In the old days of course it was a real fast, but not drinking milk or eating eggs (I don’t mind not eating meat or fish) will be a fast for me.  Lets see how we go.  Anyone going to join me?  


Think YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley…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.




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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ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  

Namaste Jahne

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