email blast 27th August

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.

We are yoga teachers, and I think we will all agree that for centuries the real nature of disease has been masked by materialism, and the major failure of modern medical science is that it has concentrated on symptoms and not causes.

Yoga (a healing discipline) has always put forward the belief that disease is not physical/material in its origin.  What we know of as disease is the result produced in the body – the end result of deep and long acting energies.  Even if material treatment alone seems to be successful,  this is nothing more than temporary relief unless the real cause has been removed.  

We have been distracted by the marketing of medical science, distracting us from the true source of disease, localising it in the body thereby making true recovery almost impossible, and building a stronghold of fear to keep us imprisoned by the establishment .  Science and yoga, these two wonderful disciplines can exist together, and need to.

Disease is not only about germs, it is about our response to our environment,  and that response has            everything  to do with our mental attitude towards life, environment and the diseases.  

When you come to class in Woodend you may be taught the Five Tibetans or warm ups when suitable by WAYNE TOMKINS, our first Ingenous (Koori) person to do the yoga teacher training.  There were a number of difficulties primarily to do with understand yogic philosophies, and being able to write about them, which meant that we got off to a slow start however, now he is just racing to the finish line.  Every minute is taken up learning, doing stick figures, making lesson plans, and generally working really hard. 

I am a proud teacher today.  Wayne awarded me with a wonderful quilted vest in the colours of the aboriginal flag.  I am wearing it everywhere!

I am sure that Nicole has put some photos up on Facebook so you can hop on over there to see how things are shaping up.   It has become fun.  He is even making some painted seeds into chain so he can use them as a demonstration of the vertebrae for people and children he meets on his travels.

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.

Have you been looking at the Facebook pages lately?  Nicole has been doing a wonderful job at YOGAFIRST Facebook pages, and you have been chatting on THE AUSTRALASIAN YOGA INSTITUTE.   Thank you for the students who have sent photographs.

These suggestion on how to work with and how to teach the yamas hit the spot with many of you, so I have left it another week hoping that more people will see it.  You would be surprised how many people think it is easier to ring me and ask me about things in the newsletter rather than reading it themselves.   I take the time to write it so that you will actually read it!  

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 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 – The next will be on Sunday 6th September 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”.

Do you want to update your qualifications?  Do you want to upgrade to a 500 hour qualification?  Now is your chance.    Our Anniversary special prices are finishing on the 1st of September.  To help you upgrade to a 500 hour qualification, keeping in mind the time it takes to get a 200 hour qualification with us, I am offering to give a 500 hour qualification to those students who have gone through our training, have achieved the 200 hour level, and want to move forward.  If you do the BHAGAVADGITA and RESTORATIVE YOGA courses.  Both of them.  I will up grade your qualifications to 500 hour level on graduation.  And you can book yourself into these courses at a special price – but only until the end of August!!!   Book today.

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…..
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 The weather.  That’s all I can think about now, and taking advantage of the couple of hours we get every so often that are warm enough to be out in the garden and LOVE IT!  Nothing is more dreadful (for me) than to give up a lovely warm room and working on the computer to a cold wet garden.  I am not a wet/cold person.  Don’t like the garden working in wellies layers, and gloves.  That being said, I have done it, but I prepared, so I don’t need to do it at the moment.  Keeping up to what is happening on the verandah is work enough.

I am planning to get more herbs in when the ground is a bit warmer, especially the herbs called the Bach Remedies.  I already have lots of these, but there are a few missing.  I wander on the mountain to collect other herbs.  Gorse this morning.

Made some more of my lovely little coconut dreams.  They are a much “tidier” since I have been watching the occasional cooking show.  I just used to fling them in the oven, now I get try to make them look about the same size (without weighing them), and make them like larger cookies.  As usual I use the basic coconut and condensed milk recipe, to that I add almond meal, citrus peel, poppy seeds and chopped up other nuts and seeds.   They have a very citrus’y  aftertaste.  I will have to branch out and try other flavours.  One person even suggested that I make them commercially as there is not anything like this in cafes for people like me who can’t eat gluten.  Usually the choice is between cakes, cardboard biscuits, or versions of egg white based confections.

CHOC-POPS AT HOME.  Do you want to make lovely smooth choc-milk icy-poles.   I have store bought (salvos) icy pole moulds but you could use anything, even ice block moulds.  Mine had fancy handles which I have discarded in preference to wooden sticks.  The icy-pole recipe is easy.  Condensed milk, coconut milk, carob or chocolate powder, banana.  Whizz all this together and use plain milk to make up the quantity if you don’t have quite enough.  Poke the sticks into a dried date, piece of banana or other fruit to keep it upright in the mould.  Freeze and enjoy.

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   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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