email blast 3 September 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.

I know you are all aware that RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY has captured my life, and I am learning more an more about how we can help our students get the best from their classes, and I thought I would share an insight with you.

One of our older students, a male we’ll call him Bob, has been through the mill.  He lost his eldest two sons to cancer recently, he has had two bouts of cancer himself, and through that, huge amount of both radiation and chemotherapy.  This has left him badly brain fogged.  He can’t tell right from left, can’t follow instructions and needs to be placed into position.  Can’t do many of the more complex and demanding positions (yes, there are some in RYT, especially the supported back bends with twists).  I have found and am encouraging him to relearn crawling.  When he gets to class early, and after class I get an assistant to help me to help him crawl.  For him, I see RYT at the present more as a brain training than a physical training, and am taking that into the general class with more mind gym exercises in the first 15 minutes, then the restore and relax poses.

Try them.   If you are not aware of them, I will put a guide on my site for you.  Let me know you are interested and I will make sure you are notified.  

Wayne is doing wonderfully well.  You will meet him if you come to class.  We will soon be able to give him a (partial/limited) teacher training certificate so that he will be able to go on walkabout and teach his people to the extent that he has been able to learn in the time he has had.  He assures me that he will continue returning to build on his knowledge, but at least he will be able to teach.  He has mastered the 5 Tibetans, and Restorative, but not the therapy aspect, just the asanas.
If you live in the Macedon Ranges, Wayne has been asked to teach painting at SEW WOODEND.  If you are interested in taking a class with him.  I understand that he will be teaching painting a pendant, and doing a “family” painting to describe your family.  If you are interested in being notified when he will be doing that please let me know at

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.

Thank you for sending photographs to Nicole.  I am sure everyone likes to see that our students come from all walks of life, and from everywhere in the country (and the world).  More please….

THE YAMAS (a repeat by request)
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

WALK AGAINST SUICIDE INNISFREE is a sponsor, and I will be turning up really early to help cook the bacon and egg rolls like we did last year. The walk was great fun, for an urgent cause,  and I hope that you will join in .  Sunday 13th September at 8.30 start at the Children’s park behind the BP service station in Woodend.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be THIS 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…

THE ANGELS New angels can be seen at SEW WOODEND.  In the main street just up from the chemist.  Easy to pick – its the shop with the sewing machine on the footpath.  I am teaching a workshop there on painting and embroidering an angel.  Do let me know if you would like to join me.  I haven’t got any details, but it won’t be expensive, it will be short, and any money I raise will be going to our new GITAJAIA Foundation.  Email me and I will keep you in the loop.
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”.

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 has been beautiful, perfect for gathering herbs for my little tinctures and herbal remedies.  It is especially wonderful to pick the herbs when they have the dewdrops fresh on them. The car tends to look a bit scruffy because of the tracks and mud puddles I drive her through.  But it is all worth it. 

The garden is well mulched.  I tend to think that we are going to have an horrendous bush fire season, although all is well at the present moment.  So country people, get on top of the leaf mould in the gutters, and if you live in the bush, start thinking about your action plan.  It is never to early.  When Deb first moved here she felt that a mop, bucket, a pair of goggles and a gucci outfit were all that were required.  She woke up really fast to the reality, and now is super well prepared.  Are you?

I love chocolate and this week made an olive oil, polenta, cous cous chocolate cake.   It is beautiful and I had had to ration myself.  I even made a sinless chocolate sauce to go on it.  It is totally yummy.  I think the cooking shows are getting to me, especially THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF.  I like it because the entrants are all so ordinary, and all different ages.  Master chef?  No, they are really good cooks.  I don’t aspire to that level.   I do like GOK, and I think I am going to try a gluten free steamed savoury dumpling when next I have the chance.  I think I have hit the sweet button a bit hard!  Its time for a change. 

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. 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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