email blast 30 April 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.

TAKE NOTE:  Next Teacher Training: Sunday 3rd May at 2pm to 4pm at the Bentinck.  Turn in the gate in Romsey Road near the yoga sign.  Do not park at  the front house entrance, or the staff parking space….
Dealing with an impasse.  “What!” you say “Impasse?”.  Yes, every meditation we do will lead to an impasse.  True.  It is not just you.  I am sure that you have experienced  that what has worked fabulously well one day, won’t work the next.  Most teachers say when this occurs to work harder, or for longer.  They may even suggest that you should stop meditating altogether for a period of time.  This instruction totally misses the point.  It is at these times when you can learn the most by gently sticking with the impasse and exploring it more deeply.  Not harder or longer, just more deeply.

These impasses happen to everyone.  I am happy to help and work through it with you if you lose your way.  A bit like dream therapy really.  Everyone is individual, and helping might just prolong the process – by blocking the person from tolerating it, and learning from it.  There are many halts on the way to what a student may call a successful meditation, and perhaps confusion is the biggest.   I see confusion as something to delve into, not something to be understood and get beyond.

Remember that the stories (confused stories) we see in meditations , no matter how real or compelling, are just that, stories.  They are reflections and constructions of our mind. Nothing more.  Experiences flowing together, colouring each other with memories from books, friends and childhood.  They come complete with emotional content, and if we cling to them, they can colour our day with misunderstood and unwanted (unloved) messages.  There is no wrong experience.  Just go back to the breath, and trust that over time, all will become clear.  Just breathe.
I would suggest that if you are considering taking up a serious practice, that you meditate every day, even 3 minutes per day is worthwhile.  Also Journal the meditation.  No mater how stupid what you write may look, write it anyway.  Later on, down the track all will become clear.  

Looking Deeper into the possibilities of RESTORATIVE YOGA.
I love RESTORATIVE YOGA.  It is wonderful for all ages, and I have recently been using it more and more working with my guys who are recovering from substance abuse. They love it.  At the last (bursting at the seams)  class I had a guy recovering from Leukemia, a person recovering from a double by-pass, people recovering from cancer and surgery,  and substance abuse, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, etc etc and those who simply just love being there.  The class is so rewarding.   Everyone stays for the meditation afterwards.  

Lately at my classes I have had to make use of all kinds of props and squeeze people into spaces because the classes are so popular and we just plain run out of blankets and bolsters..  What a great place to be  – I love it.  Restorative is really the QUEEN OF YOGA!  If you would like to know more, then  please hop on over to our temporary site. When all the wrinkles are ironed out, I will be putting the course up on the main yogabeautiful site – but right now, although I am delivering and teaching it – it is a work in progress.  Be patient with me.   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 again for those who are sending the book back (in gorgeous condition I may add).  Thank you from all of us.  If you have a book you are not using, please let us know.  I am sure someone out there will love it.

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.

One of our students has these references for those who are looking for a second hand edition….(many thanks to Warren for this valuable, up-to-date information).  
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

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).

Over the past week two people have wrongly gone to Morris Road for a class, although it clearly states on the web that Jahne’s classes are only held at THE BENTINCK.  Please note.  JAHNE’S CLASSES ARE ONLY HELD AT THE BENTINCK.  Nowhere else.

Jahne’s classes are designed around her 50 years of teaching experience.  People often ask what kind of yoga we are having at class.    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 followed at 11.15 by RESTORE AND RECOVER MEDITATION and 7.30 (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30, Friday 6.30, Saturday. 10am (and 12.30 RESTORATIVE).
Sunday 11.15 RESTORE AND RECOVER MEDITATION GROUP  (Come to the front room of the Bentinck – through the big front doors).

*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. Substance abuse.   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.

*RESTORE AND RECOVER MEDITATION – I have started two meditation groups.  Please join us.  The first is at 11.15 in the yoga room following the 10am restorative yoga class on Tuesday, and the second is on Sundays at 11.15 in the main house in front of the open fire, also  at 11.15.
I am also planning some early morning meditation classes, and will let you know when these eventuate.

*MUMS WITH BUBS: 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), 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.  Yoga students please enter from  the start of the Romsey Road only – the double gate entry with the big yoga sign.  Sorry, “Staff parking” at the front entrance off Carlisle Street 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 3rd May 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… 
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!  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 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, although they may seem expensive compared to those freely available in stores…..  Our videos 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  RESTORE AND RECOVER 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 Restorative Yoga *  Basic Anatomy and physiology  * The Chakras The Yamas meditation and meeting scripts, and anything else I think is useful as the project progresses.      




YOGA SWINGS: I have five second-hand (almost new) swings in perfect condition available for $100.  Please contact me personally if you would like one of 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): 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.  If you are in this category you will be contacted by Debbie to let you know how to proceed.  Once 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.     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. 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.

Afternoon tea will happen, and I will let you know when.  May make it a dual ceremony.  The Restorative Yoga Course, and a new Scholarship!   We couldn’t offer the scholarships we do without your help.  So, thanks for your support.   
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.

RECIPES I will have some more recipes soon.  As you probably know, I don’t have a stove – don’t need one.  However, one of my students gave me a SLOW COOKER.  What a fabulous appliance.  Some time ago another student gave me a hare.  I put it at the back of the freezer, slow cooking with no stove is difficult.  
However, with this new kitchen wonder to hand I was able to make a hare stew.  It was fantastic.  Rich and creamy, chokkers with the meat gently pulled from the bones.  Someone asked me what I used for sauce.  I didn’t need sauce.  It made one all by itself.  The juices of the hare and the vegetables reduced, and it was perfect.  We had it with a nice red, a smidgin of champers at the end, and some gorgeous blue cheese and GF chia bread.  

  GARDENING WITH BENEFITS Nothing terribly major at the moment except for keeping up with the weeds, and the leaves. I have lots of greens and parsley growing which are wonderful to pop in my green smoothy every morning.
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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