email blast 30 June 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.

Although my life moves at quite a pace, and I could take advantage of the supermarket for everything, I try to be disciplined, and “make-do and mend” where possible.  I can even darn.  For the chores we do around the house there is usually a simple, natural alternative, and through the blog I try to bring them to you, I encourage you to use them.

My grandparents, and great grandparents, couldn’t go to a supermarket, and wouldn’t have trusted it if they could.  To buy the basics, yes that would have been OK, but for remedies (“simples”) they used recipes that had been passed down mother to mother through the generations.  We have lost many of these skills, but they can be rediscovered.  They are just as effective now as they always were – whilst being environmentally sound, safe and natural.  Learning about these, using these, will help you to save money AND work in harmony with mother nature.

If you have a “problem” you need a natural solution for, then let me know via the Facebook or blog and if I can’t help you, I will know someone who can resolve your problem.  Everything from aphids to bath salts….
Leave your questions or comments on the Facebook page or blog….

Nic is doing our FaceBook pages and the Blog She tells me we are on  Instagram and we even have a program for the week!  I am considering putting up a “shopify” page just for the tarot and art that I do…  Before I take this step, has anyone out there used or supported this site?  Do you like it?

It is a lengthy process, and we will let you know how we progress.  It will not make any immediate differences to our students or teachers, it just changes the business model, but neither the nature nor the purpose of our Institute, which is to inspire yogis.  Thank you to those who have emailed words of support.

As I have said on the Facebook pages, I am considering calling it the “GITAJAIA Foundation” to honour my teacher Margrit Segesman and her lineage, and to honour the Gita which is at the core of our teachings .  The “Jaia” is what I know myself as, and this part of the name is to honour the 50 years that I have been inspired to teach you all.  If you asked Debbie what kind of yoga we do here, she would reply immediately GITAJAIA.  Of course it is Hatha, but GitaJaia honours the lineage.  

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 –  Times they are a changing…. 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).
As you know, we are moving all our admin to the Bentinck.  I would ask you to get into the habit of coming through the side door opposite to the usual entrance.  I will soon be locking our usual door to make the new door the only entrance.. Yes, there will be a sign.   Once through that door, you will notice that my office entrance has been changed to face the entry foyer.   You will be able to  take off your shoes, hang up your coats, relax on a sofa whilst you wait, and the reception area will be warm and heated.  It may not happen overnight, but you will can see we are working towards it.  I would imagine that by the middle of the month the core of the work will be completed, and the pretty bits can be done i.e. Hanging pictures etc.   Once Debbie and Nicole have moved there, you will be able to drop in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for your yoga queries to be attended to.

Jahne’s classes are designed around her 50 years of teaching experience. 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.  
You will notice that some of my senior trainee teachers are taking over the evening classes – Nicholas Martin, Nicole, Brad and Kalma. I hear that you are enjoying them.  Don’t expect them to teach like me – they are trying to put their own stamp on yoga.  This seems to be important when you first start out as I remember.

“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.  Don’t wander around Woodend looking for the class.  If you really get lost, just ask a shopkeeper for THE BENTINCK.  It is iconic in the district and they will give you directions.

PARKING – Sorry, “Staff parking”  1. at the front entrance and 2. parking right outside of the yoga door is not available to us yoga persons, this is kitchen staff parking (doesn’t even apply to me) and does not mean you.  Please think of others when you park.  We hemmed the chef in the other day and he was not a happy chappy.  Never upset the cook!.  If both sides of the car park are full when you arrive, please park over the road – you just have to walk across Romsey road to yoga, and that’s not such a hard thing.

Monday  5.30pm RESTORATIVE , 6.30 general class (Nicole).
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE  and 7.30 general class (Brad), 
Wednesday 12.30 general class (Kalma)
Friday 6.30pm general class  (Nicholas)
Saturday. 10am general class (Nicole) plus 9am RESTORATIVE and 12.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA.

**Because some of the classes are back to back, please check before you walk in early.  There is a notice on the door,   PLEASE READ IT.  Walk around the building and wait quietly in the sunroom on the other side as we have asked –  don’t just walk in.  Thank you.

*RESTORATIVE YOGA (4 classes now – and growing)
After 50 years of teaching, my yoga is changing.  I think I am more relaxed, more able to change and break away from “the norm”, more able to take side paths having once started a class – change direction.  Get into different areas within a class, and this has been lead by my work in Restorative…
..which 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 both more than welcome (I always have maintained a baby even a couple of days old is welcome in our classes with their mum – however NOT in restorative yoga), 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 as our classes are pretty full with regulars i.e. People who buy a pass and wouldn’t miss a session, we may not be able to fit you in.
TEXT ONLY YOUR BOOKING REQUEST TO 0402 088 170.  Please don’t ring me.  

WATCH THE TIME – Don’t just wander in as if the only time that matters is yours.  Every minute of a one hour class is important, so it is important that you get to the class early.  When you arrive, be observant, and if there is a class in progress go around to the side door.  PLEASE,  please be on time. 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. Nicole is loading things on this. 

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS – The next will be on Sunday 5th July 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 a visitor and 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……
As you are aware, the income from my art goes into our ongoing philanthropic efforts – this effort would be accelerated of course by putting up a shop just for my art.  The money goes towards buying bandages and other necessities for the  mission, and also into our scholarship fund – whichever needs it most at the time.    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.

Please keep knitting Beanies – or sending new or as-new beanies.  When I was in Brisbane I had a chance to talk to many people about our Beanie effort.  They were inspired to start their own, so if you have a beanie box in your studio, please fill it.  You can send it to us when it is full, or you can ask Deb and she will give you the address to send it to the Tibetan refugees and orphanages in India and Tibet.  
You should see Debbies, it his beautiful.  People knit a beanie, and love it, then they knit one for themselves.  Try it, it is easy.  If you can’t manage a beanie, then knit a scarf. Thank you for those who have posted beanies to us.    Last year we at the yarn bombing group managed to inspire enough knitters to send a large bale of beanies to schools in Nepal.  With the earthquakes,  and the cold and hardship faced by the people at this time,  I felt that we could REALLY knit heaps of beanies and provide an even more valuable service. You will find a pattern on 

Send your beanies to PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. Vic. 3441. Please don’t send them POD or COD.  It would be cheaper for us to buy beanies if we have to repatriate them from the post office.  The cheapest way to forward them is to collect a whole lot, and then go to office works and take advantage of their new parcel service.  Some Newsagents also have a splendid Australia-wide parcel postage service.

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.

3.    RYTA500 – THE NEXT STEP    
       which you can take in a number of ways.  Must start with 200 hours first.

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.  They are made by Deb, Nic and me to answer your various questions.  They are useful in your course.  

YOGA SWINGS: Colours – *blue and grey, grey and black or pink and orange.   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).

YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley This is one of my major sources of course and can be a source for you too.  BUY ALL THREE.  You will never regret it.   They are the best and will form the backbone of your yoga references.  Don’t hold back it will be false economy.   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. .   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.  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!

Signing up for a course – our course included, is like buying a car.  You can’t buy it, take it for one run, leave it in the garage and a year later go back to the dealer and ask for your money back.  It doesn’t work like that.  If you are on the course, you are on the course until you write and let us know that you are not.  If twelve months and more have elapsed with no contact in spite of all our newsletters, etc…. then you have (as far as we are concerned) been on the course for 12 months.

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.

THE DRUMMING VIDEO – I know that if you watch it you will find it “uninspiring”, primarily because it is not meant to be watched.  Videoing is the easiest way to get sounds to you too.  If you put the video on and settle down for your 3 minute meditation you will enjoy it, because that is how it was meant to be used. 

GARDENING WITH BENEFITS Please go to our Blog. to catch up with recipes.

Because it is the time of solstice I have planted heaps of garlic.  Trimmed climbers, trimmed away frost bitten leaves, and generally got things looking cared for.

I have put a few things on the blog.  Icy-poles, coconut cookies and a facial cleansing milk.  Hop on over, and enjoy them.  I love the easy-peasy.  Minimum ingredients for maximum pleasure.

WANT RAISED VEGGIE GARDENS?  One of my students is a member of a large apple growing family, and he has available BIG APPLE CRATES.  Deb has bought two and tells me they are 1.2m square, weathered to a lovely grey.  They are well constructed and would make a fabulous wood box, compost bin, raised garden bed and even with casters on the bottom a reasonable coffee table I am told.  If you want one they are $100 each.  If you live outside of Woodend you will have to collect them.  But they are rather lovely.  Order through

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.
  MOVING. MOVING (I THINK) – SO PATIENCE PLEASE! The space is being beautified for us, and made into a welcoming yoga place to be – not just a room with an office.  Unless something unforeseen happens, we are moving to The Bentink in the first week in JulyWe have started organising computers etc.

Now you know and I know that no matter how much we plan there will be a few days of chaos, as cables, Telstra and Optus catch up, and we pack then unpack the files.  I am not looking forward to it at all.  Not even a little bit.   Everything about it makes me not want to think about it – but I am sure that when we have settled in we will love it.  Thank goodness for CIGI Computing Solutions (Sunbury) who are a magnificent help with the trying IT problems that arise..
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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