email blast 5 November 2014

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.

THE YAMAS – 
I cannot stress these too much how important these are.
I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THEM. NOTHING WORKS, NOTHING WORKS, IF THESE ARE NOT IN PLACE IN YOUR LIFE.   

If you come to me to be registered in our organisation (and baby,  it is growing and is going to take some BIG leaps)  and you haven’t done the yamas, guess what, you will have to do a workshop and an exam…..  For me, the philosophy of yoga is the most important.  There is NOTHING more important.  
We start there I have never liked the (Christian) “Thou Shalt Not” approach and am trying out a new one. 
“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”.

TEACHER TRAINING    
In spite of the thought in the last newsletter put out to remind you, and you telling me that life is speeding up, and important things are more important than ever, it was amazing that the usual small group of dedicated, faithful students were at teacher training – THE CORE.   I have lots to do in a day, lots of responsibilities, but I make this time just for you.  Put aside the time, prepare a class, mentally prepare.  You are a priority for me…. Where were you!!!  No excuses please.

It is always interesting working at Innisfree to make the comparison between the students there, and yoga teacher trainees.  The similarities are clear.  The ones who say how much they love yoga, the ones who say they can’t live without it, wax lyrical, have the yoga books (but don’t have the time to read them), the bumper stickers, the badges, are rarely the ones who make the effort and succeed hugely.  They limp to the finish line but it is always someone else’s fault they didn’t succeed to their expectations.   Life, “being there for others”, doing what they “should” do keeps them from doing what is really important.  

If you really want to do as you say you do.  If you really want to lift the vibrations of the universe, if you really want to be spiritual, you will revisit the yamas and start there.   Do not kill opportunity, tell the truth (even about yourself), don’t steal (time ), have respect (we are waiting for you to step up), and don’t take more than you need (of things that in the end are not building your soul).    Being a student for years because you don’t have time to study or come to teacher training just doesn’t signal the message you might be trying to encourage me to believe.     

I never have to remind the students who did come.  They have the day in their diary, and I just love teaching them.  They make the effort, and because they do I  lift the lid, and teach, teach, teach my socks off so they will be rewarded for their diligence. 

At this teacher training we concentrated on “spiritual yoga”.  Health body reading, doing back bends safely and correctly, releasing the energy of sushumna and dealing with blockages in ida and pingala.   We also did yoga for parkinsons disease.  Those who came to teacher training were well rewarded. 

WHERE WERE YOU FOR THAT 2 HOURS?
(Next TT Sunday 6th December 2pm to 4pm – we might have a lesson on Karma, Bhakti and Reincarnation.  What do you think? )

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

FACEBOOK
Thank you all for your feedback.  Nicole does the YOGAFIRST site, and I do The Australasian Yoga Institute and Jahne Hope-Williams sites.  Nicole concentrates on recipes and chat, and I try to pass on my philosophical musings.    

THE RESTORATIVE COURSE – GET INSPIRED, GET CREATIVE, GET INVOLVED!
OOOO!  It is getting very, very interesting.  Fabulous in fact!
As I have said to you before, I am not quite sure where this course will end up.  It could be integrated into a section on deep relaxation and regression…. Who knows.  Not me. The curriculum?  It keeps changing and growing.  The Restorative Part is very important, but it is leading UP TO SOMETHING.  That is my feeling – I am getting goosebumps as I write.  Yay! they say, you are getting it!!  Thanks guys.  Anyone out there who is up for an unusual ride?  If you say yes, then join us.  If you just want “meat and two veg”, then go for the short course.    Exploring Yoga’s Model for Health and Well-Being, The Science of the Breath,  Bio-Energetics, Pawanmuktanasana (seated yoga in four section), Brain Yoga, Structural Yoga, Restorative Yoga + + +.   Once you have integrated this you are on the path to being a Restorative Yoga therapist.  It is not simple, and it will not be inexpensive – in its entirety probably around $5,000 .  It will be a whole study in itself and I will need some time off to put it all together – thank goodness for the Christmas hols.    

NOA BELLING – YOGA HANDBOOK.  PLEASE…..WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE!
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.   yogafirst@netcon.net.au

YOGA CLASSES- Classes held at Bentinck
THE 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).

Monday  5.30 RESTORATIVE with jahne, 6.30 General class with  Nicole
Tuesday 10am RESTORATIVE with jahne,  and 7.30  General class with *Brad and others, 
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 with jahne)

*Brad is not well at the moment, and we have other teachers who have volunteered their time to take his place (thank you).

*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.

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.  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.

www.yogabeautiful.com.au  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  www.ministryofyoga.blogspot.com.au

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.

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING CLASS  The next will be the first Sunday in December (the 6th) 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.  

NEW: SPIRITUAL YOGA CLASS:  
Mondays at 1.45, followed by meditation 2.30 to 3.30.  
Starting Monday  9th November.  Please bring an open mind – this is a ‘ guided’ class.  
email to book. 
yogafirst@netcon.net.au

THE FORGIVENESS BOOK We have it in the office – it has come home…   Do you want to read it.  If so, let Deb know.   Or please email me… yogafirst@netcon.net.au

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – “JAHNE’S YOGA UNIVERSITY” 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”.

1.   THE BHAGAVADGITA (YOGIC PHILOSOPHY)
2.    RYTA200 –  THE BASIC YOGA COURSE
3.    RYTA350 – COURSE ACCREDITED BY YOGA AUSTRALIA 
4.    RYTA500 – THE NEXT STEP
5.    RESTORATIVE YOGA (Level 1) and RESTORATIVE YOGA  THERAPY TRAINING (Level 2) 
        Two levels.   CPE (pending) and Diploma level – includes “Brain Yoga”… A professional level course.

The RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY COURSE (Level 2), has morphed into a professional stand-alone course for people who want to specialise in Restorative Yoga Therapy.  It won’t be easy, and attracts the same conditions and provisions as the Professional Yoga Teacher Training course.  Everyone who is now on the course is doing the Level 1.  If you are interested in making Restorative Yoga Therapy your primary modality, then please let me know.  It is such a worthwhile course, and few are doing it to this level.
yogafirst@netcon.net.au

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 GITAJAIA YOGA FOUNDATION: Every week I say it is coming, and it is.  Rather than do “bits” we are re-energising our whole organisation.  So, be patient.  It is coming.   On the way we are rebadging the whole organisation – new web page banners, new look….

THE SHOP and ETSY  www.myyogabooks.etsy.com 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.
*YIN YOGA, THE ANATOMY AND THE CHAKRAS all by Paul  Grilley
*THE YAMAS  
*THE UN-MEDITATION COURSE  
*YOGA SWINGS
*THE REVELATION TAROT
*HOW-TO STUDY YOGA BY DISTANCE EDUCATION – A BOOKLET….. 
*THE CHAKRAS – A COLOURING-IN BOOK and a REFERENCE BOOKLET –
*CHAKRA BOOKLET
*ETERNITY THE PRAYER

 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 www.yogabeautiful.com.au We are giving you total choice now, although it may be a bit more expensive…..
REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE HAVE BEEN UNCOUPLED.  YOU CAN BUY THEM SEPARATELY.  A DEARER OPTION, BUT IT SEEMS THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT.  WE AIM TO PLEASE.

YOUR TEACHER TRAINING YEAR (or so): 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! yogafirst@netcon.net.au

GARDENING WITH BENEFITS Every day now I go out into the garden picking for my smoothies.  It is such a wonderful feeling.  The rain has been welcome – I  just love it.   I am sure to have enough produce put away by the new year.

COOKING – SNAKEY CAKEY again… for Christmas. 
SNAKEY CAKEY –  (As usual I am not really sure of quantities – I just play).

INGREDIENTS… 200g icing sugar, 2 eggs, 200g almond meal, 1tab flour, zest 1 lemon and 1 orange, crushed pistachios and 3 tabs rose water.  And of course FILO pastry.

METHOD…. Mix everything together and let it rest.  Then, spread out enough filo end on end to reach over about one meter length.  Make a good overlap and  brush the overlap with melted butter, and gently brush the entire surface with butter.  The put the filling in a sausage-like line from end to end,  close to one side, then roll up like a snake.  Top to bottom, then top to bottom and repeat until you have a firm filo snake.  Then roll the snake and place snuggly into a pan (or cut and put in smaller pans)..  Brush with butter sprinkle with crushed pistachios,  and then bake at 180C for about 35 to 40 minutes until it is crisp and browned.   De-pan, cool, sprinkle with icing sugar and rose petals and serve with ice–cream.  

There is quite a lot of snake.  You could use a dried fruit mix in with the ingredients, cut into suitable lengths and put in small pans perhaps and use as a christmas cake on the christmas table, or for gifts!   

MY VIDEOS.. I am so pleased with myself.  I actually managed to take a video, get the video on to my computer desk top and then put on a USB!  Huge.  My first attempt had good information, but, as I didn’t anticipate success  I didn’t pay attention to what I looked like.  As it was the end of the day, and as I hadn’t looked in the mirror since early morning, it was messy.  I am doing a more concentrated repeat.  This will be the first of a selection of  USB’s to go with the RESTORATIVE2 course.    

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.  www.yogabeautiful.com.au

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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and tune in to our videos  daily.         ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  

Namaste Jahne

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