Email blast 6th July 2016

  Email Blast 6th July 2016


Honouring the Universe – The philosophy of The Australasian Yoga Institute….

Yoga is an ancient philosophy and practice of health and well-being. 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 our certification programs and our classes.   We don’t teach pilates, or quick courses.  We teach YOGA the way it was intended to be taught – a system of healing with an emphasis on the mind. Our Yoga teaching focusses on the foundations, addressing every aspect of the human system, including the body, the mind, the emotions, breathing patterns, relationships etc. respecting the individuality of each person and situation.



We need Members.  We are nothing without you –  and this does mean YOU….  

As I have said in previous newsletters, we are launching the GITAJAIA YOGA FOUNDATION on the 10th of July. Our first goal is to raise money for The Annie ten Brink Memorial Yoga Scholarship.   If you would like to contribute to this effort and  be a member, (and we need as many members as we can get), you will be able to purchase a membership which will come with a beautiful little angel artwork by me.  We will have a few things on the etsy site that will also be used to fund the foundation, among them the artworks, the red string bracelets.  My very special large artworks will also be available, and a viewing will take place on the 10th July by invitation.  

THE SCHOLARSHIPS:  I have a couple of recipients in mind and to take to the Board.  One is a teacher of ours who is taking yoga and literacy into indigenous communities and with much success, and the other a student in recovery who is demonstrating a great love of yoga and progress in yoga thus far, even under great difficulties.  By becoming a Member and by making a contribution you will help me to support these wonderful teachers.  

Bec Cassar the owner of “BOWL FULL  of SOUL”  is helping me with the launch… 
I don’t often give adverts, but one is required here.  “BOWL FULL of  SOUL” – Phone: 0431 697 613. “Bowl full of Soul” is also on Face book, and that is where you will find the menus.



I am working hard here, writing and loving it keeping up with the books that are in my head.  Hop on to our web site to find our books, you will enjoy them – YAMAS, CHAKRAS, AND YIN YOGA….., they will add to your skills, and you can use them as a basis for workshops…

 NUTRITION FOR A SMALL PLANET – THE YOGA OF FOOD” This latest book outlines the good grains/ancient grains, the good sweeteners, the good oils, herbs, plants, recipes.  Of course it is not all you need to know about nutrition, how could it be (Doctorates are written about each of the sub-headings in my little book),   it will however give you a good heads-up starting with herbs and plants and working through grains, oils, sweeteners and there is even a small paragraph at the end about  WORDS.  Yes, words can be nourishing or drive you into the dust.  Anyhow, it is worth it to get the book just for the recipes for my green smoothie,  the famous Golden Milk, and Tigers Milk.  These just by themselves can change your life.

“REVELATION TAROT FOR LOVERS” I have been asked to update my Tarot booklet which accompanies my cards.  We have clients all over the world who have the tarot and I haven’t updated for years.  It is about time and it is going to be much expanded to include yoga/chakra for each card.  This time I am going to update it with a focus on “THE TAROT FOR LOVERS”  and maybe we all should be that…..

If you have your own studio, or teach (or just want to know more)  or want to do workshops, but don’t feel confident that you know enough –  then use these books as the foundation.  Just say that everyone in the class buys a book, comes to the workshop.  You do a class, embellish it with things you like to do, add diet, meditation…  you could easily have a one day or two day work shop based on one of these books.  Should be good, and a whole lot easier than starting from scratch.  Plus, your students can decide to get a certificate at the end from  me if they want that.  It all helps. 

Lee said…..“I felt like the manual gave me confidence to be able to mimic the class and gave me a clearer understanding of the principals of Yin Yoga. I really enjoyed it Jahne and i got something out of it which i will continue to do so as well. So as you said in the manual “i have written this book for you so i hope it will be useful” – and it is, so thank you very much Jahne!”


THE FAST-TRAK TO SUCCESS. (Applications open until the 10th July – you have a few days to apply )

This is not a general invitation, however, 
1.    If you enrolled in the course more than 2 years ago, 
2.    Have been sending in the occasional module (yes, I need to see your work) – enough that I can see you have a good grasp on both the philosophy and the asanas
3.     but due to circumstances have not finished the course 
4.    And, HAVE BEEN TEACHING, and there is a record of that teaching that I can access from your students…

Then you are eligible to do the FAST-TRAK.   It is not easy.  If you are a local student, then you have to do the exam in front of me, also show me that you can do a range of asanas (not just the basics), and understand the philosophy and complete three modules chosen by me.  If you are a remote student then the exam can be done where you are, but I will need a DVD of your asanas chosen by me, and you will need to complete the three modules.   The cost for this fast track is $975 which includes a year’s registration.  You can pay in three monthly installments, and when everything is completed and paid for you will receive the registration at RYTA200 (NOT RYTA/YA350).  After you have been teaching for a year, and on re-registration you will be registered at RYTA/YA350 and be able to register for health fund rebates for your clients. 

I do a Fast–Trak every few years, just to scoop up those trainees who are lagging behind, but have proved that they are wonderful teachers.  This is an occasional occurrence, I do not offer it on a regular basis, and if you miss this opportunity then next one may not happen for a couple of years.   

Please if you want to avail yourself of this option,  email me PERSONALLY please use  Don’t use any other number.  


We need babies blankets.

We delivered a two huge bags of beannies you knitted and crocheted for Tibet, delivered last month…  We have now been asked to knit or crochet babies blankets –   80cm x 100cm approximately –   any colour, any wool.  I am knitting my third, and Jackey is on her second.  Even if you think they are a bit “ nonprofessional” I will steam them into shape before I send them, so just send whatever you have.    It takes about a week to knit a blanket in my spare time of an evening (when I am not working with you – or writing).   These blankets are used to wrap newborns, and used as shrouds when they die.  Please don’t send us cotton things.   It is extremely cold, Tibet is still recovering from the Earthquake, and children, lots of children especially newborns,  die from the cold.  (Do not send wool or items COD. It is not helpful, as  it costs more for us to pay the COD than it does to buy wool).  Please deliver them to The Bentinck during yoga hours, or put them on my front porch, well wrapped in plastic.

I am strongly in favour of a KNITTING AFTERNOON. Are you?  Do you want to learn?   WE can share wool, needles, chatter and inspire each other.  Would you be interested?  A Monday/Wednesday or Friday morning? 10 am to 12noon ….  Followed by a Restorative Yoga Class.

  YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s – all with Paul Grilley
This is one of my major sources and fits beautifully with the course we have put together.   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


For anything yoga –  blog,  I will be blogging as often as I can – so please make a point to look in….



I have a new, beautiful drum.  One of my students – Brenda Wadge from Moama – has a sister who makes drums.  So Brenda had managed to move from yoga student to  yoga teacher with us,  to bring up a wonderful daughter who is my assistant,  and now I have a new deep and resonant drum, it has such a lovely voice.  I am getting to know the drum, and when we have a language, I will do a video so you can meditate with the drum,  as I am as I am play it.  I might even bring Her to class….



We are desperate for some copies.  If you are done with yours, don’t just leave it on the shelf……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.   We get so many folk get back to us saying how wonderful this book is.  There is a later edition available with lots of black and white photos in it, but my favourite is the first edition which was all colour.  If you can find one, keep it close by – it is a wonderful resource..


YOGA CLASSES at the home of The Australasian Yoga Institute….. The Bentinck.

I AM FLAGGING NOW THAT THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CHANGES IN JULY, so watch this space. The yoga space is mine for the time being at least – who can know the future, and for the immediate moment the classes are as usual.  Please come, your presence will be the deciding factor.  If you are not there, if you have voted with your feet (with no email saying when you will be back), I will unplug the class.  It is absolutely up to you.  It is a time of reflection and change for us all.

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).

PRICES:  We will have to put our prices up I think.  I will give you lots of notice.

WHERE: “The Bentinck”  on the corner of the Romsey Road and the High Street in Woodend.  Enter from  the start of the Romsey Road only – the sign is big and clear . 

PARKING:  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.  Don’t park anywhere else.  As you enter the gate, park only to right or to the left – not straight ahead. That also is staff parking.

HOLIDAYS – I totally forgot about this holiday weekend.  Now that I am not taking every class I need reminding…  I apologise for those people who turned up and we were not there.



Monday        5.30pm RESTORATIVE, 6.30pm Hatha class 

Tuesday       *10am RESTORATIVE Yoga therapy with Jahne, and 7.30pm Hatha class

Wednesday   12.30 Yin with Fiona , 6.30pm Hatha with Jahne

Friday           6.30pm Hatha with Jahne 

Saturday       9am RESTORATIVE Yoga with Nicole, 10am Hatha Yoga with Nicole, 

                    12.30 *RESTORATIVE Yoga therapy with Jahne,

Sunday         4.30 *RESTORATIVE Yoga therapy with Jahne 



At the moment I am the only one locally able to take RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY CLASSES. Although others may take Restorative Yoga.   If you have a serious health issue, make sure that the class you are coming to is taught by me.  My classes are a therapy class, and if you buy a class pass you may be able to get a refund from your health benefit fund (depending on the fund).  If you are buying your yoga a class at a time at $10 per class it probably won’t be worth the admin hassle.  Restorative Yoga is quite different to a HATHA Yoga Class.   On request I started a Sunday class, most people can make 4.30 on Sunday, and I hope you can too. If you are looking for any changes in times and days, then please go to the web site.  You will find everything there.


The next will be on the first Sunday in August at the Bentinck – in the Yoga Room, enter through Romsey Road only.  Please join us.   If you are a distance ed. student then the cost of the afternoon is $10.  If  you are a visitor and not formally a student teacher with us then the cost is $20.



READING:  I read “Autobiography of a Yogi” for the umpteenth time this week.  What a fabulous book.  I always get something new out of it.  If you haven’t read it, you must.  There are things to be learned on every page.  I am starting at the beginning and doing it again, that’s how much I loved it!!!

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. 
      You must start with 200 hours first.


5.    PPT Massage technique.  A stand-alone class, fully insurable. 


We recently were noticed in Mass. USA and we are getting a review for our posters and colouring book – if you had not noticed, colouring in is the new thing.  Best seller list stuff…

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”,



After years at a very cheap price by industry standard, we are upping ours.  If you want yoga insurance with us the cost is now $220 pa.   Because we have been with them since they started, it means we get a “hot desk” answered by a real person, in Queensland not India,  who knows who you are.  We also can get the student insurance, which is a very special advantage.  With regards to the forms – we are updating and simplifying.  It won’t be done in a flash – so thank you in advance for your patience.  Our insurance company is underwritten by Lloyds of London, and has recently acquired OAMPS (I am sure you have seen this about).  We have the advantage, we have a niche within that business, and are cared for, which is excellent when you have questions, and want service.   



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, even if you have done NOTHING in that time.  

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 and ONLY if you have paid for THE STUDIO TRAINING.  Not the DISTANCE training.  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, and everyone did that!  We do our fee calculation based on 12 months of yoga training.   Your STUDIO training fees cover you for a year, after that we ask you to pay $10 per class.   

ATTENTION EVERYONE – YOUR FILE:  With our new staff we are going through each file, bringing our records up to date,  and noticed that many are incomplete.  A lot of short cuts have been taken over the years, trying to please you and make the process shorter I am sure – I haven’t noticed them because I haven’t been involved in registration until a few months ago.  However, please respond promptly if we contact you and ask for forms  to be completed.  It will mean that your file is not in order – it is a bother, but it needs to be done.  We haven’t been clear enough at the time of your sign up…  Please note, in order to graduate you PROPERLY we need a complete file.




NEW TEACHERS…BEFORE YOU START THE COURSE PROPERLY LOOK THROUGH THE VIDEOS.  I can’t stress this enough.   Please look down the list of the videos before you try to do stick drawings, or organise your journal.   NOTE WELL:  they are not in order.  They do not match up with the modules and they were not designed to do that.  You are yogis doing a course.  You do not need the trainer wheels.    Get a feeling for how they are set up, what’s where.  It will save you heaps of time later on.  There are stick figures, respiration, philosophy, how to teach….even the garden is there.  You will love them, but you have to get to know them – it’s not just about asanas.  My various hair incarnations alone will keep you interested!



If your question is a lifestyle issue, a domestic issue, or a personal issue and you want personal advice (counselling), Tarot (?), even hypnotherapy and of course ONE-ON-ONE RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY….then there is a charge.   My service is professional and there is an hourly rate – for the Restorative Yoga Therapy there is the possibility of a refund from your Health benefit fund, depending on the fund.  Enquire with your health fund before you decide to make a booking if this is important to you.  Teacher Training issues by enrolled teacher training students at the moment are part of the course, and cost nothing – but you need to make an appointment, and have your questions ready.    Please,  respect my 50 years of teaching and training.  My time is valuable, you know I am always teaching, studying or working with my students – it is all a matter of energy and exchange.  We are a Sangha.  Thank you.



PLEASE.  I have asked before DO NOT SEND MODULES TO MY HOME ADDRESS.  Those who do will usually have to re-do them (it is a small wet postbox) – you will not get your modules returned sooner, in fact you may get the sealed envelope returned……  The envelopes are too big for the box and they get wet!  This is Woodend – it is wet and cold.  I have a PO Box with an address that appears everywhere. I have asked you to use this.   I will not take any responsibility for envelopes addressed to my home.  If you have been sending to Morris Road, please change the details in your diary or on your computer, TODAY.   For those of you who have missed seeing my postal address.  It is PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. 3441.  Australia.



FIONA: Is doing the everyday office work.  She is the new Debbie, but it will take her time to get up to speed.

JACKEY is our bookkeeper.  For the next 8 weeks she will be working from 9am to 12 noon on Wednesdays.  If you want to know anything about accounts, ring at this time.  You can ask me questions any other time, but I may not be able to give you a definitive answer.

ME: During the week, mostly you will be dealing with me.  I am having a lovely time getting close to all my students after years of leaving you all in Debbie’s hands.  Right at this moment, if you have a question about your course (until Fiona gets up to speed), truly, I am the only one absolutely qualified to answer you.  If I don’t answer right away, be patient and call back.  Please email in the first instance at the number below – only the number below and set up a time when we won’t be disturbed, and will be in a place where phone connections are possible.  My email  If you want to know anything about your course..if you have problems, concerns,  then email me.  As I have said.  Be patient.  We are working hard to be the best we can be.

THURSDAYS –  are my ONLY DAY OFF.  I would really appreciate it if you left your emails, and telephone calls until Friday.  I know that in this “information age”  you need to know things right this minute…  please postpone your request, and don’t get annoyed if I don’t pick  up the phone.  Make it on Wednesdays or Fridays so I do get a rest.  Also, Read the yoga schedule above.  If you call whilst I am in class I am not going to pick up the phone – ditto if I am in the middle of a consult – that is why I plead with you to email me.  Then I can reply as soon as I am free, and those who try it will know I do, unless I have to think about and research what you have asked then it might take a little time.  Thank you!

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.

I move with the infinite in nature’s power.  I hold the fire of the soul.  I hold the life and healing”. (Rig Veda)

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….

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

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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ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  

Namaste Jahne

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