eNewsletter 20th July 2017


EMAIL CHANGE: Please use yogafirst@optusnet.com.au (anything to do with accounts), Or the usual yogafirst2@bigpond.com. If you do want to speak to me personally, then email, make a time suitable for both of us, and then we can chat.  If you do it this way, rather than just “wing it”, you can be reasonably sure I have time, and you will get my attention.  POSTAL ADDRESS is not at my home – small mail box out in the open means that rain is an issue. Please address all land mail to the address it has always been – PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon.  Vic. 3441.  Until you see a change written here in large letters, that is where it will be.

HYPERMOBILITY….  You will all be pleased to know that I am just putting the finishing touches to a (very “me”) video. No bells and whistles, just me talking about hyper-mobility and demonstrating the Sacro-Cranio Connection moves. This DVD is mean to be viewed in conjunction with the booklet, but it will come first. The Ebook will not be far behind.  I have got the illustrations done (which accompany the DVD).  So you will be able to move forward in your teaching once you have seen this. Please, please don’t expect a flash production. It is just me, talking at the camera, demonstrating as in the videos you have watched for years. It means that I can charge the minimum with no production costs other than printing, packaging and posting, which is enough in itself.

COLLAGEN: DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMERS.  I feel marginally stupid. For years and years I have been taking SHARK CARTILAGE. I take it because of its effect on cartilage and muscle, but I never thought about the collagen aspect. People have always said what great skin I have. If they could have seen the scars left by acne they would have thought differently. But without me thinking much about it, the scars have gone, my skin is reasonable, and I still have all my marbles. And I am still doing heaps of yoga classes a week. For my age that is not bad, and I think I have collagen to thank for quite a bit of that. The collagen I take is pure, it is from virgin waters, and is ethically collected. No sharks are killed specifically for the product and it would be put in landfill otherwise.  We will be putting it on our shop site… I have the price of the capsules – $34 for 60 (a whole lot better than the $49 the chemist charged me!), plus I have to get the postage and packaging price on top of that. I apologize ahead of time for Australia post – it will cost more than we think, and take longer than we think to get to you. Thankfully, we rarely lose anything.

RESTORATIVE LEVEL 3 will be dealing with these issues above as well as others that will all go towards helping you to be a better therapist. If you have not almost completed the teacher training course then you won’t have the anatomical and philosophical vocabulary to understand what we are doing. So work on your course, do the Restorative level 1 and 2, and keep this in mind for the next step.  Come to my talks, and book for a workshop with me. Or book for a one-on-one to see how I work.  There are four students ready for the level 3, believe me, I want this as much as you do.  It is top of mind.
The Theosophical Society has asked me to give a talk on hypermobility in Melbourne on the 23rd of September.  YOGA AUSTRALIA has asked me to talk on hypermobility in Melbourne in February. I believe that this is essential in your yoga teaching.  So you can catch me in September at the Theosophical Society Theatrette, or, you can keep watching this space to find out other dates and times, especially February….

My  e-booklet on Hypermobility?   It will be finished by the September seminar.   VIDEOS: Please note. When you first signed up you were given a password to access the videos. There is lots more on them than you may anticipate, so go for it… watch them. They will answer a lot of your questions, and they will save you having to do some questions a second time.. If you want to get your Restorative Yoga Therapy Certification at Level 2 and move on to level 3, then you will need to do your LEVEL 1 FIRST. You need that certificate BEFORE you can do Level 2. Please pay attention. For previous students: If you have done the last workshop, loved it and would like to repeat it (every class is a little different)  you can for a small fee, I would love you to join in and share your experiences since your workshop.


“THE RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY ALLIANCE” – is a project we are currently working on, using The International Yoga Therapy Assoc. as our model. It will take us years to get to their level of perfection – but it is something you need. It will be an organisation aligned to The Australasian Yoga Institute. A branch of The Institute which will be inviting papers, focusing and sharing the more therapy aspects of what we do in Restorative Yoga. Not a medical model, but certainly a healing model. I have begun the steps needed for my own registration at the highest level of the American/International peak body (I am registered already), so that I can encourage my graduates to do the same.


WITH REGARD TO STUDENT INSURANCE AND REGISTRATION. From the 1st July there will be changes, BIG ONES I BELIEVE….  I am working to make it a positive step. The insurance company will be looking after the insurances totally. Watch this space.  Registration will be mandatory if you want insurance, and will be STUDENT or GRADUATE level. This will reflect on your insurance policy. The cost of the insurance will also change, but I don’t quite know how or to what extent yet. Watch this space.

WHEN YOU SHOULD INSURE:  We based the course on graduating students in an average of 18 months to two years. Keeping this in mind we thought (because you would not be teaching until you finished the course) you would not need insurance for those two years, so we gave you the first 12 months insurance and registration free, and ditto for the second – if you were not yet teaching. However, this is changing as more people who are teaching already are joining our course to get registered and insured. If you are not teaching then you don’t need to be insured, and you will be registered when you graduate.

If you do start teaching whilst you are still working on the course, then you will need STUDENT REGISTRATION in order to get STUDENT INSURANCE. These are an extra cost and you should factor them in, as you must also factor in your videos which are also a yearly subscription. The first year is paid for in your fee, but from thereon it is up to you to renew. This is not an unusual ask. WE do not hide the fact, however, when I ask you to read the applications and other information SLOWLY, we anticipate that you have done that, and won’t be surprised. Keep in mind that we are providing the skills for a career for around $3,000. That is extraordinary. A charge for Registration and Insurance and  $275 for a yearly video subscription is nothing in the light of that.

Why Register with THE AUSTRALASIAN YOGA INSTITUTE?  Thank you all the students who have responded to this call.  Registration says you are a member of our school (and proud to be so), and at the very least the income received from the cost of registration allows us to give out scholarships, and help others in their desire to teach. It is not mandatory, but it is recommended, and we encourage you to do it. How do you  support and encourage your lineage? – or do you perhaps dream up a more glamorous version, something featuring India perhaps?  We have a wonderful lineage that goes back through the Gita School to India and Tibet. My Heart Guru, Margrit Segesman the founder of the Gita school (a very important part of our lineage)  was sent to Australia from India and Tibet to teach yoga by her Heart Guru, but she never disclosed who that was – seeking to break the “guru tradition”.. When you register you are not just supporting our endeavours, you are acknowledging the wonderful teacher that Margrit Segesman was…and yoga is. A living tradition.  Support us by being a fabulous teacher, and in time Affiliating with us, and taking our traditions into a complete Teacher Training School of your own.

Right now – TODAY, mark in your diary when your registration and insurance are due – Registration and insurance should be applied for YEARLY on the same day (it is easier this way).   – at this time contact us if WE (this office) have not contacted you.  THE AYI COURSE VIDEOs.  A necessity.  Please make notes, notice how long you spend…. Write it down. As it says in your initial emailed information pack, from the very first one with how to set yourself up clearly noted, please make a journal note of all the yoga you do in a day, and that includes the videos. A computer is just a computer, and whilst we make every effort to get them to comply with our will, they sometimes don’t. If you have a daily journal and mark down in it all the yoga you do and watch, and then on a monthly basis transfer the totals to your passport, you will have a hard copy record, and a computer record.


You might be able to still get the book (and many others including STRUCTURAL YOGA THERAPY) second-hand from the bookshops below. I would advise you to buy a few so that you can amortize the postage cost across a number of books rather than one.

    Cost Plus 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 USA 5/ Hippo Books $5.50 $11.50 USA 6/ Goodwill Books $1.00 $17.00 USA 7/ The Book Women $5.00 $14.75           As Suzuki Roshi once said “if something is not paradoxical it is not true”.


$15 per class or 10 classes for $135 (and UNLIMITED ONE MONTH FOR $100 – great value if you come often) 

Keep in Mind that Jahne’s  Massage is available in between yoga classes, and by appointment only.

THE BENTINCK Enter through the Romsey Road gate, and park either side of the drive.

THE HOME STUDIO Park on the white gravel, in the small open yard opposite the house if no-one else has, or on the nature strip. No need to bring props – mats etc unless you want to – everything is provided.

    6.30 PM Yoga with Jahne
  10:00 AM Restorative
  6:30 PM Hatha with Nic
  12:30 PM Hatha (sometimes TT depending on arrivals)
  5:30 PM Restorative, 
6:30 PM with Jahne
  6:30 PM Hatha Yoga with Jahne

  11:30 AM PHILOSOPHY for Yogis
12:30 PM Restorative
  10.00 AM Hatha
4.00 PM Philosophy
      OUR YOGA CLASSES You will note there are less – For 50 years I have turned up with hardly a holiday to deliver the best classes I can come what may. Right now – things are getting in the way with you coming to class. I am told life is getting busy. Teachers across the land are telling me there is less commitment. Less YOGA FIRST attitude. So I am cutting down the classes and concentrating on writing.  Perhaps it is the right time for me to do this. At my age my own teacher was still taking classes, but life was different then, and she was not able to write until she retired. I can do both thanks to you, my students. I am cutting down my classes, and I am spending that time writing. I have important things to write about – yoga and dementia/alzheimers for instance… I am also encouraging people who really need me to come to my home for one-on-ones, which of course reflect the skills Icam learning with the research I am doing. Yes it costs more, but you will be able to get a health benefit rebate (if your health insurance goes that far).

THE TIMES IN RED. These are at my home studio. I will also welcome one-on-one consultations concentrating on Restorative Yoga Therapy, particularly in relation to dementia or alzheimers. If you have a history of this in your family, maybe you would like to come see me. I think we can make a difference, but there will be work to do.

The times in BLACK are at The Bentinck…

PRICES: The class prices at either place, Bentinck or Studio are be $15 per class, $135 for a 10 class pass or $100 unlimited for one 4 week month (no extensions  – once the month is up the pass is done).Your present passes will be valid until they run out.  Restorative Yoga therapy Consult (including a massage) with Jahne $155 first consult, $125 thereafter. Health Fund Rebate available.

At the HOME studio: Could you please park on the white gravel I had made especially for you. If there is no room on the white gravel or the naturestrip, then opposite us is a space we have been given permission to use. Just drive in. Please, don’t park on the road, or in other peoples driveways or naturestrips unless there is absolutely no parking available at the studio and opposite. 

At the Bentinck: There is work going on to build our new medical centre. We dealt with the driveway, and in a few days cement is going to be laid for the ambulance parking.


The next will be on Sunday 6th August,  2pm to 4pm  at my home studio (37 Morris Road in Woodend). Please join us – there is no need to book. Bring writing materials, and be early. Follow the Japanese Path at the side of the house. There is a notice on the door if you have trouble with direction. If you are a distance ed. student then the cost of the afternoon is $15. 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. We have had the most wonderful trainings, there is nothing like them. Please do come. Park on the white gravel around the house, and in the open yard opposite. 
TEACHERS:  THE SHAMAN WARRIORS DEATH MEDITATION training was amazingly good.  This is a consultation that can be done with me one-on-one. If you have issues that need resolving. If you are stuck, and can’t move forward, then, this is the consult for you. In the training the girls were sobbing. At the end they said they felt powerful, in control – looking forward to moving forward. If you think this might be for you, then please, let me know, make a booking (one and a half hours minimum)  – come see me. 

TEACHER TRAINING in the CBD: I am considering doing a  workshop in Melbourne CBD.  If you would be interested in doing this workshop (which is an important part of the course)  if this was an option for you, please let me know.  yogafirst2@bigpond.com.

I will be doing lectures at The Theosophical Society Theatrette in Russell Street (Subject – “Hypermobility JHMS/ED-T and how it changes your yoga and yoga teaching” theory and practice.).… September 23rd, 1.30 to 2.30 then 2pm to 4 with afternoon tea in the break.  Please write in your diary.

TEACHER TRAINING IN EUROA: Now trainees in Euroa, Shepparton, Albury and surrounds will be able to do their teacher training with Heidi. We will keep you in the loop as this progresses. Please contact Heidi (Director – Heidi Van Maanenberg – ask@byoga.com.au).

TEACHER TRAINING IN BENDIGO: Bendigo Teacher Training classes – every fortnight from 3.30 to 5pm at Crusoeden Body. I will be teaching there on Tuesday 8th August. Turn at the Metricon building on the highway in Kangaroo Flat, Big METRICON sign on the building you turn at – also its a traffic light intersection, just up from Bunnings. Crusoeden is the building behind Metricon building, and faces Church Street. Its easy to find. Cost: $15 per class for everyone who attends – thank you. (Directors – Jayne Boyle  – crusoedenbody@bigpond.com).  Regular classes held –please email for timetable.

TEACHER TRAINING SOON IN TARADALE. These are still in the planning stages, but TARADALE Yoga School is not far away.  But if you are in the surrounding areas, please let me know and I will pass your interest along – in the beginning I will be sharing the TARADALE TT classes until we get them up and running… yogafirst2@bigpond.com DO YOU WANT TO AFFILIATE WITH US and Teach Yoga teachers?  If you are a graduate with us, have a studio already, and are at the point of considering teaching others to be yoga teachers, then please contact me and we can introduce you to our procedure for this. It is not like Macdonalds, it is not a franchise, you are always in charge, you make what you make, and I teach the modules just like you have done. It works – when you win, I win. Let me know if you would like a chat with me. Email me and let us set up a scheduled phone call – give me a few options for when you are available. Email: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

I AM LISTENING”.  What I do is quite complex. Yes, I use the tarot; yes, I use yoga; and yes, we do energy work and massage– but you and I decide on the mix as we go. We have a goal, a way to get there, and an outcome..maybe then you are done. I have achieved success, and the outcome required, in literally 5 minutes (honestly). The client was blown away and paid me in full plus a tip…! Most people take longer. Nothing is set in stone. But you will be able to move forward. If you are stuck, if you are in recovery, if you can’t see a good road ahead –  then come see me. We will look ahead together.

GIFT VOUCHERS for The Australasian Yoga Institute.
Vouchers are available (all year) for $135 or $70 class passes, and massage $95 one hour or $50 half hour. Please contact me and we will arrange it. Email yogafirst2@bigpond.com Trying to climb the ladder of success? Forget the ladder. In yoga, everything is right here on the ground. IN THE SHOP AT “ETSY” 

The new DVD on THE SACRO-CRANIO CONNECTION will be loaded soon, just waiting on bits and pieces of printing.


IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YAMAS AND CHAKRAS – my own little books are on etsy. Why spend hours looking for the information when you can pay from under $10 for these books and have a very valuable easy-to-read reference and resource www.myyogabooks.etsy.com. If you get them and read them they will help you with many of the concepts that you are having trouble with especially in your modules. Go to “CHOOSE LIFE”, a home based on-line restore and recover program. YOGA NIDRA USB on ETSY. For those of you who want to do yoga nidra like we do (like I do). Now you can. I have done a USB stick so you can plug it in and have a wonderful, long meditation whenever you can. Please go to my growing shop on www.myyogabooks.etsy.com. YIN YOGA/ANATOMY/MEDITATION DVD’s –Please indulge in ALL three
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, and I still do. We have had to increase the price TWICE – everything everywhere is going up, and we have held this price for a number of years. Now $57.50. At this price we are accounting for currency increases and decreases, and they are still cheaper than I paid for mine initially. Look at Ebay – everyone is about the same. At twice the price they are still worth having. With Christmas coming, please order yours today. I don’t have many left and I am waiting for more stocks to arrive in the mail – at this time of the year they sometimes get caught up in customs. www.myyogabooks.etsy.com

I am at present writing a booklet on HYPERMOBILITY.  It will be available on ETSY before the seminar in September.

THE KITCHEN/THE HOUSE: I had one of our students (the architect Heather Wright – used to have a city practice, now works locally) come in to give me some new ideas for my house. It was invaluable. It is amazing how clearly someone with no prior knowledge of how I work in my house, can walk in and “get–it”. I am not sure the cost, but I am really looking forward to what she recommends. The kitchen and the office being main focus. She is going my way – and this I am sure is quite a departure from the city houses she is used to working with. But she took things slowly, and I am sure we will be able to work together. We are on the same page. As she walked in the door I said “No glitzy, no streamlined, no open plan, and no WHITE!”  That is me. Colourful, marginally cluttered, organised gallery workspace with a living area. When it is done we will have an opening perhaps when I am ready to share. I am preparing for the next 30 years… no changes to loft bed though – I love it too much.

REGARDING THE OFFICE: Thank you all so much for living the Yamas. Now, direct that wonderful energy to looking for the time your registration and insurance is due…let us know when you change address and emails

ATTENTION: EMAIL ADDRESS. There was a problem with the server, but this has been fixed until the next time – For anything, anything at all please email me at yogafirst2@bigpond.com. If you do not your emails may get lost, as I am gradually going to get rid of the other email addresses… Do not ring unless you have not got email, or you have an urgent question. Email, leave your number and I will get back to you. Phones? We are being re-organised, even here…. So at the moment my number is 0402 088 170  – preferably leave a text or email. I will return your calls when I can – I am not a slave to either the computer or the phone, so you may find that emails or text (which I always recommend) work out best. 
I am always as close as the post or the email, always working to make things better, dig deeper. Why? So you can be the best you can be. Email me, talk to me, send me photographs (send me questions). I look forward to hearing from you.  For more wonderful, delicious thoughts log on to our Web site www.yogabeautiful.com.au and tune in to our videos daily.

ENJOY – Love and Blessings,  Namaste Jahne

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