UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

The Secret of Adjustment in Shavasana, a Workshop with Makoto Yamada, April 30 2017 (This workshop is taught in Japanese)

Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantra - April
Mindfulness Workshop: Mindfulness of Body Sensation with Patrick Mitchell, April 30 2017

GOLDEN WEEK STAYCATION with Leza and Em, May 3 & 4

SpritDance SoulSong Workshop and Kirtan Concert with Daphne Tse, May 31

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in 2017


patrick_river-1Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantra: April
Mindfulness Workshop: Mindfulness of Body Sensation with Patrick Mitchell

Sunday April 30 4:30pm-6:30pm

Like the breathing cycle, the body is ever-present. Consequently our physical frame makes an excellent object of meditation and there are a large number of mindfulness practices that deal with body sensation.

In this mindfulness workshop we will:
• investigate layers of sensation including contact, movement, and temperature
• survey gross and subtle sensation in the major body systems
• engage in a detailed scan/sweep of body sensation, and
• alternate sitting periods with mindful walking.

Come join us and develop awareness of physical sensation, which is of course applicable across all your meditative, yogic, and daily activities. Beginners and those with experience are welcome.

About the instructor
patrick_bioPatrick Mitchell

Mindfulness/Stress Management Instructor, M.A. Contemplative Education

Patrick is a certified hatha yoga instructor (Sivananda, August 2000) with a growing interest in the depth and breadth of mindfulness meditation. He began practicing vipassana meditation in 2001 with a series of Goenka retreats and has since participated in many insight meditation retreats in India, Thailand, Canada, and Japan.

Patrick’ s mindfulness training includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at Omega Institute, New York, 2005. In 2008, he spent two months in Worcester, Massachusetts for the eight-week Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Stress Reduction Clinic (University of Massachusetts Medical Center).
Please visit tokyostressreduction.org to learn about MBSR courses in Japan.

Cost: 3,500 yen

Japanese translation by Haruka Takahashi

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop title in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER.
Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions. Early application is strongly suggested.
One week before an event, REGISTRATION CLOSES.


When Registering for our workshops: If you do not receive a confirmation reply within ONE WEEK, your registration has not been received OR you have not received our reply. If that is the case, please re-send your registration request. ALSO PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK BOX, ESPECIALLY GMAIL, YAHOO MAIL, or HOTMAIL USERS!
Namaste


staycationGOLDEN WEEK STAYCATION with Leza and Em at Sun and Moon Gotanda

Wednesday May 3 - Thursday May 4
9:00am - 7:00pm

Take a Break this Golden Week right here in Tokyo!
Join Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger for a 2-day Staycation at Sun and Moon in Gotanda.

Program
Day 1 & 2
9.00-10.15 Pranayama/Meditation with Em
10.30-12.30 Vinyasa Yoga with Em (Day1: The Balance of Sun & Moon, Day2: Wind to Unwind)
1.00-2.00 Vegetarian Lunch
2:30-4:30 Dharma Talk with Leza (Day1: Wisdom of The Yoga Sutra, Day 2: Tools of Mastery from the 8 Limbs of Yoga)
5:00-7:00 Restorative Yoga with Leza

Vinyasa Yoga with Em:
Day 1: The Balance of Sun & Moon

The meaning of ha-tha is sun and moon. This flow will start with flowing postures to build heat and then dive into cooling, calming postures to help balance our inner solar and lunar energies.

Day2: Wind to Unwind
Mindfully working on establishing stability, strength and evenness through lateral and a twisting standing postures before deepening and exploring variations of twisting seated postures. Perfect for that spring cleanse!

Dharma Talk with Leza:
Day 1: Ancient Wisdom from the Yoga Sutra for Modern Times

The Yoga Sûtra is a collection of 196 aphorisms written by the sage Patanjali over 2000 years ago, and remains the definitive guide to a Yogic Lifestyle. These “threads” (Sanskrit for “sutra”) offer keys to living a purposeful life. Learn more about the sutras and explore various interpretations of their meanings, deepening your understanding of this ancient timeless wisdom and gaining new appreciation of how it can be relevant to your own modern life.

Day2: Tools of Mastery from the 8 Limbs of Yoga
Practicing yoga is more than just folding your body into intricate poses. Yoga is a way of life. Over 2000 years ago, Patañjali created a blueprint for this lifestyle, which he wrote about in The Yoga Sûtra. The Eight Limbed Path to Yoga is a key component of the Yoga Sutra, which maps out eight stages to spiritual development. In this talk, explore the eight limbs– YAMA (Don’ts) NIYAMA (Do’s) ASANA (postures) PRANAYAMA (energy expansion/breath control), PRATYAHARA (turning inward), DHARANA (concentration), DHYANA (meditation), SAMADHI (awakening), in this thought-provoking lecture.

For most of us, Asana (yoga postures), is our main yoga practice. But really, this is the third stage of the Eight-Limbed path. Before we even begin to practice asanas, there are two fundamental yogas we should practice–Yama (how we treat others) and Niyama (how we treat ourselves). These foundations set the stage for evolution, preparing us for the remaining four limbs on a path to awakening. This dharma talk will break down the Eight Limbs of Yoga and offer practical, inspirational advice on how to apply them in the real world to transform ourselves so we can better serve others.

Levels: All levels, beginners welcome. Prior notification for special circumstances (injuries, pregnancy) required.

About the Instructors:
Leza Lowitz
has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Restorative yoga for over a decade. She was the first teacher to introduce Restorative yoga to Japan in 2003. (When Sun and Moon shipped all the props from America, customs officials held them for months because they had to test every pillow and eye bag for hidden drugs!) She has offered her highly popular Restorative yoga classes at workshops and on retreats internationally. She appeared on “99 Size” teaching Restorative yoga in 2004. She is a writer and certified yoga teacher who has studied many yogic and healing traditions with many illustrious teachers and masters from all over the world. She is the owner of Sun and Moon Yoga and author of the best-selling book Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By and Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant and Meditation (with Reema Datta) in addition to 18 other books.

Em Bettinger loves movement and the mechanics of it, and started dancing from an early age, going on to study contemporary dance at 18. Through her dance studies she was introduced to yoga. Em sees yoga as a “dance on the mat” - the breath guiding you and energy radiating from within. She believes you need to be in the movement physically, mentally and emotionally - then as a person you grow, as does your practice. Em teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Yin/Yang Yoga and Vinyasa Flow at Sun and Moon.

Cost:
Early Bird Registration: 23,000yen for both days (if registration including the completion of payment completed by March 31, 2017)
Regular cost for registration after April: 25,000yen for both days
Regular cost for 1-day: 15,000 yen per day (Priority is given to those who enroll in both days.)
Lunch included in fee.
Mats and props available at the studio.

Translator: Haruka Takahashi (in the Dharma Talk workshops)
Limit: 18 people

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop title in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER.
Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions (this may not be the case if the registration is within 3 weeks to the workshop.) Early application is strongly suggested.


When Registering for our workshops: If you do not receive a confirmation reply within ONE WEEK, your registration has not been received OR you have not received our reply. If that is the case, please re-send your registration request. ALSO PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK BOX, ESPECIALLY GMAIL, YAHOO MAIL, or HOTMAIL USERS!
Namaste


SpritDance SoulSong Workshop and Kirtan Concert with Daphne Tse

Daphne Tse is coming back to Sun and Moon with your New Album Arigato. (In Japanese!)

daphne2017SpiritDance SoulSong: Movement, Music& Medicine for Wellness and Vitality!

Wednesday May 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Movement and music are two of the oldest forms of healing. Join Daphne in a conscious exploration of present moment embodiment through movement meditation, dance, and SoulSongs. We will awaken our inner body’s intuitive flow through breath and imagery. Daphne will guide us in discovering our true voice and uncovering the songs in our hearts and souls. Something out of the ordinary happens when we move from structured movement to spontaneous dance, from speaking to singing, from moving from a place of doing to moving into Being. Reclaim your authentic movement and your true voice and get to know how to use it as medicine, not only for yourself, but for everyone you touch in your life!
The practice is for everyone, no dance or musical background required.

arigatoOpen Your Heart, Open Your Voice Kirtan
SoulSongs for Peace, Love & Happiness

Wednesday May 31, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Daphne invites you to join her for this participatory healing music experience that uses ancient Sanskrit mantras and world music to bring community together. Kirtan calls upon sacred energies, which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the centers of our being. Come ready to sing and experience the power of healing mantra music. Open to all… no musical experience needed!





Cost: 4000yen for each event.
For both events, 7000yen.

Bio:
Daphne
is a soulful singer/songwriter originally from Texas currently calling the world her home. Since her initial yoga class 15 years ago, she has merged her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style. She studied music at UT in Austin, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and kirtan music with Jai Uttal. She has released music on Shiva Rea’s yoga music compilations and has 3 solo albums, Mata, Finding Water and her newly released album in Japanese, Arigato. www.daphne-tse.com

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop title in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER.
Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions (this may not be the case if the registration is within 3 weeks to the workshop.) Early application is strongly suggested.


When Registering for our workshops: If you do not receive a confirmation reply within ONE WEEK, your registration has not been received OR you have not received our reply. If that is the case, please re-send your registration request. ALSO PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK BOX, ESPECIALLY GMAIL, YAHOO MAIL, or HOTMAIL USERS!
Namaste


20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in 2017

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Schedule
November 2017 Course
Thursday/National Holiday November 23 9:00am-9:00pm (11 hrs + 1hr lunch time)
Saturday November 25 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday November 26 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)

Come join us for this popular, comprehensive and life-changing teacher training.

Why Restorative Yoga? Why Now?
Daily life is incredibly stressful, especially in an urban environment. We spend a great deal of energy just trying to survive, often running on adrenaline (the “fight or flight response”) until we burn out. Now more than ever, we need a slower, deeper yoga practice that helps us regain our equilibrium and combat the stresses of modern life. Restorative yoga is one such practice that invites the body’s “relaxation response,” calms the nervous system, and quiets the mind. Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing, “passive” practice of Hatha Yoga in which we let go of physical, mental and emotional tension by practicing yoga poses in a fully supported environment, holding the poses for longer durations of time, and focusing on the breath. Supported by a variety of props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, belts, sandbag weights, and other props, this practice helps us regain the equilibrium of the body/spirit, allowing deep relaxation, surrender and opening. This practice is perfect for those who have injuries, are recovering from illness, those with physical limitations, or those who simply want to relax and regain harmony and balance in their lives.

COURSE CONTENT
In this teacher training, you will learn: What is Restorative Yoga? How does it work physiologically, psycho-spiritually, and emotionally? Proper use of Props: How to set up each pose. How to spot and correct common mistakes in prop usage Restorative sequences for different effects Many original restorative postures developed by Leza Specific poses/practices for specific therapeutic needs (insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc). Pranayama for Restorative yoga How to design a Restorative yoga class around a specific theme or focus. How to incorporate other forms of yoga therapy into Restorative yoga, such as Thai Yoga Massage, Visualization, Guided Meditation, Yoga Nidra, etc.

This course will also discuss concepts such as” How Yoga Works” using the Inner and Outer methods of thought/intention and Five Layers of Experience (koshas). Meditations and Inner Work sessions will be incorporated into the teachings on Restorative asanas.

COURSE FORMAT Classes will be part lecture, part practice, part demonstration in which students will set each other up in the poses and practice with each other, and part question and answer period/discussion.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Leza Lowitz has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Restorative yoga for over a decade. She was the first teacher to introduce Restorative yoga to Japan in 2003. (When Sun and Moon shipped all the props from America, customs officials held them for months because they had to test every pillow and eye bag for hidden drugs!) She has offered her highly popular Restorative yoga classes at workshops and on retreats internationally. She appeared on “99 Size” teaching Restorative yoga in 2004. She is a writer and certified yoga teacher who has studied many yogic and healing traditions with many illustrious teachers and masters from all over the world. She is the owner of Sun and Moon Yoga and author of the best-selling book Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By and Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant and Meditation (with Reema Datta) in addition to 18 other books.

What to Bring:
The studio has everything you will need for this training. No need to bring bolsters, blankets, weights, yoga mats, eye pillows or anything else. Just bring a notebook and water. You will be given take-home handouts after the end of each session. No recording will be permitted.

Cost: 80,000yen

Japanese and/or English training manual provided upon completion. Certificate awarded upon successful completion of course. Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Early application is strongly suggested.

Limit: 20 students. Course fills up quickly, so register soon to ensure a spot.
*For re-takers, 50% off. Please state briefly the reason why you wish to retake the course when you apply.

Japanese translation by Haruka Takahashi.
(The course is taught in English with the Japanese translation.)

REQUIREMENT:
- Prior 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification is strongly suggested. For those who wish to share the practice privately or with family, exceptions can be made. Please email Sun and Moon directly to inquire.
- Attendants are required to have taken at least 10 restorative yoga classes prior to this training.
- Attendants must take all sessions. No make-ups will be allowed except in the case of emergency.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this training, hit Contact and send in a request with “RTTC FEBRUARY 2017″ in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BRIEFLY AND FROM THE HEART.
1. PLEASE DETAIL YOUR YOGA PRACTICE (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE)
2. PLEASE DETAIL YOUR YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE, CERTIFICATION: SCHOOL NAME AND DATE OF GRADUATION/CERTIFICATION)
3. WHAT IS YOUR RESTORATIVE YOGA EXPERIENCE AND WHY DO YOU WISH TO TAKE THIS TRAINING?
4. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR THIS TRAINING? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.
5. PLEASE LIST ANY INJURIES OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. (INCLUDING PREGNANCY)

Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions (this may not be the case if the registration is within 3 weeks to the workshop.) Early application is strongly suggested.


When Registering for our workshops: If you do not receive a confirmation reply within ONE WEEK, your registration has not been received OR you have not received our reply. If that is the case, please re-send your registration request. ALSO PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK BOX, ESPECIALLY GMAIL, YAHOO MAIL, or HOTMAIL USERS!
Namaste



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