UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Em Bettinger and Leza Lowitz, 2014 Golden Week

Attention Revolution: Meditation Workshop Weekend w/ Jarret Levine and Mira Shani May 10 & 11

True Nature Japan, May 31 - June 1, Karuizawa Prince Hotel

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in JUNE, 2014

20-Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Leza Lowitz & Em Bettinger, July 11-14, 2014

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in NOVEMBER, 2014, only a few spaces available!


Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Em Bettinger and Leza Lowitz
Three Days and Two Nights of Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Hot Springs, Vegan Food & Love

May 3, 4, 5, 2014

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Join Em and Leza in Nagano for a Golden Week yoga rejuvenation retreat at Holistic Space Suirin in tranquil Iizuna highlands. Leave your stress behind as you nourish your spirit and body with yoga, meditation and community in a beautiful mountain setting and nourish your body with organic vegan food.

Yoga: Enjoy six yoga classes in a high-ceilinged, cypress and fir yoga room and outdoors in forest gardens

Meditation: Find inner peace in the specially designed Zen meditation deck.

Food: Fresh home-made vegan meals with food from Suirin’s natural farm. Nagaoka-style enzyme brown rice and locally grown organic vegetables. Togakushi Highlands tap water.

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Accomodations: shared wooden cypress rooms designed for calm and relaxation, Noguchi lighting. All bedding natural and eco-friendly.

Hot Springs: special trip to local onsen

Hiking: free time for hiking and exploring the natural surroundings.

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

What to Bring: Yoga mat, props (if you wish), hiking clothes and smiles.

Classes in English with Japanese translation.

Limit: 32

Cost: 50,000yen
Transportation is not included. Please arrange your own transportation to the center. Suirin is 40 minutes from Nagano Station by bus. Approximate time cost of shinkansen from Tokyo is 1.5 hours and 8,000yen. Bus is 760 yen one way.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT–5,000 Yen price break for previous attendees and graduates of any of our past TTCs including RTTC.

Schedule

zen_spaceDay #1

1:00-3:00pm Arrival & Hotel Check-in
3:00-4:00pm Welcome Circle
4:30-6:00pm Vinyasa Yoga w/ Em
6:15-7:15pm Vegan Buffet Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Yin Yoga/Pranayama w/Leza

Day #2

7:00-8:30am Pranayama & Vinyasa Yoga w/Em
9:00-9:45am Meditation w/Leza
10:00-11:30am Vegan Buffet Breakfast
11:30-3:00pm Free Time (local onsen, hiking, rest)
3:15-5:15pm Turn your world Upside Down - relax your shoulders and invert -Workshop w/Em
6:00-7:00pm Vegan Buffet Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage w/Leza

suirin_1Day #3

7:00-8:30am Pranayama & Vinyasa Yoga w/Em
9:00-9:45 Meditation w/Leza
10:00-11:30 Vegan Buffet Breakfast
12:00 Hotel Checkout
12:00-on Optional Onsen, Hiking, return home

Note: Everything is optional. All yoga classes are mixed levels, suitable for everyone.

To Register: retreat@sunandmoon.jp

Payment details and confirmation will be sent upon registration. Please purchase your transportation tickets well in advance.

To see the retreat center, visit: www.suirin.com

Embrace the pure air, nature, silence and rejuvenate yourself.


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


Attention Revolution: Meditation Workshop Weekend w/ Jarret Levine and Mira Shani at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo
with Japanese Translation by Tomoko Kawahara

mira_medDates and Times:
Workshop One Saturday May 10th, 5:00-8:00pm
Workshop Two Sunday May 11th, 5:00-8:00pm

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Learn how to meditate or deepen your meditation practice

Look anywhere in the mainstream media these days and you will notice the word “Mindfulness.” It’s almost as common as the word “Yoga” –and for good reason. We’re on the cusp of a new era,where technology allows for moment-to-moment stimulation. There have been countless studies on the effect of this kind of information saturation on the modern mind (some of which we’ll explore in the WS).
Because the mind and its attention are becoming extraordinarily precious “real estate,” the art of cultivating this spacious yet sharpened attention is paramount.

daisiesWHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
The gateway to a more focused and pleasurable living experience is our ability to place our mind on an object, whether it be a friend in need, a business meeting, or an object of meditation, and keep it there for as long as we’d like, impervious to the distractions of daily life.

Workshop One
Saturday May 10th, 5:00-8:00pm
CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS

In this workshop, we will:
1. Learn the techniquesof cultivating mindfulness through attentional stability brought on through the balance of deep relaxation and clarity.

2. Explore classic Buddhist Theravada breath meditation and break it open to its core to discover the fundamental techniques of attentional stability.

Workshop Two
Sunday May 11th, 5:00-8:00pm
EXPANDING INTO STILLNESS AND BLISS

In this workshop, we will:
1. Incorporate the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of the Nyingma tradition to build on that stability, creating a kind of expansiveness and stillness leading to glimpses of Rigpa, the immersion into the naturally blissful, luminous, and non-conceptual state of mind.

2. Generate the good heart, or Lojong, to ignite your newly established mindfulness with compassion.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS
All levels. Beginners welcome. Because the foundation of higher attention is founded on the ability to cultivate deeper relaxation, this course is open to all levels of meditators.

No matter what stage of the practice you find yourself on, you will experience first-hand the immense benefits of a relaxed mind. Everyone from beginning
students of yoga to experienced teachers are welcome.

You can take one or both workshops. Workshop two will build on workshop one, but if you canon make Workshop one, you can still take workshop two.

Cost:
5,000 each workshop.
Take both for 9.000yen
(Price Break; 1,000 yen discount for those who have taken Mira/Jarret’s previous TTC, Ted Lafferty’s TTCs or Leza’s RTTC–8,000 for both workshops. 4,500 for one workshop if you have attended a previous TTC)
Class cards can be used. (1 checks on 4-class plus 2000yen, 2 checks on 10-class cards plus 1000 yen, or 4 checks on an Unlimited Card plus 500 yen.)

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Mira and Jarrett will be teaching the following classes while in Tokyo
Friday May 9 5:30-7:00pm Vinyasa with Mira with live music with Jarret (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
This class is taught in English. 
Class cards okay for regular classes or 3000 yen drop in
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smileheadshoteditAbout Mira Shani & Jarret Levine
Jarret Levine and Mira Shani are a husband and wife teaching team who have been immersed in eastern philosophical studies and practice for over a collective 20 years. They teach on meditation, yoga, philosophy and kirtan around the globe.

They teach meditation in the Shamatha tradition, a method which dates back to the Buddha 2,500 years ago. They study in a long lineage of teachers, which included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and have been teaching meditation practice for over a decade. Along with their international meditation workshops and seminars, Jarret and Mira guide regular meditation classes in their home of New York City, and lead retreats for meditation students around America. They continue to meet with their personal meditation teachers on a regular basis to ensure that what they are offering their students is of the highest quality. They engage in a regular meditation practice, which includes routine group and solitary meditation retreats.
Together in 2009 Jarret and Mira created Pranahata, a company which is devoted to helping people create spiritual growth through their passions and develop practical methods to maintain a rich and potent, heart-filled life. For more information, please visit www.pranahata.com.

To register, hit Contact. Email us with the name of the workshop in the subject line, including your full name, phone number and email address. If you don’t hear from us within a week of registering please email us again. Sometimes mails do get lost!


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


truenatureTrue Nature Japan in Karuizawa

May 31 - June 1
Place: Karuizawa Prince Hotel

Join Leza Lowitz, Tomoko Kawahara and a variety of teachers at True Nature Japan in Karuizawa for yoga and music in nature. Come for a class, stay overnight, or come for the day. Bring kids, family, friends. Classes in English and Japanese. Join us to refresh and enjoy yoga in community -remember your true nature at TRUE NATURE.

Leza will teach Vinyasa Yoga and meditation. For more details and to register, see www.truenature.jp


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 June, 2014
Japanese Translation by Tomoko Kawahara

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FULLY BOOKED! WAITING LIST ONLY!

Saturday June 7 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Sunday June 8 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Saturday June 14 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Sunday June 15 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)

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

Course Translation by Tomoko Kawahara.

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.

Cost: 65,000 yen
Limit: 18 students. Course fills up quickly, so register soon to ensure a spot.

Attendants must take all sessions. No make-ups will be allowed except in the case of emergency.

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 15 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

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this training, hit Contact and send in a request with “RTTC JUNE 2014″ 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 AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE?)
2. WHAT IS YOUR RESTORATIVE YOGA EXPERIENCE AND WHY DO YOU WISH TO TAKE THIS TRAINING?
3. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR THIS TRAINING? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.
4. PLEASE LIST ANY INJURIES OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.

REQUIREMENT: Students are required to have taken at least 10 restorative yoga classes prior to this training.

Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. 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 Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Leza Lowitz & Em Bettinger
at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo, July 11-14, 2014

Friday July 11 5:30pm-9:30pm 4 hours
Saturday July 12 4:30pm-9:30 5 hours
Sunday July 13 5:00pm - 9:30pm 4.5 hours
Monday July 14 9:00am-4:30pm 6.5hours + 1 hour lunch break)

em.jpgleza.jpgThe Yoga Therapy wave is upon us. Many people understand the incredible healing properties of yoga; however, people with injuries, acute pain or disease often shy away from a group class at a studio in search of a more personal approach. Yoga therapy is a way for an instructor to work in conjunction with western medicine in a small group or private setting to help students heal themselves. This course adds a depth of wisdom to the teacher’s toolbox that will be felt not only in yoga therapy settings but also in group classes where students feel safer and more “seen.”

In this teacher training we will explore the role of yoga therapy, the art of observation, anatomy, alignment, the importance of the breath, many common yoga injuries, the art of trust and how to develop it, the use of props and partners, and many tips, tricks and tools to help you become a master teacher.

In-Depth Areas Covered in this 20 Hour Yoga Therapy TTC are:

1. What is Yoga Therapy?
2. Anatomy for Yoga Therapy
3. Risk Management and Injury Prevention:
 a. Injury Prevention-General Guidelines
 b. Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Indicators of a Student’s Understanding
 c. Healthy Signs for Progressing a Student
 d. Explanation of Most Common Injuries and Ways to Avoid them (Poses, Modifications, Adjustments):
   i. knees
   ii. wrists
   iii. hips
   vi. hamstrings
   v. lower back
   vi. shoulders
   vii. neck
4. Suggested practices for ailments such as Depression, Back Pain, Diabetes, etc….
5. Adjustment Theory and Practice for Yoga Therapy (Trust, Touch, & Techniques)
6. Pranayama–Basic Therapeutic Techniques
7. Ayurveda for Yoga Therapy–Making Appropriate Lifestyle choices that Support Healing and Prevention
8. The course includes a case study component where participants analyze a client’s needs and recommend a customized treatment plan.

Cost: 65,000 yen
Cost: 55,000 yen for those who have completed a prior RYTTC with Leza or any Sun and Moon TTC.
Limit: 20 Students
Interpreter: Tomoko Kawahara

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 15 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.

To Register: If you are interested in attending this training, hit Contact and send in a request with “YTTTC 2014″ 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 AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE?)
2. WHY DO YOU WISH TO TAKE THIS TRAINING?
3. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR THIS TRAINING? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.
4. PLEASE LIST ANY INJURIES OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.


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 November, 2014

Only a few spots available!!

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Friday November 21 5:00-9:30pm (4.5 hours)
Saturday November 22 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Sunday November 23 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Monday/Holiday November 24 9:30am-4:00pm (5.5 hours–1 hour lunch break)

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

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.

Cost: 65,000 yen
Limit: 18 students. Course fills up quickly, so register soon to ensure a spot.

The course is taught in English with the Japanese translation.

Attendants must take all sessions. No make-ups will be allowed except in the case of emergency.

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 15 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

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this training, hit Contact and send in a request with “RTTC November 2014″ 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 AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE?)
2. WHAT IS YOUR RESTORATIVE YOGA EXPERIENCE AND WHY DO YOU WISH TO TAKE THIS TRAINING?
3. WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR THIS TRAINING? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.
4. PLEASE LIST ANY INJURIES OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.

REQUIREMENT: Students are required to have taken at least 10 restorative yoga classes prior to this training.

Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. 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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