UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. Early application is strongly suggested.

LAST CHANCE! 20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1 with Leza Lowitz

20-Hour Maternity Yoga Teacher Training with Kitty

ANNUAL ABUNDANCE FLOW WORKSHOP with Leza Lowitz, Creating Abundance: Opening to Flow, January 13 2020

Sun and Moon Academy Presents
Finding Yourself at A Zen Temple:
Cultural translator Tomo Yoshizawa in conversation with Leza Lowitz, Owner of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo

MINDFULNESS IMMERSION: 6-Week, 20-hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz

SUN AND MOON YOGA 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING in 2020!


LAST CHANCE!
20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1
restorative_cuwith Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in December 2019

Schedule
Saturday December 14 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Sunday December 15 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Saturday December 21 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)
Sunday December  22 4:30-9:30pm (5 hours)

LAST CHANCE to take Leza Lowitz’s Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for a while!

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: 98,000 yen (tax included)

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 Hiromi Kitty Thompson
(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 the course name and month 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. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. 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


marternity2_small20-Hour Maternity Yoga Teacher Training Course with Kitty

January 4-7, 2020

This training is taught in Japanese. For details and registration, please visit our Japanese page.


ANNUAL ABUNDANCE FLOW WORKSHOP
Creating Abundance: Opening to Flow:
A One-Day CRASH COURSE in Energy Flow and Manifesting with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga

Monday/National Holiday, January 13, 2020 9:00am-4pm

abundance2SET GOALS FOR THE YEAR AND CHART A NEW COURSE FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

Do you feel guilty having plenty? How do you approach giving and receiving?
Do you love what you do?
Does something always seem to stop you from pursuing your dreams?
Money and abundance, like everything else in the universe, are forms of energy. They have certain spiritual laws of flow. What is your attitude towards money and abundance? Where did it come from? Do you give yourself permission to have abundance?

This workshop is about opening up ALL CHANNELS OF FLOW in the universe and manifesting your highest potential to help you serve others.
This workshop will also help you understand and transform your relationship to money and flow, ultimately helping you find your life’s work and realize your natural state of abundance and generosity, having more to give and share.

In this workshop, we will use:
・ guided meditations
・ journaling
・ manifesting techniques
・ partner work
・ magnetizing techniques and more…

All to help you understand and transform your beliefs about abundance, listen to your intuition, and draw opportunity and possibility to you in ways that support you and the universe.

A participant in a past “Creating Abundance” workshop said:

“I can’t thank you enough for all you taught and offered today. I have not felt this clear about my purpose in life before. So much in today’s workshop spoke to me, and I now have the faith and trust in myself to go forward and put it all into action!!!”

Writer Bonnie Lee La Madeleine attended a prior workshop on Creating Abundance. She said; “The workshop did more to help me see how I hinder my own efforts than anything else. The experience has helped me focus my writing skills and develop a plan to become a full-time self-employed writer. I now have one book in negotiation, and one proposal being seriously considered.”

If you have been looking for a way to expand your horizons and potential, this special workshop is for you.

The workshop will be in English with Japanese interpretation by Haruka Takahashi. You may do the journaling and partnerwork in English or Japanese.

Cost:
SPECIAL WINTER SOLSTICE DISCOUNT–15,000yen if registration including the completion of payment completed by December 25, 2019
Regular Cost:
20,000yen
Previous Workshop Attendees who wish to Repeat–10,000yen

Limit: 30 people

Japanese translation: Hiromi Kitty Thompson

THIS WORKSHOP FILLS UP QUICKLY, SO SIGN UP NOW AND START TO MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS!

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. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. 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



sma_logoSun and Moon Academy Presents

Finding Yourself at A Zen Temple:
Cultural translator Tomo Yoshizawa in conversation with Leza Lowitz, Owner of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo

Saturday, January 25, 5:30-7:00pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

tomo200Have you ever wanted to meditate at a Zen temple?
Have you wondered what the experience is really like?

Join Tomo Yoshizawa, translator of Leza Lowitz’s memoir “In Search of the Sun,” who will talk about her experience at Daitokuji Ryokoin temple, where she lived for 3 months. Tomo considers herself a “Cultural Translator” who bridges cultures and generations. She comes from a family of traditional Japanese craftspeople–her grandfather is designated a “Living National Treasure” for his tsumugi pongee silk weaving. After working for the Tokyo Government as a Cultural Public Relations officer, Tomo went to the temple in Kyoto. She will share her experience of everyday life at the temple, self-learning experience through daily work such as cleaning and cooking, and learning through contemplation, and conversation with Osho-san, the Abbot there.

Lowitz will also reflect on some life-changing events, as well as her recent decision to move to America after almost two decades in Japan. We hope you will join us in this conversation about the sometimes twisted road of finding your own path.

Reservations Required. But drop-ins welcome as space permits.

Admission: 2,000 yen

This event will be in English and Japanese.

About Sun and Moon Academy:
MISSION
Sun and Moon Academy is a new offshoot of Sun and Moon Yoga, a yoga/healing studio opened in 2003. Our mission: to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is– ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry.
To support our mission, we will present lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

WHY
Coming together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Founder Leza Lowitz says: “Sun and Moon Academy is here to inspire people to develop their gifts, skills, and offerings in whatever way best serves their individual selves, communities, and families. With our programming and community space, we aim to foster curiosity, awareness, and connection by providing a space to learn about diverse fields, cultures, and backgrounds through a spirit of generosity, service, and love.”

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. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. 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


MINDFULNESS IMMERSION
6-Week, 20-hour Immersion
with Leza Lowitz

at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo

mindfulness200What is Mindfulness? It’s often defined as present-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, body sensations and surroundings through a gentle lens.

What is the practice of mindfulness? Paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations without judgement—without labelling them “right” or “wrong.” Tuning into the present moment just as it is—not rehashing the past nor fantasizing about the future. Just here and now.

Why do we practice mindfulness? To hold all that is arising in this moment in a loving awareness that nurtures and allows. In this way, mindfulness becomes heartfulness, and we become more friendly with our inner worlds and less reactive to the outer world. We can reduce stress and, according to neuroscience, we can amplify a sense of contentment and happiness.

With roots in the Buddhist tradition, mindfulness has entered the mainstream in recent years. Scientific studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction, which has been used in schools, prisons, hospitals, veteran’s centers, corporate settings, and more.

This 6-week course offers a thorough investigation of mindfulness and heartfulness from a theoretical, practical and experiential point of view. You will explore the power of mindfulness and compassion in your life, learning valuable practices to carry with you to help you find ease, comfort and happiness.

When I practiced Metta meditation for the first time, with Leza-Sensei, I experienced the feeling that my heart chakra had opened. I felt my heart center getting warmer, and tears came my eyes. Since then, I have attended her meditation classes many, many times. I had previously thought that meditation practice was difficult, but this was incorrect. Whenever I take Leza’s workshops, her guidance always brings to mind the feeling I had the very first time. She brings this warm, open feeling to everyone at any moment.” –Yukie, Hula Teacher/Studio Owner

Achieving the right fit with a yoga studio is something like finding a life partner, especially when it comes to mindfulness and meditation, where we all have to face ourselves, deeply and openly. In addition to their teaching of skills (physical and mental), I care about a teacher’s personality, values, and life perspectives, as well as the warmth of their community. Leza and Sun and Moon Yoga Studio shine in all of these areas, and her course is one of a few that I would highly recommend for learning mindfulness and meditation.”–Dr. Hana Hayashi, Behavioural Scientist, (500 hour advanced teacher training certificate holder)

Schedule
February 9, Sunday 2:30-5:00pm (2.5 hrs)
February 23, Sunday 4:30-7:00pm 2.5 hrs)
February 24 Monday 11:00-4:00pm (5 hours)
March 1, Sunday 2:30-5:00pm (2.5 hrs)
March 8, Sunday 2:30-5:00pm (2.5 hrs)
March 20, Friday 11:00-4:00pm (5 hours)

Course Contents:
Class One:

- Why Meditate? Mindful Presence
- The value of mindfulness and compassion in your life
- The power of inner training and how neuroscience supports this
- Beginning to practice
- Presence of body and senses
- Presence with others
- Q & A

Class Two:
- Mindfulness of the Breath
- The art of steadying attention
- Why mindfulness of breathing?
- Common initial difficulties
- Using other anchors
- Q & A

Class Three:
- Mindfulness of the Body
- Body Scan
- Standing and Walking Meditation
- Review of Basic Practices
- Q & A

Class Four:
- Cultivation Practices:
- Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation (Compassion for Self and Others)
- Tonglen Meditation
- Q & A

Class Five:
- Mindfulness of Feelings and Emotions
- Working with Difficult Emotions
- Mindfulness of Thoughts and the Mind
- RAIN Practice for Places we are Stuck
- Q & A

Class Six
- Hindrances to Practice
- Forgiveness of Self and Others Practice
- Review of Practices
- Embodiment and Daily Practice
- Q & A

This course is open to:
• Those who want to deepen their meditation practice
• Those who want to learn more about meditation
• Teachers who want to incorporate meditation into yoga classes
• Those who want to be able to lead meditation some day

※ No prior meditation practice necessary; and experienced meditators are welcome.

What do bring
• Writing implements
• Clothes that are easy to move around in.
• Small towel

Cost: 80,000 yen. 70,000 yen earlybird Registration completed by December 1.

Translator:: Yoriko Matsumoto

A certificate of completion will be issued to those who have attended and successfully completed all sessions.

About the Instructor:
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz
, M.A. is the founder and sole proprietor of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo, which she established in 2003. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for forty years, and has had a regular daily practice that entire time. She completed a 7-year intensive Tibetan Buddhist Meditation program in 2012, including many long-term silent retreats. She is currently enrolled in a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through SoundsTrue, mentored by Anne Cushman.

Leza’s passion is to share these ancient practices with a contemporary, heartfelt and authentic approach. She has shared mindfulness, meditation, yoga and self-transformation with thousands of students around the world.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this training, hit Contact and send in a request with the course name and month in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BRIEFLY AND FROM THE HEART.
1. What drew you to taking this course?
2. Do you currently have a meditation practice?
3. If so, describe your meditation practice.
4. What would you like to learn through this course?
5. Any injuries or conditions we should know about?

Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. 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


SUN AND MOON YOGA 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING in 2020!
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The time has arrived! Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification begins in February, 2020.
Graduates of the Sun and Moon 200-Hour Teacher Training will walk away with a thorough, concrete grounding in the fundamentals of yoga practice and teaching, with knowledge and skills in a variety of aspects of yoga. We will dive deep into philosophy, history, pose alignment, sequencing, anatomy, pranayama, Ayurveda, and teaching/business arts and ethics. Space is limited to 16 people, so sign up for this transformative year-long course now!

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