UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

Yoga Nidra Workshop “Find Your True Essence” with Haidar Ali, September 15 2014

Autumn Retreat: Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger, October 11-13 2014.

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in NOVEMBER 2014, Fully booked. Waiting list only.

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in FEBRUARY 2015


Yoga Nidra Workshop “Find Your True Essence” with Haidar Ali

Date: September 15 (Monday, National Holiday)
Place: Sun and Moon Yoga, Gotanda
Time: 13:00~15:00

Fee: 4000yen
(Class card can be used: 1 check + 1500yen on 4-class card, 2 checks + 500yen on 10-class card, 4 checks on 20-class pass. When using class cards, please bring exact additional change when needed to pay.)

Capacity: 18 people
Japanese Translation: Haruka Takahashi

haidar_nidraWHY YOGA NIDRA?
Yoga Nidra is an ancient Sacred yogic process of meditation that can be practiced by anyone.

The benefits of this practice are to:
- Induce profound relaxation in body and mind
- Eliminate stress
- Overcome insomnia
- Solve personal and interpersonal problems
- Resolve trauma
- Overcome anxiety
- Overcome Fear
- Overcome Anger
- Find Relief from Depression
- Heal yourself and others

About the class:
During Yoga Nidra, you will enter a profound state of receptive relaxation while remaining totally aware and alert throughout the process.
Yoga Nidra invites your innate intelligence and intrinsic clarity to rise to the surface of your conscious mind, allowing you to uncover and access the wisdom and resources of your higher levels of consciousness.

Workshop Flow:
The workshop will start with easy breathing techniques, followed by warm-ups for the body to get ready for Yoga Nidra. Then the practice of guided Yoga Nidra will commence, and will last for around 20~30 minutes (while lying down in Savasana). Class will finish with pranayama (Breathing) and a short meditation.

What to bring:
. Comfortable practice wear (loose, natural clothing)
. Eyepillow if you have, or towel
. Smile

This workshop is suitable for anyone of all levels, whether you are completely new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner or long-time teacher.

photo-2About the instructor
Haidar Ali, Director of Spirit Yoga Studio and Spirit Yoga International School

Haidar began to practice Taekwondo in his early age, and met yoga through his Taekwondo practice. Now he has 20 years of experience as a yoga instructor.
Also being a Thai massage therapist, he noticed the importance of a well-balanced relationship between Power, Love, and Healing through his yoga practice.
【Power】residing in a strong body and a never-give-up spirit
【Love】for yourself which you will find within yourself
【Healing】through Thai yoga therapy, meditation, etc., and through your five senses
With the Power, Love, and Healing energy, his class is full of smiles and a sense of fulfillment. It is not just a moderate practice, nor just a vigorous one, but it focuses on the balance between strength and relaxation with love for yourself, and this is what he thinks is important in our life.
Haidar continues to practice yoga with his students, with the hope that the knowledge and experience we get on the mat will help us off the mat, too, to lead an emotionally and physically fulfilling life.
●Director of Spirit Yoga Studio and Spirit Yoga International School (RYS200/ RYS500)
●E-RYT500 (Yoga Alliance)

To Register:
Hit Contact and put the name of the TTC or workshop in the subject line, including your full name, phone number and email address. You will receive an automatic confirmation and later, individual confirmation. If you don’t hear from us within a week of registering please email us again. Sometimes mails do get lost! Register early as this workshop is bound to fill up quickly.


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


img_0549Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger, October 11-13 2014

Join Leza and Em in Nagano for an Autumn 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.

For detail and registration




20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in November, 2014

FULLY BOOKED! WAITING LIST ONLY!

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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


20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in February 2015

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In 2015
Friday February 6 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Saturday February 7 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday February 8 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Wednesday/Holiday February 11 9am-4:30pm (6.5hrs + 1hr lunch time)

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.

Japanese translation by Tomoko Kawahara.
(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 February 2015″ 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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