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.

The Art of Transitions in Vinyasa Workshop with Betia Pappa

Autumn Solstice Inner Child Metta Meditation & Restorative Yoga with Leza Lowitz

Back to You
Reconnect to Yourself with A SoulSongs Sound/Restorative Yoga Experience
Workshop with Leza Lowitz and Daphne Tse

A Workshop for Your Hippie Hips with Betia Pappa

Narita Yoga Presents: Autumn Mindful Movement and Meditation with Leza Lowitz in Narita

20-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course (Level 2) with Leza Lowitz

Building Transitions in Vinyasa Flow: Deep Stretch, Deep Strength, Breaking down Asana Transitions, A Workshop with Carla Herzenberg

Soothe and Surrender: Refresh Yourself in a One-Day City Retreat with Leza Lowtiz & Em Bettinger


The Art of Transitions in Vinyasa Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday September 21, 5:00pm-7:00pm

betia_vinyasa1This workshop focuses on the fun, tricky, and yet graceful art of transitions in vinyasa that Betia loves to incorporate in her classes.

You will learn to make transitions such as:
• from wild thing (camatkarasana)– moving elegantly to low or high lunge.
• from the strong three legged downward dog to gracefully jumping and switching legs to standing splits (Urdhva prasarita eka padasana) or any of the warrior poses (Virabhadrasana I, II, III).

This workshop is suited for all levels. Everyone needs to begin somewhere and learning the techiniques of transitions is the gateway to begin or continue a strong and purposeful practice.

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so when you move, you move from one to another, seamlessly, using the breath. Betia has fallen in love with the art and creativity of changing from one pose to another with a strong fluid motion. It’s as if one was moving with the waves of the ocean, allowing yourself to be taken on a journey where the unknown is a discovery of the body, the mind, and the breath.

It’s open to every level: beginners who are just learning vinyasa, as well as intermediate and advanced practitioners wishing to refine these tricky transitions. While it’s not guaranteed that you will be able to execute the “perfect” jump by the end of the workshop, you will have the technique you’ll need to work toward jumping transitions and properly placing the foot at the top of the mat.

In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn about:
• Proper use of hands to strengthen and protect the wrists.
• Breath: how to ride the breath instead of throwing your bones around!
• Practical exercises to strengthen arms and core in order to make jumping possible.

This workshop is open to students of all levels of with some yoga experience.

elizabeth_pappaAbout the instructor
Elizabeth (Betia) Pappa

Cost: 3500 yen

Japanese translation by Mina Suzuki

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



Autumn Solstice Inner Child Metta Meditation & Restorative Yoga with Leza Lowitz

Monday/Holiday September 23, 1:30pm-3:30pm

A few spots available!

lovingThe Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Compassion is the highest form of yoga. In this workshop, we will practice a set of relaxing restorative yoga poses to nurture yourself and “recharge your battery.

We will also practice Metta or “Lovingkindness” meditation to nurture and awaken the empathetic heart through the energy of mercy and the cultivation of openness. This powerful Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice helps us to develop our compassionate nature with equanimity, steadfastness and grace.

Workshop includes guided meditation with a focus on compassion towards self through inner child metta, partner practice and discussion.

Beginners to experienced meditators welcome.

About the instructor
Leza Lowitz

Cost: 3,500 yen

Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

Testimonial
“Yesterday’s workshop was my first time to study meditation. It was simple to understand and I was deeply impressed.
The meditation we did was “cultivating compassion for others.” It changed my idea about meditation practice. I like the idea of “gathering our thoughts into a single focus and sending lovingkindness to others.”
I have a friend who are taking a medical treatment. I thought of her during the meditation, and I am sure I was meant to be at the workshop for her. I will practice for her, and also with her when I see her next time.
When I left the studio after the workshop, I felt it was warmer even though it was a cold winter day. Maybe it was because I meditated for others—for the people in the workshop and for my beloveds.
Thank you so much. I intend to practice this meditation daily.
.” (M. T.)

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



Back to You
restorative6_200Reconnect to Yourself with A SoulSongs Sound/Restorative Yoga Experience
Workshop with Leza Lowitz and Daphne Tse

Wednesday September 25, 6:00pm-8:30pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga, Gotanda

Join Leza and Daphne for a special evening of embodied yoga. We’ll start with Vibrance movements to loosen your body and open the heart, followed by delicious deep, supported Restorative yoga holds to explore and embrace the silence within. Then we’ll join together in sacred song and sound to spark the spirit and nurture ourselves and each other in kirtan.

Come celebrate Autumn with this joyful session of renewal and reconnection to yourself.

About the instructors
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz
Sun and Moon Yoga Director, mother and best-selling author of over 20 books, Leza Lowitz, introduced Restorative Yoga to Japan a decade ago and teaches weekly RY classes. She leads Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings at Sun and Moon Yoga and has trained over 1000 teachers throughout Japan and Asia. She teaches vinyasa flow and meditation as well, and credits her yoga practice with deepening her creativity, discipline and compassion. More…

singing_daphneDaphne Tse
Daphne Tse is a spirited, soulful artist and teacher originally from Texas. Her passion for music started from a young age and took her west to Los Angeles after university. Since her initial yoga class 20 years ago, she has explored merging her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style. She studied music at The University of Texas at Austin, Berklee College of Music, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Kirtan with Kirtan master, Jai Uttal. She has travelled extensively sharing her music in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and beyond. Her music has been featured on yoga music compilations with Shiva Rea and she has released 4 albums, Mata (recorded in Bali), Finding Water (recorded in Hawaii), Samahita Live (recorded in Thailand) and Arigato (recorded in Japan). More…

Cost: 5,000 yen

Maximum: 18 people

Japanese translation: Hiromi Kitty Thompson

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


A Workshop for Your Hippie Hips with Betia Pappa

Saturday September 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm

betia_hipopening1The stress and activity of everyday life is often found lodged in the tightness and discomfort of our hips. This workshop will delve deeply into opening the hips, legs, and low back.

Much like a lotus flower, the hips cannot be forced or cracked open. But given the right set of circumstances and a patient approach, the hips will release and open like a blooming flower. Many of our negative emotions like to live in places in our bodies where they can hide out: places that get the least amount of stretching and release. While a hip opening posture may feel intense in the moment, you always feel so much better afterwards. The workshop with being with a heat building, hip & thigh opening sun salutation sequence, then moves into a series of hip openers where you will spend time breaking down and exploring the postures deeper.

Let’s go ahead and open our hippie hips.

This workshop is open to students of all levels of with some yoga experience.

elizabeth_pappaAbout the instructor
Elizabeth (Betia) Pappa

Cost: 3500 yen

Japanese translation by Mina Suzuki

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



calligraphy_museumNarita Yoga Presents:
Autumn Mindful Movement and Meditation with Leza Lowitz
Beautiful Japanese Garden in Narita Temple
~Peaceful body quiet mind ~

Sunday September 29, 10:30am-1:30pm

Venue
Narita Temple Calligraphy Museum
Address: 640 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba 286-0023
20min walk from Narita station (There are many lovely local shops on the street!)

Join us for a deep dive into your peaceful, loving center.

This introduction to meditation and self-inquiry gives you a look at how the stories you tell yourself are not your true identity. We will start with a slow vinyasa flow to open the body, then move into mindfulness and meditation to help you to quiet the mind. Self-inquiry assists in questioning and releasing your false self and discovering your true nature. When the mind is quiet, the mind slows down–then you can inquire into the truth of the stories you tell yourself. We will also practice Metta (lovingkindness) meditation to cultivate compassion and nourishment.

Workshop Contents
・Vinyasa Flow Yoga
・Meditation
・Q&A, discussion

About the instructor
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz
Sun and Moon Yoga Director, mother and best-selling author of over 20 books, Leza Lowitz, introduced Restorative Yoga to Japan a decade ago and teaches weekly RY classes. She leads Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings at Sun and Moon Yoga and has trained over 1000 teachers throughout Japan and Asia. She teaches vinyasa flow and meditation as well, and credits her yoga practice with deepening her creativity, discipline and compassion. More…

Cost
6,000 yen (For Sun and Moon card holder: 5000yen. Please inquire at your registration.)

Japanese translation by Yoriko Matsumoto (Narita Yoga)

How to Apply:
If you are interested in attending this workshop, send a request to Narita Yoga (narita.yoga@gmail.com) with the workshop title in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER.
Early application is strongly suggested!


20-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Program (Level 2) with Leza Lowitz

restorative_yogafest2018_2The world today is a stressful place. It’s even more important than ever to find peace and acceptance within ourselves.
Restorative Yoga offers the perfect practice to cultivate and nurture a calm, tranquil core. As teachers, it’s the ideal practice to share with those who need a quiet practice to return to, to recharge their batteries and regenerate their life force.

We are pleased to offer our Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training program to build on skills and practices covered in our Basic RTTC.

Schedule
Friday October 11, 6pm-10:00pm (4 hrs)
Saturday October 12, 5:00pm-9:00pm (4 hrs)
Sunday October 13 3:00pm-8:00pm (5 hrs)
Monday/National Holiday October 14, 9:00am-5:00pm (7 hrs + 1hr lunch time)

Join us for an intensive 20-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher training that will give you deeper skills, wisdom, and confidence to continue share Restorative Yoga with others in a powerful, inspired way.

Sun and Moon’s Advanced Restorative Teacher Training Advanced program provides comprehensive content that builds on the Basic Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with all -new material to help you deepen your yoga and meditation practice, teaching skills, and spiritual development.

This course offers hand-selected content of new restorative yoga poses, meditation techniques and practices, and teaching skills to take your teaching to the next level. It also includes ample time for practice teaching and feedback to help you improve your teaching skills and delivery. An open heart and mind, and the desire to continue to learn, are the very things that help you become a great yoga teacher. Keeping a humble and hungry “beginner’s mind” is the key to evolving personally and professionally. We need to continually build upon our skills to deepen our own practice, and offer our students opportunities to go deeper into their practice, too.

We are very excited to offer this course to our graduates, who have been requesting it for years, and look forward to you joining us!

Content:
viparita_karani_chairDays 1 and 2: Advanced Restorative Yoga Poses

• Meditation to Practice and Share
• New Restorative Poses, including: Prop Set up and Modifications, Benefits and Variations
• How to Integrate Restorative Yoga in Hatha Yoga Classes, including prop use
• Deeper investigation/discussion of how Restorative Yoga works
• As desired, review of poses and meditations covered in the Basic RTTC
• Discussion, Self-Inquiry, Partnerwork, and Practice Teaching

Day 3: Meditation/Mindfulness
• Meditation to Practice and Share
• You will learn three new mindfulness techniques/ meditations not covered in the Basic RTTC.
• Teaching Skills Clinic: Practice Teaching Meditation with feedback
• Discussion, Self-Inquiry, Partnerwork, and Practice Teaching

Day 4: Teaching Skills
• Meditation to Practice and Share
• The Art of Observation: Deep Looking
• Savasana: Adjustments Your Students will Love
• Yoga Nidra: You will learn and practice teaching two complete Yoga Nidra guided meditations (short and long form)
• Review of Skills from days 1, 2, 3
• Teaching Skills Clinic: Practice Teaching/Adjusting with partner
• Discussion, Self-Inquiry, Partnerwork, and Practice Teaching
• Closing Circle

restorative_yogafest2018Certification Requirement:
Graduates who have attended all sessions fully will receive a certificate of completion for our Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.

Translation:
Full Course translated by Hiromi Kitty Thompson

Manual:
Comprehensive manual in English or Japanese included in cost.
Extra manual in another language: 3,500 yen on advance request.

Who Can Attend:
Our Advanced Teacher Training is open to graduates of Sun and Moon’s RTTC or Rolling Restorative Training. Perfect for those who want to deepen and expand their studies in Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Teaching Skills. For further details, please email us.

About the instructor
Leza Lowitz

About the translator
Hiromi Kitty Thompson

Cost:
Regular cost: 98,000 yen.
Earlybird price: 88,000 yen. (Earlybird registration must be completed (Payment received) by August 10, 2019)

To Register
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.

(Photos by Yasuyuki Kobayashi)


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



vinyasaBuilding Transitions in Vinyasa Flow: Deep Stretch, Deep Strength, Breaking down Asana Transitions
A Workshop with Carla Herzenberg

Tuesday/Holiday, October 22 10:00am-12:00pm

This is a 2-hour workshop that will breakdown Intermediate asana transitions in a vinyasa flow. Carla will teach a 2-hour fiery Vinyasa sequence that will have intermediate stretches and balances throughout, with a focus on 5-6 intermediate transitions (think coming into Urdva Danurasana from Flip Dog or gliding into Astavakrasana from Elephant). We will flow in this sequence, pause to talk about and deconstruct each transition, then jump back into the vinyasa and apply what we have learned to the sequence. The workshop will be powerful and faster paced, fun and playful. You will learn how to safely transition in a more advanced flow…and have fun doing it.

This workshop will give you new technique for your yoga practice elevating your strength, flexibility, mental and physical power. It will be deliciously challenging and super fun!

This workshop is perfect for those of you who already have a yoga practice and want to develop your asana transitions. You will grow your practice with this challenging, playful and strong sequence!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
carla_headshotjapanCarla Herzenberg has been transformed by beautiful and challenging life experiences and the different styles of yoga that she has practiced over the last 20 years. Carla brings a sense of empowerment and fun, both physical and energetic, to every class. Utilizing intention, humor, asana and pranayama her goal is to have every student leave class feeling longer, leaner, refreshed and renewed. Carla’s style of teaching focuses on precise instruction that underscores the important relationship between alignment, breath, fluid movement and strength building. She is 300 RYT Yoga Alliance certified, receiving certification through YogaWorks, CA, USA, combining Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Hatha, Power & Vinyasa. Training includes in-depth anatomy, adjustments, restorative, Sutra study, as well as asana intensive training (100 RYS) in Jivamukti and Bikram. Visit her here.

Cost: 5,000 yen

Japanese translation: Hiromi Kitty Thompson

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



staycationSoothe and Surrender
Refresh Yourself in a One-Day City Retreat
with Leza Lowitz/Em Bettinger
at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo

Monday, November 4 9:00am-5:00pm

Revitalize your body and spirit on this special day-long yoga retreat in the heart of Tokyo with Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of our busy lives, losing sight of what’s really important. Our greatest luxury is to slow down and come home to our hearts and bodies, where we can listen to and honor our deepest truths and desires. This daylong retreat offers precious time to reconnect with yourself. We’ll begin with breathwork and meditation, followed by a deep vinyasa yoga flow, led by Em. We’ll break for a catered lunch of delicious organic vegan food. While we rest and digest, Leza will guide us as we will dig into areas we feel blocked. She will help us get unstuck through a safe, compassionate special guided mindfulness meditation process, aided by inspirational guidance/coaching. The afternoon will close with myofascial release and a deeply rejuvenating sequence of restorative yoga. Join us on this urban retreat to refresh, revitalize, and return home to yourself in sacred community.

Daylong Retreat Schedule
9.00am-10:00am Pranayama/Meditation with Em Bettinger
10:15am-12:15pm “Get Out of Your Head and Surrender” Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Em Bettinger
12:30pm-1:30pm Organic Vegan Catered Lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm “Get Out of Your Head and Into your Heart”
Removing Blockages to Free Yourself: Guided Mindfulness Meditation/Coaching with Leza Lowitz
2:45pm-3:15pm Myofascial Release/Rolling Restorative with Leza Lowitz
3:30pm-5:00pm Restorative Yoga with Leza Lowitz

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Leza Lowitz is the owner of Sun and Moon Yoga and best-selling author of 20 books, including the memoir In Search of the Sun, and the classics Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections, Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant and Meditation (with Reema Datta), and a novel in verse, Up from the Sea (Penguin Random House). She has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Restorative yoga for over 25 years and has trained over 1000 Restorative Yoga teachers in Japan and the world. She leads sold-out retreats, workshops, and workshops internationally. Visit her here.

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: 25,000 yen (All inclusive)
Earlybird price: 23,000 yen. (Earlybird registration must be completed (Payment received) by September 20, 2019)

Maximum: 16 people

Course in English with Japanese translation by Yoriko Matsumoto

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



PAST WORKSHOPS
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005 and Prior