UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the registration instructions that will be sent upon receipt of your request.

Self-Defense & Energy Skills Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Ki with Shogo Oketani, Karate Buff and Gentleman, March 11 2018

Dwelling in the Compassionate Heart: Meditation Workshop with Leza Lowitz
Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation March 18 2018

Yoga Cross-Training Playground, a Workshop with Caitlin Casella, March 24 & 25 2018

BECOME AN ARTIST THE GENESIS WAY, An Introduction to Intuitive Drawing with Liane Wakabayashi, April 21 2018

Golden Week Staycation with Em and Leza at Sun and Moon, Gotanda, May 3 & 4 2018

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in 2018



Self-Defense & Energy Skills Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Ki with Shogo Oketani, Karate Buff and Gentleman

Sunday March 11, 2018, 4:30pm-7:00pm
*Please note the date has been changed.

elbowWant to feel safer and more empowered? This practical, detailed and hands-on workshop is a great way to learn some highly effective self-defense skills we hope you’ll never have to use!

How to Use The Power of Ki
Ki (氣) is the life-force energy of the cosmos that also exists within each of us. We have a power source or life center in the body called the “dantien” (Japanese: tanden) located at the hara, three finger-widths beneath the belly button. In Japan there is an expression, “Put your power in the Sokka Tanden (under the belly button).” This means to gain equanimity and composure by focusing your energy on this point. When we integrate the energy of the dantien using special breathing, we can manifest our potential power. This power is called ki. The power of ki is the cornerstone of martial arts, and will be the focus of this course on enery awareness, energy building, energy use, and self-defense.

The Advantage of Using Ki
Many people are interested in self-defense and have considered learning Karate or Judo, but hesitate because of the “hardness” or “Yang” qualities of those disciplines. The truth is, when we use the power of ki, we can master the skills of self-defense without stress to the body or joints. When we focus on ki, movement becomes flexible and fluid without utilizing or encouraging excess energy, lessening stress to the body. Also, with special breathing methods, we can balance the body and enhance concentration through exercise. We will begin with simple stretches to warm up the body and energy body, and end with relaxation, followed by discussion and Q/A.

In this workshop, you will learn:
1. How to work with and harness the power of ki. Breathing techniques to strengthen focus and concentration. Basic self-defense techniques. Using “everyday tools” as weapons of self-defense.
2. Breathing techniques to replenish and store ki inwardly. Work with the dantien to encourage core power, grounding and self-confidence. How to use ki for self-healing. Self-defense techniques and partner work.
3. Breathing techniques to utilize/expel ki outwardly. Self-defense techniques including punching and kicking. Partner work.
4. Harnessing and directing your ki for self-defense. Secret Shaolin, Karate and Jujutsu submission techniques. Partner work.

Advanced registration suggested. Limit: 18 people. All ages and levels of fitness welcome. Men and women both welcome! No martial arts or yoga experience necessary.

Cost: 5000 yen.
Class taught bilingually in English and Japanese by Shogo.

shogo_sidekickAbout the Instructor: Shogo Oketani was born in Tokyo and graduated from Keio University with a degree in Philosophy and Literature. He studied Judo and Kendo from childhood, and began studying Karate as a teenager. Later, he received his black belt from the Gensei School of Karate in Tokyo, where he also taught Karate. (He is a Third Degree black belt). He also studied North Shaolinquan Martial Arts from the Japanese master Ryu Meiko. In 1995, Oketani moved to Northern California with his wife, Leza Lowitz. In 2003, he moved back to Tokyo where he works as a freelance translator, writer and Self-Defense instructor. He is co-owner of Sun and Moon Yoga.

Oketani’s books are Designing with Kanji: For Surface, Skin and Spirit (Stone Bridge Press. 2005), America and Other Poems by Ayukawa Nobuo (Kaya Press, 2007), for which he received the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Award from the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Studies at Columbia University, the novel J-Boys, Kazuo’S World, Tokyo, 1965 (Stone Bridge Press, 2011 and IBC Books, 2015), and Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, co-authored with Leza Lowitz (Tuttle Publishing 2013).

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


Dwelling in the Compassionate Heart: Meditation Workshop with Leza Lowitz
Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation

Sunday March 18 4:30pm-6:30pm

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. We will 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, partner practice and discussion.

Beginners to experienced meditators welcome.

About the instructor
Leza Lowitz

Cost: 3,500 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. 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


casella_ws2Yoga Cross-Training Playground
A Workshop with Caitlin Casella

Saturday March 24 4:30pm-7:00pm
Sunday March 25 4:30pm-7:00pm

It’s no surprise that yoga delivers a performance edge to athletes, both physically and mentally. But have you considered cross-training your yoga practice? If all you’ve been doing is asana, it’s time to mix it up!

- Challenge your body/brain connection with unfamiliar movement patterns
- Learn strength-building strategies for joint stability with resistance bands and innovative use of props
casella_ws1- Avoid aches and pains common to yoga practitioners by training balanced muscle tone
- Meet yourself with friendliness as you uncover and awaken blind spots
- Try new stretching and mobilization methods that touch joint angles not often accessed in asana
- Finish with a deep, satisfying rest

Program
Saturday: Upper body focus (shoulders, chest, upper back, and integrating the arms into the core)
Sunday: Lower body focus (hip and pelvic stability, leg strength, and integrating the legs into the core)

casellabiophotoAbout Caitlin
Caitlin Casella (E-RYT500) is a YogaWorks certified teacher and trainer for YogaWorks 200 and 500 hour programs in the US and internationally. This year Caitlin will begin school for a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

After moving to New York in 1999, Caitlin turned to yoga for stability and solace. Today, a meditative union of movement and breath combined with strength training inspire her practice and teaching. Caitlin’s yoga classes are both physically challenging and quietly introspective. A slow flow, breath-centered approach teaches conscious transitions, integrated movement and embodied anatomy. Expect to work mindfully and deeply. Get to know your body better and walk away feeling stronger, lighter, and refreshed.

Cost:
One day: 5000 yen
For both days: 9000 yen

Japanese translation: TBA

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


genesis_cardBECOME AN ARTIST THE GENESIS WAY
An Introduction to Intuitive Drawing with Liane Wakabayashi

Saturday April 21, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo
Workshop in English with some Japanese by Liane

Is drawing something that other people do–but you would never try yourself? What if you could draw something lovely? And meaningful? It’s a joyous moment when you begin to fall in love with your own unique power of artistic expression. In this introductory workshop, Liane will help you connect with drawing what you love, what you’re attracted to, and being both a writer and an artist, she introduces you to “drawing toward you” the art that was waiting all along for you to invite it into your life. With no previous drawing experience, Liane will show you how an open heart can lead you to drawing intuitively–from the imagination and from the heart– in beautiful vivid colors.
Liane Grunberg Wakabayashi loves to initiate drawing to people who never believed they could draw. She is the creator of the Genesis Way, an intuitive and creative breakthrough deck of 44 cards that leads to arty conversations and surprising synchronicities between with the art you make and the art you select on randomly chosen Genesis Cards. Liane now lives in Jerusalem and is very happy to be returning back to Sun and Moon Yoga Studio for this workshop.

liane_ws2Cost:
If you already have a set of Genesis Cards please bring them and the cost of the workshop will be ¥3,000. Special for Sun and Moon Yoga newcomers to Genesis Art: ¥5,000 includes your own set of Genesis Cards and Guidebook in English or Japanese (¥3,000 value!).

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

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

Spend this Golden Week in Tokyo with a Staycation at Sun and Moon.
Join Em Bettinger and Leza Lowitz for two days chock full of yoga, dharma teachings, asana, pranayama and meditation.

Program description to be announced.

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: 25,000yen for both days (if registration including completion of payment by March 31, 2018)
Regular cost for registration after April: 30,000yen for both days
Regular cost for 1-day: 18,000 yen per day (Priority is given to those who enroll in both days.)
Lunch included. Mats and props available free at the studio.

Japanese translation provided.
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. 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 2018

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Schedule
July 2018 Course
Friday July 13 5:00pm-9:30pm (4.5 hrs)
Saturday July 14 5:00pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday July 15 3:00pm-7:30pm (4.5hrs)
Monday/National Holiday July 16 9:00am-4:30pm (6.5 hrs + 1hr lunch time)

October 2018 Course
Friday October 5 5:00pm-9:30pm (4.5 hrs)
Saturday October 6 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday October 7 3pm-7:30pm (4.5hrs)
Monday/National Holiday October 8 9:00am-4:30pm (6.5 hrs + 1hr lunch time)

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 TBA
(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 (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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