UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & TRAININGS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

-Yoga for Two- Thai Yoga Massage Teacher Training with Haidar Ali, March 20-23 *The time schedule has been changed!

Feel your breath and listen to your body - Thai Massage Workshop with Makoto Yamada, April 5, 2015 (This workshop will be taught in Japanese)

Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Em Bettinger and Leza Lowitz, 2015 Golden Week

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz in JUNE 2015, Fully Booked! Waiting list only.

20-Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Leza Lowitz & Em Bettinger, July 17-20, 2015


-Yoga for Two- Thai Yoga Massage Teacher Training with Haidar Ali (Director Spirit Yoga)

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Friday March 20 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Saturday March 21 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday March 22 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Monday March 23 9am-4:30pm (6.5hrs + 1hr lunch time)
*The time schedule has been changed!

Fee: 79,000 yen including full color manual book and certificate.
For Haidar’s Thai yoga massage TT at Sun and Moon repeater: 50% off.
For Sun and Moon TT grads (including RTTC): 69,000yen.

Manual book: Full colour manual book in English or Japanese will be given.
Certification: All Participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate of completion. Yoga Alliance: 30 hrs Yoga Alliance credit (Contact hours: 20hrs Homework: 10hrs)
Teacher: Haidar Ali (Director of Spirit Yoga)
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi
Capacity: 18 people

Target
- Yoga instructors
- Massage therapists
- Anyone who wants to improve the sports ability
- Office workers who have a lack of physical exercise
- Partner/lovers
- Anyone who wants to share Thai Yoga massage with parents or family including kids.
- Anyone who is interested in healing or bodywork.

This training is open to everyone. The work is done in comfortable clothing on a mat. You will have a wonderful experience of healing and rejuvenation with hours of healing massage.
No prior yoga or massage experiences is necessary. Just come with open relaxing mind and open heart.

About the course
Thai Massage Yoga is an ancient system of healing with its roots in Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. This unique and complete system of yoga therapy combines rhythmic massage, gentle twisting, deep stretching and meditation. It releases tension, increases vitality and creates wholeness of mind, body and spirit in both giver and receiver. The movement and adjustments you will learn are a valuable compliment in Yoga teaching as well as massage therapy.

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Course Contents
- History of Thai Yoga Massage
- Technic and method of Thai Yoga Massage
- Hatha Yoga Stretching exercises
- Breathing & Pranayama
- Meditation
- Thai Massage
- Anatomy
- Tools such as Aroma oil, Music, Sound and Crystal healing
- Injury management
- Adjustments skills to balance and correct yoga poses
- Alignment skills
- Restorative Yoga Poses and props usage
- Teaching Practice
- Teaching Skills

Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage
Body
- Detoxification the body from toxins
- Release the muscles tension
- Soften the joints
- Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments
- Increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure
- Help arthritis and back pain

Mind
- Relax and calm the mind
- Improve your outlook towards life; builds an emotional balance
- Help with concentration and creativity/ Mind and body
- Improve breathing
- Help gain mental clarity
- Reduce and relieve stress and anxiety
- Achieve better health, increases health and vitality
- Raise the energy level and stamina

Special Anatomy Segment with Sumiyo Yamamoto
Many yoga teachers think Anatomy is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Anatomy is useful in our personal and clinical practice, and I am happy to be able to offer a special anatomy segment in this Thai Yoga Massage TTC with Haidar Ali.
This lecture will draw from my 15-plus years of study and experience in Aromatherapy massage, lymph drainage, Swedish massage, meridian massage, fascia releasing, reflexology, and Ayurvedic massage, which are the roots of Thai Yoga Massage.
We will cover technical territory such as the muscular and skeletal systems, fascia, and the workings of the nervous system, but we will approach these “difficult” subjects in an easy-to-understand manner. This information will be helpful in massage and yoga sharing/teaching, personal practice, and in clinical practice. If you already have a good understanding of anatomy, this lecture will serve as a refresher course.
I’m excited to share with you knowledge that will deepen your practice and support your offering to your clients.

A participant in the last Sun and Moon TTC said:
“Haidar sensei’s Thai Yoga Massage TTC was fantastic. It was comprehensive, and also warm and nurturing. We learned each massage technique individually, and we also learned well-designed sequences (both long and short forms). Haidar also taught as a gentle yoga flow warm-up, and facial massage exercises.
The TTC packed so much into the short time, at a very reasonable cost–so it was very convenient and economical, The manual was also excellent, with full-color photos of each pose and photo-by-photo breakdowns of the sequences, easy-to-understand text, and detailed explanations of the meridians. All in all, it was one of the best teacher trainings I have ever taken–I highly recommend it. I graduated the course with confidence that I could share Thai Yoga massage professionally and effectively. It was great to learn this practice from a traditional Thai Massage lineage, imparted with integrity and love by Haidar-sensei.”

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)

sumiyo_yamamotoAbout Sumiyo Yamamoto
Practitioner in Acupuncture and Moxibustion for 17 years, Director of Lunapsyuche (Salon for Women).
Experienced in offering treatment in hospitals, Chiropractic & Acupuncture /Moxibustion clinics, Lymph drainage and esthetic salons.
After studying in Australia, Ms. Yamamoto studied various techniques including Chinese medicine, Flower Essence and Aromatherapy inside and outside of Japan, then opened her own salon in Osaka.
Her treatment focused on healing mind, body and sprit is introduced in various magazines such as Hanako and Nikkei Health.
Currently, she is doing her activities in a wide array of locations, including giving lecture at events and seminars and contributing to Trinity magazine’s website and Acupuncture & Moxibustion magazine.

Nationally Qualified Acupuncture & Moxibustion practitioner, graduated Morinomiya Medical School in 1998
- I.B.E. UK certified Reflexologist
- Australia LiFE certified Flower Essence Therapist
- Completed UK ITHMA Oriental Medicine and Aromatherapy course
- Completed UK ITHMA Aromatic Meridian massage certificate course
- Completed UK ITHMA Energetic & Psychologic Aromatherapy based on Yin and Yang Principles course
- Studied Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Stylist
- Studied Chinese Medicinal Cooking Coach
- Studied Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Basic
- Studied Indian Head Massage training
- Studied Yoga Alliance (US) certified 20-Hour Medical Yoga
- Studied Yoga Alliance (US) certified 30-Hour Yin Yoga

Lunapsyuche website: http://homepage2.nifty.com/lunapsyche67/ 

To register
Hit Contact. Email us with the name of the workshop/course in the subject line, including your full name, phone number, email address and mailing address. Also please answer to these questions briefly.
1. Experience with Massage, Yoga or Other Healing Modalities (short answers fine)
2. Injuries past or present.
3. Aim in taking this course.

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


- Feel your breath and listen to your body- Thai Massage Workshop with Makoto Yamada
at Sun and Moon Yoga
*This workshop will be taught in Japanese.

makoto Sunday, April 5 2015, 5:00-7:30pm

Cost 3,500 yen
(Class cards ok
1 check + 1000yen on 4-class card
2 checks on 10-class card
3 check + 500 yen on 20-class pass)

About the Course:
Thai massage has recently become popular with yoga instructors worldwide. Reportedly originated around 2500 years ago in India, this bodywork first came to Thailand with the spread of Buddhism, and was later integrated with Chinese medicine.

Its stretching techniques, which are similar to yoga asanas, bring about the same effects of yoga even while lying down.
So it is sometimes called “yoga for two people” or “yoga for lazy people.”

In this workshop, you will learn:
-Safe and effective Thai Massage techniques
-Benefits and effects of each technique
- How to touch working in tandem with the breath
- How to listen to the voice of the body when giving and receiving
- How to communicate and open a dialogue between those “touching”
- How these techniques can heal not only the other party but also oneself.

These techniques are applicable to other bodywork styles, and to yoga posture adjustments as well.
They are easy-to-follow, even by those new to massage, bodywork, or yoga.

Who Can Attend:
This workshop is suitable for yoga instructors, massage therapists, healers, bodyworkers, yoga students and anyone interested in sharing the technique. Suitable for experienced yogis to beginners.
When enrolling, please notify the instructor if you have any injuries.
*Not suitable for expectant mothers.

About the Instructor
Makoto Yamada

In 2003, Introduced to Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, while traveling throughout Asia. Began study of Thai Massage.
Completed a variety of courses at many massage schools, began to study under the massage master, Pishest.
While working for a massage salon in Tokyo, he practiced Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga and other styles of yoga.
In 2009, he opened Asian Healing Salon PADMA in Suginami, Tokyo.
In 2012, he relocated to his hometown of Toyohashi, Aichi.
He visits his teacher in Chang Mai every year to deepen his studies and practice.

Need Dates here before each entry:
- 2003: Completed Basic Course at TMC Massage School (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
- 2005: Completed Basic Course at Wandee Massage School (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
- 2005: Completed Basic Course, Advance Course and Reflexology Course at Loikroh Massage School (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
- 2006: Completed Basic Course and Advance Course at Wat Poh Massage School (Bangkok)
- 2007: Completed Reflexology course at Asagi Massage School (Tokyo)
- 2012: Completed Standard Course at NOJI Massage School (Tokyo)
- 2009: Completed Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Tim Miller
- RYT200 certified yoga instructor (2010)
- 2013: Completed Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Leza Lowitz

For more about Makoto, see Asian Healing Salon PADMA’s website

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

May 2, 3, 4, 2015
Japanese translation by Haruka Takahashi

Join Leza and Em 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.

For details and registrations


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

Fully booked! Waiting list only.

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In 2015
Friday June 5 4:30pm-10:00pm (5.5hrs)
Saturday June 4:30pm-10:00pm (5.5hrs)
Sunday June 7 4:30pm-9:30pm (5hrs)
Monday June 8 12:30am-4:30pm (4hrs)

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: 20 students. Course fills up quickly, so register soon to ensure a spot.

Japanese translation by Haruka Takahashi.
(The course is taught in English with the Japanese translation.)

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.

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 “RTTC JUNE 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 (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE)
2. PLEASE DETAL 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. 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 17-20, 2015

Friday July 17 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Saturday July 18 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Sunday July 19 5pm-9:30pm (4.5hrs)
Monday/Holiday July 20 9am-4:30pm (6.5hrs + 1hr lunch time)

Cost: 70,000 yen
Cost: 60,000 yen for those who have completed a prior RYTTC with Leza or any Sun and Moon TTC.
Limit: 20 Students
Interpreter: Haruka Takahashi

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:

backbend_chair_small1. 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.

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.

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 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 “YTTTC 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 (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE)
2. PLEASE DETAL YOUR YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE (HOW MANY YEARS, STYLE, WHERE, CERTIFICATION: SCHOOL NAME AND DATE OF GRADUATION/CERTIFICATION)
3. 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. Early application is strongly suggested.



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