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.

MINDFULNESS IMMERSION: 20-hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz

Step up Your Yoga Teaching Skills
The Magic of Good Teacher with Leza Lowitz

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


MINDFULNESS IMMERSION
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
Sunday February 9, 2:30-5:30pm (3 hrs)
Sunday February 23, 4:30-7:30pm (3 hrs)
Monday/Holiday February 24, 11:00-4:30pm (5.5 hours)
Sunday March 1, 2:30-5:30pm (3 hrs)
Friday March 20, 11:00-4:30pm (5.5 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, send in a request to info(at)sunandmoon.jp 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


Step up Your Yoga Teaching Skills
The Magic of Good Teacher with Leza Lowitz

Saturday February 29 2:30-8:30pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

lezalecturehokkaidoWHO:
Are you a yoga teacher who has completed a 200-hour teacher training but feel you still need more knowledge, inspiration, confidence, experience, artistry and skill? Are you looking for ways to tap into your own gifts and find your voice? If so, join us for a deep dive into the yogic and wisdom traditions that will explore the meaning and application of key concepts in both traditions through lectures, self-reflection and inquiry, guided meditations and asana practices that will inspire your practice and change your approach to teaching and sharing yoga.

WHAT:

How do you find—or become–a good teacher? What qualities constitute a good teacher?
 What qualities constitute becoming–and staying–a good teacher? What qualities constitute a good student?

In this special workshop, we will look at the meaning of the teacher, in both ancient wisdom texts written thousands of years ago and in our contemporary experience. We will practice guided meditation, self-reflection, journalling, partner work, and asana. You will understand some of the qualities of a skilful teacher, and how to cultivate them in yourself. You will look at your own strengths and weaknesses, and develop an action plan for continued study and improvement.

WHY:
After completing this course, students will better understand the roles of student and teacher, the classical and contemporary qualities of a good teacher, the ethical and practical problems and challenges of the teacher-student relationship, and ways to cultivate the positive qualities of both student and teacher in themselves. These tools for your teacher’s toolbox are important, practical, surprising and valuable. Though they might be ancient, they are even more relevant and powerful today when getting a yoga teaching certificate is all too easy, but gaining the wisdom, experience and skill to be a good teacher is.

This course is open to yoga teachers and students alike. Minimum 2 years of yoga practice required.

About the instructor
Leza Lowitz

About the translator
Hiromi Kitty Thompson

Cost: 25,000 yen
Early Bird Special by February 1–20,000 yen

To Register
If you are interested in attending this training, send in a request to info(at)sunandmoon.jp 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. 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


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 April 3 6:00-10:00pm (4 hours)
Saturday April 4 1:30-9:30pm (8 hours)
Sunday April 5 1:30-9:30pm (8 Hours)

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.
*For re-takers, 50% off. Please state briefly the reason why you wish to retake the course when you apply.

To Register
If you are interested in attending this training, send in a request to info(at)sunandmoon.jp 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



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