YIN YOGA Teacher Training Course
30-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course with PAUL GRILLEY
December 22-27, 2007


Yin Yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures held for three to five minutes at a time. It is the ideal complement to more muscular or “Yang” forms of Yoga. A Yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. In this way it prepares the body and the mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved.This course will train students in the practice of Yin Yoga and in the anatomical principles of modern yoga practice. This gives a solid, scientific foundation for teaching and practicing.It will be Paul Grilley’s first time to Japan, and the first time a comprehensive Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course will be offered in Japan.

About the Instructor: Paul Grilley has been teaching Yoga since 1980, and his special interest is the teaching of Anatomy and Yin Yoga. He is the author of the book Yin Yoga: A Quiet Practice, and the DVDs Yin Yoga, Anatomy for Yoga, which is becoming standard in teacher training programs across the country, and Chakra Theory and Meditation (all from Pranamaya). He practices Yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and patterns his philosophy on the writings and researches of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. This philosophy integrates the Taoist Meridian and Acupuncture theories of China with the Yogic and Tantric theories of India. Paul lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife Suzee, a dancer and yogini. For more information see

Key Concepts of Yin Yoga
*Yin and Yang Analysis
*Three Tissues of the Joints
*Yin Exercise
Mobilize Axis/ Position Extremities
Static, gentle, long
Muscles Relaxed/ Joint Space Closure
Long Holds/ Plasticity and Elasticity
Chi and Blood stagnation
*Yang Exercise
Stabilize Axis/ Move Extremities
Rhythm, repetition
Fatigue and Soreness
*Theory of Exercise
*Connective Tissue and Meridian Theory
*Levels of Training
Joint, muscle, blood, breath, chi, emotion, thought
*The 14 Segments of the Body
*Tension and Compression
*Axis and Extremity
*Proportion and Orientation

This Teacher Training is in English with Japanese interpretation.

Course Dates and Times:
December 22 - 27 12:00-5:00pm
Course Cost: 140,000yen

TTC held at: Museum Tokyo
Fukumura Ogikubo Bldg 2F
5-30-6 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0051
for map and information please see:
Limit: 60 students

NOTE: Yoga mats will not be provided. Please bring your mat!
All classes will start on time. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to workshop to check in.

TO REGISTER: please email Sun and Moon Yoga with your name, EMAIL, and phone number. Put “YIN YOGA TTC” in the subject line. You will be sent accounting details upon confirmation.

- 1 month or longer prior to event. You will be charged 15% of the total.
- Less than 1 month to 3 weeks prior to event. You will be charged 30% of total.
- Less than 3 weeks- You will be charged 50% of total.
- 1 Week- You will be charged 80% of total.
- Less than a week- 100% (No refund)


Anatomy and Stability of Movement in Yoga: Therapeutic Applications of Yoga for Teachers and Practitioners


A 2-session Workshop with Vienna Wilson at Sun and Moon Yoga
Saturday, November 17, 7:00pm-10:00pm
& Sunday, November 18th, 2007, 6:30-9:30pm

This workshop will explore the anatomy of each region of the body, and explain how to
recruit, strengthen and stretch each area to balance the body and maintain proper alignment.This workshop is highly recommended for Yoga teachers or those who want to deepen their practice and understanding of how the body works in yoga movement.

Session One
1. Torso/pelvis
2. Lower extremities

Session Two
3. Upper extremities
4. Head and Neck

Each class will be a combination of detailed anatomy education, optimal alignment instruction and physical practice.

About the Instructor: Vienna Wilson received her yoga teacher training with John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga and her Pilates teaching certification from Kelly Kane at the Kane School of Core Integration. She graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Allied Health Sciences. Vienna also completed advanced trainings in biomechanics, trigger point therapy, myofacial release and therapeutic applications of yoga. She calls upon the knowledge of each of these disciplines to meet the specific goals of her clients and students, and enjoys the opportunity to teach anatomy to yoga teacher training programs in New York City. In 1998, Vienna, a former Wall Street investment banker, dedicated herself to a daily yoga practice and brings this experience of Anusara, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga to her teaching. Vienna also graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and received a Masters in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin.The workshop is in English with some Japanese interpretation.

Cost: 5,500yen each session or 10,000yen for both. Please send name and phone BY EMAIL with “ANATOMY WORKSHOP” in the title. Please specify which workshop (or both) you want to take.

Please apply by November 1 to secure a spot.

De-Mystifying Arm Balances & Other Adventures:
Advancing Your Practice with Lauren Peterson

Sunday November 25, 5:00-8:00pm
and Tuesday November 27, 2:30-5:30pm
(The content of both days is the same.)


This workshop is designed for those interested in trying and exploring more intermediate and advanced postures in a safe and incremental way. We will work with bandhas (energy locks) and apply them to help us to “lighten the load” in arm balances and inversions such as handstand (adho mukha vrksasana), headstand (sirsasana), and forearm balance (pincha mayurasana). In the area of the hips and sacrum, we will explore the relationship between the hip socket, the psoas and the sacrum in postures such as foot-behind-the-head (eka pada sirsasana) and deep backbends to help you explore and deepen into those poses safely.
We will also explore how to use some basic postures to begin to prepare the body for deeper and more challenging poses.If you wish to advance your practice and try poses that you thought were “too difficult” or “impossible,” then this workshop is a great way to safely deconstruct, de-mystify, and have fun working in these poses. You don’t have to be able to do these postures perfectly already to attend the workshop. Come explore and play!


This workshop is appropriate for Level 3-5. If you are not sure if it is appropriate for you, please check with Leza or your teacher.

About the Instructor: Lauren Peterson is a nationally recognized yoga practitioner, yoga model, and teacher living in Malibu, Calif. She is one of the few advanced (Fourth Series) Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the U.S. Lauren had the privilege of studying with and assisting Chuck Miller for over 10 years. In addition to her open asana classes, she also started a yoga program designed for women struggling with eating disorders. She has been featured in many magazines such as Yoga Journal and Cosmopolitan, and on television in the PBS series “Healing Quest.” Lauren is the creator of “The Yogi’s Companion,” a yoga practice CD, which was chosen “Editor’s Choice” by Yoga Journal. She is honored to have modeled for a Yoga asana book including Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and Patricia Walden, as well as in and on the covers of yoga calendars and magazines. Her client base includes many entertainers and athletes. She sees yoga as a lifelong journey with incalculable benefits.

Cost: 5,000 yen. To register please email Sun and Moon Yoga with your name, email, and phone number. Put “Advancing WS 11/27″ in the subject line. Payment to be made at the workshop. LIMIT: 18.


Kirtan with Gina Sala: Nada, Bhakti and Japa Yoga
Saturday November 3rd 7:30-9:30pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

Come as you are, participate as you like in this inspiring, rejuvenating evening of Kirtan. Sound healer and vocalist Gina Sala– who has been chanting mantra since the age of 3–will guide us in ecstatic heart-opening chanting from several traditions, providing background of the chants and tips for freeing the voice. Discover for yourself how chanting or listening to the powerful vibrations of sacred syllables helps your mind to rest and your heart to sing with joyful, peaceful love and connection. No experience needed, all are welcome, including children,Gina says: “Chanting sacred syllables helps the mind to rest in the heart. Like the honeybee and the flower, there is such sweetness in that union.”

ABOUT GINA SALA: Gina Sala has lead chanting and voice workshops internationally for 15 years. She has a repertoire spanning 21 languages, has sung at the United Nations, and as lead singer for Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. She began chanting mantra while living in a hindu ashram at the age of 3 and has learned and shared songs with sound healers and musicians from many lands. She leads annual “River of Sound” tours to India and other regions to help us experience the power of sound and vibration to bring about peace and joy. Her passion is helping us to awaken us to Who we are.

Cost: 4,000 yen for workshop. Please send name and phone BY EMAIL with “KIRTAN w/GINA” in the title. Please specify which workshop (or both) you want to take. Please apply by October 25 to secure a spot.

Freedom and Awakening Through Your Voice at Sun Moon Yoga
Sunday Nov 4rd, 5:00-8:00pm


In this fun, experiential workshop, global vocalist Gina Sala offers mantra, movement, nada yoga, chant, physical techniques and delightful exercises that empower you to experience the pleasure and power of your voice, and Who is singing when you sing. Participants leave
feeling empowered, enlivened and inspired. Join Gina to explore sound practices from India such as classical sargam (vocal shruti warm-ups, musical scales) and mantra as well as western techniques for breath, resonance and tuning, along with fun songs and chants to cultivate the garden of your voice.All are welcome, no experience needed. Explore the colors and possibilities of your voice in an environment that allows for connection, depth, and humor.

Cost: 5,000 yen for workshop. Please send name and phone BY EMAIL with “VOICE WORKSHOP” in the title. Please specify which workshop (or both) you want to take. Please apply by October 25 to secure a spot.


September 21-23, 2007

We were pleased to participate in the Global Mala event to help charities around the world, to coincide with the Autumn Equinox and United Nations Peace Day. This month, on the 21-23 we incorporated 108 into our classes in peace meditations, a 108-mantra Om chant, 18 sun salutations, and a special “Give Peas a Chance” Edamame Mala. Charitable donations for WAR CHILD will be accepted during this time. War Child helps children caught in war-torn areas, supporting them during the conflict and helping them to reintegrate into society after the war has ended. Check out this wonderful article by Karryn Cartelle in Metropolis:

For more on the global mala project, please see http://www.globalmala.org

2007 Yoga Fest YOKOHAMA SATURDAY 9/22 17:00-18:30 with Leza Lowitz

Dwelling in the Compassionate Heart: A Yin/Yang Yoga Mix

The 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. Join us for a powerful yoga practice to safely open the anahata (heart) chakra, and nurture our compassionate selves. We will use asana (including some partner yoga) and nada (sound) yoga in the form of Bija Mantra and a Bhajan (chant) to Tara, the Goddess of Compassion, and Metta (”Lovingkindness”) Meditation to awaken the “unstruck sound” of the music of the heart. Find your home in the heart, where you can dwell in compassion and love. Levels 1-3. 1 At least one year yoga experience required.

Meditation & Self- Inquiry: The Art of Knowing Who You Are
A two-part MORNING workshop with Esalen’s OLIVER BAILEY
Saturday September 8th 7:30-9:30am &
Sunday September 9th 7:30-9:30am

This workshop will introduce you to highly effective meditation and self-inquiry techniques that invite you to explore who you are before your stories, beliefs, feelings and thoughts.
Come and take a look at who you are in this special workshop with Esalen’s Oliver Bailey,
who has spent over a quarter of a century teaching meditation.

Workshop Content:

Lecture on Meditation
Meditation (Instruction)
Self-Inquiry (Instruction)
Question and Answer Period/Discussion

The journey starts with identifying our own personal stories–the ones we use to define ourselves, the stories we tell over and over again to ourselves and others. On the surface, these stories may be who we believe weare, but in reality, these stories become our false personality if they go unquestioned.A highly effective aid in our journey to the true Self is meditation. With meditation, we begin to get in touch with the spacious, still, quiet place where the stories, beliefs, feelings and thoughts emerge from. Our minds are often so busy that we lose sight of the ground from which they emerge. Oliver has developed meditative exercises that aid in connecting to this interior place. He will share these exercises in this special workshop.

The most important tool of spiritual awakening is to discover who we are. To this end, Oliver will also introduce us to powerful tools of Self-Inquiry. By questioning and inquiring into our identities, we begin identify with our true Self beyond our ego and personality. Self-inquiry is a spiritually powerful questioning that always points us back to ourselves.
Session Two will build on the techniques explored in Session One.

About the Instructor: Oliver Bailey has been teaching Meditation, Self-Inquiry, Massage and Personal Process at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, for the past 25 years. His background also includes training in Gestalt Practice, neurolinguistic programming, and intuitive work. He has led hundreds of meditation workshops and seminars around the world and is a sought-after workshop leader.

Cost: 4,000 yen each session or 7,000yen for both. Please send name and phone BY EMAIL with “MEDITATION WORKSHOP” in the title. Please specify which workshop (or both) you want to take. Please apply by August 15th to secure a spot.
Workshop is in English w/some Japanese interpretation.



Sun and Moon Yoga is pleased to offer our SECOND comprehensive 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. The curriculum includes 60 hours of hands-on class instruction/lectures, 30 hours of yoga practice (students will be given a 20-class pass good for 2-month use as part of their tuition), and 10 hours of home study/homework and karma yoga assignments. Students will be expected to pass a written test, teach class demos, and complete all assignments to receive their Sun and Moon TTC certification and special certificate of completion. Graduates of the Sun and Moon Fundamentals TTC will be eligible to attend our Advanced Studies Program in the future. Instructors for this program include guest teachers Lucy Roberts and Sarah Watterson; and Sun and Moon’s own Leza Lowitz, Cameron Harris and Stacey Krumenacker. ACO will act as support/facilitator for the Japanese students as needed. This comprehensive fundamentals teaching course will cover yoga history and philosophy, offering pose-by-pose detailed, individualized alignment and adjustment instruction, in-depth study of anatomy and physiology, pranayama and meditation teaching techniques, chanting, ethics and lifestyle modules, and tools for personal transformation as well as guidelines for teaching and sharing yoga in your community.Our aim is to give new and prospective teachers in-depth, intensive training in the art and craft of teaching yoga from their deepest selves. When yoga is practiced and taught in a mindful, compassionate way, self-transformation naturally happens! This is not a cookie-cutter approach to teaching or practicing yoga. What we will offer is a thorough, concrete grounding in the fundamentals of teaching, with segments on a variety of topics designed to help participants grow so they can find their own voices to best share the ancient and ever-evolving practice of yoga in a knowledgeable, safe, skillful, authentic, and joyful way. We firmly believe that teaching yoga is an act of Seva, or service. Our TTC reflects this belief.

The course is open to 18 participants only. If you are interested in joining, please contact Leza by email in English or Japanese, at yoga@lezalowitz.com with “100 Hour TTC” in the subject line. We will send you an application and detailed course contents at that time.

Sun and Moon’s TTC is open only to those with a minimum of 1 year of yoga experience or upon receiving permission to join by Leza.

Course Cost: 220,000yen (including 20-class pass) and manual. The course will be in English with Japanese interpretation.

Saturday classes 5:00-9:00pm
Sunday classes 5:00-9:00pm
Monday classes 9:00am-5:00pm-All mondays are national holidays.



Release, Suspend and Fall: Contemporary Dance Workshops for Beginners
with Em Bettinger

Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, 2007 5:30-7:30pm


Contemporary dance (sometimes referred to as “Modern Dance”) is a collection of techniques and systems developed in the twentieth century. Notable contemporary artists are Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, and Jose Limon. The techniques developed by these choreographers have allowed dancers to strengthen their bodies, increase flexibility, and push beyond ’safe’ boundaries as a reaction to the rigid techniques of ballet.These two workshops will allow you to ‘play’ and enjoy movement, while moving through a series of exercises that isolate and warm up the body and allow us to explore the bodies’ full range of motion. We’ll work through floor exercises, jumps and traveling sequences, leading to a short sequence at the end, putting it all together. We’ll learn how the words “release, suspend and fall” relate to dance when moving to the sounds of Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Dick Dale and The Who. Tutus, legwarmers & hair in bun, and pointe shoes not required. Come bare-footed in loose clothing and get ready to smile, laugh and perform.About the Instructor: Em Bettinger started dancing when she was five, attending the local ballet school. She later went on to practice gymnastics. At the age of eighteen, she went to study dance at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and then moved on to Middlesex University and gained a B.A. with Honors in Dance Performance.

Em has performed with and choreographed for many independent contemporary dance companies around London while teaching able and disabled children and adults. She hopes to increase appreciation for and interest in contemporary dance in Japan.

Cost: 4,000 yen each session or 7,000yen for both.
Please send name and phone by EMAIL with “DANCE WORKSHOP” in the title. Please specify which workshop (or both) you want to take.



Join us once again for this unique healing sound massage with Arun and his Tibetan Bells


SUNDAYS 5:00-6:30 PM
April 1st, 8th, 15th
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE BY EMAIL OR IN-PERSON AT THE STUDIO. Email us with TIBETAN BELLS in the Subject Line and specify which dates you wish to attend.


TEACHINGS OF YOGA with Brian Bentley

Dharma talk and discussion (Q & A)
Kirtan/Satsang/Yoga Philosophy Different theme each week:
Tantra, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Shiva/Shakti.
Use your 4- or 10 class card or drop-in for 3,000 yen. You may also use your Moon card.
Class in English. Japanese interpretation will be provided.Take the whole series or drop-in anytime.

Saturdays 5:00pm-6:30pm
February through March

YIN YOGA: Awakening from Within with Leza Lowitz

Most forms of Yang yoga (like Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow) focus on the
muscles, but Yin yoga is a slower, deeper practice of holding the
postures for long periods of time to stretch the connective tissues that
form our joints. Just as our muscles atrophy when we don’t use them, our
connective tissue shortens and hardens. This class will focus on deep stretches,
particularly hip-opening postures, using the breath to explore body sensations and invite
deeper emotional and physical release, and softening in the “living tissue” of the joints. Come Surrender to Slow Yin Yoga and awaken your body from within and learn more about this increasingly popular style of yoga popularized by Paul Grilley, based on Hiroshi Motoyama’s meridian theory. Learn about each pose and how it functions to stimulate certain meridians and internal organs. Some yoga experience recommended, but modifications will be given so this workshop is suitable for all levels.

This workshop was first presented by Leza and ACO at Yoga Fest 2006 in Tokyo to a sold-out class of over 70! Also includes lecture and Q and A.

Japanese Interpretation by ACO. Where: Sun and Moon Yoga
Cost: 4,500 yen Limit: 18 people
To register, please send name and phone by EMAIL with “Yin Yoga WORKSHOP” in the title.




AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the lovingkindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. Jenny and Jason’s highest aim is to bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other, and with the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, honored and shared for the benefit of all. Through AcroYoga, we experience a deepening trust in ourselves and others, and we realize that by working in partnership, we manifest more than we ever could alone. Join us at Sun and Moon for these two special workshops to experience the magic and beauty of AcroYoga.

Saturday February 17th 6-9pm:

Open your practice with the ease, comfort and the support of a partner. This workshop touches upon all the disciplines that AcroYoga offers, combining Yoga, Acrobatics, and Thai Massage. The class experience includes: Circle Ceremony, Mirrored Asana, Partner Yoga Flow, Assisted Inversions, Partner Acrobatics, Flying Sequences and Thai Massage. Grounded in the breath, we will draw upon the natural forces of gravity and “metta” loving kindness to encourage the body to let go of fear and tension. Students are requested to have familiarity with yoga. No partner necessary!
Limit: 16 people. Cost: 6,000 yen per session.

Sunday, February 18th 6-9pm: INVERSIONS DEMYSTIFIED

Explore Upside-Down Fundamentals & Basic Partner Acrobatics. The Mystery of inversions is no match for the wisdom of acrobatic training techniques! The ancient yoga texts tell us that Headstand and Shoulderstand are the King and Queen of Asanas, mainly due to the vast medical benefits. These and other inversions, such as handstand and forearm-stand, can be an enjoyable part of your daily practice once you learn how to work progressively. After solidifying spotting techniques, we will progress to Basic Partner Acrobatics and Pyramids, cultivating trust, strength and flexibility while working as a team. A playful, safe, supportive environment will empower the whole room to be upside down and connect to the divine! Some yoga experience recommended, but no inversion experience needed.
Limit: 16 people.
Cost: 6,000 yen per session


About the Instructors: Jason Nemer & Jenny Sauer-Klein are the co-founders of AcroYoga, and are based in Berkeley, California. They lead AcroYoga workshops, retreats and teacher trainings internationally. They have trained with yoga teachers such as Dharma Mittra (hatha raja), Shiva Rea (prana vinyasa flow), Sianna Sherman (anusara), and David Swenson (ashtanga). These workshops are part of the 2007 World Tour -Tradition Takes Flight.


with Leza Lowitz


TWO 20-hour Teacher Trainings
Four Sundays in January & February, 2007 50,000 yen
Section One: January 7, 14, 21, 28
Section Two: February 2/3 -2/11

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.

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 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.

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.Class will be in English with Japanese interpretation.What to Bring:
The studio has everything you will need for this training. No need to bring bolsters, blankets, weights, 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, please email us with RESTORATIVE TTC in the subject line. An application form will be sent to you in English. Please fill it out as soon as possible. Priority will be given to current Sun and Moon students. If your application is approved, payment instructions will be sent. Early application is strongly suggested.


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