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PAST WORKSHOPS 2019
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Restorative Yoga with Gong Sound Healing with Leza Lowitz & Cheryl Rodriguez

Sun and Moon Academy Presents:
Vietnam and Japan: Style, Design, Dialogue
A Talk by Veteran Journalist Nguyen Qui Duc

POP-UP SALE
VIETNAMESE FASHION & JAPANESE ANTIQUES

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

Narita Yoga Presents: Autumn Mini-Retreat at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita with Leza Lowitz/Yoriko Matsumoto

A Workshop for Your Hippie Hips with Betia Pappa

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

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

The Art of Transitions in Vinyasa Workshop with Betia Pappa

Sun Salutation with Mantra & Creating your own Mala Workshop with Hatsumi

An Experience Inwards: Blindfold Yoga Workshop with Em

Headstand Workshop with Betia Pappa

Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing with Leza Lowitz & Cheryl Rodriguez

Blissful Sound & Voice Healing Workshop with Hiroyuki Matsuhisa

Ayuryoga Workshop with Yuko: Summer Workshop: Balancing Pitta

20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1 with Leza Lowitz

Strong Roots: Grounding in Asana
And Relaxing into the Earth with Yoga Nidra
with Leza Lowitz and Noriko Genda

Be core-rageous in Bakasana, a Workshop with Betia Pappa

“Sound ∞ Reflection” Mantra x Tibetan Bowl - Enter a wave of healing sound…

Sun and Academy Presents:
Cultural Journeys with J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965
Tales of Tofu, Rock and Roll, and the 1964 Olympics with Shogo Oketani and Avery Udagawa

Nada & Bhakti Yoga Immersion/TTC with Daphne Tse

Sun and Academy Presents: Relationships by Design with Sarah Furuya

Golden Week Staycation with Em and Leza at Sun and Moon, Gotanda, May 2 & 3 2019

Inner/Outer Smile: Facial Fascia Release and Restorative Yoga
Self-Renewal Workshop with Noriko Genda and Leza Lowitz

Ayuryoga Workshop with Yuko: Spring Workshop: Balancing Vata/Pitta/Kapha

Headstand and Handstand Workshop with Carla Herzenberg

Sun and Academy Presents:
Connecting the World through Yoga: A Personal Journey in Lebanon with Eiko Minami

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

Back Bends 2019, Workshop with Carla Herzenberg

Sun and Moon Academy Presents:
Let’s Play! Experience Points of You® Coaching Game with Jennifer Shinkai Points of You® Master Trainer

Ayuryoga Workshop with Yuko: Mid-Winter Workshop: Balancing Kapha

ADVENTURES in ARM BALANCE & STANDING BALANCE POSES, Workshop with Carla Herzenberg

Sun and Moon Academy Presents:
BAYE MCNEIL “Perpetual Gaijin: On Being the Other at Home and Abroad”

ANNUAL ABUNDANCE FLOW WORKSHOP with Leza Lowitz, Creating Abundance: Opening to Flow, January 14 2019

Maternity Yoga Teacher Training with Kitty (The course in Japanese)


mi4_7772BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Restorative Yoga with Gong Sound Healing with Leza Lowitz & Cheryl Rodriguez

Sunday November 10, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Join Leza Lowitz and Sound Healer Cheryl Rodriguez from Hong Kong for a healing sound bath combining Restorative Yoga and the sound vibrations.

All levels welcome. Beginners Welcome.

About the instructors
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz
Leza is the director of Sun and Moon Yoga, which she founded in 2003. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley and receiving an M.A. in Creative Writing/Japanese Literature, Lowitz moved to Tokyo in the early 1990s, drawn by an early interest in Buddhism, which she studied as a teenager at Berkeley High School. She taught writing at Tokyo University and wrote for the Japan Times, the Asahi Evening News, NHK and others. After decades as a successful freelance writer, editor, and university instructor, she came to the realization that her hectic lifestyle was burning her out, and that she wanted a more spiritual relationship to the world. Was there a way to “do” less and “be” more? Was there a way to heal oneself and re-connect with herself and others in the world? Looking for answers, she returned to California and took her first yoga class in 1989 with Veera Wibaux, an Iyengar-trained French mime, and in 1996, she began intensive study with Jill Minye, a powerful Kripalu teacher. More…

in-sheung-wanCheryl Rodriguez
Cheryl first discovered sound healing during a trip to London when she joined a gong meditation after a yoga class. She was immediately hooked after feeling a deep sense of relaxation from the soothing sounds and began attending regular sessions when she was back in Hong Kong to balance a high-pressure corporate lifestyle.

After an unexpected surgery, Cheryl went to a sound meditation session to help relax during the recovery and directly felt the deeper healing effects of vibrational sound and later, water, which led her to study the modalities. She has since studied with teachers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, India, Japan and Thailand.

Cheryl recently offered a gong meditation for Global Wellness Day in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel and has collaborated with Stuart Sandeman of BreathPod for a breath and sound workshop, as well as MDFLMVMT and MIND HK for a public gong meditation at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to raise awareness for mental health and well-being.

Cheryl hosts regular sound meditations at ENHALE studio, Alive Wellness and corporate offices, as well as individual private sessions. She is also an aquatic bodywork practitioner and a kids yoga teacher.

In addition, her many years of attending Ariel & Shya Kane’s seminars on the practice of living in the moment, Cheryl brings a more mindful, nurturing and compassionate approach to her clients’ sessions.

Cost: 3000 yen

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.



sma_logoSun and Moon Academy Presents

Vietnam and Japan: Style, Design, Dialogue
A Talk by Veteran Journalist Nguyen Qui Duc

Saturday, October 26, 5:30-7:00pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

duc_2Over the past twenty years, Japanese presence and influence in Viet Nam have been increasing at an astounding rate. From support of the arts to commerce and restaurants, there is hardly a way to escape the influence of Japan in urban areas.

From the 19th century, there have been movements to “look east.” Today, “looking east” also means a way to counteract the Chinese influence. To understand the subtle Japanese influence and powerful presence in Vietnam, one need only to look at buildings, business establishments, style, fashion, food and design.

Japanese architects and home styles are revered, sushi and robata restaurants are hugely popular, and major infrastructure projects funded by Japan and powered by Japanese technical expertise have made a profound imprint on Vietnamese society. Meanwhile, Vietnamese travels to Japan for work and tourism are on the rise. Japanese whiskies have become so popular that people frequently advertise their hand-carried treasures. Fake bottles have also appeared on the market.

Exports of textiles and clothing to Japan can be seen as part of a long-term trade and cultural exchange that promises more exciting opportunities linking the two countries in the future. How will this dialogue evolve and shape the next generations?

Join us for this special evening as Duc will walk us through the ways the Japanese influence can be felt in many aspects of Vietnamese society, detailing his own travel observations and experience in bringing Japanese cuisine, fashion and culture to Vietnam through his popular shops, art gallery, bars and restaurants. Lecture followed by Q and A/open discussion.

About the Speaker:
ducNguyen Qui Duc
, a native of Viet Nam, has been a journalist and radio producer working in Europe and America since 1979, with a long focus on Asia and its position in the world. He has worked for the BBC in London and KALW-FM in San Francisco and as a commentator for National Public Radio. He was the host of Pacific Time, KQED-FM Public Radio’s national program on Asian and Asian American Affairs, from 2000 to 2006. His essays have been published in The Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, The San Jose Mercury News and others.

He is the owner of the popular bar, art gallery and sushi restaurant Tadioto in Ha Noi and Hoi An, and three sushi and ramen restaurants, Moto. He has recently opened a Japanese-style beer and grill garden in Hoi An.

Duc is the author of Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family, and the translator of the novella Behind The Red Mist by Ho Anh Thai, (Curbstone Press, 1997). He was also co-editor, with John Balaban, of Vietnam: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 1995), and Once Upon A Dream, The Vi-etnamese American Experience, (Andrews-McMeel, 1995). His translation of The Time Tree, Poems by Huu Thinh, (Curbstone Press, 2004), with George Evans, was a finalist for the 2004 Translation Prize from the Northern California Book Reviewers Association. He returned to live in Viet Nam in the mid-1990s. He is a frequent traveller, and visits Japan once or twice a year with a deep fondness and admiration for the Japanese lifestyle and designs.

Duc will be joined in conversation by Nguyen Mai Phuong, a fashion designer and interior stylist, owner of aN Store, which she established five years ago in Ha Noi and two year ago in Hoi An, Central Viet Nam. The boutique is a culmination and an expression of her passion for both interior decor and fashion. Presenting casual yet elegant clothes, with an emphasis on local craftsmanship, aN Store at-tracts regular East Asian customers and visitors from Europe. At aN Store, Phuong collects leather, linen and fabric from around the region to produce unique handbags, accessories, and home items for new consumers with individual taste. Phuong thinks of her boutiques as a lifestyle destination that has distinct Vietnamese characteristics while showcasing influences and flavors from Morocco to Japan.

Reservations Required. But. drop-ins welcome as space permits.

Admission: 2,500 yen

This event will be in English and Japanese. (Japanese translator: Mina Suzuki)

About Sun and Moon Academy:
MISSION
Sun and Moon Academy is a new offshoot of Sun and Moon Yoga, a yoga/healing studio opened in 2003. Our mission: to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is– ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry.
To support our mission, we will present lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

WHY
Coming together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Founder Leza Lowitz says: “Sun and Moon Academy is here to inspire people to develop their gifts, skills, and offerings in whatever way best serves their individual selves, communities, and families. With our programming and community space, we aim to foster curiosity, awareness, and connection by providing a space to learn about diverse fields, cultures, and backgrounds through a spirit of generosity, service, and love.”

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.



phuong_popupPOP-UP SALE
VIETNAMESE FASHION & JAPANESE ANTIQUES
Sun and Moon Yoga, Gotanda, Tokyo

Saturday, October 26 2:00-5:00pm

Fashion by Vietnamese Designer Nguyen Mai Phuong
Japanese Antiques & Vintage Home Goods Sale

Feather Your Nest and Adorn your Body in Beauty!

Special sale of Vietnamese fashion designer Phuong’s one-of-a-kind, insanely wearable clothing creations and a treasure trove of Japanese antiques, tea bowls and interior goods, all priced to sell.

Admission Free/No Reservations Necessary

phuongAbout the Designer:
Nguyen Mai Phuong established aN Store five years ago in Ha Noi and two years ago in Hoi An, Central Viet Nam. aN store reflects Phuong’s passion for both interior decor and fashion, presenting casual yet elegant clothes with an emphasis on local craftsmanship. This lifestyle destination boutique has distinct Vietnamese characteristics while showcasing influences from Morocco to Japan.

dishesAbout the Collector:
Writer/Yoga teacher Leza Lowitz loves Japanese folk art, ceramics, woodwork, fabric and anything with a wabi-wabi soul. She has spent far too many years collecting beautiful Japanese handmade things, which she is now ready to find new homes for.


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) .. Change to 2pm-10:00pm
Saturday October 12, 5:00pm-9:00pm (4 hrs) .. CANCELLED
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 *Registration closed.
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)



calligraphy_museumNarita Yoga Presents:
Autumn Mini-Retreat at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita with Leza Lowitz/Yoriko Matsumoto
~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 morning retreat at the 1000-year old Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, where we will practice vinyasa yoga followed by mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation.

At the ancient temple, you will be greeted by the statue of the Vajrayana Wisdom King Acala (Fudo Myoo), carved by Kukai (founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism) hundreds of years ago. Fudo Myoo’s wrath burns away obstacles and impurities, leading us to enlightenment. In his fierce presence, you will find compassion of heart and the clarity to trust which path you should take in life. We will practice in the Calligraphy Museum, located in the beautiful Japanese garden, where you can enjoy the beginnings of fall foliage.

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is easily accessible from Tokyo and from Narita Airport. We hope you will join us for this fall mini-retreat to rejuvenate and refresh yourself in a beautiful temple atmosphere.

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: *Registration closed.
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!


A Workshop for Your Hippie Hips with Betia Pappa

Saturday September 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Drop-ins Welcome!

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: *Registration closed.
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.



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: *Registration closed.
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.



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

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

Fully Booked! Waiting list only.

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: *Registration closed.
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.


The Art of Transitions in Vinyasa Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday September 21, 5:00pm-7:00pm
DROP-INS WELCOME!

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: *Registration closed.
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.


mala-400Sun Salutation with Mantra & Creating your own Mala Workshop with Hatsumi

Monday/Holiday September 16, 10:30am-3:30pm (1h lunch break)

Practice Sun Salutation together with the sound of 12 mantras!
In the asana practice session, we learn the 12 mantras for Sun Salutation. After lunch break, we have a rudraksha mala workshop!

This workshop is taught in Japanese.

For details and registration, click here (Japanese page)


An Experience Inwards
Blindfold Yoga Workshop with Em

Saturday September 7th, 5:00pm-7:30pm

blindfold_sThis playful workshop invites you to shift your focus and turn your awareness inwards. Inspired by Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), the fifth limb of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the workshop invites you to shift your attention from outside perception to inner self.
No checking to see what is going on around you. You will let go of the fear, explore your other senses and learn to trust yourself, tune deep into your breath, feel the sensations of your body while you move. All that matters is how you feel from inside and your practice will be far more honest as a result.
The 2 hour flow will be followed by exploring the deeper layers of your being with a Yoga Nidra meditation to close your practice.

This workshop is open to all levels of practitioner. Safe guidelines will be set prior to the practice and blindfolds will be supplied.

About the Instructor
Em Bettinger

Cost ¥5,000

Japanese Translation: Mina Suzuki

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


Headstand Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday August 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Fully booked!

betia-atitlan_1Headstand: king of all yoga postures.

Whether you are just beginning to learn or already have a steady practice, we will use this workshop to explore the foundation of the inversion. Starting from the ground up, we’ll learn techniques to turn upside down safely. We’ll discover the strength and liberation that this asana offers along with tools to tackle its challenges.

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

About the instructor
elizabeth_pappaElizabeth (Betia) Pappa

Cost: 3500 yen

Japanese translation by Mina Suzuki

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


mi4_7772Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing with Leza Lowitz & Cheryl Rodriguez

Sunday August 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm
FULLY BOOKED! We accept waiting only.

Join Leza Lowitz and Sound Healer Cheryl Rodriguez from Hong Kong for a healing sound bath combining Restorative Yoga and the sound vibrations.

All levels welcome. Beginners Welcome.

About the instructors
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz

in-sheung-wanCheryl Rodriguez
Cheryl first discovered sound healing during a trip to London when she joined a gong meditation after a yoga class. She was immediately hooked after feeling a deep sense of relaxation from the soothing sounds and began attending regular sessions when she was back in Hong Kong to balance a high-pressure corporate lifestyle.

After an unexpected surgery, Cheryl went to a sound meditation session to help relax during the recovery and directly felt the deeper healing effects of vibrational sound and later, water, which led her to study the modalities. She has since studied with teachers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, India, Japan and Thailand.

Cheryl recently offered a gong meditation for Global Wellness Day in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel and has collaborated with Stuart Sandeman of BreathPod for a breath and sound workshop, as well as MDFLMVMT and MIND HK for a public gong meditation at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to raise awareness for mental health and well-being.

Cheryl hosts regular sound meditations at ENHALE studio, Alive Wellness and corporate offices, as well as individual private sessions. She is also an aquatic bodywork practitioner and a kids yoga teacher.

In addition, her many years of attending Ariel & Shya Kane’s seminars on the practice of living in the moment, Cheryl brings a more mindful, nurturing and compassionate approach to her clients’ sessions.

Cost: 3500 yen

Japanese translation: Yoriko Matsumoto

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


hiroyuki-200The first time in the Kanto area!

Blissful Sound & Voice Healing Workshop with Hiroyuki Matsuhisa

Saturday August 3, 5:00pm-7:30pm

Join us for this special healing sound exploration workshop with Hiroyuki Matsushita.

In this workshop, Hiroyuki will guide us in exploring the healing power of sound and voice from the inside out, immersing ourselves in the healing power of sound.

We will begin by warming up ourselves with yoga asana and pranayama to create a resonating chamber within our bodies to allow sound to arise and reverberate. This will be followed by a deep relaxation in Chakra Yoga Nidra to release tension and relax our hearts, minds and bodies.

We will then practice voice meditation (traditional Indian and Hawaiin vocalization), followed by Kirtan and Ho’oponopono (Hawaiin healing verses). The session will end with a blissful healing Satvik Veena meditation with traditional Indian meditative music, performed by Hiroyuki.

Hiro has practiced playing music, yoga, healing and meditation for many years, always seeking awareness, healing, and a discovery of his authentic and true self. His beautiful sounds and meditative tones guide people on a blissful journey of relaxation and comfort.

This workshop is recommended to people who:
love music
feel tired physically and mentally
need to release tension and relax
desire to live freely
seek a time of relief
seek a way of well-being and harmonization
want to refresh
wish to deepen their meditation practice
want to be energetic

〈Expected Benefits〉
Release tension and become calm
Release stress, tension and fatigue
Refresh body and mind
Ease depression, suffering or grief
Calm and clear the mind
Release anxiety or worry
Cultivate peaceful mind
Be positive
Be grateful
Be healed
Be energetic
Be relaxed

img_5669About the instructor
Hiroyuki Matsuhisa is a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter, specializing in classical Indian instruments and sounds. He studied the satvik veena, a rare instrument that combines the sitar, sarode and guitar, with its creators – Grammy-winning Hindustani classical instrumentalist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his son Salil Bhatt. Hiroyuki tours all over the world, actively collaborating with kirtan artists and other performers in many styles, genres, and disciplines. He has co-created with Yogis, improvisational Butoh dancer, and visual artists. Through the meditative tones and the elegant timbre of the satvik veena, Hiroyuki’s melodies underscore the preciousness of life and transmit a sense of peace, harmony and love.

Hiroyuki released his first solo EP, “The Earth is Laughing” in 2017, and also released “Water Circulation” with Aki-ra Sunrise and their collaborative project Migram in 2017.

Hiroyuki has performed solo and accompanied others at concerts and festivals worldwide, including at the Korea Experimental Art Festival, Bali Spirit Festival (in collaboration with Daphne Tse), Greece Sound and Silence Festival, and with Fujieda Mushimaru’s performance company Nongrata on their European tour in Germany, Sweden and Finland.

チャクラワーク音楽担当
☆ 天然肉体詩人藤條虫丸氏率いるThe Physical Poets
☆ 波動 Artist Aki-Ra Sunrise とのユニット migram
☆ Hiroyuki Matsuhisa (Satvik Veena) Video 1Video 2
Kumo Leix
キールタンアルバム~光~

Cost: 4000 yen
The workshop will be in Japanese with English translation by Hiroyuki, the facilitator.

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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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.


ayurveda3Ayuryoga Workshop with Yuko
Summer: Balancing Pitta

Saturday July 27, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Hot outside under the heat of summer’s sun, cool inside with air conditioners, it upsets the balance of Pitta.
In this workshop, we focus on balancing Pitta by practicing Pranayama, Asana, and meditation.

This workshop is taught in Japanese.

For details and registration, click here (Japanese page)


20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1
restorative_cuwith Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in 2019

Fully booked!

Schedule
July 2019
Friday July 12 6pm-10:00pm (4 hrs)
Saturday July 13 6pm-10:00pm (4 hrs)
Sunday July 14 3pm-8:30pm (5.5 hrs)
Monday/National Holiday July 15 9am-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 Hiromi Kitty Thompson
(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.
- This course is a basic Restorative Yoga Teacher Training program (Level 1.) Those who have completed at least 20-h Restorative Yoga basic course or studied Restorative Yoga in a 200h Yoga TTTC and aim to study it deeper, please consider our Restorative Yoga TTC Level 2.

How to Apply: Registration closed.
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.


tanabataStrong Roots: Grounding in Asana
And Relaxing into the Earth with Yoga Nidra
with Leza Lowitz and Noriko Genda

Sunday July 7, 3:30pm-6:00pm

Explore the feet–roots–of standing postures in yoga asana. Then relax into the support of the earth with a guided special Tanabata-inspired Yoga Nidra.

This workshop, with bodyworker and anatomy specialist Noriko Genda and yoga teacher-trainer Leza Lowitz will explore foot structure, anatomy and engagement in yoga asanas to make strong roots.

Grounding is a core element in yoga.
But if you do not establish an axial foundation in asana practice, then your posture will be unstable and uncomfortable, potentially leading to poor posture and physical ailments.

This workshop will focus on foot structure and how to use feet consciously in yoga asanas. You will experience how you can improve your standing asana balance by being more conscious about your feet in your practice.

The workshop will complete with a led-Tanabata inspired Yoga Nidra to experience the support of the earth in our entire being, and reach to the sky with our dreams.

About the Instructors:
leza_portraitLeza Lowitz
has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Restorative yoga for over three decades. She was the first teacher to introduce Restorative yoga to Japan in 2003.  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 19 other books.

noriko_gendaNoriko Genda
Zoya Holistic Therapist. Psychosomatic Bodyworker.
Born in Nagano, currently living in Chiba.
While working as a fashion stylist in advertising, she began surfing. In nature, she found inner peace. While connecting with nature, she began to question what her true self was. This led her to a new path– becoming a therapist. So she studied Chinese bodywork, hypnotherapy, and energy work. She currently offers sessions using MSI, a technique working with fascia, in Yoyogi-Uehara and Kamakura.

1999 Certified as Chinese Bodywork Therapist
2010 Completed NadyHouse Hypnotherapy Basic Course
2013 Certified as the U.S. Polarity Therapy Association Certified APP Practicioner
2017 Certified as MSI (Maupin Method of Structural Integration) Bodyworker

Noriko loves nature, travel, surfing, family, friends, and music. She believes that travel brings renewal. She loves surfing to get energy from water. Noriko thinks of herself as a nomad.

Cost:
Early Bird Registration: Payment completed by June 15: 5,000 yen
After June 15: 5,500 yen

Japanese Translation: Yoriko Matsumoto
The anatomy session will be taught in Japanese with whispering translation in English for those who need it. The asana practice session will be bilingual.

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop/course 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.



betia_bakasanaBe core-rageous in Bakasana, a Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday July 6, 4:30pm -6:30pm

Crow pose is THE essential gateway pose for all arm balancing in yoga. Achieve Lift Off then play with different variations. Overcome arm balance anxiety, fire up your core and triceps, tap into your inner strength, and we’ll uncover the building blocks of crow/crane (bakasana), side crow (Parsva Bakasana) and any others you might be curious about. Bring an adventurous spirit.

This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate students who have not yet become comfortable with hand or arm balances and/ or who would like to refine their technique.

elizabeth_pappa-2About the Instructor: Elizabeth (Betia) Pappa

Cost: 3,500 yen

Japanese translation: Mina Suzuki

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.



fb-sound-reflection-flyer200Sound ∞ Reflection
Mantra x Tibetan Bowl
Enter a wave of healing sound…

Sunday June 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

FULLY BOOKED! Waiting list only.

In this exciting workshop we will experience the healing sound of Tibetan Singing bowls accompanied by the powerful Tibetan Mantra of Phakyab Rinpoche.

Come Harmonise the heart and mind - spread the healing sound vibrations deep within your self with the amazing sound of Tibetan Mantra and the Singing Bowls.

This very special event will help to open the heart, and give a feeling of deep healing and inner harmony.

Tibetan Buddhist mantras are customarily an important aspect of Tibetan Buddhist Practice and Culture - Mantra are Sacred Words thought to have been originally spoken by a Buddha while deep in meditation - the calming syllables purify karmic imprints, bring beneficial energy, focus the concentration, and offer protection and blessings - uniting one with their Original Nature and the Universal Energy.

Come experience the harmonic sacred sounds of Tibetan Mantra and the Singing Bowls — enter into a deep state of meditation, healing and inner peace.

This event will be lead by Phakyab Rinpoche and Jesse Lee Parker.

We will begin this event with the activation of our body and energy using Taoist and Tibetan Yoga dynamic stretching and breath work - we then gently guide the members into the ocean of healing sound with Tibetan Mantra and the Singing Bowls.

Let’s experience the beautiful Sound Reflection of the Tibetan Mantra & Singing Bowl.

SECTION 1
5:30pm
- Students enter, and take seats around Phakyab Rinpoiche and the Tibetan Bowls. We will have group purification and prepare work. Clearing of each member with Mantra and Singing Bowl and Energy Healing.
- Group will Engage in ‘9 Stage Purification Breath’ for gathering healing energy, awakening the Third Eye, and opening up the inner energy flow with the energy from nature and universe.
- Meditation to prepare for Healing Sound

SECTION 2
6:00pm
- Sound Healing with Tibetan Mantra & Singing Bowls.
- Student will gain deep balance of their energy system, and a deep healing from the mantra and sound.

SECTION 3
7:00pm
- We come out of the meditation state with opening Taoist Yoga movements to balance, and self body massage to refresh.
7:30pm
- Close event with group circle and blessing prayer from Phakyab Rinpoche….

phakyab-rimpochePhakyab Rinpoche is a renowned buddhist scholar, practitioner, and healer, from the Geluk Lineage. He was born in Kham, Tibet in 1966, ordained at the age of thirteen, and began his monastic training at Ashi Monastery. After leaving TIbet, he entered the Sera Mey Monastery in southern India, where he was tutored by Ven. Khenpo Lobsang Jamyang and Ven. Khensur Tinle Topgye. In 1994, he was recognised by his Holiness the Dalai Lama as the eighth incarnation of the Phakyab Rinpoche. Rinpiche is a Lineage Holder in the Sacred Tibetan Tsa Lung Trul Khor Yoga - an ancient practice with a 4,000-year old lineage that works with the “inner breath” and the subtle energy body.

jesse_bioJesse Lee Parker is a Taoist Practitioner, Scholar and Teacher, one of only a few westerners to have undergone traditional training in the deep mountains of China. Jesse is a 20th Generation Dragon Gate Taoist, who teaches all aspects of Taoist Health Practices, Yogas and Meditation. Jesse also practices Traditional Taoist Healing, and is licensed under the Traditional Taoism Association of Taiwan, ROC. He brings a very rare level of experience to his lessons.

Donation: 4000 yen

Japanese translation: Yuko of TaoYoga Arts

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop/course 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.



sma_logoSun and Moon Academy Presents

Cultural Journeys with J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965
Tales of Tofu, Rock and Roll, and the 1964 Olympics
with Shogo Oketani and Avery Udagawa

Saturday, June 15, 5:30-7:30pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

asij-sakura-medal-2013-displayIn the summer of 2020, the Olympics and Paralympics will take place in Tokyo. The last time the Olympics were held in Tokyo was the summer of 1964. So much has changed since then! While preparations for the 2020 games are underway, adults wax nostalgic about the 1964 games, as well as the economic boom years of the 1960s. What was it like to be a child in Tokyo at that time?

Shogo Oketani’s novel J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965, translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa, gives us a glimpse. It tells the story of Kazuo, a nine-year-old living in Shinagawa ward after the 1964 games, and his group of boyhood friends coming of age in a changing world.

In this talk, the author and translator introduce J-Boys and its setting. Archival photographs of Shinagawa juxtapose with memories of Leave It to Beaver, The Beatles and sprinter Bob Hayes. Shogo discusses how Tokyo transformed for the 1964 Olympics, and shows some ways it has changed since. Avery discusses the process of translating, editing and publishing J-Boys and how it has proven unique among books on Japan in English. Author and editor read excerpts aloud in both Japanese and English.

Visit Shogo | Visit Avery

j-boysJ-Boys is perfect for inspiring young readers to ‘hang in there’ and be strong no matter what . . . this affecting tale, told in linked short stories, follows the life of a nine-year-old boy in the 1960s as his home Japan becomes westernized. After the Japan Olympics, Kazuo dreams of being a track star, hangs out with his buddies and helps with chores. Things are changing however, as he and others hang onto old traditions and memories of war while struggling to fit in with modern times full of rock and roll, American TV, tofu…

“With intimate details told through the eyes of a child, the author deftly captures the feeling of sorrow from an ancient culture slipping away while experiencing the excitement of a new generation. With a kind of Stand by Me feel, J-Boys perfectly captures universal concerns of fitting in and growing up.” —Lee Littlewood, Kids’ Home Library

“Adult readers who live in Japan will find Kazuo’s world of the mid-1960s a valuable key to the mystery of how the Tokyo we know today, with its 24-hour McDonalds, its TV re-runs . . . and its plethora of Starbucks coffee shops, evolved out of the ruins of the old wood and paper city leveled by the firebombs of World War II.

“Oketani’s skill—and that of translator Udagawa—is evident in the understated irony of the adult narrator’s account of the 9-year-old Kazuo’s view of the world. This irony makes it possible to discuss such serious topics as the death of a child during an air raid, the prejudice against resident Koreans, and a scandal that arose over the mislabeling of meat, without the judgmental opinions that adults would inevitably offer.” —Hillel Wright, Kyoto Journal

Admission: 2,000 yen

This event will be in English and Japanese.

About Sun and Moon Academy:
MISSION
Sun and Moon Academy is a new offshoot of Sun and Moon Yoga, a yoga/healing studio opened in 2003. Our mission: to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is– ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry.
To support our mission, we will present lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

WHY
Coming together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Founder Leza Lowitz says: “Sun and Moon Academy is here to inspire people to develop their gifts, skills, and offerings in whatever way best serves their individual selves, communities, and families. With our programming and community space, we aim to foster curiosity, awareness, and connection by providing a space to learn about diverse fields, cultures, and backgrounds through a spirit of generosity, service, and love.”

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


daphne_bluedressNada & Bhakti Yoga Immersion/TTC with Daphne Tse
How to Develop Your Authentic Voice through the Power of Sound and Mantra

Friday May 24, 7:00pm-10:00pm (3 hours)
Saturday May 25, 1:00pm-10:00pm (9 hours)
Sunday May 26, 1:00pm-10:00pm (9 hours)

(Plus 3 hours of homework)

Join Daphne for an Immersion/TTC into the world of sound, music, toning, chanting and learning how to develop your authentic voice using the 7 chakra system and the 5 elements of nature.

The sound of your own voice is the most healing medicine for your body, mind and soul.

Daphne will offer tools and techniques for opening your voice. You will learn the bija mantras, the vowel sounds that coincide with each chakra, experience group and one and one exercises that will empower you as a yoga teacher on your path to full self expression!

Your vibration is unique, and becoming intimate with these powerful practices will guide you into deeper alignment, reconnection to your true essence, mental clarity and inner peace. It has been scientifically proven that the whole universe is made of vibrations. The ancient Indian scriptures actually affirm that the universe was created by sound.

We will experiment with various Nada, Mantra and Bhakti Yoga practices to support your yogic
journey.

Who Can Take This Course?
This course is open to all levels of students. This Immersion/TTC is especially powerful for teachers that are interested in leading chanting, mantra and learning how to use your voice as an instrument of transformation for yourself and for your students. Open to both teachers and students interested in deepening their practice.

singing_daphneWhat are the benefits of taking this course & where can I teach?
Practicing Nada and Bhakti yoga can:
• help balance, calm and relax your mind, body and soul.
• support your mental clarity and inner peace.
• reduce anxiety, fear and aggressiveness.
• increase your capacity for joy, inner tranquility, happiness and harmony.
• offer a way to connect your spiritual heart with everyday life experience.
• lead to liberation of your natural and authentic voice.
• offer you a path of devotion and connection to the Divine and to all beings everywhere.

Where can you teach?
• You can incorporate these practices in your asana yoga classes at yoga studios and in private classes.
• You can teach these practices to children of all ages in schools and after school programs.
• You can teach these practices and offer to those in the corporate world to help with balancing the many stresses of the business world.
• You can volunteer and offer these practices in many places of need from nursing homes, to orphanages to homeless shelters.
• You can teach these practices to your family and friends to connect and create harmony and union in your home and community.

What You Will Learn?
1. Nada Yoga: What is Nada yoga and how to integrate the practices into your daily life. Experience how you relate to yourself, how you inhabit your body, how you align your mind, how you express your soul.
2. Bhakti Yoga: What is Bhakti yoga and how practicing this branch of yoga will open your heart and expand all areas of your life.
3. Where do mantras come from? How do they help to heal and balance your life
4. Specific purpose of sanskrit chants and how to apply them to your daily life.
5. Kirtan: What is kirtan and how to lead simple chants with your students or enjoy the practice with your family and friends.
6. Chakra chanting and Toning: Learn the bija mantras and vowel sounds that vibrate and balance the chakras. Learn how to incorporate this practice in your yoga practice or if you’re a teacher, in your daily asana classes.
7. SoulSongs & Opening your Voice: Learn techniques to discover your natural voice and become confident with chanting, sounding and singing to connect to your soulwork.
8. Gods and Goddesses: Learn about the mythology of the Indian Gods and Goddesses in relation to the mantras and how they can support your spiritual path.

What is Nada Yoga?
Nada Yoga, or the Yoga of Sound, is the ancient spiritual art and science of inner transformation through sound and tone. Nada Yoga embraces the belief that the universe is vibratory, made up on infinitesimally small subatomic strands of energy vibrating at different frequencies. All objects in nature vibrate at varying speeds, contributing to their particular sound. We are constantly surrounded by sounds, which are in effect vibrations that have a profound effect on our own vibratory field, and therefore our well being.
Nada Yoga involves deep listening to the sounds of the universe, including the inner sounds of the body, the sounds of nature and of course, music. Our mind becomes easily absorbed in sound. This is why people (and even animals) enjoy listening to music. When the mind is fully concentrated on anything, a feeling of inner bliss arises. Listening to soothing sounds can take us into a deeply meditative state. The practice of Nada Yoga is dedicated to using sound vibration to deeply relax and unify the body, mind, heart and soul, and is an accessible path to connecting our inner bliss state.

What is Bhakti Yoga?
The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God.”
Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti yoga, like any other form of yoga, is a path to self-realization, to having an experience of oneness with everything.
“Bhakti is the yoga of a personal relationship with the Divine,” says musician Jai Uttal, who learned the art of devotion from his guru, the late Neem Karoli Baba. At the heart of bhakti is surrender, says Uttal, who lives in California but travels the globe leading kirtans and chanting workshops.
Yoga scholar David Frawley agrees. In his book, Yoga: The Greater Tradition, he writes that the ultimate expression of bhakti yoga is surrender to the Divine as one’s inner self. The path, he says, consists of concentrating one’s mind, emotions, and senses on the Divine.

What is Mantra Yoga?
Mantra yoga is a type of yoga that uses mantras to awaken the Self and deepen the meditative aspects of a physical yoga practice. Mantra yoga is an exact science that is meant to engage the mind through focusing on sound, duration and number of repetitions. Repetition of the mantras is a means to get closer to the divinity within, and it creates positive vibrations that benefit both the one who chants and the one who listens.
Mantra yoga may also be referred to as Japa yoga. Japa is a Sanskrit word for the act of repeating mantras.

pji_mkkgBIO: Daphne Tse
Daphne 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).
Daphne has been teaching yoga since 2004 after completing her foundational teacher training in Venice, CA. Initially specializing in kids yoga, she found joy & light working with little people and began branching out and teaching students of all ages. She embraces the teachings of Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman and Mark Whitwell in her daily practice.
In 2009 while living in Bali, Daphne co-founded SpiritDance SoulSong with her friend and mentor, Ellen Watson. SpiritDance SoulSong is an embodied movement, sounding, singing and fully integrated practice that brings us back to our medicinal roots of the yoga of dance & sound.
Daphne brings her soulful teachings and music to Japan with grace and joy for living life fully.

Fields of Teaching:
Nada Yoga, Kirtan, Movement Meditation
Sources: Edo Kahn, Swami Janakananda, Nora Isaacs

Cost (Daphne’s CD is included as gift!):
Regular: 85,000 yen
Early bird (to complete the registration including the payment by March 31 2019): 75,000 yen

The course is in English with Japanese translation by Hiromi Kitty Thompson.

Policy: a student must attend ALL HOURS OF ALL SESSIONS in order to be given a graduation certificate. MAKE-UP SESSIONS ARE NOT POSSIBLE.

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, hit Contact and send in a request with the workshop/course 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.



sma_logoSun and Moon Academy Presents

Relationships by Design
with Sarah Furuya

Saturday May 11, 5:30-7:30pm
at Sun and Moon Yoga

sma_may2019We’re always in relationship with people around us. In groups, teams, and families–these relationship systems all have a life of their own, as well as the individuals in them. You can tap into the innate intelligence that your relationships have without even having the people involved be there. How? BY DESIGN.

When planning our lives and goals, we often forget that we’re part of a vast relationship system. We rarely take the time to plan our relationship systems by design. Hot spots occur, conflict arises and roles get confused. In this workshop we will go through a process of identifying and designing our most important relationships, discovering how we can draw on emotional and other forms of intelligence to imagine and envisage the best possible relationships with those we love and even those we don’t.

In this session, you will learn a simple and effective tool for tapping into the intelligence of your close relationships that will:

- Give you a tool to learn about the big picture image of your relationships and how they interact with each other
- Look at the connections in your relationships and imagine the highest possible outcomes for them
- Improve your relationships and learn some of the backbone of Relationship Systems Coaching™
- Experience a tool called a ‘Constellation’ to uncover your relationship potential

sarahAbout the Facilitator
Sarah Furuya is a Breakthrough Coach, based in Tokyo since 2001. She has a BSc Hons in Human Psychology and Human Biology, is a trained Relationship Systems™ Coach and a certified practitioner in Lumina® Spark and Saville Wave® Psychometrics. She has been working in the Corporate Training business since 2005 and started her own coaching business in 2012. Since then she has worked with thousands of groups and individuals on gaining a better experience of life and work, and improving performance and leadership capability. She has spoken at the HR Conference in Osaka and Tokyo on the Future of Women’s Leadership and protecting the female talent pipeline, BBC Business Matters on Gender Gap in Japan, Women’s International Conference on Bringing Your Whole Self to work and was President of FEW (For Empowering Women) Japan 2011-2013. She is a regular speaker at the Find Your Element Series and runs the quarterly Mega Clothes Swap in Tokyo Midtown for over 100 women.

Cost: 3500 yen

Workshop is in English, with Japanese translation by Yoriko Matsumoto.

About Sun and Moon Academy:
MISSION
Sun and Moon Academy is a new offshoot of Sun and Moon Yoga, a yoga/healing studio opened in 2003. Our mission: to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is– ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry.
To support our mission, we will present lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

WHY
Coming together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Founder Leza Lowitz says: “Sun and Moon Academy is here to inspire people to develop their gifts, skills, and offerings in whatever way best serves their individual selves, communities, and families. With our programming and community space, we aim to foster curiosity, awareness, and connection by providing a space to learn about diverse fields, cultures, and backgrounds through a spirit of generosity, service, and love.”

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


staycationGOLDEN WEEK STAYCATION with Leza and Em at Sun and Moon Gotanda

Thursday May 2 - Friday May 3
9:00am - 7:00pm

FULLY BOOKED! We can accept waiting.

Golden Week Yoga Retreat in Tokyo

Join Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger for a 2-day Staycation at Sun and Moon Yoga, immersing yourself in pranayama, meditation, asana and community to re-charge and revitalise your body, mind and spirit.

Each day, Em will lead you through a simple meditation practice that you can take away and incorporate into your daily morning routine. This will be followed by a classical kriya and pranayama practice as taught at Kaivalyadhama in India. Then she will guide you through Asana practice.

We will break for lunch, and resume with mindfulness meditation and Restorative yoga with Leza.

It is our intention that you leave each day feeling full, inspired and refreshed—as if you have gone on Vacation.

TIME SCHEDULE (Day 1 & 2)
9.00am-10.15am Pranayama/Meditation with Em
10.30am-12.30pm Vinyasa Yoga with Em (Day1: Calm you Overactive Mind, Develop Awareness, Day 2: Just a little bit of yin and a little bit of yang)
1.00pm-2.00pm Free time for Lunch
2:30pm-4:30pm Mindfulness Meditation (Day 1: Mindfulness meditation including Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation, Day 2: Mindfulness meditation including Taking & Giving (Tonglen) Meditation)
5:00pm-7:00pm Restorative Yoga with Leza

PROGRAM DETAILS:
VINYASA YOGA with EM

- Day 1: Calm you Overactive Mind, Develop Awareness
The external can not always be controlled by you, but the internal always can. Tuning out from the overactive mind and bringing ourselves to a place of awareness of the movement of breath and energy as it needs to happen today. We use movement to come to a place of stillness. Honoring any tension and tiredness we start with supported backbends and forward folds. Build heat through some core action to then flow into a transformative practice. Move with it! Enjoy the dance! Every pose is an opportunity to find stillness and quietness.

- Day 2: Just a little bit of yin and a little bit of yang
A creative class where the yang comes before the yin as we move with variations of sun salutations and some dynamic yang posture, then easing our way into some passive cooling yin practice with a focus on the hips, back and legs. No matter style of practice you prefer, we are all going for the same thing: self acceptance, love, peace, presence and awareness. This really is a class that has something for everybody!

MEDITATION with LEZA
- Day 1: Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation
On Day 1, we will practice mindfulness meditation. Then we will move into the Lovingkindness Meditation, or Metta Bhavana. This practice was created by Buddha to help us develop a state of inner harmony so that we can have less conflict in our lives. In Sanskrit, Metta means “love” or “lovingkindness” and bhavana means “cultivation.” This practice is one in which we cultivate compassion & love for self & others.

This heart-centered meditation practice allows us to send ourselves positive energy and love. We can send others love and forgiveness. We can thus heal our pains and bring balance to our relationships with others. The more we do that, the more harmonious our lives will be. With time for journalling/reflection, partnerwork and Q & A.

- Day 2: Mindfulness and Taking/Giving Meditation
On Day 2, we will practice mindfulness meditation. Then we will move into Tonglen. Of this brave and powerful meditation practice, Joan Halifax Roshi says: “Tonglen is a practice of great kindness that opens up our whole being to the overwhelming presence of suffering (our own and that of others) and our strength and willingness to transform alienation into compassion through the energy of mercy and the cultivation of openness.” With time for journalling/reflection, partnerwork and Q & A.

LEVELS:
All levels, beginners welcome. Prior notification for special circumstances (injuries, pregnancy) required.

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 at http://www.lezalowitz.com

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 15, 2019)
Regular cost for registration after March 16 2019: 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 is NOT included. Please bring your own lunch or go outside the studio for lunch. Mats and props available free at the studio. (Please note that the transportation and accommodation are not included.)

Japanese translation: Mina Suzuki & Yoriko Matsumoto

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


anatomy_smileInner/Outer Smile: Facial Fascia Release and Restorative Yoga
Self-Renewal Workshop with Noriko Genda and Leza Lowitz

Sunday April 28, 2:30pm -5:00pm
FULLY BOOKED! Waiting list only.

Join Leza and Noriko Genda for a fun facial fascia release session and a deeply relaxing experience of Restorative Yoga.

Have you laughed deeply recently?
Have you forgotten to smile in your busy, packed life?
If you’re not using your facial muscles completely, even when you are smiling, you may not be fully smiling!
A true smile includes the eye muscles–the eyes form a soft arc on the face, so the whole face is smiling.

In this workshop, Noriko will explain the facial muscles from an anatomical point of view, leading to a clear understanding of which muscles are used in a true smile.
After that, using the tips we learn, we will massage and stretch the facial muscles and neckline, then release the facial fascia from inside the mouth, doing one side at a time. You will be surprised at the difference between sides. Then we will do the other side to balance out.

Plastic gloves will be provided for the facial massage. We recommend that you to bring a small standing mirror (ideally an angle-changeable mirror) if you want to practice the facial fascia release effectively and be able to do so later at home.

Leza will round out the session with self-nurturing Restorative Yoga for relaxation, self-renewal and self-love.

Come smile with us from the inside and outside!

noriko_gendaAbout the Instructors:
Noriko Genda

Zoya Holistic Therapist. Psychosomatic Bodyworker.
Born in Nagano, currently living in Chiba.
While working as a fashion stylist in advertising, she began surfing. In nature, she finds precious moments to be at inner peace. While connecting with nature, she began to question what her true self was. This led her to a new pat– becoming a therapist. So she studied Chinese bodywork, hypnotherapy, and energy work. She currently offers sessions using MSI, a technique working with fascia, in Yoyogi-Uehara and Kamakura.

1999 Certified as Chinese Bodywork Therapist
2010 Completed NadyHouse Hypnotherapy Basic Course
2013 Certified as the U.S. Polarity Therapy Association Certified APP Practicioner
2017 Certified as MSI (Maupin Method of Structural Integration) Bodyworker

Noriko loves nature, travel, surfing, family, friends, and music. She believes that travel brings renewal. She loves surfing to get energy from water. Noriko thinks of herself as a nomad.

leza_portraitLeza 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.

Cost: 5,000 yen

The facial fascia release session will taught in Japanese with English support as needed. The Restorative Yoga session will be bilingual.

How to Apply: *Registration closed.
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.


Headstand and Handstand Workshop with Carla Herzenberg
Saturday April 20 2:30pm-5:30pm

This will be a powerful, challenging, fun and inspired workshop for all levels!

We will warm up our bodies and minds with a light flow including 4 or 5 less intense inversions.
Then move into Sirsasana (Headstand) & Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), using proper alignment, props, demonstrations and the wall for support.

Carla will provide individual instruction and assists as we play, to help grow your form. Weather you are new to Headstand and Handstand or ready to tackle more advanced variations this workshop will help to take your practice to the next level.

Find strength, stability, and freedom in your poses. Be ready to sweat, ask questions and don’t be afraid to fall!

Instructor: Carla Herzenberg

Cost: 5,000 yen

Japanese translation: Yoriko Matsumoto

*Registration closed.



Sun and Moon Academy Presents
Connecting the World through Yoga:
A Journey in Lebanon
with Eiko Minami

Saturday April 6 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per host population of any country in the world. For more than five years, Eiko Minami has worked with NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in the Middle East. She invited a yoga specialist to offer a workshop at a displaced persons camp in Lebanon, and it was the first experience of yoga for those living at the camp. What was this experience like for them? In this charity event, Eiko will share her experiences of working with Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Through her presentation and an interactive program, we can begin to think about and feel their experience more deeply.

Eiko will return to the middle east to continue this work next month.

Talk is in Japanese and English by the speaker.

About the Presenter, Eiko Minami:
Eiko studied drama, art therapy, and psychology at university in Japan. In 2006, she began to work as an International Aid Worker with various NGOs. Eiko has facilitated psychosocial workshops and other humanitarian assistance for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia and for displaced persons in Jordan and Lebanon. Her dream is to establish peaceful yoga spaces for people living in displaced persons camps.

Cost: 2000 yen
Proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization “Tools for Inner Peace,” which offers volunteer yoga workshops in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, where 800,000 Syrian refugees live in unofficial refugee camps.

About Sun and Moon Academy:

MISSION
Sun and Moon Academy is a new offshoot of Sun and Moon Yoga, a yoga/healing studio opened in 2003. Our mission: to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is– ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry.
To support our mission, we will present lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

WHY
Coming together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Founder Leza Lowitz says: “Sun and Moon Academy is here to inspire people to develop their gifts, skills, and offerings in whatever way best serves their individual selves, communities, and families. With our programming and community space, we aim to foster curiosity, awareness, and connection by providing a space to learn about diverse fields, cultures, and backgrounds through a spirit of generosity, service, and love.”

*Registration closed.


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

Thursday/Holiday March 21, 3:30pm-5:30pm

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. 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 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.

Instructor: Leza Lowitz

Cost: 3,500 yen

Japanese translation by Yoriko Matsumoto

Testimonials:
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 is taking 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. by M.S.

*Registration closed.


BACK BENDS 2019!
Workshop at Sun and Moon Yoga with Carla Herzenberg

Sunday March 3, 2:30pm -5:00pm

This will be a powerful, challenging, enlivening, fun & inspired workshop for all levels! We will use props, walls, proper alignment, individual instruction and assists to breakdown and dive deeper into Back bends (Example, Urdva Danurasana with variations, Camel/ Full Camel, Mermaid/ King Pigeon, Wild Thing/Flip Dog, Tip Toe Fish will be covered among others). Whether you are trying figure these asanas out, or ready to tackle more advanced poses you will leave with new technique and next level of practice! This is an fantastic opportunity for one- on -one instruction and a place to play, learn and grow your practice.

Come ready to sweat, ask questions and don’t be afraid to fall! Find greater strength, stability, and freedom in your poses so you can incorporate them into your daily practice!

Instructor: Carla Herzenberg

Cost: 5,000 yen

Japanese translation: Mirei Yamagata
Mirei is a multilingual actor/writer/dancer living in Tokyo. Her voice has appeared in programs and education