The time has arrived! Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification begins in February, 2020.
Space is limited to 16 people, so sign up for this transformative year-long course now!

Yoga and mindfulness help us to bring greater health, vitality, awareness and joy to our lives. This comprehensive 9-month course will give you the tools, knowledge and experience to deepen your own yoga practice and help you to better share the practice with others as a teacher or facilitator. It will be a journey of personal growth and self-discovery, in a vibrant, supportive community with the caring stewardship that Sun and Moon Yoga is known for.

Graduates of the Sun and Moon 200-Hour Teacher Training will walk away with a thorough, concrete grounding in the fundamentals of yoga practice and teaching, with knowledge and skills in a variety of aspects of yoga. We will dive deep into philosophy, history, pose alignment, sequencing, anatomy, pranayama, Ayurveda, and teaching/business arts and ethics.

You will explore a range of techniques and tools that will give you skills and confidence in your ability to impart this knowledge, while discovering your own unique gifts in a safe, holistic and joyful way. You will be encouraged to investigate and explore your own habits, core beliefs, and approach to your daily practice.

The staff comes with over 60 years and tens of thousands of hours of combined experience in teaching and practicing yoga and meditation, as well as decades of business experience in the yoga field. Teachers include Leza Lowitz, owner of Sun and Moon Yoga (History, Philosophy, Meditation, Teaching Arts/Ethics), Em Bettinger, Head Teacher (Yoga Postures, Alignment, Pranayama), Yuko Goto, Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer (Ayurveda), Noriko Genda, Master Bodyworker (Anatomy and Physiology.)

During this course, one class per week at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo will be part of the package, in addition to the required TTC program. There will be journalling assignments, weekly homework, a teaching assistant assignment in a master class, and a final examination that includes a written exam and teaching practicum.

Our prior TTC programs sold out early, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. Many of our graduates are now senior, respected teachers in Japan and abroad. Others enrolled for personal development and deepened their yoga journey in life-changing ways.

Whether you wish to teach or not, this 200-Hour TTC is suitable for you if you want to: understand the physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic workings and benefits of yoga and mindfulness, improve your wellness and vitality, deepen your own practice, connect with a supportive and engaged community of like-minded people, align your life with your deeper mission, evolve and grow on a personal level.

TTC is offered in English and Japanese with translation by master translators Kitty Hiromi Thompson and Yoriko Matsumoto. This course is open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about yoga or deepening your practice—even if you already have teaching certification.

Course Outline and Commitment:


- 1 class (90 minutes per week—-you choose the weekly classes to suit you)

- 44 weekend workshops—students can only miss 2 sessions in total, which will be recorded and watched later at their own arrangement.

- Weekly Journal assignments

- Weekly Homework assignments

- 1 teaching assistant assignment in master class at Sun and Moon

- 1 open book written exam (2 hours)

- 1 teaching practicum lesson: 20 minutes

Investment includes:

- 1 weekly class for 9 months. 36 classes: Approximate Value; 72,000 yen

- 44 weekend workshops. Approximate Value: 500,000 yen

- Manual and texts. Approximate Value 15,000yen

- Graduation ceremony and certification Approximate Value: 10,000 yen

- Mentoring from Leza or Em by SKYPE or in person: Approximate Value: 50,000 yen
Total value: 647,000 yen

Total Actual Cost: 440,000 yen

Early bird discount: 400,000yen (if paid in full before 12.27.19)
Standard Investment: 440,000 (if paying after 12.27.19)
* Payment plan is available upon request:

A 60,000 yen deposit is required to secure your place, fully refundable until December 27, 2019. After 27 December, the deposit is non-refundable, but can be used towards yoga class passes at Sun and Moon Yoga.

Core Curriculum COURSE Dates:
February 29, Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Leza (Kitty)
March 7, Saturday 2:30-6:30 —Leza (Kitty)
March 14, Saturday 2:30-6:30pm —Leza (Yoriko)
March 15, Sunday 2:30-6:30pm —Leza (Yoriko)
March 29 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Leza (Kitty)
April 4, Saturday 2:30-6:30pm —Leza (Kitty)
April 5 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Leza (Kitty)
April 18 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
April 19 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
May 2 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
May 3 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
May 16 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
May 17 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
May 30 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
May 31 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
June 13 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
June 14 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
June 27 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm Noriko (Anatomy) (Yoriko)
June 28 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Noriko (Anatomy) (Yoriko)
July 11 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Noriko (Anatomy) (Yoriko)
July 12 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Noriko (Anatomy) (Yoriko)
July 25 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
July 26 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
August 22 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
August 23 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
August 29 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
August 30 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
September 12 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
September 13 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
September 26 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
September 27 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
October 10 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
October 11 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
October 24 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Yuko (Ayurveda) (Kitty)
October 25 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Yuko (Ayurveda) (Kitty)
November 7 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
November 8 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Kitty)
November 21 Saturday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
November 22 Sunday 2:30-6:30pm—Em (Yoriko)
December 12 Saturday 2:30-8:30pm (7 hrs)—Leza (Yoriko)
December 13 Sunday 2:30-8:30pm (6 hrs)—Leza (Yoriko)
December 19 Saturday 2:30-8:30pm (6 hrs)—Leza (Yoriko)
December 20 Sunday WRAP UP 2:30-9:30pm (7 hours)—Leza (Yoriko)

A detailed course description will be sent upon inquiry of serious intent to enroll.

About the Instructors:

leza_emLeza Lowitz, M.A. is the founder and sole proprietor of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo, which she established in 2003. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for 40 years, and has been teaching for 20. Leza teaches public and private classes to individuals and groups, leading classes, workshops and retreats worldwide—her passion is sharing yoga and mindfulness as a creative, holistic, embodied journey to wellness, unity and peace. She is also an award-winning writer of over 20 books in many genres. For more, see: and

Em Bettinger—Em was introduced to yoga while studying her dance degree in London, but it wasn’t until she needed a change in that she returned to deepen her practice and bring the foundations of yoga into her daily life 17 years ago.

She has travelled several times to study under her teacher, Paul Dallaghan at Samahita Retreat in Thailand and has studied with other teachers in Japan and overseas and is trained in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga, while fortunate to have also studied under Shri O P Tiwari in pranayama.

Em’s style is creative, fluid and playful and she is known for her mindful adjustments. She has been teaching at Sun and Moon Yoga for over 12 years, teaches teen yoga, offers classes privately and shares special one day retreats in Kamakura.

yuko_ttcYuko Goto studied Yoga and Ayurvedic Therapy in Boulder, Colorado from 2008-2011. Upon returning to Japan, she came to the realization that her own personal practice had suffered due to prioritising teaching yoga and raising a family. She wanted more balance, so she decided to visit Sun and Moon Yoga in Meguro to start her own yoga practice in Japan. From the first moment she opened the door, she felt a warm and peaceful atmosphere. She was immediately drawn to the lively international community at the studio, and practicing at Sun and Moon became her passion. Yuko attended many TTCs and workshops with owner Leza Lowitz. She also studied with many talented teachers such as Em Bettinger, Ted Lafferty, Yvonne Jaques, Mira Shani, Jarret Levine and Lauren Peterson. In 2009 Yuko completed the Sun and Moon Restorative Yoga TTC with Leza Lowitz (and re-took the course in 2016 to refreshand is a Yoga Alliance Certified, Rasayana Yoga School E-RYT500 Yoga Instructor as well as a Yoga Alliance Certified YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), training yoga teachers in Japan.

noriko_gendaNoriko Genda
Zoya Holistic Therapist. Psychosomatic Bodyworker.
Born in Nagano, currently living in Chiba and Tokyo.
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 (Maupin Method of Structural Integration), a technique working with fascia, in Kichijoji.

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 Completed MSI (Maupin Method of Structural Integration) Bodyworker Course (currently attending to the MSI New Certification Program)

About the Translators:

hiromi_kittyHiromi Thompson (Instructor name: Kitty)
Kitty has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 15 years in Japan and overseas. She’s been translating for many overseas teachers for teacher training and events for the past 7 years which helps her to gain a deeper level of understanding of the essence of yoga. She practices Asana and Meditation in the morning on a daily basis. She guides students towards “selfawareness” and “self-care” during her class.

yorikoMatsumoto Yoriko is a skilful and respected translator known for her accurate and heartfelt translation. A long-time yoga practitioner, she translates regularly for meditation/mindfulness teachers David Nichtern, Leza Lowitz, and Patrick Mitchell. She has translated yoga workshops for Lauren Peterson and Jason Scholder, among others. Yoriko also facilitates business-to-business meetings, regular yoga classes and workshops, and university conferences.

We are here to support and encourage you. We are so excited to be offering this training again, and look forward to this powerful journey together!

If you have any questions, concerns or issues, please contact us through our CONTACT page.

How to Apply
If you are interested in attending this training, hit CONTACT and send in a request with the course name and month in the subject. Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BRIEFLY AND FROM THE HEART.
Questions for applicants:
1. What drew you to taking this course?
2. Have you completed prior yoga or meditation teacher trainings? IF so, please describe in detail. (Dates, Place of TTC, teachers, hours, certification received)
3. Do you currently have a yoga and meditation practice?
4. If so, describe your yoga and meditation practice.
5. What would you like to learn through this course?
6. Any injuries or conditions we should know about?
7. Anything else you would like to share.

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.

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