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Updated: Aug 21, 2021

We have canceled the event. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 5 9:00am - 7:00pm

Golden Week Yoga Retreat in Tokyo with Em Bettinger. Immerse yourself in pranayama, meditation, asana, and community to re-charge and revitalize 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. She will then guide you through a 2-hour asana practice.

We will break for lunch, and resume with chanting and discussion and practice of sacred hand gestures, ending the day with either a yin or restorative practice. The last day you’ll be guided through a yoga nidra practice.

The intention is that you leave each day feeling full, inspired and refreshed. Please join and take this 2-day vacation for yourself.


9.00-10.15 - Meditation and pranayama 10.30-12.30 Vinyasa Flow 1.00-2.00 - Lunch (not included) 2.30-4.30 - Mantras and mudras 5.00-7.00 - Yin/Restorative/Yoga Nidra

Vinyasa Flow Themes

Embracing the spirit of Spring. Each morning's flow will take us through movement to shed the heaviness of the colder months and align with nature’s cycle. Creative movement to inspire, to refresh and to rejuvenate.

Mantras and Mudras

Mantras are more than chanting and mudras are more than hand positions. These sessions will explain how the two can be used in yoga and mediation to heal, inspire and settle the mind.

Yoga Level

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


  • Early Bird Registration: 25,000yen for both days (if registration including completion of payment by March 30, 2020) Regular cost for registration after March 31 2020: 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.)

Instructor - Em Bettinger

Em has always been fascinated by the body and movement, and exploring how far the body can go.

She studied contemporary dance at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and Middlesex University, gaining a B.A (Hons) in Dance Performance. It was while studying dance that she was introduced to yoga.

Em returned to yoga when she hit a dark period in her life, and wanted to make positive changes. She walked through the door at Sun and Moon and knew she had found her sanctuary. She humbly bows to Leza Lowitz for guiding her over the years.

Her own practice draws on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, and dance. Em would like students to explore, release, experience inner and outer transformation–and have fun.

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Japanese translation: Yoriko Matsumoto

Yoriko started her yoga teaching career as an Ashtanga yoga teacher at Lotus8 in 2005 and facilitated numerous yoga events, workshops, and regular classes. She currently teaches yoga and mindful living in her hometown of Narita. She organizes many events and workshops both on her own, and for her teachers and mentors. Most recently, she supervised yoga postures for the 2019 Wacoal CX-W YogaWear photoshoot.

Yoriko is a skillful and respected translator known for her accurate and heartfelt translation. 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, and university conferences.

How to Apply: If you are interested in attending this workshop, send an email to 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. Early application is strongly suggested.


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