Updated: Aug 11
Leza is coming to Japan this summer! Join her for her Mindfulness course.
What is Mindfulness? It’s often defined as present-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, body sensations and surroundings through a gentle lens.
What is the practice of mindfulness? Paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations without judgment—without labeling them “right” or “wrong.” Tuning into the present moment just as it is—not rehashing the past nor fantasizing about the future. Just here and now.
Why do we practice mindfulness? To hold all that is arising in this moment in a loving awareness that nurtures and allows. In this way, mindfulness becomes heartfulness, and we become more friendly with our inner worlds and less reactive to the outer world. We can reduce stress and, according to neuroscience, we can amplify a sense of contentment and happiness.
With roots in the Buddhist tradition, mindfulness has entered the mainstream in recent years. Scientific studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction, which has been used in schools, prisons, hospitals, veteran’s centers, corporate settings, and more.
This 15-hour course offers a thorough investigation of mindfulness and heartfulness from a theoretical, practical and experiential point of view. You will explore the power of mindfulness and compassion in your life, learning valuable practices to carry with you to help you find ease, comfort, and happiness.
When I practiced Metta meditation for the first time, with Leza-Sensei, I experienced the feeling that my heart chakra had opened. I felt my heart center getting warmer, and tears came my eyes. Since then, I have attended her meditation classes many, many times. I had previously thought that meditation practice was difficult, but this was incorrect. Whenever I take Leza’s workshops, her guidance always brings to mind the feeling I had the very first time. She brings this warm, open feeling to everyone at any moment. –Yukie, Hula Teacher/Studio Owner
Achieving the right fit with a yoga studio is something like finding a life partner, especially when it comes to mindfulness and meditation, where we all have to face ourselves, deeply and openly. In addition to their teaching of skills (physical and mental), I care about a teacher’s personality, values, and life perspectives, as well as the warmth of their community. Leza and Sun and Moon Yoga Studio shine in all of these areas, and her course is one of a few that I would highly recommend for learning mindfulness and meditation.–Dr. Hana Hayashi, Behavioural Scientist, (500 hour advanced teacher training certificate holder)
Friday August 5 4pm-9pm Saturday August 6 2:30pm-7:30pm Sunday August 7 2:30pm-7:30pm
This course is available the in-studio option at Sun & Moon Yoga Tokyo or Zoom online live option.
Why Meditate? Mindful Presence
The value of mindfulness and compassion in your life
The power of inner training and how neuroscience supports this
Beginning to practice
Presence of body and senses
Q & A
Mindfulness of the Breath
The art of steadying attention
Why mindfulness of breathing?
Common initial difficulties
Using other anchors
Q & A
Mindfulness of the Body
Standing and Walking Meditation
Q & A
Cultivation Practices including: Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation (Compassion for Self and Others) , Tonglen Meditation
Q & A
Mindfulness of Feelings and Emotions
Working with Difficult Emotions
RAIN Practice for Places we are Stuck
Q & A
Hindrances to Practice
Forgiveness of Self and Others Practice
Review of Practices
Embodiment and Daily Practice
Q & A
This course is open to:
Those who want to deepen their meditation practice
Those who want to learn more about meditation
Teachers who want to incorporate meditation into yoga classes
Those who want to be able to lead meditation someday
※ No prior meditation practice necessary; and experienced meditators are welcome.
What to bring
Clothes that are easy to move around in.
A certificate of completion will be issued to those who have attended and successfully completed all sessions.
In-studio option (at Sun & Moon Yoga Tokyo):
Early Bird discount until July 1 - ¥60,000
Regular price from July 2 - ¥75,000
Repeater - ¥40,000
Online option (Zoom):
Early Bird discount until July 1 - ¥50,000
Regular price from July 2 - ¥65,000
Repeater - Please contact the studio
If you are interested in attending this training, send in a request to Sun & Moon Yoga with the course name and month in the subject. Please specify "In-studio" or "Online".
Include your full NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BRIEFLY AND FROM THE HEART.
1. When I think of mindfulness or meditation, what comes to mind? 2. What emotions or body sensations arise when I think of mindfulness or meditation? Notice and record without judgment. 3. What is my current practice of mindfulness or meditation? 4. Are there any areas I would like to change with regard to my personal practice? 5. What is my intention for this course? 6. How can I best be supported in my intention at this time? 7. What can I bring to the course to support others? 8. Please share anything else you would like us to know.
Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request.
Early application is strongly suggested.
Leza Lowitz, M.A. is the founder and sole proprietor of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo, which she established in 2003. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for forty years, and has had a regular daily practice that entire time. Leza’s main area of study is Tibetan Buddhism, which she has been studying for 35 years. She graduated from a seven-year intensive program in Vajrayana Buddhism in 2013. She is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Her teachers were Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Leza’s passion is to share these ancient practices with a contemporary, heartfelt and authentic approach. She has shared mindfulness, meditation, yoga and self-transformation with thousands of students around the world.
If you'd have any inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Note: Considering the safety and health of everyone, we are taking temporarily our precautionary measures in the studio. Please read this.