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September 10th, 2011

Integration Yoga Workshop – Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Meguro

Saturday, September 10

Integration Yoga Workshop

the science of the nadis, bandhas and chakras
18:00-20:30
@ Sun & Moon Yoga Studio

Yoga for many begins with the practice of asana, synchronizing the movements of the body with the flow of the breath. The definition of Yoga, according to Patanjali, is the cessation of the waves of the mind. So in order to bridge the one with the other, it is vital to integrate the dynamics of our subtle anatomy: the nadis (channels), bandhas (locks) and chakras (energy centers).

Hatha Yoga is the merging of opposites, the union of the male and female energies within us. This unification happens in the subtle anatomy, which is supported by our physical structure and activity. If one practices any of the Hatha Yogas (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram, etc.), the opportunity to deepen one’s practice is to cultivate the subtle energies within. We open and clear the channels, utilize the bandhas to guide and direct energy to flow freely up and through the various chakras, ultimately resulting in the stilling of the waves of the mind.

In this workshop, we will explore exercises to gain awareness of our subtle anatomy. We will do pranayama to strengthen the bandhas as well as learn a powerful mantra to clear and energize the chakras. Finally, we will do a yoga set designed to integrate subtle awareness with a physical asana practice. The practice of yoga opens many doors. And if it’s time to go deeper, the tools to help you do the work are right there inside of us.

インテグレーション・ヨガ ワークショップ – ナーディ、バンダとチャクラの科学

2011年9月10日 SATURDAY 午後6:00-8:30  ¥3,500

多くの人にとって、ヨガは身体の動きと呼吸の流れを調和させるアサナの練習から始まります。パタンジャリは、ヨガを「波のように押し寄せる心の動きを止める事」と定義しています。この波と波をつなげてゆくためには、私たちが持つ微細な組織であるナーディ(管、気脈、プラナの通り道)、バンダ(錠、ロック)、チャクラ(エネルギー・センター)を一つに結び付けて行く事が重要です。

ハタヨガでは正反対の要素を結びつけ、私たちの内なる男性性と女性性を融合させてゆきます。この一体化は微細な組織の中で起こり、それは私たちの身体構造と身体活動によって支えられています。ハタヨガ(アシュタンガ、アイアンガー、アヌサラ、ビクラム等)を練習している人は微細なエネルギーを培うことによって練習を深めてゆくことができるでしょう。経路を開いてクリアにし、バンダを使ってエネルギーが自由にチャクラを通って行けるよう導き、最終的には心の動きを静めて行きます。

このワークショップでは、私たちの微細な組織により意識を向けてゆくためのエクササイズを探求して行きます。バンダを強化するプラナヤマとチャクラをクリアにして活力を与える力強いマントラを学びます。そして最後に、微細な意識と身体を使ったアサナの練習とを結びつけるヨガセットと行います。ヨガの練習は様々な扉を開いてくれることでしょう。そしてもし、今さらに練習を深めようと思うなら、その助けとなる手段は私たちの内にあるのです。

 

August 7th, 2011

August Yoga Weekend Workshop, Chicago

Chicago Yoga Workshop
Moving Toward Our Natural State:
a Modern Method & Practical Application for Yoga in Our Lives

Miles returns to Chicago to offer this special workshop in modern methods and practical applications of yoga. His 15+ years of study and experience is well adapted to balancing worldly activity with spiritual practice with the goal of unveiling a harmonious and fulfilling life. Each session will introduce tools for use in your life, your creative work, your relationships, as well as in your own self.

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August 5-7, 2011
Friday 7:30 pm-9 pm (Asana Practice) $25
Saturday 1-4 pm (Movement Methods & Meditation) $50
Sunday 11-1 pm (Eating Strategies & Daily Habits) $35

$100 for the whole weekend, at the door
$90 for the whole weekend, prepay

FRIDAY 8/5
This first session is a 90 minute asana practice focused on creating a healthy and supported spine, openness in the hips and hamstrings, and cultivating mindfulness in breath and movement. This class is perfect for all levels and is recommended for those interested in the Saturday session which explores in more depth the movement elements.

SATURDAY 8/6
Gain new perspective with your practice and learn how to incorporate new movement methods and self-adjustments to traditional asana. This session will include healing breaths to support the health of the organs as well as a simple meditation for abiding in one’s naturally clear and aware state.

SUNDAY 8/7
Incorporating the tools and teachings of yoga in daily life is easy! Nutrition and the health of the body is paramount. Learn ten simple and practical yogic eating strategies for optimal health, plus helpful daily activities and ‘reminders’ for integrating our practice with our worldly affairs.

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Register for this workshop at:
www.yoganowchicago.​com

 

July 18th, 2011

Yoga Detox & Rejuvenation Weekend

YOGA DETOX & REJUVENATION RETREAT
ヨガ デトックス リトリート

detoxify, purify and elevate with Miles Maeda
マイルズ・マエダによる解毒、浄化、活性化プログラム

Saturday July 16 – Monday July 18, 2011
at Nobori Shukubo, Mitake, Tokyo
2011年7月16日(土)-7月18日(月・祝)
御岳山 宿坊 能坊利(東京、青梅)
¥38,000

Join us this Summer for a weekend yoga program at inspiring Mitake mountain to rejuvenate the body and mind.  Take some time out of your day-to-day life and be with friends, be with your practice, and most importantly be with your self.
今年の夏は、活力に満ちた御岳山の週末ヨガ・プログラムで、心身共によみがえりましょう!日常生活を離れ、友達と過ごし、自分のプラクティスと、そして何よりも自分自身と向き合ってみませんか。

We will detoxify to release the waste material from the body, emotions and mind; purify to create an intentional environment for our creativity, livelihood and relationships; and elevate to upgrade our practice tools and techniques so we can operate at higher levels of energy and consciousness.
身体だけでなく、感情やマインドからも老廃物を取り除くための解毒法(デトックス)を行い、私たちの創造性、生活と人間関係に必要な環境を作り出すために浄化を行います。そして、練習内容やテクニックを向上させるために活性化し、自分自身を高めましょう。そうすれば、より高いレベルのエネルギーと気づきをもって生活することが出来るのです。

In this program, we will cycle through five activities designed to support the body to be healthy and vibrant, the mind peaceful and clear, and our life full of creative energy and joyful inspiration.  We will practice yoga, hydrotherapy, follow a cleansing diet, refresh our creative energy with the natural surroundings, and deeply relax and heal.
このプログラムでは、5つのアクティビティを順に繰り返すことで、活力がみなぎる健康な身体、穏やかで明瞭なマインド、創造的なエネルギーと喜びに溢れるインスピレーションに満ちた生活をサポートして行きます。ヨガの練習、ハイドロセラピーの後、浄化作用のあるダイエットメニューをとり、自然に囲まれた環境で私たちの創造的なエネルギーをリフレッシュし、深くリラックスし癒されましょう。

This is a perfect yoga weekend for all levels of students.  Just come ready for a new and exciting experience as we go through this transformative program together.
全レベルの方に最適な内容です。私たちに良い変化をもたらすであろうこの週末ヨガ・プログラムに是非ご参加下さい。わくわくするような新しい体験が待っています。

 

inquiries & registration: sakurayogajapan@gmail.com

April 9th, 2011

Yoga & Numerology Workshop

Saturday April 9, 2011

YOGA & NUMEROLOGY:

Science of Yoga meets Science of Numbers

ヨガと数秘学:ヨガの科学と数字の科学の結びつき

17:00-20:00
@ Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Meguro

In this workshop, we will tap into the insightful use of numerology (using our date of birth) as a way to determine where we have challenges and weaknesses as well as gifts and strengths in our lives. With this knowledge, we can see a clear and useful picture of ourselves and know very practically how we can grow. We can then use specific yoga exercises to become well-rounded, balanced, harmonious in relationships, connected to our spiritual self, and feeling satisfied and fulfilled on our life’s path.
このワークショップでは、自分の人生において、与えられた才能や強みだけではなく、どういった部分で挑戦が必要なのか、どこに弱点があるのか、ということを見きわめるツールとして、この洞察に満ちた数秘学を用います(誕生日の数字を使います)。このような知識を持つことによって、わたしたちは、明瞭で自分にとって役に立つ、自らの全体像を理解することができ、人生においてどう成長していったらいいのかが判ります。それから、特定のヨガ・エクササイズを用いて、バランスや調和を取り、人間関係を平和にし、自らの魂とつながり、私達が人生において歩むべき道に満足し、充実感を得る事などを目指します。

We will spend time going over the formula which gives each person their numerology chart, including the 3 areas of challenge and the 2 areas of strength. This relates to 10 bodies we have: our physical body, the 4 subtle inner bodies and the 5 outer ‘light’ bodies. When we have this view of ourselves, we can approach our obstacles with clarity and confidence and utilize our gifts to their utmost potential.
また、公式を見ながら、皆さん一人一人に数秘学のチャートを出しますが、ここには3つの課題とされる分野、2つの強みとされる分野が表されます。これは私達が持っている「10の体(たい)」‐肉体(身体)、4つの微細な内なる体、外側にある5つの“光の”体、と関連しています。自分についてこういった見解を持つことにより、私達は障害となる物に明確に自信をもって近づいていくことができ、才能を最大限に生かすことができるのです。

We will then practice a yoga set to energize and strengthen these 10 bodies, as well as work with a powerful mantra to help us master all parts of ourselves. This knowledge can be taken with you so you can have fun doing numerology charts for your friends and family, which will also shed light on yourself and your practice. If you would like to go more in depth and are interested in a personal reading, you can receive one via email for an additional fee.
次に「10の体」にエネルギーを満たし、強めるためのヨガを行い、私達が持つすべての要素のコントロールを手助けしてくれる、力強いマントラも練習します。このワークショップで習った事を持ち帰り、今度はお友達やご家族のためにチャートを作って楽しむこともできますし、この知識は皆さん自身と皆さんの練習にも光を注ぐものとなるでしょう。さらに知識を深めたいと思われる方、パーソナルリーディングにご興味をお持ちの方は、メールにて受け付けます(別料金)。

Sun & Moon Yoga Studio

 

 

January 8th, 2011

Food for Health & Healing Workshop

Saturday January 8, 2011

FOOD FOR HEALTH & HEALING WORKSHOP

14:00-16:00
@ Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

 

October 16th, 2010

Modern Yoga Movement Workshop

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Saturday October 16

MODERN YOGA MOVEMENT:

bringing new dimension to your yoga practice
14:00-16:00
Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

Some people approach yoga as a well-balanced and holistic way to exercise, be healthy, and find peace of mind. Others may relate to it as a spiritual path, a lifestyle that brings us to the goal of experiencing our naturally enlightened state. Regardless of the reason or the belief, working with the body, the breath and the energy that animates all life gives great benefit to each of us and the way we function in the world. The more expanded the facilities of our bodies and mind, the greater the results in our health, wealth, creativity, relationships and well-being.

The contemporary form of yoga which we find in most studios today borrows from a variety of traditions including Indian wrestling and British gymnastics. And its continued evolution has accelerated tremendously as we understand the human body through other systems like massage/body work, physical therapy, high-performance training, martial arts and dance. Some very important modern influence come from people who through rehabilitating injuries have designed systems that take movement methodology one step further (like Pilates and GYROKINESIS). And much like the master teachers who have developed the yoga systems of today, we can evolve our practice and make it more personal by integrating this valuable knowledge and experience we are constantly discovering about the human body.

In this workshop we will explore some of the techniques as they have been developed in the GYROKINESIS system as taught by creator Juliu Horvath. We will learn three key elements to dynamic movement, practice asana for healthy joints and spine, as well as learn how to integrate these modern techniques in our yoga practice. This approach can greatly expand the scope of our practice, help us find our greatest movement potential, and breathe creativity and new life into all areas of our lives. It is a perfect workshop for beginning yoga students and can open new doors for those with well developed movement capacities and experience.

モダン ヨガ ムーブメント

バランスの取れたエクササイズとして、あるいは健康的で調和のとれたマインドを保つためにヨガの練習を取り入れる人も多いでしょう。またはスピリチュアルな探究や悟りの境地を目指すライフスタイルとしてヨガの学びを続ける人もいるでしょう。その理由や信念にかかわらず、身体と呼吸、エネルギーを動かすことで、生命に活力を得、世界の中で自分を生かせるようになるのです。身体や心と、健康そして富や創造性を増幅させ、よりよい人間関係などの成果を得るでしょう。

多くのスタジオで行われている現代のヨガは様々な伝統を借用した形となっています。そしてその身体への理解は様々な形を通して急速に進化しつづけています。ピラティスやジャイロキネシスのように、身体の動きや機能を適切にするメソッドの多くは身体的な傷の治療を施した人々が身体の使い方を再構築させた経験が強く影響を与えています。そして、その智慧が動きや姿勢の改善に役立つのです。偉大なハタヨガ指導者たちがヨガの練習法を発展させてきたように、私たちも多様な知識と経験を統合することで練習を進化させ、身体について新たな発見をし続けるのです。

このワークショップではジャイロキネシスのテクニックを取り入れることにより皆さんが行っているヨガの練習に新たな角度から身体へアプローチを行います。ダイナミックな動きや関節・背骨を傷めることなく練習を深める為の3つの大切な要素を学びます。このようなアプローチにより練習の幅を広げ、最大限に動きの可能性を引出し、生活に創造性と新しい息吹を吹き込みます。アサナの練習をより深めたいヨガ初心者のかたにお薦めのワークショップです。新たな扉を開き、自分自身の体の動きを発展させ、大きく経験が広がるのを感じてください。

October 9th, 2010

The Tao Of Yoga Workshop @ UTL

Saturday October 9

THE TAO OF YOGA

the internal practice of yoga and stilling the mind
14:00-16:00
@ Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

Life is an undivided river.  Yet we experience the various currents pulling us this way and that, which can make us feel disconnected from ourselves and our environment.  We see ourselves and life as separate, and become stuck in habitual patterns trying to ease our pain and suffering.  Spiritual work can help us to get unstuck, to unify our inner and outer worlds and guide us along the river of life.  And when we bring this work into our everyday lives, the whole of existence becomes our temple and simple daily activity becomes our sacred work.

Spiritual work comes in many forms.  Some are attracted to the physical experience of yoga asana, where others are drawn to the subtle practices of meditation.  In this workshop we will discover the path of “both/and” where we find the benefits of cultivating stillness in the mind through physical movement.  Like the river that flows around the rock, this “both/and” way is a support to experiencing “effortless action” in life, building strength and determination yet at the same time leading into deeper states of surrender.  Eventually, with these two elements together, we understand that we don’t practice yoga, we live it.  Life flows spontaneously and naturally.

In this workshop we will work with asanas that are designed to expand our body’s capacity to store energy (chi/prana), bringing the quality of space and emptiness to our actions.  We will do healing breaths to restore vital energy for health and longevity in our body and mind.  And we will practice meditations to experience more subtle states of “Being” and to expand awareness.  These tools can be integrated with any spiritual practice one may already have, and is perfect for beginners as well as for those wanting to bring a beginner’s mind to their practice.

September 11th, 2010

Detox Yoga Workshop @ Sun & Moon

I have the best intention to document my activities. I even remember to pack my camera as I head out to Meguro. Then, as I proceed through the 3-hour class full of bright and shiny students, I completely forget to take even one solitary photo.  So here’s a photo of Fuji-san on the day of the full moon amidst the glorious setting sun; a true balance of sun and moon.

Oh well, more important than snapping photos was being at the one and only Sun & Moon Studio!  As Leza reminded me, during my first visit here in Tokyo we had met and talked about doing a yoga program there.  And here it is, many years later that this vision has finally become a reality.

Since this was a 3-hour workshop, I was able to share my full Kundalini Detox Yoga set, some Dream & Sleep Yoga practices as well as Yogi Bhajan’s style of Ishnaan (cold morning showers).  We also went over the benefits of dry brushing, supportive healthy eating habits, and the fundamentals of fasting.  And as a further way to support interested detox students, I’m beginning the cycle of Kundalini Yoga for my morning class plus I’ll be offering another 10-day version of the mung beans and rice diet.

The detox program was fun and full of energy, and a great platform for providing more workshops and intensives at Sun & Moon in the future.

September 5th, 2010

Mini-Detox Weekend, Izu-Nagaoka

One of the more popular of our Rudra Yoga programs is the 5-Day Yoga Detox Intensive.  It’s a unique schedule of around-the-clock yoga, healing/creative work, hydrotherapy, cleansing diet, and study of the teachings.  To prepare for this intensive endeavor which will occur next Spring, we did a mini version at a ryokan in Izu-Nagaoka with my team of guinea pig yogis (enjoying healing time at the foot bath on top of Mt. Katsuragi).

This yoga intensive is unique because it focuses on cleaning and clearing the physical, emotional and mental material that we no longer need or unnecessarily hang on to in our lives.  We did this through a liquid diet of orange/apple/papaya juice (nourishing) and onion/garlic juice (detoxifying), hydrotherapy in hot and cold baths, healing with Reiki, plus a whole lotta Kundalini Yoga.  It was a great way to close the Summer months and enter into the beginnings of Fall with clear body, energy and mind.

Though the weekend version is much lighter, everyone felt the wonderfully enlightening effects of detoxing.  It was nice to have a weekend outside of Tokyo, and it was a fun and memorable way to be together with friends.  When the next 5-day Yoga Detox Program comes around, it’s something I recommend trying at least once.  You’ll never forget it!

July 17th, 2010

Morning Yoga at Sun & Moon, Meguro

Practicing yoga first thing in the morning creates a foundation for discovering our highest potential,  develops the discipline of self-correction, and integrates body, mind and spirit.  Through consistent and steady focus, we build experiences of spiritual truths and develop our awareness of higher consciousness.  As this connection is strengthened, we become intentional in our thoughts, words and actions.  Truth becomes reality.

We present this morning program as a way to integrate practice with the activities of daily life, benefiting both ourselves and others.  It is a vital element in the improvement of health, creativity, relationships, and state of mind.  So join us in the practice of pranayama, asana, mantra and meditation, providing for ourselves the opportunity to learn and grow, opening deeply to the wealth of experiences in life.

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
7:00-8:20 mantra, pranayama, asana
8:30-9:00 meditation (free)


 
SUN AND MOON YOGA STUDIO

Meguro Eki Mae Mansion, Higashi Guchi Building
Kami Osaki 3-1-5, Suite 204, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021 JAPAN
tel: 03-3280-6383
www.sunandmoon.jp

July 1st, 2010

Weekly Classes @ UTL, Yoyogi

TAOIST YOGA
consists of warm-up asana to open the pathways in the body for prana/chi to flow, pranayama to heal the vital organs and clear negative emotions, and a dynamic yoga series which purifies the heart and strengthens the energy in and around us. These classes incorporate connecting with the energies of nature, cultivating health and longevity in the body, and discovering the beauty and grace of effortless action.
Tuesdays 18:30-19:50

VINYASA YOGA
is a steady and continuous flow of asana led by awareness of breath and concentration of the mind. In this class, an improvisational combination of yoga elements is introduced to create a fun and challenging practice that builds upon a traditional Hatha Yoga foundation.
Wednesdays 10:40-12:00

GYROKINESIS®
is an important evolution for practitioners of yoga, incorporating ancient principals of energy awareness with the modern science of anatomic movement. It coordinates the breath with fluid and dynamic choreography, strengthens the muscles along the spine which is vital for structural support and alignment, and generates vibrant energy that awakens our highest potential. It is unique because it uses circular/spherical motion and three-dimensional awareness, providing both freedom and support for the muscles, joints and spine.
Thursdays 9:20-10:40
 
 
UNDER THE LIGHT YOGA SCHOOL
Shogakukaikan-bekkan 4F, 1-53-4, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053
TEL.03-5351-5501
www.underthelight.jp

June 19th, 2010

Integration Yoga Workshop @ UTL

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Saturday, June 19

Integration Yoga Workshop

the science of the nadis, bandhas and chakras
14:00-16:00
Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

Yoga for many begins with the practice of asana, synchronizing the movements of the body with the flow of the breath. The definition of Yoga, according to Patanjali, is the cessation of the waves of the mind. So in order to bridge the one with the other, it is vital to integrate the dynamics of our subtle anatomy: the nadis (channels), bandhas (locks) and chakras (energy centers).

Hatha Yoga is the merging of opposites, the union of the male and female energies within us. This unification happens in the subtle anatomy, which is supported by our physical structure and activity. If one practices any of the Hatha Yogas (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram, etc.), the opportunity to deepen one’s practice is to cultivate the subtle energies within. We open and clear the channels, utilize the bandhas to guide and direct energy to flow freely up and through the various chakras, ultimately resulting in the stilling of the waves of the mind.

In this workshop, we will explore exercises to gain awareness of our subtle anatomy. We will do pranayama to strengthen the bandhas as well as learn a powerful mantra to clear and energize the chakras. Finally, we will do a yoga set designed to integrate subtle awareness with a physical asana practice. The practice of yoga opens many doors. And if it’s time to go deeper, the tools to help you do the work are right there inside of us.

June 17th, 2010

10-day Mung Beans & Rice Diet

As a continuation of the Yoga Detox Program, a group of us did a 10-day version of the Mung Beans & Rice diet.  This dish is an easy to make Indian style kicherie which reduces the normal stress we put on the digestive system, giving it a chance to heal and repair itself.  The dish itself is delicious and nutritious which makes it an easy beginners diet/cleanse.  Normally it is done for 30 to 40 days, but I adjusted it so it could suit our first time cleansers.  The diet was supplemented with whole fruit in-between meals and all you can drink Yogi Tea (made from scratch).  Probably the most obvious change was the weight we lost, but in time this diet can help one feel the shedding of unwanted and unneeded emotional and mental material as well.  And because many of you have requested the recipe, you can find it here.  Plus I recommend reading Yogi Bhajan’s thoughts about fasting.

Some Thoughts About Fasting

Recipe: Mung Beans & Rice + Yogi Tea

Enjoy!

June 5th, 2010

Detox Yoga Workshop @ UTL

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Saturday, June 5

Detox Yoga Workshop

spring cleaning for the mind, body and soul
14:00-16:00
@ Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

When we begin our journey with yoga, it’s like preparing the soil for a garden to produce an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. As we deepen our practice, we plant the seeds that we choose to cultivate. And if we want the best possible result with our garden, we create the best possible environment to nurture these seedlings. So similarly in our yoga practice, it is an important step to cleanse the body and mind to properly cultivate the ‘seed’ or light of our true nature which yoga reveals.

Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse. It is when new growth appears in nature. It is when new blood is produced in the body and naturally we shed old, unused material. And by doing specific dietary cleanses in combination with asana, healing breaths and meditation, we create the optimal environment for our work with yoga to bear fruit.

In this workshop, we will introduce yoga asana designed specifically to heal the digestive system which, if not working properly, is the cause of many illnesses and diseases. We will also learn to use the breath and meditation to heal the major organs and release burdensome thoughts and negative emotions. Finally, we will look at a few suggested yogic cleanses which will aid in our body’s natural desire and ability to repair and heal itself. If we simply lighten the load we place on our bodies and minds, our yoga practice will bear the fruit that will nourish us deep within and eternally without.














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