To provide an uplifting, healing space where people from all over the world can unfold themselves through the study and practice of yoga in a nurturing community. We seek to provide an intimate, safe place for students to explore self-transformation through yoga, meditation and pranayama. We are not interested in yoga or the yoga studio as a commodity, brand, or competition. That’s why our studio will ALWAYS be grass-roots, community-based, non-commercial, liberal and organic. We love to share the beauty and magic of yoga. Come join us!

As Donna Farhi noted, the world doesn’t really need more people who can bend their bodies into amazing positions. What it needs are kinder, more compassionate, generous people with open minds and hearts. Our motto is Gandhi ’s “BE the change you wish to see in the world.” Our aim is to offer a place where people can discover and share their gifts through yoga.


Sun & Moon classes are Hatha Yoga, inspired by Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Sivananda, Tibetan Buddhism and many other yoga styles. Our offerings are grounded in a deep awareness of yoga history, philosophy, breath, alignment, chakras, bandhas, and the subtle energy body.  Our classes seek to help you nurture your full potential on this planet–physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. We embrace more than asana–in any given class we might explore meditation, breathing, kirtan, poetry, and yoga texts both classical and contemporary.

Owner Leza Lowitz wanted to bring a California sense of relaxation to Tokyo, so she opened Sun and Moon Yoga in December of 2003. Sun and Moon is honored to have a great team of dedicated, experienced, kind, creative and mindful teachers from all over the world. (Please see “Teachers Bios”for more information). Since opening fifteen years ago, Sun and Moon Yoga has had the privilege of sharing yoga with thousands of people from all over the world who stop into our warm, welcoming studio. We hope you will join us.

ABOUT OUR NAME

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means “yoke” or “union.” Yoga unifies the body and mind through the breath, opening channels of energy that send the life force– prana or ki–through the body. Yoga offers us a way of Being rather than Doing. It’s a powerful gateway into the soul, which is why it’s called “the science of conscious awareness.”

The studio’s name is taken from the Sanskrit word hatha, which is the type of yoga we practice. Ha means “Sun” and tha means “Moon.” Through the practice of yoga postures, breathing, meditation and awareness, we balance the opposite energies of the body/mind (sun and moon, male and female, light and dark, left and right, heaven and earth) and create union (Yoga)–a sanctuary for the soul.

The physical benefits of yoga are manifold–reduce stress, release toxins, revitalize the systems of the body, tone, strengthen, increase flexibility and vitality. The non-physical invitation is to let go of the constructs we create on the ego level and open to deeper self-discovery, healing, interconnectedness and transformation–finding our innate vitality, balance, calm, joy and balance. Then we take these gifts off the mat and into community (kula) with others.

Leza Lowitz was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley, California and later, New York City. 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. When she returned to her native California, she was an expat in her very own skin. In 1989, she took her first yoga class. In 1994, she began to study with Veera Wibaux, an Iyengar-trained French mime, and in 1996, with Jill Minye, a powerful Kripalu teacher in California.

In 2000, Lowitz became certified to teach yoga at the White Lotus Foundation. Among her main influences are Ganga White and Tracey Rich, who pioneered the art of Yoga Vinyasa flow in the 1970s. She later completed teacher trainings with Shiva Rea and Srivatsa Ramaswami in Vinyasa Krama, and Paul and Suzee Grilley in Yin Yoga. She also pursued a decade-long study/teacher training in Tibetan Buddhism/ Yoga with Ted Lafferty of the Yoga Studies Institute in the Gelukpa Tradition of the Dalai Lamas.

In the 1990s, Lowitz was Director of the Dillon Beach Yoga Circle and Manager of the Yoga Research and Education Center and studied yoga philosophy, history and scripture with scholar Georg Feuerstein. She taught at Asana Yoga and wrote for Yoga Journal.

Lowitz sees creativity and yoga as interlinked—all life is yoga. She maintains her decades-long interest in Buddhism and continues to study and practice yoga and meditation daily. Her interest in self-healing and serving others led her to study more about the subtle energetic body.  She took many Master courses with Roselight, graduating from the Light Body Training. Lowitz is also a certified Level II Reiki practitioner and studied Qi Gong with Master Xi Jing Li.  She opened Sun and Moon in 2003 and brought Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Acro Yoga, Partner Yoga, and Charity Yoga to Japan for the first time.

She leads teacher trainings in Restorative Yoga at her studio and throughout Japan, having trained thousands of teachers to date. She also directs Sun and Moon’s Teacher Training Program, workshops program and Sun and Moon Academy.

She has published twenty books, including the best-selling Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By and Sacred Sanskrit Words (with Reema Datta), Jet Black & the Ninja Wind, Here Comes the Sun (her yoga memoir), and Up from the Sea (A YA novel about the 3-11-11 disaster in Japan from Crown Books for Young Readers-Penguin/Random House). Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections is a poetic exploration of the Buddhist teachings from the Lotus Sutra.

Lowitz has received the APALA Asia Pacific Award for Youth Literature, the PEN Josephine Miles Poetry Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, NEA/NEH grants, The Benjamin Franklin Award for Editorial Excellence, The Bay Area Book Reviewer’s Award, Foreword Magazine Award, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Translation Award. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Motherlode Blog, Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal Japan, Yoga International, Elephant Journal, Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing, Asana, The Huffington Post, Wanderlust.com, Origin, Mantra, the Japan Times, Art in America, and many others.

She has taught yoga privately to Academy-award winning actors, Grammy-award winning musicians, corporate executives, artists, salarymen, office ladies, kids, octogenarians, and everyone in between.

Kids Yoga/Sun and Moon Yoga Teachers Photo Gallery from our Beginnings

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SUN AND MOON YOGA STUDIO of Tokyo was designed by Hashimoto Yuji of Design-Synthesis-Organization Architecture (Tokyo) and built by the craftsmen of Kinoshita Construction. Website designed by Amanda Giacomini: http://www.yogatoesstudio.com/.