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“Remember: You are always responsible,
and change yourself. Drop those
qualities which create trouble.
Make love a self-transformation.”

–Osho, “The Book of Woman”


November Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Monday November 20, 10.30-12.00 Vinyasa w/Em —> Karen(E)
Monday November 20, 7.00-8.30 Vinyasa w/Em —> Elizabeth(E)
Tuesday November 21, 7.00-8.30 Yin Yang Fusion w/Em —> Elizabeth(E)
Wednesday November 22, 10.30-12.00 Community w/Em—> Elizabeth(E)
Thursday/Holiday November 23 12:30-14:00 Beginning yoga w/Aco –> Cancelled due to RTTC
Thursday/Holiday November 23 7:00-8:30 Hatha yoga w/Hisaka –> Cancelled due to RTTC
Friday November 24, 10.30-12.00 Vinyasa w/Em —> Karen(E)



firsttimeSun and Moon Yoga is happy to welcome newcomers to our new studio with a first-time trial offer of 2000 yen per drop-in class.

This offer applies to first-timers to Sun and Moon or those who have not yet come to our new Gotanda studio.

You do not need to make a reservation for regular or special classes on holidays. You are welcome to simply drop in, even if it is your first time. Please check also our General Guideline before coming.

If you call and leave a message, please leave your phone number TWICE—once in the beginning of the message and once at the end. Please speak slowly. Also note that if you call on the day of a workshop or special class your call might not be received in time to be answered. Our house is your house, so please just show up and enjoy!

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN 20 MINUTES EARLY FOR CLASS. Please note we do not have a reception area so if you arrive early, you will ring the bell and disturb the prior class in savasana. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE for Community class
Please pay with exact change of 1000yen notes. We cannot accept larger bills or coins. This class is offered as a community service for charity. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantra - November
labo_mindfulnessMindfulness from the Living Room to the Laboratory: Personal Practice and Objective Science
A Workshop with Patrick Mitchell

Sunday, November 19, 5:00-7:00pm
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

In recent decades mindfulness has been introduced around the world in secular (non-religious) environments such as hospitals, schools, workplaces, professional sports, prisons, and even the military. Almost anyone can begin to experience states of calm, concentration, and compassion after only a few minutes of mindfulness practice.

For details and registration


20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course
with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga

restorettNovember 23, 25 & 26 2017
Fully Booked! Waiting list only.

Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi
For details and registration

Come join us for this popular, comprehensive and life-changing teacher training.

Why Restorative Yoga? Why Now?
Daily life is incredibly stressful, especially in an urban environment. We spend a great deal of energy just trying to survive, often running on adrenaline (the “fight or flight response”) until we burn out. Now more than ever, we need a slower, deeper yoga practice that helps us regain our equilibrium and combat the stresses of modern life. Restorative yoga is one such practice that invites the body’s “relaxation response,” calms the nervous system, and quiets the mind….


lotusTAO YOGA Presents
Healing Buddha Gathering WS

Sunday December 3, 4:00-6:00pm
Fully booked! Waiting list only.

Join us on December 3, at Gotanda Sun & Moon and come enjoy an evening with the renowned High Tibetan Lama - Phakyab Rinpoche. We will experience a wonderful Dharma Talk from Rinpoche on Mind Training, Compassion and the Way of Healing.

For details and registration


upsidedownThe Upside of Upside Down
Overcome Your Fears and Have Fun with Handstands with Mestre Scuri

Sunday December 10, 5:00-7:00pm

Join Capoeira Mestre Sucuri at Sun and Moon Yoga for a fun and informative handstand workshop. This workshop will cover body mechanics and balance from your core, and detail how to use a partner or wall to build confidence and skill in your handstands. We will also learn how to incorporate Capoeira handstands and techniques into your own yoga practice. Come get upside down.

For details and registration


restorative_sunandmoonMeditation, Mindfulness and Mantra: December
Yoga Nidra with Leza Lowitz

Sunday December 17, 3:00-5:00pm
Fully booked! Waiting list only.

Yoga Nidra is a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opens deep recesses of the body/mind, inducing total relaxation. In savasana, you’ll be taken on a guided meditation, moving your awareness to different parts of the body to revitalize the subtle energy channels, relieving stress and fatigue from the physical body, heart and mind.

For details and registration


yogapartySun and Moon Potluck Party 2017

Sunday, December 17, 6:00-8:00pm *note the time change.
Doors Open at 6PM!

Join our annual holiday gathering to celebrate the coming winter solstice.

Bring your favourite vegan or vegetarian meal or drink.
Bring serving utensils and your own eating and drinking utensils.
Bring a white elephant gift for the gift exchange—not something new that you buy,
but something you have around the house that you don’t need to pass on.
Bring friends and family.
Bring musical instruments and anything you wish to share.
Bring your good cheer!

RSVP to Contact


Creating Abundance: Opening to Flow:
A One-Day CRASH COURSE in Energy Flow and Manifesting with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga

Monday/National holiday, January 8, 2018 9:00am-4pm
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

This workshop is about opening up ALL CHANNELS OF FLOW in the universe and manifesting your highest potential to help you serve others.
This workshop will also help you understand and transform your relationship to money and flow, ultimately helping you find your life’s work and realize your natural state of abundance and generosity, having more to give and share.

For details and registration

netipotCleansing Yogic Practices: Shatkarma Workshop with Kazuko Ikegawa

Friday, January 19, 2018 4:00pm-6:30pm

- Basic Hatha Yoga’s six cleansing techniques -
Evening workshop; for those who are interested in cleansing techniques to balance doshas in terms of clearing passage for pranayama practice.

For details and registration


armb1Anatomy for Yoga Instructors with Yvonne Jaques
20 hour TTC at Sun & Moon Yoga, Gotanda

January 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2018
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

An anatomy course like no other.

Understanding the structure and key components of our physical body anatomy enables us to connect more deeply to our subtle body anatomy.

For details and registration


subtlebodySubtle Body Asana Workshop: Vayus, Chakras, Bandhas and More
with Padma Yvonne Jaques
(Anatomy for Yoga Teachers Follow-Up Course)

Sunday January 28 2:30-7:30pm
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

In this afternoon workshop for those who wish to dive deeper into their yoga, Padma Yvonne will guide participants into a clearer understanding and deeper experience of the subtle body and its various elements.

For details and registration


20-Hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz
at Sun and Moon Yoga

immersionFebruary 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2018

Instead of trying to cover the whole world with leather, put on some sandals.
–Master Shantideva

There’s yoga. There’s life. There’s magic. And then there’s the place where all three meet–YOU. But life is difficult. Challenges arise internally and externally. Our practice falls off. We lose it altogether. Then what?

This Program is For:
Open only to previous graduates of the Sun and Moon 100-Hour TTC, Restorative Yoga TTC, Yoga Therapy TTC, Maternity Yoga TTC, or any other Sun and Moon Teacher Training Course. Available upon request to those who have graduated from Abundance Flow.

Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

For details and registration


daphe2017_titleDaphne Tse Japan Tour 2017

11/18 Osaka, 11/23 Kanazawa, 12/2 Tokyo—3 days only!

daphne2017Come join Daphne and friends in Tokyo at a beautiful spacious location where the energy of the sangha will shower everyone in love.
Tickets are Available at Sun and Moon
Venue location: Osaka Nanko Sunset Hall, Kanazawa CHiL, Wa-Terrace Common Tokyo

Event Part 1: Sprit Dance SoulSong
Event Part 2: Satsang with Daphne Tse and Oneness Meditation
Event Part 3: Kirtan Live
For details: Daphne Tse Japan Tour in English or FB Event (in Japanese)

Real Yoga Studio Tshirt features Sun and Moon Yoga!

Have you ever imagined having a t-shirt with our beautiful Sun and Moon logo designed by the admired Yoga teacher and artist, Amanda Giacomini? Now it’s available at Real Yoga Studio Tshirt!

Visit Real Yoga Studio Tshirt

oshika_library2When Sun and Moon Yoga opened in Tokyo over a decade ago, we put Community classes on the schedule, where all the profit would be donated to charity. People said it would never fly in status-conscious Japan. Of course, we didn’t listen….Sun and Moon Yoga’s COMMUNITY Class funds helped to open this library in Oshika, a town that was devastated by the tsunami on 3-11-11, thanks to Caroline Pover’s efforts and the efforts and contributions of many. Now many young kids and all members of that community can have books to read and a quiet, clean, warm, homey place to enjoy them–and a garden! Thanks, Tokyo Yoga Community and Em Bettinger, who teaches the popular Community classes. Let’s keep walking the talk!

For the details about Caroline’s activity: here


up-from-the-sea_smallUp from the Sea” recommended by Barnes & Noble!

Barnes & Noble Teen Blog recommends Leza’s novel “Up from the Sea” as one of Top 5 Teen historical novels.
This is particularly sweet for Leza, as when she was a teenager herself (19) she worked at Barnes & Noble’s flagship store in Manhattan as a bookseller to help pay her way through college and support her dream of becoming a writer.

Read more…

Up From The Sea book trailer is LIVE:

If you can not see it, please click here to watch it in YouTube.

Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras
By Leza Lowitz

hctsAt 30, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world, which suits her just fine. Coming of age in Berkeley during the feminist revolution of the 1970s, she learned that marriage and family could wait. Or could they? When Leza moves to Japan and falls in love with a Japanese man, her heart opens in ways she never thought possible. But she’s still an outsider, and home is far away. Rather than struggle to fit in, she opens a yoga studio and makes a home for others. Then, at 44, Leza and her Japanese husband seek to adopt—in a country where bloodlines are paramount and family ties are almost feudal in their cultural importance. She travels to India to work on herself and back to California to deal with her past. Something is still not complete until she learns that when you give a little love to a child, you get the whole world in return. The author’s deep connection to yoga shows her that infertile does not mean inconceivable. By adapting and adopting, she transcends her struggles and embraces the joys of motherhood. “Here Comes the Sun proves that love is not bound by blood. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in that which connects us, holds us together, and makes us family.”—MC Yogi

Stonebridge Press, June 2015

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind by Leza Lowitz & Shogo Oketani
DEBUT NOVEL was published on October 29 2013!

jetcoverLeza and Shogo are pleased to announce the publication of “Jet Black and the Ninja Wind“– our debut novel for teenagers, adults, and everyone else.

It’s set in Tohoku and is an adventure linking the world of two tribes–the Emishi and the Navajo–with a bad-ass female ninja! We hope you will like it.

The Book Trailer is live on Youtube. Directed by Chris Mauch (storyboard artist for BLACK SWAN, DIVERGENT), CJ Gardella (Director of Shunka), and their crackerjack ninja team. Check it out here, and please LIKE it, post it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Thanks Chris Mauch, CJ Gardella, DJ Blu, Angelica Kushi and Awesome JET BLACK YOUTUBE Trailer Team.

(If you can not watch the video here, click here!)

This has been a ten-year project and we couldn’t be happier. Please order the book on amazon.com or amazon.co.jp and spread the word!

About Jet Black & The Ninja Wind
Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is a ninja. There’s only one problem—she doesn’t know it. Others do, however, and they’re scheming to capture her and uncover her secrets. When her mother dies, Jet must go to Japan to protect a family treasure hidden in her ancestral land. She’s terrified, but if Jet won’t fight to protect her world, who will? Stalked by bounty hunters and desperately in love with the man who’s been sent to kill her, Jet must be strong enough to protect the treasure, preserve an ancient culture, and save a sacred mountain from destruction. To emerge triumphant, can she become the ninja wind?

Find out in Book One of the Kuroi Clan trilogy. Keep an eye out for the movie version, coming to a theater near you!

“Adventure, fantasy, ancient wisdom, and imminent danger–Jet Black meets them all head on. Like The Hunger Game’s Katniss Everdeen, she’s a fighter with heart. A new teen hero has arrived.” —Barry Lancet, author of Japantown

Jet Black featured in Japan Times!
Please visit here.

Available now online
Tuttle Publishing / 320 pages
ISBN 9784805312841
$17.99 List Price.
Distributed to the trade by Simon & Schuster
Publication date: October, 2013.
Available in pre-order from amazon.com here.


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