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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”


January Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Friday January 27, 10.30-12.00 Vinyasa w/Em—> Leza*
Friday January 27 7:30-9:00 Restorative Yoga w/Leza — Cancelled due to TTC
Sunday January 29, 10.30-12.00 Vinyasa w/Em —> Elizabeth(E)
Sunday January 29 12.30–2.00 Beginning Yoga Em—> Elizabeth(E)
Sunday January 29 2.30-4.00 Ashtanga Basics —> Mayo(J)
Monday January 30 7:00-8:30 Vinyasa Flow w/Em — Cancelled due to TTC

As of January 10, we will change Monday & Tuesday Evening class schedule.
New Schedule:
Monday 7:00-8:30pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-4 Beginners Ok!) w/ Em (E)
Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm Yin/Yang Fusion Mix (Level 1-4 Beginners Ok!) w/Em(E)
* 5:30 classes will be discontinued.

Thursday morning BILINGUAL YOGA CLASS with Kitty Thompson starts on January 12 2017!

Thursday 8:00am-9:00am (Beginners OK. Mixed level. English/Japanese Bilingual class.)
The morning is the best hour to practice Yoga Asana because your mind is clear! Let’s start a day with this energizing morning class with Kitty!

Wednesday Maternity Yoga class is terminated at the end of September.
Please contact us if you or your friends are looking for a maternity yoga class. We can coordinate it as the private class.



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.

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.


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

January 27, 28, 29, 30, 4:30 - 9:30pm
Japanese translation by Kazuko Ikegawa

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. Feeling and experiencing movement as energetic potential before it actualizes into mobilizing us is a profound way to develop a strong and centered yoga asana practice that spontaneously moves us into the realm of the subtle body and allows this deep and crucial connection to the central channel which is the core objective of yoga practice. Asana is ultimately intended to draw us deep within to the deepest states of meditation.

For details and registration

restorative_sunandmoon20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga

February 11, 12, 18 & 19 2017 Registration open.
November 23, 25 & 26 2017 Registration open.
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….

patrick_river-1Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantra: February
Mindfulness Meditation with Patrick Mitchell

Sunday February 26 4:30pm-6:30pm

In this mindfulness workshop we will survey the breath as an anchor of meditation. Focusing our attention on specific body areas while breathing in a relaxed manner is a reliable way to calm the emotions, increase body awareness, and develop concentration.

For details and registration

staycationGOLDEN WEEK STAYCATION with Leza and Em at Sun and Moon Gotanda

Wednesday May 3 - Thursday May 4
9:00am - 7:00pm

Take a Break this Golden Week right here in Tokyo!
Join Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger for a 2-day Staycation at Sun and Moon in Gotanda.

For details and registration

Retreat NEWS
Leza Lowitz Retreat in New Zealand April, 2017

nz2017I am very excited to be visiting New Zealand next spring for the first time to lead a yoga and abundance retreat on April 22-23 in beautiful, lush Marlborough.

Lowitz flows with a positive energy, and the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd April should leave everyone feeling energised and inspired.
Emily Hope from Hope Nutrition will compliment this retreat by sharing her nutrition philosophy, a holistic approach to food and health. She will encourage students to focus on choosing whole, fresh and natural foods as often as they can to provide a range of nutrients that nourish the mind and body. Please see the link for further details.

leza_portraitIf you wish to confirm a place, please e-mail Anne Brooker.

The venue is Marlborough Vintners Hotel, accommodation is available on site info@mvh.co.nz
Other accommodation is available close by.

Spread the word to your Kiwi Friends!

Community Support Report

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…

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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