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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”


August Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Wednesday August 23 7:00-8:30pm Vinyasa Flow w/Leza —> Em(E)
Friday August 25 7:30-9:00 Restorative Yoga w/Leza—> Em(E)
Saturday August 26 10:30-12:00 Vinyasa Flow w/Leza—> Slow Vinyasa w/Hatsumi(J)
Saturday August 26 2:30-4:00 Sivananda Yoga w/Tomo—> Slow Vinyasa w/Hatsumi(J)
Wednesday August 30 7:00-8:30pm Vinyasa Flow w/Leza —> Em(E)

September Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Friday September 1 7:30-9:00 Restorative w/Mayumi —> Nao*
Saturday September 2, 12:45-14:00 Weekend Treat w/Satomi –> Tomo*
Friday September 8, 7:30-9:00 Restorative w/Leza –> Em(E)
Saturday September 9 10:30-12:00 Vinyasa w/Leza –> Em(E)
Monday September 18 10:00-12:00 2hour Vinyasa Holiday Special w/Em
Monday September 18 5:00-6:30 Holiday Special Restorative Yoga w/Leza
Monday September 18 7:00-8:30 Vinyasa w/Em –> Cancelled

Sunday Class Change:
From August, Sunday schedule changes (we keep the regular schedule in July):
8:30am-9:30am Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3, Beginners OK!) w/Elizabeth (E) — This class will be discontinued. The last class is August 20.
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-4) w/Em (E) — No change.
12:30pm-2:00pm Beginning Yoga (Level 1-2 Beginners OK!) w/Em (E) — This class will be Ashtanga Basics w/Em(E) from August.
2:30pm-4:00pm Ashtanga Basics (Level 1-4 Beginners OK!) w/Em (E) — This class will be discontinued. The last class is July 30.



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.


blockYoga for Back pain Workshop with ACO

Saturday August 26, 5:00-8:00pm
This workshop is taught in Japanese.

In this workshop, ACO will share her experience and tips to release the back pain with yoga.

For details and registration (In Japanese)

b-in_b-outMeditation, Mindfulness and Mantra - September
Taking and Giving: TONGLEN Practice
Meditation Workshop with Leza Lowitz

Sunday September 24, 5:00-7:00pm

Life brings joy, but it also brings suffering. Suffering is painful, and we all want to run away from it. Still, suffering exists even when we try to avoid it.
What to do? Meditate. Tonglen practice is a powerful method of overcoming fear and being present with suffering—our own and that of others.

Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi

For details and registration

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

November 23, 25 & 26 2017 Registration open.
Japanese translation: Haruka Takahashi
For details and registration

Leza will teach a Restorative Yoga TTC in Nagoya in September 2017. For information, please scroll down to the NEWS part.

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….

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

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

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

January 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2018

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

immersionNEW SPECIAL COURSE: Yoga Life Magic
20-Hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz
at Sun and Moon Yoga

February 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.

For details and registration

restorativeMySOUL8 Prezents:
Restorative Yoga 20-Hour Teacher Training Course in Nagoya!
September 8-10, 2017

The first Restorative Yoga TTC with Leza Lowitz in Nagoya!
Leza leads Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings and has trained over 1000 teachers throughout Japan and Asia.
The course will be in English with Japanese translation by Hiromi Kitty Thompson.

For details and registration (MySOUL8 website, in Japanese)
*The registration will be closed on August 29.

Yogafest Yokohama 2017!

The biggest yoga event in Asia YOGAFEST YOKOHAMA!
The ticket registration is open!

Leza’s class: September 17, 3:30pm-4:30pm Restorative Yoga
ACO’s class: September 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm


Come join us and ride on the sea breeze!

leza-event5A Meditation & Yoga workshop and Book Discussion with Leza Lowitz at Hitotsubashi University

Leza will teach a yoga class and speak on Diversity in the Family at Hitotsubashi University on October 8. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday October 8, 3pm-5:30pm
(3pm-4pm Yoga & Meditation, 4pm-5:30pm Diversity and Book Discussion
Venue: Hitotsubashi University, International House (Map)
For details: FB event page

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…

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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