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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”



We are OPEN EVERYDAY during the Golden Week 2019!
We are open during the Golden Week with our regular classes, Holiday Special classes, and workshops! Please check the schedule from April 27 to May 6 here or visit the class page.
Note: Regular classes are all cancelled on May 2 & 3 due to the Staycation (fully booked).

SPECIAL CLASS (No booking required. Drop-ins Welcome! Class card can be used.)
Monday/Holiday April 29, 10.30am-12.30pm Holiday Special, 2h Vinyasa Yoga w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday April 29, 2:00pm-3:30pm Holiday Special, Vinyasa Yoga w/Betia(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday April 29, 4:30pm-6:30pm Holiday Special, 2h Restorative Yoga + Reiki Healing w/Kiyomi(J) (ALL Levela, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday May 6, 10.30am-12.30pm Holiday Special, 2h Vinyasa Yoga w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday May 6, 1:00pm-3:00pm Holiday Special, 2h Restorative Yoga + Reiki Healing w/Kiyomi(J) (ALL Levela, Beginners OK)

Sunday April 28, 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha
Sunday April 28, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Monday/Holiday April 29, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Tuesday April 30, 7:30pm-9:00pm Yin & Myofascial Release w/Em
Thursday/Holiday May 2, 8:30am-9:45am Rejuvenating Flow w/Betia
Thursday/Holiday May 2, 10:30am-12:00pm TaoYoga w/Jesse
Thursday/Holiday May 2, 7:00pm-8:30pm Hatha Basics w/Hisaka
Friday/Holiday May 3, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Friday/Holiday May 3, 7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative w/Sumako
Monday/Holiday May 6, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em

Saturday June 29 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday August 31 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday November 30 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm

gunma-trip_27NEW CLASS
THURSDAY REJUVENATING FLOW with Betia Starting on March 7!

Thursday Morning 8:30am-9:45am Rejuvenating Flow w/Betia (E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
(No booking required. Drop-ins Welcome! Class card can be used.)

Rejuvenating Flow. Start Thursday mornings on the perfect note. Stimulate the body and mind in this fun 75- minute vinyasa flow where you will move with your breath, open the body and begin your day on a clean slate. This class will leave you feeling strong, rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever is next on your agenda.


sma_logoComing together is a powerful act. We’re surrounded by a wealth of incredibly inspiring individuals from many different cultures, with amazing stories of ordinary lives lived extraordinarily. Sun and Moon Academy, a series of regular events held at Sun and Moon Yoga, will offer lectures, workshops, conversations, performances, and events that will empower and transform. The programming will highlight inspiring people in the worlds of spirituality, yoga, science/technology, art & ideas, from a range of perspectives and approaches. The Sun and Moon Academy community will always be growing, learning, and sharing.

Sun and Moon Academy is a safe, inclusive, and accessible community space that connects individuals through the Five Is–ideas, information, inspiration, innovation, and inquiry. Our programs aim to enrich and uplift our lives.

Sun and Moon Academy Event Line-up!
Saturday May 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm Relationships by Design with Sarah Furuya More…


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.


Chakra_LotusAyuryoga Workshop with Yuko
Spring Workshop: Balancing Vata/Pitta/Kapha

Saturday April 27 4:30pm-6:30pm

In Ayurveda, it is considered that our wellness is kept by maintaining a good relationship among the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). In this Spring Ayuryoga workshop, we focus on balancing the three doshas and increase our energy (ojas) to facilitate our mental/physical health.

This workshop is taught in Japanese.

For details and registration (Japanese page)

anatomy_smileInner/Outer Smile: Facial Fascia Release and Restorative Yoga
Self-Renewal Workshop with Noriko Genda and Leza Lowitz

Sunday April 28, 2:30pm -5:00pm

FULLY BOOKED! Waiting list only.

Join Leza and Noriko Genda for a fun facial fascia release session and a deeply relaxing experience of Restorative Yoga.

For details and registration

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

Thursday May 2 - Friday May 3
9:00am - 7:00pm

FULLY BOOKED! Waiting list only.

Golden Week Yoga Retreat in Tokyo
Join Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger for a 2-day Staycation at Sun and Moon Yoga, immersing yourself in pranayama, meditation, asana and community to re-charge and revitalise your body, mind and spirit.

For details and registration

sma_may2019Sun and Moon Academy Presents: Relationships by Design with Sarah Furuya

Saturday May 11, 5:30-7:30pm

We’re always in relationship with people around us. In groups, teams, and families–these relationship systems all have a life of their own, as well as the individuals in them. You can tap into the innate intelligence that your relationships have without even having the people involved be there. How? BY DESIGN.

For details and registration

betia_bakasanaBe core-rageous in Bakasana, a Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday May 18, 5:00pm -7:00pm

Overcome arm balance anxiety, fire up your core and triceps, tap into your inner strength, and we’ll uncover the building blocks of crow/crane (bakasana), side crow (Parsva Bakasana) and any others you might be curious about. Bring an adventurous spirit.

For details and registration

daphne_bluedressNada & Bhakti Yoga Immersion/TTC with Daphne Tse
How to Develop Your Authentic Voice through the Power of Sound and Mantra

May 24 2019 - May 26 2019

Join Daphne for an Immersion/TTC into the world of sound, music, toning, chanting and learning how to develop your authentic voice using the 7 chakra system and the 5 elements of nature.

For details and registration

restorative_cu20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1
with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in 2019

July 12-15, 2019

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

For details and registration

20-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Program (Level 2) with Leza Lowitz

restorative_yogafest2018_2October 11-14, 2019

The world today is a stressful place. It’s even more important than ever to find peace and acceptance within ourselves.
Restorative Yoga offers the perfect practice to cultivate and nurture a calm, tranquil core. As teachers, it’s the ideal practice to share with those who need a quiet practice to return to, to recharge their batteries and regenerate their life force.

For details and registration

Yoga Life Magic - Ancient Wisdom Teachings and Modern Strategies
20-Hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz

November 1-4, 2019

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? We need to go deeper.

For details and registration

andwLeza is featured in Asahi Shimbun Digital “& W” in a new series “Becoming Myself” about her journey as a yogini, business owner, foreign wife of a Japanese man, and eventual mother back “home” to herself. Special thanks to Tomo Yoshizawa. Thank you for the beautiful artwork by Akiko. Read the monthly series here (in Japanese).

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

Leza’s memoir, In Search of the Sun: One Woman’s Quest to Find Family in Japan

is now available on amazon (or US Amazon). This is a revised edition of her autobiographical account of discovering herself over two decades, two continents, and two thousand yoga poses. Let’s support Leza and read her inspiring story!


Up 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.

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

Leza 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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