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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”


April Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Saturday April 22nd 10:30-12:00 Vinyasa Flow w/Leza –> Slow Flow w/Hatsumi(J)
Wednesday April 26th 7:00-8:30 Vinyasa w/Leza –> Em(E)
Friday April 28th 7:30-9:00 Restorative yoga w/Leza –> Em(E)
Saturday April 29th 10:30-12:00 Vinyasa Flow w/Leza –> Slow Flow w/Hatsumi(J)
Saturday April 29th 12:45-2:00 Weekend Treat Restorative Yoga w/Satomi –> Nao*

May Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Wednesday May 3, All classes cancelled due to the Staycation
Thursday May 4, All classes cancelled due to the Staycation
Friday May 5 10.30-12.30 2-hour Vinyasa special w/Em(E)
Friday May 5 5:30-6:00 Restorative Yoga w/Leza* (Note the time!)
Friday May 5 7:30-9:00 Restorative Yoga w/Mayumi –-> Cancelled
Wednesday May 31 7:00-8:30 Vinyasa w/Leza –> Cancelled due to workshop

Friday night Restorative Change
Leza will alternate with Aki and Mayumi to teach the Restorative Yoga class on Friday nights 7:30-9:00pm from March 3.
Mayumi Fujita will teach the first Friday of every month and Aki will teach the 3rd. Leza will teach the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month, including a 5th Friday when it occurs. Please check the schedule and Top page for any changes.

Thursday morning Bilingual Yoga class with Kitty will be discontinued as of March 23,



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.


patrick_river-1Meditation, Mindfulness and Mantra: April
Mindfulness Workshop: Mindfulness of Body Sensation with Patrick Mitchell

Sunday April 30 4:30pm-6:30pm

Like the breathing cycle, the body is ever-present. Consequently our physical frame makes an excellent object of meditation and there are a large number of mindfulness practices that deal with body sensation.

For details and registration

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

Fully Booked! Waiting list only.

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

sleepingMeditation, Mindfulness and Mantra: May
Yoga Nidra Meditation with Tomo

Sunday May 28, 4:30-6:30pm
This workshop is taught in Japanese.

In this workshop, we develop our consciousness through Yoga Nidra.

For details and registration (In Japanese)

shivani-living-room“Secret Yogini Rituals” - Venus Yoga with Sara-Shivani

Sunday May 28th, 2017. 7:30-10:00pm (2.5 hrs)
(This workshop is bilingual.)

This is a “reset process” for women who want to deepen their yoga practice and dramatically improve their energy levels, connection to their sensual nature, and quality of sexual pleasure in their lives.

For details and registration

arigatoSpritDance SoulSong Workshop and Kirtan Concert with Daphne Tse

Daphne Tse is coming back to Sun and Moon with your New Album Arigato. (Recorded in Japanese!)

SpiritDance SoulSong: Movement, Music& Medicine for Wellness and Vitality!
Wednesday May 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Open Your Heart, Open Your Voice Kirtan: SoulSongs for Peace, Love & Happiness
Wednesday May 31, 7:00pm-9:00pm

For details and registration

love_peace_kindMeditation, Mindfulness and Mantra - June
Dwelling in the Compassionate Heart: Meditation Workshop with Leza Lowitz
Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation

Sunday June 11 4:30pm-6:30pm

Compassion is the highest form of yoga. We will practice Metta or “Lovingkindness” meditation to nurture and awaken the empathetic heart through the energy of mercy and the cultivation of openness.

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 Kanazawa in June and in Azumino in July. 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….

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!

Workshop Information
Lotus8 Presents:
Yoga for Restful Life, Restful Sleep, a Workshop with Leza Lowitz

lotus8yokonaga_logoSunday May 28, 2017 16:30-18:30
Japanese translation by Hiromi Kitty Thompson

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of health and well-being, yet it remains elusive for so many people! Yoga can help.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself unable to go back to bed?
In this workshop, you will learn simple yoga poses, restorative and rolling restorative and meditation techniques to enhance restful sleep and maintain an harmonious lifestyle.

For details and registration, visit Studio + Lotus8

myoga_mainichiM Yoga Kanazawa presents:
Restorative Yoga TTC, Abundance Flow WS and Yoga for Restful Sleep WS
A Weekend with Leza Lowitz in Kanazawa!
June 23 - 25 2017

Leza offers her popular Restorative Yoga TTC, Abundance Flow WS and Yoga for Restful Sleep WS in Kanazawa!
Leave your stress behind as you nourish your spirit and body with yoga, meditation and community in a beautiful and quiet setting.

For details: here (Japanese)
Contact: M Yoga (info@kanazawa-yoga.com)

pocosta_logoPoco Yoga Azumino Presents:
Restorative Yoga TTC & Yoga for Restful Sleep WS in Azumino!
July 21 - 23, 2017

The first Restorative Yoga TTC with Leza Lowitz in Nagano!
Leza also offers her Yoga for Restful Sleep WS on the second day.
All program is taught in English with Japanese translation.

Leave your stress behind as you nourish your spirit and body with yoga, meditation and community in a beautiful mountain setting in Azumino!

Restorative Yoga TTC: Here (Japanese)
Yoga for Restful Sleep WS: Here (Japanese)

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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