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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”


July Substitute Schedule
Friday July 8th, 19.30~21.00 Restorative yoga w/Aki —> Relax Yoga w/Hisaka (J)
Monday July 18th, 10.30-12.00 -> 10.30-12.30 2 HR Vinyasa Special w/Em
Monday July 18th, 5.30-7.00 Vinyasa w/Em —> Iyengar inspired Hatha w/Kumiko(J)
Monday July 18th 7.30-9.00 Ashtanga Basics w/Em —> Cancelled

NEW CLASS! Start in July 2016!!

Restorative Yoga with Mayumi Fujita, Tuesdays 12:30pm-2:00pm
mayumi_f(Starts on July 5. Taught in Japanese.)
Hello, this is Mayumi. Come join my class starting from July to release tension in your mind and body and take a break from daily stress. With Restorative Yoga, you’ll be supported by props and can deeply relax into yourself and the breath. I hope you’ll feel charged and reset after class.
Mayumi BIO

Maternity Yoga with Hiromi, Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:00pm
hiromi_kitty(Starts on July 6. Taught in Japanese/English.)
Pregnant women will feel the connection with their baby, building the bond through Maternity yoga practice while learning breathing techniques that will connect their body and mind.
We’ll focus on gentle stretches, strengthening and relaxing for both body and mind with conscious breathing which will help students to feel healthy and prepared for the journey ahead.
We recommend that pregnant women practice yoga after the 16th week of their pregnancy, and consult their doctor or midwife to see if attending a maternity yoga class is suitable for their pregnancy.
Hiromi BIO

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.


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.


shivani1Rolling Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) with Sara-Shivani (for men & women)

Saturday September 24th, 17:00 - 22:00
Sunday September 25th, 17:00 - 22:00

Rolling Restorative (RR) Yoga - fuses the techniques of Myofascial Massage, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Pranayama. Using props (tennis and therapy balls, yoga blocks, bath towels,) and breath channeling techniques, we directly stimulate the body’s connective tissue (fascia) and energy pathways (meridians) to release muscle tightness and muscle “knots” (trigger points).

For details and registration

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

At Sun and Moon Yoga Tokyo
November 3, 5 & 6 (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….

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

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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