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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”


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IN CASES OF EXTREME WEATHER, CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED.

CANCELLED CLASS (until December 23)
Sunday December 15, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Sunday December 22, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative

HOLIDAY CLASS (from December 24 2019 to January 5 2020)
During this term, we have only the classes listed below. Booking NOT REQUIRED (except Maternity Yoga TTC). Class card can be used. You can download the list version here.

12/24(TUE)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3, Beginners OK!) w/Leza*
12:30pm-2:00pm Restorative Yoga COMMUNITY (1,000yen) (All Levels-Beginners OK!) w/Mayumi (J)

12/25(WED)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa COMMUNITY (1,000yen) (Level 1-4 Beginners OK!) w/Em (E) — Leza*
7:00pm-8:30pm Sound Healing Journey with Swami Arun & Devi Moe* (Doors Open at 6:40pm)

12/26(THU)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3, Beginners OK!) w/Leza*

12/27(FRI)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3 Beginners Ok!) w/Em (E)
6:30pm-8:00pm Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w/Leza*

12/28(SAT)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3 Beginners OK!) w/Leza*
2:30pm-4:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3 Beginners OK!) w/Yuko*
5:00pm-6:30pm Sound Healing Journey with Swami Arun & Devi Moe* (Doors Open at 4:40pm)

12/29(SUN)
8:00am-9:30am Reiki Healing x Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w/Kiyomi(J)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-4) w/Em (E)
12:30pm-2:00pm Ashtanga Basics (Level 1-4 Beginners OK!) w/Em (E)
2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha Yoga Basics (Level 1-3 Beginners OK!) w/Sumako(J)
4:30pm-6:30pm 2h Holiday Special Restorative Yoga (All Levels-Beginners OK!) w/Nao*
7:00pm-8:30pm Sound Healing Journey with Swami Arun & Devi Moe* (Doors Open at 6:40pm)

12/30(MON)
10:30am-12:30pm 2-hour Holiday Special Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3 Beginners Ok!) w/Em (E)
4:30pm-6:30pm 2-hour Holiday Special Hatha & Restorative “Twist & Release” (Level 1-3 Beginners Ok!) w/Kumiko (J)

12/31(TUE)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3, Beginners OK!) w/Leza(E)
12:30pm-2:00pm Restorative Yoga COMMUNITY (1,000yen) (All Levels-Beginners OK!) w/Mayumi (J)

1/1(WED)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w/Leza*

1/2(THU)
12:30pm-2:00pm New Year Special Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w/Leza*

1/3(FRI)
10:30am-12:30pm 2-hour New Year Holiday Special Vinyasa (Level 1-3 Beginners Ok!) w/Em (E)
2:30pm-4:30pm 2-hour New Year Holiday Special Hatha & Restorative 「Open Heart & Open Mind」(Level 1-3 Beginners Ok!) w/Kumiko (J)
7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w /Sumako(J)

1/4(SAT)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-3 Beginners OK!) w/Leza*
12:30pm-2:00pm Reiki Healing x Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK) w/Kiyomi(J)
3:00pm-8:00pm Maternity Yoga TTC with Kitty (Registration Required.)

1/5(SUN)
8:00am-9:30am Reiki Healing x Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners OK!) w/Kiyomi(J)
10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1-4) w/Em (E)
12:30pm-2:00pm Ashtanga Basics (Level 1-4 Beginners OK!) w/Em (E)
3:00pm-8:00pm Maternity Yoga TTC with Kitty (Registration Required)

We resume our regular schedule from January 6.

SPECIAL CLASS in 2020 (No booking required. Drop-ins Welcome! Class card can be used.)
Monday/Holiday January 13, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm 2h Holiday Special Vinyasa w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners Welcome)
Monday/Holiday February 24, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm 2h Holiday Special Vinyasa w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners Welcome)

CANCELLED CLASS (on January 7 and after)
Tuesday January 7 2020, 12:30pm-2:00pm Restorative Yoga Community Class w/Mayumi
Monday/Holiday January 13 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday January 13 2020, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em–> 2h Special class 5:30pm-7:30pm)
Monday/Holiday February 24 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday February 24 2020, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em–> 2h Special class 5:30pm-7:30pm)
Friday/Holiday March 20 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em

Class Schedule Change
Starting from January 9 2020:
Thursday 10:30am-11:45am Mindfulness Meditation with Patrick will be Thursday 8:30am-10:00am.
Thursday 12:15pm-1:30pm Vinyasa Flow with Carla will be Thursday 10:30am-11:45am.

SEASONAL VENUS YOGA with YUKI SCHEDULE (Japanese class)
Saturday February 15 2020, 2:30pm-4:00pm


SUN AND MOON YOGA 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING in 2020!
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The time has arrived! Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification begins in February, 2020.
Graduates of the Sun and Moon 200-Hour Teacher Training will walk away with a thorough, concrete grounding in the fundamentals of yoga practice and teaching, with knowledge and skills in a variety of aspects of yoga. We will dive deep into philosophy, history, pose alignment, sequencing, anatomy, pranayama, Ayurveda, and teaching/business arts and ethics. Space is limited to 16 people, so sign up for this transformative year-long course now!

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SUN AND MOON ACADEMY

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.

Coming Academy Event:
Saturday January 25 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm Finding Yourself at A Zen Temple:
Cultural translator Tomo Yoshizawa in conversation with Leza Lowitz, Owner of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo
Details here.


DEATH AND TAXES NOTICE

deathandtaxIt is said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. We are not sure about death, but sales taxes have just gone up to 10% in Japan. We have not raised our prices in 17 years, but now we have to do so. We will keep it minimal. Our new rates as of November 1 will be:
20 card–22,000 yen
10 card– 20,000yen
4 card– 11,000 yen

We will continue to strive to give you the best value, and we greatly appreciate your loyalty.


FIRST-TIMER SPECIAL PRICE

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!


NOTE
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.


Coming WORKSHOPS and TTC

restorative_cuLAST CHANCE!
20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1
with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in December 2019

Schedule: December 14, 15, 21, & 22, 4:30pm-9:30pm

LAST CHANCE to take Leza Lowitz’s Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for a while!
Come join us for this popular, comprehensive and life-changing teacher training.

For details and registration

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marternity2_small20-Hour Maternity Yoga Teacher Training Course with Kitty

January 4-7, 2020

This training is taught in Japanese. For details and registration, please visit our Japanese page.

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abundance2ANNUAL ABUNDANCE FLOW WORKSHOP
Creating Abundance: Opening to Flow:
A One-Day CRASH COURSE in Energy Flow and Manifesting with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga

Monday/Holiday, January 13, 2020 9:00am-4pm

SET GOALS FOR THE YEAR AND CHART A NEW COURSE FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

For details and registration

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tomo200Sun and Academy Presents
Finding Yourself at A Zen Temple:
Cultural translator Tomo Yoshizawa in conversation with Leza Lowitz, Owner of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo

Saturday January 25 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Join Tomo Yoshizawa, translator of Leza Lowitz’s memoir “In Search of the Sun,” who will talk about her experience at Daitokuji Ryokoin temple, where she lived for 3 months. She will share her experience of everyday life at the temple, self-learning experience through daily work such as cleaning and cooking, and learning through contemplation, and conversation with Osho-san, the Abbot there.

For details and registration

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mindfulness200MINDFULNESS Immersion
6-Week, 20-hour Immersion with Leza Lowitz

This 6-week course offers a thorough investigation of mindfulness and heartfulness from a theoretical, practical and experiential point of view. You will explore the power of mindfulness and compassion in your life, learning valuable practices to carry with you to help you find ease, comfort and happiness.

For details and registration


NEWS
virtuous-heart200The Three Jewels in One Book

We all know how powerful the three jewels–buddha, dharma, sangha–are. In modern terms, we could call these our teachers, the teachings, and the community. All three have been life-saving tonics in these troubled times. And what a great joy when all three come together in life.

Fifteen years ago, my dear friend Amanda Giacomini (10,000 Buddhas) told me about her visit to India’s sacred Ajanta caves, and how inspired she was by the animal drawings there. She’d started to paint them, and invited me to collaborate with my own creative offering, retelling the ancient Jataka tales. I was honored to join her, and privileged now to share with you the result: a beautiful book of Buddhist wisdom perfect for reading, sharing and gifting to others.

Virtuous Heart: Twelve Buddhist Stories to Awaken and Inspire,” offers a beautiful selection of ancient wisdom tales of the Buddha updated for our times. In these stories, Buddha is incarnated as the devoted elephant, the patient ox, the compassionate snake, the sorry sun, and more, to teach humans about devotion, kindness, honesty, loyalty, forgiveness, compassion and self-sacrifice. These beautiful stories appeal to the soft heart within each of us—the virtuous heart that radiates truth, beauty, love, and connection in its care for all beings on this fragile earth.
Now available in ebook/paperback through Kindle in US or Kindle in Japan.


NEWS: COMMUNITY SUPPORT
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Community class funds supported this fisherman in Oshika who was affected by the 3-11 tsunami through the purchase of a weatherproof suit. He was very grateful.

For the details about Caroline’s activity: here


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Leza 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).


in_search_of_the_sun_cover_for_kindleNEWS
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!


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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.


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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.

BOOK TRAILER NOW LIVE!!!
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!

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“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
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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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