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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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SPECIAL CLASS in 2020 (No booking required. Drop-ins Welcome! Class card can be used.)
Tuesday/Holiday February 11, 9:30am-11:00am Vinyasa Flow w/Carla(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
Tuesday/Holiday February 11, 3:00pm-4:30pm Restorative Yoga w/Leza* (All Levels, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday February 24, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm 2h Holiday Special Vinyasa w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners Welcome) This will be a charity event. Donation is going to support people doing the actual work to help affected animals, people and nature from the bushfire through Yoga for Australia.

CANCELLED CLASS
Thursday February 6, 10:30am-11:45am Vinyasa Flow w/Carla
Sunday February 9, 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha
Sunday February 9, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Tuesday/Holiday February 11, 7:30pm-9:00pm Yin, Myofascial Release w/Em
Thursday February 20, 10:30am-11:45am Vinyasa Flow w/Carla
Sunday February 23, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Monday/Holiday February 24, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday February 24, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em–> 2h Special class 5:30pm-7:30pm)
Sunday March 1, 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha
Sunday March 1, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Friday/Holiday March 20, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Tuesday March 24, 9:30am-10:45am Vinyasa Flow w/Carla
Thursday March 26, 10:30am-11:45am Vinyasa Flow w/Carla
Friday April 3 7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative w/Sumako

Class Schedule Change
- Starting from February 15 2020: Saturday 12:30pm-2:00pm class will be alternating class with Satomi (2nd & 4th Saturday: Restorative + Body Therapy) and Kumiko (1st, 3rd & 5th Saturday: Gentle Hatha + Restorative).
- Starting from January 11 2020: Saturday 12:45pm-2:00pm Restorative with Satomi will be Saturday 12:30pm-2:00pm.
- Starting from January 9 2020: Thursday 12:15pm-1:30pm Vinyasa Flow with Carla will be Thursday 10:30am-11:45am.

Class Termination
Thursday Mindfulness Meditation with Patrick Mitchell will be terminated. The last class is December 19, 2019.

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

IN CASES OF EXTREME WEATHER, CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED.


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.


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

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

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lezalecturehokkaidoStep up Your Yoga Teaching Skills
The Magic of Good Teacher with Leza Lowitz

Saturday February 29 2:30-8:30pm

Are you a yoga teacher who has completed a 200-hour teacher training but feel you still need more knowledge, inspiration, confidence, experience, artistry and skill? Are you looking for ways to tap into your own gifts and find your voice? More…

For details and registration

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restorative_yogafest2018_220-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Program (Level 2) with Leza Lowitz

April 3-5, 2020

We are pleased to offer our Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training program to build on skills and practices covered in our Basic RTTC.

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.


jetcoverNEWS
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
*****

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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