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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”


Golden Week Holiday Schedule / April 30 - May 4
Monday/Holiday April 30 10:30am-12:30pm 2-hour Vinyasa Holiday Special w/Em
Monday/Holiday April 30 2:30-4:00pm Slow Flow w/Leza
Monday/Holiday April 30 7:00-8:30pm Vinyasa w/Em CANCELLED
Tuesday May 1 12:30pm-2:00pm Restorative Yoga COMMUNITY w/Mayumi (J)
Tuesday May 1 2:30-4:00pm Slow Flow w/Leza*
Tuesday May 1 7:00pm-8:30pm Yin/Yang Fusion Mix w/Em (E)
Wednesday May 2 10:30am-12:00 Hatha COMMUNITY w/Em(E)
Wednesday May 2 1:00-2:30 Therapeutic Yoga w/Kitty CANCELLED
Wednesday May 2 2:00-3:30pm Slow Flow w/Leza*
Wednesday May 2 4:00-5:15pm Yoga Nidra with Leza (in E with some J) (Regular drop in fee or class cards)
Wednesday May 2 7:30-9:00pm Vinyasa Yoga w/Elizabeth CANCELLED
Thursday/Holiday May 3 8:30am-9:30am Hatha Flow w/Pranayama w/Eriko & Kitty CANCELLED (due to the staycation)
Thursday/Holiday May 3 12:30pm-2:00pm Beginning Hatha Yoga w/ ACO CANCELLED (due to the staycation)
Thursday/Holiday May 3 7:00pm-8:30pm Hatha Yoga Basics w/Hisaka CANCELLED (due to the staycation)
Friday/Holiday May 4 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow w/Em CANCELLED (due to the staycation)
Friday/Holiday May 4 7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative w/Mayumi CANCELLED (due to the staycation)

We resume our regular schedule from May 5.

May Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Friday May 18 7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative Yoga w/Nao CANCELLED due to the Nada Yoga
Saturday May 19 2:30pm-4:00pm Vinaysa w/Miyoko CANCELLED due to the Nada Yoga
Sunday May 20 10.30-12.00 Vinyasa w/Em —> Miyoko*
Sunday May 20 12.30- 2.00 Ashtanga Basics w/Em—> Vinyasa w/Leza*
Sunday May 20 2:30-4:00 Hatha CANCELLED due to the Nada Yoga
Sunday May 20 4:30-6:00 Restorative CANCELLED due to the Nada Yoga
Friday May 25 7:30-9:00 Restorative yoga w/Leza -> Nao*
Wednesday May 30, 7:30-9:00 Vinyasa/Elizabeth –> Leza*

Sunday Afternoon Hatha/Restorative Schedule
Sunday April 29, 2:30-4:00 Hatha w/Sumako(J)
Sunday April 29, 4:30-6:00 Restorative w/Nao*
Sunday May 6, 2:30-4:00 Hatha w/Sumako(J)
Sunday May 6, 4:30-6:00 Restorative w/Sumako(J)
Sunday May 13, 2:30-4:00 Hatha w/Kumiko(J)
Sunday May 13, 4:30-6:00 Restorative w/Nao*
Sunday May 20, 2:30-4:00 Hatha CANCELLED
Sunday May 20, 4:30-6:00 Restorative CANCELLED
Sunday May 27, 2:30-4:00 Hatha w/Kumiko(J)
Sunday May 27, 4:30-6:00 Restorative w/Nao*

Saturday Venus Yoga w/Yuki
(Japanese class)
Saturday May 12 4:30-6:00pm
Saturday June 9 4:30-6:00pm



Starts on April 7!
Saturday 2:30pm-4:00pm Vinyasa Flow with Yuko & Miyoko
, Level 1-3, Beginners OK, Bilingual class.
(1st, 3rd & 5th Saturday with Miyoko, 2nd & 4th with Yuko)
Miyoko teaches YogaBody style from Barcelona and Yuko teaches Shiva Rea’s style Vinyasa. Come join our new class and flow with your breath!

Starts on April 29!
Sunday 8:00am-9:30am Reiki Healing Yoga with Kiyomi
, Level 1.2, Beginners OK, Japanese class.
Starting with refreshing Qigong energy exercise, then charging with Restorative yoga with Reiki healing.


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.


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

Thursday May 3 - Friday May 4, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Fully booked! Waiting list only.

Spend this Golden Week in Tokyo with a Staycation at Sun and Moon.
Join Em Bettinger and Leza Lowitz for two days chock full of yoga, dharma teachings, asana, pranayama and meditation.

For details and registration

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

May 18-20, 2018

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 with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in 2018

July 2018 Course: July 13-16 2018
October 2018 Course: October 5-7 2018

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

For details and registration

Tokyo Yoga Interview Leza: Yoga Brings People Together

Tokyo-based writer and teacher shares how yoga can bridge cultural divides and help provide relief in the wake of natural disasters.

Read more…

Real Yoga Studio Tshirt features Sun and Moon Yoga!

Have you ever imagined having a t-shirt with our beautiful Sun and Moon logo designed by the admired Yoga teacher and artist, Amanda Giacomini? Now it’s available at Real Yoga Studio Tshirt!

Visit Real Yoga Studio Tshirt

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” 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.

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

jetcoverJet 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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