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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”


August Substitute Schedule
(We are on our regular schedule otherwise.)
Sunday August 19 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha w/Sumako(J) –> Kumiko(J)
Wednesday August 22 1:00pm-2:30pm Therapeutic Yoga w/Kitty → CANCELLED
Wednesday, August 22 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Elizabeth –> Em(E)
Wednesday August 29 1:00pm-2:30pm Therapeutic Yoga w/Kitty → CANCELLED
Wednesday, August 29 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Elizabeth –> Em(E)

Sunday afternoon Hatha & Restorative classes Schedule
Sunday August 19 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha w/Sumako(J) –> Kumiko(J)
Sunday August 19 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative - Cancelled
Sunday August 26 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha w/Kumiko(J)
Sunday August 26 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative w/Nao*

Saturday Venus Yoga w/Yuki
(Japanese class)
Saturday August 25 4:30pm-6:00pm
Saturday September 15 4:30pm-6:00pm
Saturday October 20 4:30pm-6:00pm
Saturday November 17 4:30pm-6:00pm


Sun and Moon Yoga is pleased to announce “Mindfulness Meditation”

A new Drop-in class Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00am – 8:00am

Taught by Leza Lowitz (Tuesdays), Patrick Mitchell (Thursdays)

Curious about Mindfulness? Come experience the benefits directly in this new morning offering at Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo. Join Leza and Patrick in the mindful investigation of breathing, body sensation, movement, and the compassionate heart. All are welcome - beginners and experienced meditators alike. A great way to start your day—mindfully!

Each class will consist of:
Mindful Movement (about 10 minutes)
Guided and/or Silent Sitting Meditation (30 minutes) Lovingkindness and/or Tonglen Meditation (about 10 minutes) Q & A/Discussion (about 10 minutes)

Language: English with some Japanese Class fee: 1,000 yen cash donation or Sun and Moon class card


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.


yoganidraSummer Bliss
Deep Relaxation through Yoga Nidra, A Workshop with Leza Lowitz

Sunday August 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Beat the heat by chilling out! Yoga Nidra is a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opens deep recesses of the body/mind, inducing total relaxation.

For details and registration

viparita_karani_chairAdvanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Program with Leza Lowitz
October 5-8, 2018

Join us for an intensive 20-Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher training that will give you deeper skills, wisdom, and confidence to continue share Restorative Yoga with others in a powerful, inspired way.

For details and registration

pittaAyuryoga Workshop with Yuko
Autumn Workshop: Balancing Vata

Saturday October 27 4:30pm-6:30pm

During fall, everyone is more susceptible to a Vata imbalance. In this workshop, we focus on how to balance and soothe Vata.
This workshop is taught in Japanese.

For details and registration (Japanese page)

restorative_cu20-Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course Level 1
with Leza Lowitz at Sun and Moon Yoga in 2019

July 12-15, 2019

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

For details and registration (Japanese page)

ヨガフェスタ横浜 2018SAVE THE DATE! Yogafest Yokohama 2018 is coming!

The biggest yoga event in Asia YOGAFEST YOKOHAMA!
Leza and ACO will teach in it. The ticket registration is open now!


Come join us and ride on the sea breeze!

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…

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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