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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”



SPECIAL CLASS (No booking required. Drop-ins Welcome! Class card can be used.)
Monday/Holiday September 16 4:30pm-6:00pm Holiday Special, Vinyasa w/Sophia(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday September 16 6:30pm-8:00pm Holiday Special, Restorative Yoga w/Sophia(E) (All Levels, Beginners OK)
Monday/Holiday September 23 10:30am- 12:30pm Holiday Special, 2h Vinyasa Yoga w/Em(E) (Level 1-3, Beginners OK)

Thursday August 15, 10:30am-11:45am Mindfulness Meditation w/Patrick
Tuesday August 20, 12:30pm-2:00pm Restorative Yoga Community class w/Mayumi
Thursday August 22, 10:30am-11:45am Mindfulness Meditation w/Patrick
Monday/Holiday September 16, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday September 16, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday September 23, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Friday October 11, 7:30pm-9:00pm Restorative Yoga w/Leza
Sunday October 13, 2:30pm-4:00pm Hatha
Sunday October 13, 4:30pm-6:00pm Restorative
Monday/Holiday October 14, 10:30am-12:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Monday/Holiday October 14, 7:30pm-9:00pm Vinyasa w/Em
Tuesday/Holiday October 22, 7:30pm-9:00pm Yin/Myofascial Release w/Em

Class Termination
Thursday 8:30am-9:45am Rejuvenating Yoga w/Betia terminated at the end of July 2019.

New Class
Tuesday 9:30am-10:45am Vinyasa Flow with Carla: Starting on August 27!
Thursday 12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch Time Vinyasa Flow with Carla: Starting on August 29!

Saturday August 31 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday November 30 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm


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.


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.


betia-atitlan_1Headstand Workshop with Betia Pappa

Saturday August 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Headstand: king of all yoga postures.
Whether you are just beginning to learn or already have a steady practice, we will use this workshop to explore the foundation of the inversion.

For details and registration

blindfold_sAn Experience Inwards
Blindfold Yoga Workshop with Em

Saturday September 7th, 5.00pm-7.30pm

This playful workshop invites you to shift your focus and turn your awareness inwards. Inspired by Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), the fifth limb of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the workshop invites you to shift your attention from outside perception to inner self.

For details and registration

mala-400Sun Salutation with Mantra & Creating your own Mala Workshop with Hatsumi

Monday/Holiday September 16, 10:30am-3:30pm (1h lunch break)

Practice Sun Salutation together with the sound of 12 mantras!
In the asana practice session, we learn the 12 mantras for Sun Salutation. After lunch break, we have a rudraksha mala workshop!

This workshop is taught in Japanese.

For details and registration, click here (Japanese page)

lovingAutumn Solstice Inner Child Metta Meditation & Restorative Yoga with Leza Lowitz

Monday/Holiday September 23, 1:30pm-3:30pm

The Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Compassion is the highest form of yoga. In this workshop, we will practice a set of relaxing restorative yoga poses to nurture yourself and “recharge your battery.

For details and registration

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

restorative_yogafest2018_2October 11-14, 2019

The world today is a stressful place. It’s even more important than ever to find peace and acceptance within ourselves.
Restorative Yoga offers the perfect practice to cultivate and nurture a calm, tranquil core. As teachers, it’s the ideal practice to share with those who need a quiet practice to return to, to recharge their batteries and regenerate their life force.

For details and registration

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.


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

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).

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!


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.

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.

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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