SUN AND MOON YOGA
Leza Lowitz is the Founder and Director of Sun and Moon Yoga, which she opened in 2003 as an act of Seva. Leza is credited with introducing many styles of yoga in Japan, including Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Partner Yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing, Community Charity Yoga, etc. She also helped spread the practice of Lovingkindness meditation in Japan. Her desire was to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible, building community and trying to do good in the world.
For the past two decades, Leza has encouraged students to open to life and to devote themselves to helping others. She has trained thousands of Restorative Yoga teachers and mentored hundreds of yoga teachers. She has taught Academy-Award winning actors and directors, Grammy winning musicians, knights, soldiers, ninja, newscasters, famous comedians, and thousands of ordinary people. She has shared yoga at Google Japan, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Ritz Carlton Tokyo, Rakuten, Merrill-Lynch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Goldman Sachs, Imagination, Co., Ltd, Beacon Communications KK, Mindshare Ltd., Unilever Japan, Efficiency Capital Advisors KK, Deutschebank, Citibank, Nestle, Temple University Japan, American Embassy of Japan, German Embassy of Japan, Polaroid, KAIS, ASIJ, Canadian School of Tokyo, and more. Leza has offered popular retreats in Japan, the U.S., Bali, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
Leza’s passion is Tibetan Buddhism, which she has been studying for 35 years. She graduated from a seven-year intensive program in Vajrayana Buddhism in 2013. She is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Her main teachers were Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Her mindfulness practice has supported her writing, and she considers yoga and writing to be life-saving tonics that offer a path to self-discovery, love, joy, creativity and community. She has written for the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal Japan, Yogini, Yoga International, Elephant Journal, Shambhala Sun, wanderlust.com, Asana, the Manifest-Station, Origin, Mantra, Glomad, and the Japan Times. She has published 20 books, including the #1 best-selling: Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, Sacred Sanskrit Words (w/ Reema Datta), Jet Black & the Ninja Wind, a yoga memoir In Search of the Sun, and Up from the Sea (a young adult novel about Japan’s 3-11-11 disaster).
Leza has taught writing at Tokyo University, Rikkyo University, and San Francisco State, and has presented at the Sharjah International Book Festival (UAE), the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, the Bali Spirit Festival, the Hong Kong Literary Festival, and the Japan Writers Conference. Awards received from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the California Arts Council, PEN, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, SCBWI, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission.
Leza is the proud mother of a teenage boy and two rescued wolf-dogs.
While studying dance at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and Middlesex University, Em was introduced to yoga. During a dark period in her life, Em returned to yoga to make positive change. She walked through the door at Sun and Moon and knew she had found her sanctuary. She humbly bows to Leza Lowitz for guiding her over the years.
She is 500 hr Yoga Alliance certified and has graduated from the Centered Yoga foundation training, the Sun and Moon’s restorative teacher training and 100-hour teacher training courses, and David Swenson’s 40-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Her own practice draws on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, and dance. Em would like students to explore, release, experience inner and outer transformation, and have fun.
As an office worker, Kumiko Fukumoto discovered the powerful effects of yoga, which helped her heal stiff shoulders, eye strain, and counter work pressure and stress. While working full-time, she began to teach yoga.
Her Iyengar-yoga inspired classes feature deepening awareness of subtle body sensations through basic asana and sometimes partner work. With the smooth transition from asana to asana, students can comfortably practice asana, using props if needed.
Kumiko is a RYT500 registered teacher, is certified in Vivekananda Yoga, is an Anusandhana Samsthana/Japan Yoga Therapy Society certified Yoga Therapist, and completed several Restorative Yoga TTCs (with Leza Lowitz at Sun & Moon and other studios), and Injury Management TTC with Lisa Walford (Intermediate-Senior Iyengar teacher).
Yuki began yoga in 2004 at Sun and Moon and other studios. At that time, she worked as an office worker at IBM and was suffering from the effects of stress and overwork.
When she met Sara Shivani, the founder of Venus Yoga, it was a transformative experience. Up until then, Yuki’s attitude was to “do as many asanas as possible.” Instead, she realized the importance of connection among women who tend to feel lonely and isolated in modern society. She understood that the feeling of being connected with each other could be a way of healing. This changed her approach to yoga as well as life. She is a certified Venus Yoga instructor.
Yuki visits Australia regularly to study with Shivani. She is Shivani’s assistant in workshops and TTC when Shivani comes to Japan, and has helped Shivani to organize Venus Yoga TTC in Okinawa as well. Currently, she teaches yoga at several yoga studios in Tokyo and offers a “Mommy Yoga” Community Yoga class in Yokohama.
Kiyomi works as a system engineer in Tokyo. In 2002, she suffered from stiff shoulders and back pain due to long hours behind a desk and became interested in Ki energy work and Tai Chi to alleviate these symptoms. In 2009, she discovered yoga and began to study Ayurveda. Inspired by the power of Ayurveda, she attained her Ayurveda Yoga Instructor and Life Style Consultant license. She opened a home salon and shared the wisdom of Ayurveda that she learned. Later, she attained Ayurveda Advanced Meister level.
She is also a Reiki practitioner, graduating from the Reiki Level 1 Training with Miles Maeda in January 2012 and completing Level 2 & 3 in the same year. In October 2014, she completed the Reiki 1000-day Practice. She started to teach Reiki in 2017.
In addition to Yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki are her daily practice to stay healthy and happy.In her classes, she is excited to share what she has learned and hopes to support her students in finding their own way, the way her teachers have guided her in finding her unique, individual path.
Kanako’s interest in the human body began while studying at art college , and it was around this time she found yoga. What started as a form of physical exercise, changed when she realized the physical and mental benefits of the practice when work became stressful.
She experienced her first Restorative Yoga class with Mayumi Fujita and was surprised with the recharging effect it had on her body and mind. She started practicing at Sun and Moon Yoga where Mayumi had practiced.
Kanako has studied Reiki under Kiyomi Katori and Miles Maeda and has attained her Reiki Master certification.
Kanako hopes to help people through yoga, exploring how to live a more comfortable life.
- IHTA Certified Yoga Instructor, Level 1
- RYT200 Yoga Instructor
- Completed Basic/Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings with Leza Lowitz
- Reiki Master Level
- AEAJ Aromatherapy Advisor
In 1991, after discovering aerobics and break dance, Chisaka began teaching these disciplines at the gym. Her intense desire to continually evolve and transform herself led her to yoga in 1994. Since then, she has enjoyed practicing various yoga styles and studying with many teachers in Japan, India, and Thailand. Over the years, she developed own unique teaching style, informed by these many influences. Chisaka has studied yoga with many teachers, and names Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger as the most influential to the transformation in her long yoga teaching career.
Chisaka plays an active role in sharing yoga regularly at gyms and yoga studios, as well as in charity events (for humanitarian causes and animal rescue), workshops, ambassador events and private sessions.
Approaching her third decade of practicing yoga, Chisaka wants to share a message with her students: Yoga is about facing and knowing yourself, caring and accepting others, and feeling more than thinking.
Chisaka is a certified YogaWorks RYT200 Yoga instructor. She has also completed courses in Prana Power Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Yoga, Rusie Dutton (Thai Exercise), and Facial Yoga. She is a certified Reiki Therapist (Level 1, 2, 3) and is currently studying hypnotherapy.
Shoko is a long-time, dedicated yoga practitioner who has years of experience practicing and teaching yoga.
As someone who also has a full-time job, she has been able to incorporate yoga into her daily life. Her motto is:
"Embrace the past, enjoy the future, and cherish the present."
She is happy to share her experience, and the wisdom of yoga with her students.
Shoko has completed the following teacher trainings:
・Ashtanga Yoga Basic Certification Course
・Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Certification Course
・Slow-Flow Yoga Certification Course
・Athletes Yoga Certification Course
・Yoga Nidra Therapist Certification Course
・Yoga Therapy Certification Course
English version will be updated soon.
English version will be updated soon.
・Sara Shivani ローリングリストラティブヨガTTC 修了
・Sun & Moon Yoga マタニティヨガTTC修了
・Sun & Moon Yoga マインドフルネスTTC 修了
Yurina started practicing ballet when she was kid and kept practicing it until the university years. Since she studied intercultural communication she lived abroad, in Russia and in Australia. For this reason she also become fluent in English and open minded to different cultures. Given her schedule it was impossible to keep practicing ballet on a daily basis and for the first time she discovered yoga as exercise to keep the body flexible in 2015. As for the majority of people, after graduating, she started working in a big company with the role of marketing promoter. For about two years and an half she kept going working on a crazy schedule until she realised that she wanted to get back her own time. She left the corporate job and started her own business as beauty consultant.
Her mission is to help people to find their own confidence through skin care, healthy nutrition and body workout. During her new journey she realised that yoga can be much more than a physical activity and started studying it in a more methodical way.
She took the RYT 200 under Mr. Ken Harakuma at International yoga centre, certifications of Athlete yoga teaching and Vinyasa yoga teaching.
Yurina believes that the balance between body and mind leads to a happy life and so her classes are strongly focused on meditation and breathing techniques.
Kitty has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 17 years in Japan and overseas. She’s been translating for many overseas teachers for teacher training and events for the past 10 years which helps her to gain a deeper level of understanding of the essence of yoga.
Kitty has completed the following teacher trainings: RYT200 (Association for Yoga and Meditation in India), Atma Jyoti Yoga in India 100-hour Teacher Training, Sun and Moon Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training, Bhakti / Nada Yoga Teacher Training, Omolulu Maternity Yoga Teacher Training, Bliss Baby Maternity and Postnatal Teacher Training, Ed Kids Yoga Teacher Training