Yoga is a worldwide phenomenon nowadays. It is not an exception in Japan. In a busy, modern lifestyle, we are exposed and yoga gives us an opportunity to feel our body again, to align with body and mind, and above. For those of you who are familiar with yoga in your home countries and for those of you who have never tried yoga before, Tokyo offers some English-friendly yoga classes by experienced teachers. Here are my recommendations of bilingual yoga studios in Tokyo.
It was established in 2006 from the need of a high-quality yoga school where students are able to learn yoga. Not only yoga classes but they also run yoga teacher training, as well as yoga workshops throughout the year. The school is adamant that one-third of yoga teachers in Japan, who hold a Registered Yoga Teacher certificate graduated from there.
It is located in Yoyogi, very close to Shinjuku, and takes only 2 minutes walk from JR Yoyogi station. It is also accessible from Shinjuku station and is about an 8 minutes walk from the south exit. The school offers various types of yoga classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Jivamukti, and OM. You can also find restorative, Yin, and meditation classes if you are fond of quiet yoga classes. Drop-in price is 3,000 yen. No booking is required and shower facility is not available. Please go to the fourth floor of Shogakukaikan-Bekkan.
Here is a non-commercial yoga studio in the midst of Tokyo where more than half of their yoga classes are taught in English. The founder of Sun & Moon Yoga, Leza Lowitz is from the United States, California and has been living in Japan for over two decades. Her passion in Buddhism and yoga/meditation set her roots in Japan, aiming to heal people in a busy lifestyle, bringing a Californian-sense of relaxation.
This studio is famous for its restorative yoga training due to the depth of relaxation and its mindfulness approach. On top of restorative yoga classes, there are Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and Ashtanga classes available. Beginners are advised to join the level one or all-level class. Drop-in price is 3,000 yen and students can get a discounted price at 2,000 yen. They open on all national holidays unless there is a special notice. The studio is a 5-minute walk from JR Gotanda station east exit. It is located on the second floor of Gotanda Yamakatsu building. Reservation is not necessary.
Although I have recommended bilingual yoga studios in Tokyo, yoga is universal both in postures and its benefits. Please feel free to join any yoga class that may capture your interest during your stay in Japan. You don’t need to bother whether you are doing postures correctly or not, especially because of the language. It’s not about accuracy, it’s more about awareness arising within you. You may end up making new friends, through exchanging your yoga experience with others. The door is always open for aspiring new students.