Astrud & the Cosmic Caravan Band

Since 2012, Astrud has been leading her band the Cosmic Caravan locally, nationally and internationally. It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the Bhakti Yoga tradition that she has committed herself to uplift the spirit, awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others. She passionately guides communities in the ancient art of Kirtan - singing the names of the divine through call-and-response chanting.

Astrud shows up to sing wherever she is called with a desire to lead people closer to their hearts and their truest essence - LOVE - the heart of Bhakti Yoga. She leads Kirtans at yoga studios and festivals, in addition to teaching Bhakti Yoga workshops and teacher trainings.

The practice of constant surrender is what has transformed her and inspires her the most. Astrud’s chanting is rooted in Kirtan’s traditional style of simple devotional repetition, while including her own original arrangements. She calls on her own voice to express authentically and inspires all who join her to sing in the key of “WE”.

She has opened for Jai Uttal, as well as sung with Prema Hara, the Kirtaniyas, Radiance Kirtan, and Keith Borden.

“Astrud’s Kirtan is filled with a fiery passion that draws us uninhibitedly into the practice of Bhakti Yoga with love and a heart filled with feelings. As a student AND as a teacher, Astrud never stops her exploration into the soul and path of devotion.”
— Jai Uttal

Band Members:

Astrud Castillo- lead vocals

Nicholas Soter- Guitar, Bouzouki

Jun Ishimuro- Flute


Upcoming Kirtans


Saturday February 24th 8-9:30pm       Laughing Lotus Yoga Center 3271 16th St. SF

Thursday March 9th 7:30-9pm
Open Secret Bookstore
San Rafael, CA

Saturday March 10th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Integral Yoga Institute

San Francisco, CA

Friday March 22nd 8-9pm THE GRINNING YOGI Seattle WA

Saturday March 23 7-8:30 Seattle WA PRIVATE RESIDENCE 

Saturday March 31 7-8:30pm SYMMETRY YOGA1708 Park st. #130A Alameda Ca.

Saturday April 21 7-8:30pm SHANTI NAAM 2881 Castro Valley Ca

Saturday May 12th 7-8:30pm INTEGRAL YOGA SF



Friday May 25th 7-8:30pm Santa Barbra Yoga Center 32 E. Micheltorena St. Santa Barbara CA 93101

Saturday May 26th 8-9:30pm Bhakti Yoga Shala 207 Arizona Ave. Santa Monica CA 90405

Sunday May 27th 4pm 9th Limb Yoga 1960 845 Napa Ave. Morro Bay CA 93442






Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
"Kali Ma....."
“Kirtan with Astrud immerses the mind in a sea of sacred sound and melts open the heart. Her voice, music and mantras embody a love and devotion that touches the deep places within where communion with the Divine is possible.”
— Swami Ramananda Director of Integral Yoga
Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Center
"Jai Jai Ganesha...."