“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 /

 



It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the Bhakti Yoga tradition she has committed herself to uplift the spirit, awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others.

 

“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 /

 
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YOGA

Offering public classes, private, corporate, couples and
teacher training.

Kirtan

Devotional call-and-response chanting
in the Bay Area & world-wide

 

 



Astrud Castillo is a Kirtan singer & Yoga teacher from San Francisco.
She has been leading her band the Cosmic Caravan since 2012
and has performed world-wide. 

It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the
Bhakti Yoga tradition she has committed herself to uplift the spirit,
awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others.

 

“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 /

 

Yoga

Offering public classes, private, corporate, couples and teacher training.

Kirtan

Devotional call-and-response chanting
in the Bay Area & world-wide

Events / Retreats

Inspiring yogic adventures to India, workshops and weekend retreats.

 

 



Astrud Castillo is a Kirtan singer & Yoga teacher from San Francisco.
She has been leading her band the Cosmic Caravan since 2012
and has performed world-wide. 

It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the
Bhakti Yoga tradition she has committed herself to uplift the spirit,
awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others.

 

“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 /

 

Yoga

Offering public classes, private, corporate, couples and teacher training.

Kirtan

Devotional call-and-response chanting
in the Bay Area & world-wide

Retreats

Inspiring yogic adventures to India, workshops and weekend retreats.

 

I have known Astrud for decades. In all that time she has taught from her heart with skill and compassion that takes care of the individual needs of her students. Astrud has had a thorough Yoga education in the lineage of Krishnamacharya, our source scholar, the teacher of teachers, and is highly qualified to teach you Yoga in a way that is right for you. Please study with Astrud if that is your good fortune.
~ Mark Whitwell, author of The Promise and the introduction to The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar

Astrud radiates that rare thing, an open optimism and genuine caring rooted in gritty reality. ~ Tony Briggs, Senior Iyengar teacher and former owner of Turtle Island Yoga

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 explorations into the soul and path of devotion.
-Jai Uttal
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About

 

I'm honored you stopped by. My belief is that Yoga is the marriage of breath and body, a path of cultivating a deeper intimacy with our lives and one another. I have always experienced the practice of yoga as a direct participation with life, and my classes are steeped in the Bhakti Yoga tradition, the yoga of Devotion. Through chanting and affirmation to see God in all and all as God. 

The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita remind us that we cannot be just anyone we simply want to be and that our one and only shot at a fulfilled life is being fully who we are. Yoga brings us hOMe to our truest self, not the imagined self.  As we RE-discover the light within ourselves we show up in the world awake, conscious and kinder and able to celebrate each-others light.

When practiced together, asana (postures), pranayama  (mindful breathing) and dhyana (meditation) create a flexibility in the body and mind which awakens a sense of peace, equanimity, and unity. With dedicated practice (abhyasa), we learn to acquire freedom (moksha) in all realms - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Astrud has been teaching yoga in NYC and San Francisco for over 20 years and is most inspired by her teacher, friend and mentor, Mark Whitwell. She also continues to study and teach alongside her longtime soul-sister and inspiration, Jasmine Tarkeshi, as a senior teacher at Laughing Lotus SF. In India, she had the honor of studying Vedic chanting and yoga philosophy with the incredible TKV Desikachar and spreads her love and knowledge of Bhakti yoga to aspiring teachers around the Bay Area. Born in Panama and raised in San Francisco. she teaches vinyasa yoga (breath-synchronized movement) to students of all ages and levels, as well as kids yoga and restorative yoga.

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laughing lotus yoga
- group classes - 

Tuesday / Thursday
Morning Mantras 8:15am-8:45am -Before your juicy vinyasa practice, join me for a morning filled with Bhakti and KIRTAN - calling and responding the names of the Gods and Goddesses through a series of sanskrit mantras. A mantra is the force that protects the mind; "Man" means mind and "Tra" to protect. While I play the harmonium, we often have accompaniment with live drumming as well as other handheld instruments that participants choose to play. No experience whatsoever is required. It's the sweetest way to start your day...Bhakti for breakfast. Hari Bol!!!
 

Tuesday/Thursday           Lotus Flow- Open Level Vinyasa asana class             9am-10:30am

SUNDAY
Lotus Basics 8:30am-9:45am

private & corporate classes

Bring the yoga practice to the community at your office with a class tailored to your specific group's needs!

Some corporate classes I have taught and some I continue to teach:

Henry Ohlhoff House     Rehabilitation SF                       Avocados & Coconuts Productions SF                          Creativity Explored SF            Edgewood Family Services SF   Montessori Conference SF          Laguna Honda Medical Facility SF Ralph Lauren NYC
Goldman Sachs NYC

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couples yoga

Dive heart first into deepening your devotion and relationship to all things, people, experiences and to God. Embrace the yoga practice, your life and your beloved through breath, mantra, and compassionate touch. I will guide you both through a sweet and intimate asana practice catered to your specific needs. 
 

  BHAKTI YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS     Join me for a introduction to Bhakti Yoga.       I lead 3 and 6 hour long courses.      I teach annually for Yoga to the People SF, Laughing Lotus in SF, Giggling Lotus in SF, and Light on Lotus in L.A.       Introduction to the Bhakti Philosophy, Mantra and Kirtan

BHAKTI YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS

Join me for a introduction to Bhakti Yoga.

I lead 3 and 6 hour long courses.

I teach annually for Yoga to the People SF, Laughing Lotus in SF, Giggling Lotus in SF, and Light on Lotus in L.A. 

Introduction to the Bhakti Philosophy, Mantra and Kirtan

 
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Welcome my friends, I'm honored you stopped by. My belief is that Yoga is the marriage of breath and body, a path of cultivating a deeper intimacy with our lives and one another. I have always experienced the practice of yoga as a direct participation with life, and my classes are steeped in the Bhakti Yoga tradition, the yoga of Devotion. Through chanting and affirmation, we aim to see God in all beings and all beings as God. 

The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita remind us that we cannot be just anyone we simply want to be and that our one and only shot at a fulfilled life is being fully who we are. Yoga brings us hOMe to our truest self, not the imagined self.  As we RE-discover the light within ourselves we show up in the world awake, conscious and kinder and able to celebrate each other's light.

When practiced together, asana (postures), pranayama  (mindful breathing) and dhyana (meditation) create a flexibility in the body and mind which awakens a sense of peace, equanimity, and unity. With dedicated practice (abhyasa), we learn to acquire freedom (moksha) in all realms - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Bio

Astrud has been teaching yoga in NYC and San Francisco for over 20 years and is most inspired by her teacher, friend and mentor, Mark Whitwell. She was introduced to Yoga through the teachings of  David Life and Sharon Gannon 1989 and has had the honor of studying with Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rodney Yee, Dharma Mitra, Judith Lasater as well as local Iyengar teachers,Tony Briggs and Ana Mari Hamada. She also continues to study and teach alongside her longtime soul-sister and inspiration, Jasmine Tarkeshi, as a senior teacher at Laughing Lotus SF. In India, she had the honor of studying Vedic chanting and yoga philosophy with the incredible T.K.V. Desikachar and spreads her love and knowledge of Bhakti yoga to aspiring teachers around the Bay Area. Born in Panama and raised in San Francisco. she teaches vinyasa yoga (breath-synchronized movement) to students of all ages and levels, as well as kids yoga and restorative yoga.

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God is a frequency that exists within you.
Tune in.

 
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Kirtan singer & Yoga teacher
from San Francisco.

 
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