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.
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.