India Pilgrimage 2019
Betsy and I are beyond thrilled to be co-hosting once again, a trip of a lifetime, to mother India with our beloved Seema and Anu Johari.
You are welcome to join us for 2 weeks of travel by bus, plane and train to some of the holiest cities in India.
We meet and spend the first night in Delhi, next morning we fly off to Varanasi, known as the abode of Shiva, where we will watch the sun rise and fall on the Ganges river, then off to Rishikesh for several days of practice, Haridwar for Diwali, and a fun overnight train ride to Vrindavan for Kartik, then to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.
Lots of adventure
All your accommodations, food, transportation and entrance fees to planned sites will be covered in India.
*Flight to India is not included
Accommodations and Prices:
PRIVATE KIRTAN LESSONS
Join me for private harmonium and voice lessons in the privacy of your own home. If you have been curious about exploring mantra, your new harmonium, or just want to free up your voice, let’s explore the power of sound together.
*We will find your personal tonic note
*Explore various warms ups to prepare the voice for chanting
*You will learn the basic Indian and western scale
*Learn Mantras and their meaning
*Develop and deepen the art of listening
This together is a great way to prepare you for exploring the power of Mantra and the power of your voice. Ultimately you can develop your own Mantra Meditation practice and chant privately or be prepared to share with friends.
4 lessons-once or twice a week @$260.00
We gather for 1 hour in the privacy of your own home.
*package of 4 lessons must be used within 30 days.
*Single classes $75.00 an hour.
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 /
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 & THE COSMIC CARAVAN:
Astrud Castillo - Lead Vocals
Nicholas Soter - Guitar, Bouzouki
Jun Ishimuro - Flute
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, Dana Flynn (Laughing Lotus Co-Founder) 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 (Laughing Lotus Co-Founder) , 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.
Tuesday / Thursday
Morning Mantras / Kirtan
8:15AM – 8:45AM
Tuesday / Thursday
Lotus Flow- Open Level Vinyasa Asana Class
9AM – 10:30AM
8:30AM – 9:45AM
Bring the yoga practice to the community at your office with a class tailored to your specific group's needs!
Henry Ohlhoff House
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Creativity Explored SF
Edgewood Family Services SF
Montessori Conference SF
Laguna Honda Medical Facility
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Goldman Sachs NYC
Couples Yoga Class
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.
Private Yoga Class
Private sessions are a great opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and enjoy a more focused hands-on student / teacher connection. The private class will offer custom sequences designed to meet your individual experience, body, skills and goals.
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.