My “kirtan career” began in 2005 in Cologne at Germany’s first yoga conference, playing violin during savasana with my mentor, Petros Haffenrichter on guitar. Here we are again many years later playing the main rockin’ kirtan with his band Petros & Friends at the 7th German Yoga Conference. Then we have a relic from my many retreats in Crete with Petros and Dave Stringer. Throughout the years, Petros and I played regular kirtans in Munich and workshops around Europe. Dave and I have found ourselves on stage together in Europe as well as back home in the States. Next we have photos from our massive yoga party and benefit, New Year’s Extravaganza-Danza, ringing in 2011 with Handan Karadag and Christiane Huber in Munich. We danced, sang, sank into meditation, had a puja for Ganesh, ate good food, drank fine chai, and socialized while raising money for Das Hunger Projekt. The last couple of shots are from the final night of my retreat in Turkey 2011. (Click any photo to see larger version with caption.)
Petros & Friends kirtan at the German Yoga Conference in Cologne 2011.
Petros, Dave and I on retreat in Crete. All feeling fresh after a nice beach hair buzz!
Sound check for a kirtan in Munich. Photo by Manu Theobald
Ganesh is getting ready for his puja on new year’s eve welcoming in 2011.
The ‘extravaganza-danza’ was held in Jivamukti Yoga Center Buttermelcherstr.
Kirtan set-up complete!
Emma is the real boss of the event!
Lots of nice food is arriving for our event as well…
Guests enjoy a chai before the action begins.
Handan helped me out with everything and Christiane lead the fantastic 5-rhythm dance party.
Woo hoo dance party!
We begin our kirtan and puja.
We are singing our hearts out…
After our dancing and puja and kirtan ended it was natural to fall into silence for the last part of 2010, with 108 lokah samastas to welcome in the new year!
ganesh is also very happy after his puja where everybody gave him a flower.
New year’s buffet with the sound of fireworks from the street and about 80 cheery participants…
Handan and I are so happy that we pulled it off…
Onstage with Dave Stringer in Germany. Photo by Elisa Bruni
A moment with dave stringer after our performance at Yoga Expo in Munich.
Petros and I at one of our last kirtans together before I moved back to the States. Photo by Annette Stalz
Kirtan with Fantuzzi. Photo by Annette Stalz
The last night of our retreat in Turkey we had a nice kirtan outside by the pool. Photo by Stefanie Rack
The sun went down on us as we were chanting…
Love the lighting…
You can see lights from the town twinkling above our kirtan fun.