Barefoot and draped in a yellow robe, Volker Bretz, who goes by many names including Sukadev in Indian, or “Angel of Bliss,” took a few steps, strode to the middle of the gallery and slid down into a cross-legged position.
To his left was a photo of the Indian master Sivananda. To his right an icon of Jesus. He closed his eyes and hummed deeply into the microphone: “Ommmmmm … .”
About 100 followers on colorful foam mats sat beneath him, rocking from side to side as incense wafted through the rows. They joined in, chanting “Ommmmmmmm … .”
Mr. Bretz is the 52-year-old German behind Europe’s largest yoga chain, Yoga Vidya.