FRIDAYS 7- 9PM / MARCH 15 / APRIL 19 / JUNE 21 / AUGUST 9
THE BHAKTI CENTER
Raghunath gathers his students together for a fun & dynamic evening of practical transendance. Listen to ancient stories of gods, goddesses and avatars while learning Vedic songs and mantras. Raghunath is expert at taking the esoteric yogic philosophy of the Gita, Puranas, and Yoga Sutras and making it digestible, applicable, and relevant for our contemporary lives. If you’ve been struggling to understanding yogic thought and it’s application – this is for you.
This is not an asana class.
Raghunath (born Ray Cappo) was a Lower East Side hardcore/punk singer-songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and a vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. In his youth he was fascinated with Eastern thought and took inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, the Bhuddhist Sutras, the Bible and the Bhagavad-gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed teacher Sri Dharma Mitra as well as at Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the music business coupled with the untimely the death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He lived as a celibate monk in a Krishna Bhakti ashram for 6 years, intensely studying, meditating and living the life described in the ancient yogic texts.
In 1991, in the sacred village of Vrindavan, he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later, in that same holy town, he was awarded diksha or the sacred thread, in recognition of his his study and dedication to the Bhakti path. Today Raghunath is an accomplished yogi in many styles and an inspirational force in the yoga community. Married with four children, he leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings, especially in Los Angeles and New York City.