"Raghunath demystifies advanced asana by breaking them down step-by-step. This makes them more digestible and practical for any level, as he gives modifications and techniques to build the needed strength."
Raghunath is …
Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father-of-four, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give, lives today, full contact fighter, durian devourer, likes to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.
Raghunath, born Ray Cappo, was a Lower-East-Side, New York hardcore-punk music icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity & intoxication, he was an anomaly and a light, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally by propounding clean living, a positive attitude and a vegetarian lifestyle.
Since his youth he was fascinated with eastern thought, taking 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 Sri Dharma Mitra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the music industry and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived 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 awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study.
Now, 23 years later, he's an accomplished yogi in many styles, leading retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings, especially in Los Angeles and New York City. He is an inspirational force in the community by living yoga and taking the esoterica of yoga philosophy and making it practical and understandable in contemporary life.