Meet Raghunath, self-proclaimed ex-punk, ex-monk, inversion ambassador and yoga teacher.
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, propounding clean living, a positive attitude and a vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally.
Since his youth, he's been fascinated with Eastern thought and took his 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 business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the 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, Raghunath is an accomplished yogi in many styles. Married with four children he leads retreats, workshops and 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.