CHANT CAMP & YOGA
a morning of kirtan, asana, Sanskrit verses & songs
date – saturday. november 12
time – 8:00am – 12:30pm
location – the bhakti center / studio 5e
admission – $55
If you want to go deeper into your yoga practice this is a good class for you. Join Raghunath, a master teacher, for a fun and dynamic morning of practical transcendence, as he extracts the life changing principles from several important traditional yoga practices.
Start with kirtan, followed by an advanced vinyasa asana class that includes Raghunath’s signature floating vinyasa sequence. This will be following by chanting verses from the Bhagavad-gita, and wraps-up with learning and singing devotional songs from the bhakti tradition.
Raghunath is expert at taking the esoteric philosophy of the yoga tradition and making it digestible, applicable, and relevant for our contemporary lives. This class is ideal for yoga teachers and for those who want to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy and it’s practical application.
8:00am – welcoming & opening kirtan
8:30am – vinyasa asana class
10:am – chanting Bhagavad-gita verses
10:45 – learning & singing songs from the bhakti tradition
12:30 – end (opportunity for everyone to get together in our cafe)
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.