Brij Cappo, Owner & Co-founder
Bridget Cappo serves as owner of Supersoul Yoga in Chatham, NY and co-founder of Supersoul Farm Yoga Retreat Center in Upstate NY. She is a mother of 5 spirited children and wife and partner to Supersoul’s Raghunath. She holds an E-RYT 500, as well as having been certified in ACE and NASM personal training, licensed massage therapy, life coaching (Coaching for Transformation in NYC) and health coaching (IIN: Institute of Integrative Nutrition)
Having studied extensively in the fields of bio-mechanics of yoga, yoga therapy, massage ,and life coaching, Bridget brings her deep curiosity, passion for personal growth, and love of anatomy and movement to her classes. She shares her teachings in a deeply authentic, grounded manner, inspired by values-driven, integrated yogic living.
Alec Butterfield, RYT 200 has been teaching Monday evenings at Supersoul since the summer of 2015. Earlier that same year, he completed yoga teacher training with Sondra Loring and Raghunath. Alec is the owner of Navanita Wellness, founded in 2018. Alec holds a BA in Psychology and currently works full time in the mental health field as a case manager for children and their families. Along with a range of other interests, he operates at the emerging intersections of yoga with psychology and mental health.
Alexandra has been studying yoga and other awareness-based practices for more than twenty years. She
is trained in several methods including Iyengar, Restorative and Yin. To give back, she leads yoga classes in the addiction recovery community. Alexandra has a background in exercise science and an interest in Kinesiology. Her spiritual philosophy is deeply influenced by teachers in the non-dual or Advaita tradition and Buddhism. She lives in North Chatham with her husband.
Rosy first discovered yoga while living on a beautiful Greek island over a decade ago, it was there she was first exposed to yoga asana, philosophy and Bhakti yoga, also known as the yoga of devotion. Her curiosity for learning more about this ancient yogic system led her to journey to India where she spent the next almost year training to be a yoga teacher and immersing herself in traditional yoga culture. Since then Rosy has trained in Prenatal yoga, Restorative yoga and studied with local master teachers Raghunath and Sondra Loring. Rosy continues to learn and be inspired by yoga culture including Bhakti yoga, Ayuveda, mantra meditation and practical yoga philosophy for everyday living.
Rosy offers a grounded and practical approach to her teaching, honoring the physical body and all that it can offer as a path to our higher selves. She admires the grace of the body, the healing power of stillness and the transformational power of awareness and compassion. Having studied with teaches from many lineages, in the east and the west including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga, Rosy brings a nuanced approach to her teaching. Her primary teachers are Mother Nature, Bhakti yoga, Motherhood and BKS Iyengar. In addition to her regular weekly classes Rosy rosy offers private classes for birth preparation and maintains a birth doula practice, supporting and educating women through the journey of birth. Rosy lives on a beautiful farm in Hillsdale and spends her time with her rambunctious toddler in the gardens, sewing clothes, cooking and frolicking amongst the beautiful forests of the HudsonValley.
Peggy is a passionate teacher of both Yoga & Pilates. With over 20 years experience, she brings an intimate understanding of the body and a playful creativity to her classes.
After graduating from SUNY Purchase in 1987, Peggy spent 10 years touring and performing as a professional dancer. She was first drawn to the contemplative, internally motivated nature of Yoga as a counterpoint to her vigorous dance training. Soon though, her practice blossomed into a guiding light in her life.
Introduced as rehabilitation for a dance injury, Pilates allowed her to find the strength and balance that her body needed to heal and, when performing turned to teaching, Peggy opened Finetune Pilates Studio in Brooklyn where she shared this incredible body of work with others for over 17 years.
A perpetually curious body nerd, Peggy is influenced by classical and contemporary Pilates lineages, Anusara Yoga, Buddhist studies, somatic meditation, the Alexander Technique, anatomy & neuroscience particularly the myofascial work of Tom Meyers.
Since relocating to the Hudson Valley in 2016, Peggy is taking time to breath the fresh air and enjoy the expanse of the ever changing horizon. Her new venture, The Spring Inside, creates a space for teachers (& enthusiastic movers) to explore our body’s innate intelligence through unique workshops & trainings and skilled mentorship.
Lauren began practicing yoga in the mid-1980s in New York City with Allan Bateman. In 2016 she earned her 200-hour teacher training certificate, studying with Sondra Loring and T.J. Macchiaroli. Then in January 2018 she completed a 300-hour advanced yoga training program in India with Raghunath. She considers herself very fortunate to have practiced with and learned from so many wonderful teachers and tries to channel their knowledge, wisdom and compassion in her own teaching.
Jamie began studying Pilates in the seventies with Mary Anthony as part of Mary’s Beginning Modern Dance warm up. Jamie’s interest in Dance, Kinesiology, and Anatomy led her to studies in several somatic techniques including Alexander and Feldenkrais, Mind Body Centering, and Ideokinesis; and eventually to a Masters in Dance from NYU. After teaching Dance, Yoga and Tai Chi at SUNY/Albany, Jamie became a Surgical Physician Assistant working for over a decade at St. Peter’s Hospital. When not doing Pilates or Yoga, Jamie is the Artistic Director of Upstate Pick-up Dance Company.
Co-founder of Supersoul Yoga and Supersoul Farm, Raghunath started practicing yoga in 1987 with Sri Dharma Mittra. He lived 6.5 years in a Krishna Bhakti ashram studying sacred literature and music and began traveling to India's holy places. Today, he leads retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings around the world and is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable for the contemporary world.
Rachel began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2009 when she was living in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s certified as a 500-hour teacher under the guidance of her teacher Paul Dallaghan at Samahita Retreat in Thailand. She’s studied with David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Tim Feldmann and Michael Schabort. Rachel has a concentration in pranayama and is raising two small ninjas with her partner.
Melissa Forbes’ initial inspiration came from the yoga scholar Krishnamacharya and his son, Desikachar. Her studies began in India with Pattabhi Jois in 1990. She was a co-founder of The Heart of Yoga Association and is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute E-RYT 200. Melissa had the honor of accompanying U.G. Krishnamurti, a Jivamukti, in his travels during the last five years of his life and is the author of “No Teaching Yoga: The Authentic Guide,” published by Gatherinsight, a reflection of her spiritual journey. Recently, her Yantra artwork was acknowledged in December 2016 issue of Yoga Journal magazine for the suggested buyers list, September 2017 article called “Power of Design”, and illustrates the 2017 release of Karttikeyan Yogic Method, author Samyama, published by Balboa Press, among other publications. Melissa has shared her knowledge with different cultures around the world. Every February she leads an annual South India sacred painting tour and retreat at Shreyas. She continues helping others awaken to their true purpose in life and to foster the connection between all people.
Stephanie, a mother of two and native to Columbia County enjoys long nature hikes, gardening and integrative health. Stephanie started her yoga practice in 2011 as a form of physical improvement, but did not know the many more benefits it would bring to her life. At that time she was a single mom who learned a lot about patience, respect, and self-reflection. Our amazing community and Supersoul has helped her grow and provide a strength within herself that she looks to share with others.She holds much gratitude to her teacher, Raghunath and the many other teachers at Supersoul who have changed her life in a huge way; opening her eyes to something bigger than herself and allowing her to grow. Bhakti has inspired her to ensue bigger things and inspire the spirit of love that we can see in ourselves and share with others.
Zoey first started yoga as a child, practicing different lineages under many talented teachers and has watched her practice shift and transition over the past 15 years. Zoey is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, she completed her 200hr teacher training at Kripalu in 2016, and in 2018
completed her 500hr training at Kripalu, having studied pranayama (breath exercises) and meditation in-depth.
Her goal as a yoga teacher is to provide a uniquely personal inner experience for each student. Using guided relaxation, matching breath with body movement, and using precise alignment cues to create body awareness, empowering each individual to feel in control of their practice. Zoey finds importance in creating an all inclusive safe space for students to show up, drop in, and receive the stress relieving benefits of yoga.
Paramananda is a yogi from the Krishna Bhakti tradition (the yoga of devotion) who teaches for the upliftment of body, mind and spirit. His challenging, fun-filled classes are mixed with vinyasa (movement), pranayama (deep breathing), core strengthening, balance poses and inversions. He also infuses his classes with kirtan (singing of sacred mantras) and storytelling from India’s ancient wisdom literature. This yoga practice is a truly holistic, transformational experience.
Gauranga, born Mike Andryszewski, began his yoga journey in 2014 after a lifetime of searching for something more. With a strong desire to use his knowledge of 12 step programs in combination with yogic philosophy to better serve the community, he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sadhana in Hudson, New York with master teachers Raghunath and Sondra Loring.
After teaching Yoga for a year, Gauranga left his flourishing career behind and moved to upstate NY, to an ashram founded by his teacher Raghunath - Supersoul Farm, as a student monk. Since then he has spent extensive time studying Bhakti Yoga in various ashrams both in the US and India. He finished his 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher training in India in 2016 and has been teaching Bhakti Yoga ever since.
Gauranga’s classes combine ancient philosophical principles, kirtan (mantra meditation) and fun asanas and sequences. He has a strong focus on breathing and alignment but most importantly he brings inspiration, based on personal experience, with a light hearted nature for a deeply rooted and uplifting experience. His ultimate goal in teaching is to remind us of what we really are: spirit souls who are born to give love.
Daria is an Ayurvedic practitioner, Iridologist, Yoga teacher, an ex- ballet dancer and a hairstylist. She began her holistic studies at Ayurveda’s World in Manhattan under the tutelage of Dr. Naina Marbelli, earning her Ayurvedic Practitioners’ certificate in 2014. In addition to Ayurveda, Daria studies the iris to help determine organ tissue health, an alternative medicine technique called Iridology taught to her by Judy and Harvey Vedder at The New York Center for Iridology.
Daria was first introduced to yoga at age 14, during her classical ballet training. Yoga helped her improve flexibility, and strength. Yoga taught her how to quiet the mind, while focusing on the breath. She continued to practice even after she left the ballet world after high school. She received her 200hr Yoga Teachers Training certificate in 2017 at Supersoul Farm in East Chatham N.Y. under renowned teacher Raghunath Cappo. Daria brings her love of dance and movement to each class. Focusing on the breath to guide the body from one posture to the next. She encourages her students to focus inward and follow the body’s natural flow. She integrates mantra meditation, yoga philosophy, and pranayama into each class. Daria is inspired by her students, and is tremendously grateful for all of her teachers and the teachers that came before.