Meet Raghunath Cappo, Yoga Teacher and Co-Owner of Supersoul Yoga
Why do you teach yoga?
I fell in love with India and yoga culture and lifestyle when I was about 20, and have been passionate about studying it and teaching ever since.
What style/type of yoga do you teach?
I teach a strong vinyasa style approach with advanced asanas, arm balances, and tricky transitions. I love arm balances and handstands...that being said the entire class is generally peppered with Bhakti inspired philosophy, stories, and chanting in an encouraging but non-competitive atmosphere. Classes are tough but very fun.
What is your biggest hope for your students?
To be happier.
Who have been your most influential teachers?
Radhanath Swami is my teacher. His book, A Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, is such a contemporary classic! It reminded me of Autobiography of a Yogi, which I read and loved in my late teens. I'm 50, so when I started yoga in my late teens there weren't many yoga studios around. I was fortunate enough to stumble into Dharma Mittra's Yoga studio when it was in Greenwich Village. Those classes changed me but his demeanor as an urban sadhu also touched my heart.
How has your own practice and teaching evolved?
I still like to challenge myself but have become less competitive with myself. It's one thing to compete with others but self competition can also be exhausting.
How do you stay inspired?
The trick to staying inspired is to hang out with people that inspire you. I also like to spend time outside...nature itself is inspirational...and I love to sing kirtan...I find that so inspiring!