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Raghunath Cappo, anti-gravity yoga instructor

Youth of Today at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Youth of Today

Ray Cappo, 46, one of [Revelation Records’] founders, took his place on the stage as the singer for the band Youth of Today, and shouted at the mosh pit, “It’s been 20 years but the message is still the same: Tear down the waaaalllll.”

Raghunath left rock in a search for a personal true north… He found comfort in studying ancient yogi texts, meditation, chanting and long stints at an ashram in India. “My passion is how to apply ancient philosophy in the modern world,” he said. “I teach a fun class so people come. A strong acrobatic class is the best way to get New York type-A personalities on the mat, and then the class is peppered with song and chanting and philosophy and ancient sacred texts.”

The classes, playfully dubbed Flight School, developed name recognition among yogis — especially fellow teachers — and they can credit or blame Raghunath’s influence with the grade inflation on the mat these days, where open-level classes integrate a crow pose, or what children call frog, transitioning into handstands…. [NY Times]

The New York Times piece details “heavy metal rocker” Raghunath’s (aka Ray Cappo’s) journey upstate and his career as an “anti-gravity” yoga instructor. Check out his site for more information on attending a class, in person or online.

Check out more pictures from Youth of Today’s appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest HERE and HERE. The band will play the Chicago edition of Revelation 25 in early January. They played the NYC one, which the NY Times refers to in the article, in October at Irving Plaza.

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