Yoga: Religion or Spirituality? (1.25CR)

Is yoga a religion or a spiritual practice? What is the difference between yoga and spirituality? Join celebrated asana and yoga philosophy teacher, Raghunath, as he takes us on an entertaining and illuminating journey into some of the key teachings of yoga philosophy.

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  • what it means for yoga to be a spiritual practice.
  • real life examples about how to apply these ancient teachings to modern life.
  • wisdom from the Gita and Sutras.
  • key Sanskrit concepts from yoga philosophy.

"Yoga: Religion or Spirituality?" 

In this Sanskrit Studies & Luminous Soul session, Manorama shares how both the Yoga Sutra & the Bhagavad Gita are revealed texts. She shares in-depth teachings around select sutras from the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She then threads through how the Bhagavad Gita though different in Sanskrit structure similarly offers the student of yoga guidance on how to stay connected with the light of God through all experiences.


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 vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth, he was fascinated with Eastern thought, taking his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, the Buddhist Sutras, the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mitra as well as Shivananda 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 lifestyle and spirituality of India.

He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for six 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, he's an accomplished yogi in many styles, married with four children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings especially in Los Angeles and New York City. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world. 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.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.

The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.


If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 


“Raghunath is a passionate and charismatic teacher who spoon feeds the dharma with joy and laughter.”   James

“Raghunath's talk was super engaging and made me think about things in totally different way.” – Gina

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John


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Raghunath's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today. 

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