The first time I took a class with Raghunath, sometime in 2003 I believe, it was immediately apparent to me that there was something very special about his teaching style. What other yoga teacher shows up with a harmonium and sings Indian devotional songs before launching into an hour and a half of hardcore, sweat-til-you-almost-pass-out asanas? I’ve never met a teacher who does such a good job of combining the most rigorous physical aspects of yoga with a wide and deep understanding of yoga philosophy. In Raghu’s class, you never get the sense that yoga is just about exercise. In fact, you start to learn that the exercise part of yoga is really just incidental to the mental aspects of it, and you begin to learn how the physical challenges in yoga serve as a bridge to the mental/spiritual aspects of the practice.
Tomorrow, Thursday the 24th @ 7:30 PM, Raghunath will be teaching his last class at Yoga Works Westwood, and, I think, his last public class in Los Angeles. He’s moving to the East Coast to start a new chapter in his life’s journey with his wife and children. We’ll all miss him greatly.