By Jeff Simms
Photos: Courtesy of Supersoul Farm; (Above: Raghunath Cappo and his wife Bridget, at Supersoul Farm) Courtesy of Jeff Simms
After moving in 2008 from California to New York City, Raghunath Cappo’s career as a yoga teacher took off. In demand regularly at high-profile studios around Manhattan, more students than ever were drawn to his signature brand of high-energy classes that were physically demanding yet firmly rooted in decades of studying yogic philosophy, including Cappo’s six years living as a monk.
But while the trajectory of his career soared, other elements in his life were suffering.
Cappo’s son and daughter, who were beginning preschool and kindergarten in Manhattan’s public schools at the time, were diagnosed with selective mutism, an anxiety disorder. While the children remained nonverbally communicative, they began to refuse to speak publicly, overwhelmed by the sensory overload of their New York City surroundings.