Episode 55: How to Honor Yoga’s Roots with Susanna Barkataki

Why We Love Susanna:

An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs Ignite Be Well 200/500 Yoga Training programs. She is an E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She is the author of the forthcoming book Honor Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity (DAIE) yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with more than 10,000 participants. Learn lead to practice and teach to honor yoga’s roots: www.namastemasterclass.com

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • Susanna’s entry into yoga, and later her struggle to find a studio where she felt welcome
  • The consequences of learning about yoga and other wellness practices in spaces that don’t honor their roots
  • How the cultural transmission from the east to the west during colonization contributed to the focus on the physical asana practice
  • How yoga can provide a vehicle for overcoming internalized place of lack and fuel for social justice work
  • Cultural appropriation: what it is, how to identify it and how to combat it
  • Tangible ways we can all honor yoga’s roots as students and/or teachers
  • What has been helpful in navigating stress and anxiety for Susanna throughout the pandemic 
  • Her forthcoming book, Honor Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice 
  • The process of writing and publishing the book and what it was like emotionally
  • Spiritual lineage acknowledgement: why it’s important and how we can all do it
  • And much more

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