Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed. Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Core Community of Interbeing, is known for her passion for decolonizing yoga – practicing yoga not just as poses but as a way of life. She welcomes everyone to yoga through story, questions, and inspires people to their own authentic powerful experiences.

Susanna is mixed, born in England with a family lineage is from Assam, India, where an ancient line of teaching the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda is practiced still today. Susanna integrates this lineage with the practical application of a Master’s degree in Education as well as a B.A. in Philosophy for U.C. Berkeley to create a culturally aware and socially relevant practice.

She is the founder of Ignite | Yoga and Wellness Institute in Orlando, Fl. Ignite teaches yoga beyond asana. Ignite provides comprehensive Yoga Alliance Certified 200 and 300–hour yoga teacher trainings, a Health Coach Certification, and online Love and Relationships course. Susanna is viral yoga and wellness blogger for Huffington Post, Yoga International and Elephant Journal, an advisory board member of Yoga Service Council, a member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Team, and is part of the Core Leadership of Thich Nhat Hanh’s community of mindfulness. She optimistically believes that yoga can create more personal and social connection, unity and fulfillment.

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