Hello wonderful beings! I am a yoga instructor nestled between the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY.
I was raised in small towns across rural Tennessee and was first exposed to yoga when I was in college in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the past decade, I've come to believe in the transformative power of the ancient South Asian tradition of yoga that enables us to lead lives that create joy, meaning, and peace for ourselves, our communities, and our world.
My teaching incorporates anti-racism and anti-white supremacy culture, collective liberation, and body neutrality in addition to foundational asana (movement) and pranayama (breathing) exercises.
I'm excited and honored to get to know you and share in your yoga practice!
Spiritual Lineage Acknowledgment
"Spiritual lineage acknowledgement is honoring the yoga practice and its origins. It has been part of the yogic tradition at least since the 8th century.
Each of us comes from somewhere. People, places, lands, knowledge and wisdom traditions make up the land we walk upon and the traditions we practice. We all have teachers.
In The Shankaracharya tradition we have an example of spiritual lineage acknowledgement that is not specific to any one school or style of yoga but evokes the universal nature of yoga as a liberation practice for all beings."
With deep gratitude to all of my teachers.
Susanna Barkataki, Shankaracharya
Rev. Naomi King, Shankaracharya and Kripalu
Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, Engaged Buddhism
Vijeth Kumar, Hatha and Bhakti household traditions
Punnu Singh Wasu, Bhakti Meditation
Christine Anderson, Hatha and Vinyasa
Andrea Jensen, Vinyasa
Greg Burdulis, Vipassana Meditation (Theravada Buddhism)
Dr. Emilia Bachrach, Religions of South Asia and Bhakti
Dr. Lola Williamson, Hatha and Theravada, Himalayan traditions
Dr. John Thatamanil, Advaita Vedanta, Christian-Hindu Dialogue
Liberation and Social Justice Lineages
My family, from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, who have modeled anti-racist, radical, love-based lives:
Clare Golson Doyle, M.Div.
Rev. Dr. Lloyd Allen Doyle, III
Betty Barksdale Doyle
Rev. Dr. Lloyd Allen Doyle, Jr.
Carol Clotfelter Golson
Rev. Henry Jackson Golson, M. Div.
Rev. Dr. James Cone, Black liberation theology
Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Womanism
Dr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Latin American liberation theology
Vine Deloria, Jr., Indigenous traditions
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Millsaps College Religious Studies Department
Dr. Steven Smith, philosophy and theology
Dr. James Bowley, religious theory
Dr. Shelli Poe, systematic and constructive theologies
Dr. Bennie Reynolds, Ancient Near Eastern texts
Yoga Alliance RYT®
200hr - East+West Yoga
300hr - Susanna Barkataki and Naomi King at Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute
MA, Religious Studies
Union Theological Seminary, at Columbia University
BA, Religious Studies
Junior Board Member
Three and a Half Acres Yoga
Vice Chair for Community Engagement
Social Equity Committee, New York Junior League