Welcome to Embody Yoga's Roots. Ignite your yoga leadership with authenticity, equity and confidence.

Embody Yoga's Roots
300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 2021

Presented by

Susanna Barkataki and
Ignite | Yoga and Wellness Institute

 Taught by Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed. E-RYT 500, C-IAYT,
Certified Health Coach Ayurvedic Practitioner and Guest Teachers 


Yogis looking to Honor yoga's roots, teach and advance their practice towards mastery.

Prerequisite: Experience with Yoga or a YTT 200 hour is required. 


Elevate your teaching skills to the next level through weekly in-depth classes and intensives online over 6 months. Take steps to deepening your practice, integrating equity and authenticity, teaching workshops, master classes, or creating your own courses. 


Advance your yoga, honor roots, decolonize, while diving into mastery. Go deep into the next level of learning in yoga. Become a highly knowledgeable resource that your students love and trust as you evolve into an inspiring yoga leader. Accomplish our exclusive Yoga and Social Change training and project that supports you in being a powerful yoga change-maker. Train to be a cutting-edge yoga leader by getting your Embody Yoga's Roots YTT 300 hour. 


We are always evolving in our relationship to yoga. Feel the rituals of the ancestry of yoga come alive in you, through elemental movement, music, herbs, art, smells, senses, spirit and ceremony. We learn in many ways, come alive and create elemental space for a depth of practice your soul has been longing for and our ancestors imagined. Dive into your own remembering, into the roots of yoga beyond time, space and place igniting yoga’s depths in your life in this and every moment.


June 2021 - November 2021. Embody Yoga's Roots module training content available in the Course Portal with convenient access anytime on your schedule. Live immersive training once a week on Wednesdays: You pick your cohort time: 2-430 PM EST or 7-930 PM EST over Zoom. Monthly weekend intensive deep dives (2-5pm EST / 2nd Sat and Sun) as our virtual retreat 1x each month. As well as other retreat options if you desire. Dates and guest speakers subject to change. Deepen your yoga practice, create a career of integrity and depth, and live a life you love through yoga. 


300 Hour YTT Content Overview

300-HOUR Embody Yoga's Roots YTT

Prepare. Lay the foundation and understand context. Rituals rooted in reclaiming the soul of yoga.
Take Embrace Yoga's Roots course - online. 

Yogas Authentic Roots, History, Philosophy and Practice bring Your Yoga to Life

M1 Deep Reflection: Mantra, Mudra, Meditation Practices to Overcome Separation. 

Dive Deep, Self Empowerment, Receive Support from an Ancient Foundation with authentic yoga culture. Context to appreciate not appropriate. Samkhya philosophy and the yogic mind. Art, Culture and Kirtan Yoga sutras, radiance sutras, boundaries, yogic relationships and emotional resilience. 

Guest Experts:

Melissa Shah - Yoga for Wellbeing

Prince Puja - Decolonizing Kirtan

M2 Move into Action: Living the Yoga Lifestyle.

Take a Pilgrimage to Wholeness with Ayurveda, Yoga Lifestyle, Yoga Therapy and Practices, Social Justice, Trauma Informed, Stress resistance training. Yoga for Wellbeing and Radical Resilience: How to Live Well in a Sick World. Empowerment. Ritual. Remembering how to be in harmony with your own soul’s wholeness. 

Guest Experts: 

Tejal Patel - Bringing Yoga Philosophy Alive

Aarti Inamdar Landrum - Embodied Yoga

M3 Powerful Reconnection: Energy Anatomy of Yoga.

Energy Warriors Expanding Healing Justice. Ignite your inner wisdom and live in your executive state with Intelligent, Advanced Sequencing, Yogic psychology, Modern neuroscience and the yogic mind. Chakras, physical and Energy Anatomy, Emotional wisdom and alignment. Live and lead with grace and integrity. 

Guest Experts:

Jesal Parikh - Deep Dive into Functional Yoga Anatomy


Michelle Cassandra Johnson -
Grief as Transformation: Ritual, Magic and Social Justice in Action


Anjali Rao - Magic and Mystery of Early Yogic Practitioners

M4 Love and Liberation: Transformative Assists: Yoga’s Roots, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Honoring Yoga's Roots is the Science of Social Justice. Honor Don't Appropriate yoga, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Decolonization, Hinduism and Buddhism, Restorative, Yin, Lunar and Hatha. Uncover your truth and share your voice.

Guest Experts: 

Jacoby Ballard - Trans Inclusivity in Yoga

Lakshmi Nair - Decolonized Storytelling and Sanskrit Pronunciation

M5 Equity and Inclusion: Teaching to Every BODY. 

Accessible is Inclusive. Find your Purpose; Lead with Accessible yoga, Pre/Post Natal, Yoga for Kids, Seniors, Gentle and Chair Yoga, Trauma-Informed yoga, addiction recovery, restorative, and Special Needs. Lead with your values and embody yoga as unity. 

Guest Experts: 

Kelley Palmer - Yoga, Inclusivity and Social Justice

Amber Karnes - Body Positive Yoga

M6 Seva and Social Justice: Embody Yoga's Roots Leadership for Personal and Social Change. 

Lead, Connect, Amplify and Share. Learn ethical opportunities and business strategies with equity and authenticity. Disrupt an industry. Share your unique voice confidently with Yoga Service, Private lessons, Partner Yoga, Planning Retreats, Designing Workshops, in person and online. Emergent Strategies for financial, movement, spiritual and impact bottom lines. Become a leader in the wellness industry with trauma informed yoga leadership and business planning with differentiation. Identify who you serve and share equitably and abundantly with power and heart.  

Guest Experts:

Tina Strawn - Living Your Yoga Vision: From Corporate Yoga to Anti-racist Retreat Business


Rubi Orozco - History, Depth and Possibilities Teaching 1:1 Yoga Private Sessions


Amelia Bachtiar - History, Depth and Possibilities Teaching 1:1 Yoga Private Sessions


The YTT 300 goes over and above the foundations provided in a 200 hour or other foundational yoga training.

The Embody Yoga’s Roots YTT 300 Hour Training will create an immersive learning environment and foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your RYS 200 or foundational training in all areas. Including:

Techniques, Training and Practice, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga Humanities and Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics, Mentorship and Practical Application.

Included in this training are 4 trainings IN ADDITION to your YTT 300!

  • Trauma-Informed YTT
  • Yoga History, Diversity and Inclusion YTT
  • Advanced Meditation & Mindfulness YTT
  • Yoga Service, Philosophy and Ethics Certification

“SO much useful information. The course surpassed my expectations with the amount of content, videos, meditations, live calls, and free downloads.”

- Yoga Studio Owner

I highly recommend her teachings as a way to educate and build awareness of cultural erasure and cultural appropriation of yoga in the West.

- Anusha Wijeyakumar, Founder WOC and Wellness

"Honor Yoga's Roots provides a much needed framework. I absolutely recommend this to all sincere yoga students and teachers as a necessary step on the path of awakening.”

- Kino Macgregor, OmStars

What will I learn?

Highlights of what you will study during this training include:

When you align more and more with yoga itself - your wisdom becomes timeless! 

8 limbs as the Heart of Yoga

  • Ayurveda
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Restorative & Yoga Nidra
  • Chakra Anatomy and Koshas
  • Energy Body Psychology
  • Anatomy for Yogis
  • Planning a Retreat
  • Designing a Workshop
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Study
  • Radiance Sutras (Vijnana Bhairava Tantra)
  • Baghavad Gita
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Hinduism, Yin Yoga & Buddhism
  • The Power of Teaching
  • Equity Inclusivity
  • Social Justice 
  • Power and privilege
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Yoga Play for Kids
  • Mantra/Kirtan
  • Pre/Post Natal Yoga
  • Art Meditations
  • Ayurveda through Yoga—practice, experience, and intuitive wisdom, Dinacharya—routines for health and well-being, such as self-massage and daily cleansing of the other senses.
  • Basics to manage your doshic imbalances and move towards a yogic lifestyle of balance.
  • Yogic conceptions of mind (Samkhya philosophy)
  • Mantras for improving health and longevity, 
  • Yogic psychology—the power of the mind in creating balance and health.
  • Meditation and Advanced Asana provides you with the support, practice, and guidance needed to bring all facets of your being into the single focus of yoga leadership.

You will be able to:

  • Apply all 8 limbs of yoga into your daily life
  • Customize your yoga classes for balancing the doshas, create themed courses, classes and retreats
  • Teach one-on-one yoga sessions applying Honor Yogas Roots and Ayurvedic principles
  • Use yoga, meditation, and pranayama to address imbalances
  • Teach seasonal flows, especially for the transitions between the seasons
  • Teach classes that are designed by time of day
  • Use a unique teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists, you learn how to make the benefits of meditation and advanced asana accessible to your students
  • Make use of opportunities to develop your skills and build confidence through one-on-one sessions and evaluated practice-teaches
  • Apply your mastery and depth to the heart of your teaching
  • Guide Meditation for Transformational experience
  • Meditation and Advanced Asana provides you with the support, practice, and guidance needed to bring all facets of your being into the single focus
  • Be a stand for equity, ancestral roots and indigenous wisdom

Grads and Students share their experiences of the training:

“As a yoga teacher and as someone who works in the social justice nonprofit space, I found it was a perfect integration of my worlds.”

- Yoga Teacher and Nonprofit Leader

“It is such a labor of love, provides clear steps to honoring yoga and offering a class which honors yoga.”

- Yoga Teacher

“I had high hopes for this program and it surpassed my expectations! I really loved the way that the content was ordered and progressed. Every week felt like it was built with great intention. So much diverse information was included but there was never any pressure to do more than I could at any time.”

- Yoga Teacher + Studio Owner

Overview of Training

The Embody Yoga’s Roots YTT Course is delivered through a variety of modalities supportive to all learning styles. 

  • Live group experiences
  • Realtime teaching and demo feedback
  • Beautiful PDF manual, handouts and resources
  • Short, interactive videos
  • Audio meditations
  • Fun exploratory home-play and practice plus the Ignite life transforming "Yoga and Social Change Project"

Experience of Training Online in Embody Yoga's Roots YTT

  • Build a supportive and like minded community of folks who share your values
  • Including, Interactive, live video 
  • Highly engaging sessions, accessible and geared towards multiple learning styles
  • Holistic approach to science and spirituality 
  • Create your own signature style yoga flow and meditation guidance
  • Cultivate your own style of teaching while supported and guided by the Shankaracharya hatha yoga tradition. 

Benefits of Online Learning

  • Train with an expert YTT leader who has trained hundreds of students in person and online for over a decade. 
  • Incredible Guest Teachers
  • Learn and Absorb at Your Own Pace
  • Review course materials instantly
  • Track progress at all times
  • Save time and gain depth of training and knowledge
  • Recieve Multi-faceted, Personalized Support
  • Lower Carbon Footprint 
  • Easy and Convenient
  • Gain access to an experience of yoga you can’t get anywhere else

What makes Embody Yoga's Roots Yoga
Teacher Training (YTT) different?

We honor, train and share the whole, authentic tree of yoga. 

ROOTS - EXPLORE and honor where yoga comes from.  

TRUNK - CENTER in self, our practice,  history, ancestors, practices of yoga. Inquire within to inner truth and empowerment.

BRANCHES - CONNECT in the Diversity of Community. Practice and teach as many of the limbs as possible with fire, power and passion.

GLOBAL CANOPY - WHOLE of Interconnected Yoga - Move beyond asana. Teach and practice ethics, breath,  philosophy, lifestyle. Live Yoga. Share your gifts with creativity, skill and depth.

We are honored to be a flagship training school. We have trained hundreds of students in person and online. The quality of our yoga education is recognized worldwide. We consult to various yoga organizations to help mprove the quality of all teacher trainings worldwide. 

When you train with us you are joining a team. We carry a lineage of authentic yoga from India updated for the modern world.

We focus on true community, authentic yoga and yoga leadership.  All ranges of flexibility and practice are celebrated. You get more attention to your individual growth and practice.

We are devoted to your future - 90% of our graduates become practicing yoga instructors and achieve more happiness and success within their field of teaching yoga while creating equity. 

We are excited to support your next level of yoga as you deepen your practice.

It is your moment to invoke your yoga leadership with love, grace and truth.

It is time, now more than ever, to move into being the leader you are meant to be. Sharing the gifts that only you have. We are here to support your remembering, your truth, your own ancestral wisdom with the heart of yoga. When this journey of yoga happens to you, it is beyond space and time, beyond place or location, and it’s yours to keep forever.

You ignite your most authentic and highest self. 
It doesn't matter whether you can touch your toes, or what you're wearing, whether you feel like a leader or not, ready or not, you just need a WHOLE HEARTED YES! an open mind and heart and a willingness to grow. Become a stand for equity and roots in yoga in your life, online, in your community and in the world.

I can’t wait to get started on this journey with you!

Susanna Barkataki

Founder & Director of Education