Episode 6: Taking Back the Roots of Yoga


  • David Lipsius
    David Lipsius

    David Lipsius is a values-driven nonprofit executive, Emmy-nominated creative artist, and teacher of traditional Hatha Yoga dedicated to helping people discover their unlimited potential.

    David began his career at NBCUniversal where he worked as a producer, director, and advertising professional. In 2011, he left his position as vice president of creative services at NBC News Marketing to dedicate himself to serving nonprofit yoga institutions in need of strategic and mindful leadership.

    He has since served as the CEO of Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health, and as President & CEO of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation, helping each organization amplify and expand their educational and charitable offerings.

    Today, David advises individuals and organizations seeking to enhance their social impact through strategic and inclusive leadership. He has studied yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation for over 18 years.

  • Jocelyn Gordon
    Jocelyn Gordon

    Jocelyn Gordon is a preconception doula, meditation guide, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner, a single mama and peaceful birth advocate, as well as the creator of HoopYogini and Bhakti Boogie Yoga, two transformative movement practices that integrate dance with yoga and mindfulness meditation. In 2014, she developed the 200hr HoopYogini Online Yoga Teacher Training as a lifestyle and leadership journey guiding yoga teachers, nurses, body workers, movement enthusiasts and other healers to lead holistic fitness experiences that are fun, accessible and deeply healing. She has studied with leading edge birth emissaries including Ibu Robin Limm and Debra Pascali-Bonaro and has been teaching online since 2011.

  • Shankari Goldstein
    Shankari Goldstein
    She/Her/Hers - Host and Farmer

    Shankari Goldstein, is a farmer, activist, event planner, and yoga teacher. She focuses on how to incorporate community, wellness, peace, sustainability, and activism into the landscape of modern Yoga and sustainable living.

    Shankari is the founder and creative energy behind such projects as Shensara Yoga Festival, Shakti Tribe, Waddle Om Farm, The Ascendants, and The State of Union (Yoga) Address. Her ability to tie in Regenerative energy in the way she tends to her farm and Yoga practice gives her a deep sense of home. Whether it’s your self-care routine, connection with nature and spirit, community, family, or an awareness of how to harness our higher purpose and power, humanity craves a sense of belonging and intern connectedness. 

    When we trust and believe in our divine soul light, we move into the place of truth and passion. Shankari strives to help those seeking a more simple approach to life cultivate a strong awareness of self, nature, and community.

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  • Susanna Barkataki
    Susanna Barkataki

    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.

  • Yogi J Miles
    Yogi J Miles
    He/Him - Host and Owner of Maha Vira Yoga

    I am a Yogi, martial artist, bodyworker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister, and have been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for nearly two decades. But movement itself, and creativity and exploration of movement through dance has always been a constant source of curiosity and confidence. From learning how to headstand at five from my father, to walking on my hands and tumbling as an adolescent, to playing sports as a teen, to poppin and lockin, I’ve always been moving. These all came together for me in the Brazilian art of Capoeira, with its precision and elegance, freedom and beauty. That inexplicably led me to Hung Gar kung fu and my first real Teacher, who unknowingly led me to yoga. From books by Muata Ashby, to the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga, along with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other prominent systems of yoga, my “style” has crafted a style tempered by real life and humor, and relies on the importance of breath as a guide and a source of strength. My classes aim to create for each person a fluid, sustainable and enjoyable practice that hopefully will prove to be beneficial over a lifetime. And even as this ancient practice continues to evolve, the mantra continues to be “practice is effort toward steadiness of mind”.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 10 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm


Mar 10 2021


8:00 pm

Episode 6: Taking Back the Roots of Yoga

In a world that seems to be intent on being in a state of confusion, holistic practitioners are thankful to have access to a wealth of tools that provide us with an opportunity to sit and be in observation of our current condition. But how do we weave together wellness practices to fit our contemporary needs, while paying homage to the ancient architects and cultures that have provided us with these tools for change and transformation?

Join Susanna Barkataki, Jocelyn Gordon, and David Lipsius as they join our panel to discuss how these embodied practices not only transform the individual but as Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams says,  can help us reach “a critical mass of change-makers”


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