Meet your Lead Teacher & Facilitator


Molly Kitchen (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP) has been teaching alignment-based yoga with skill and passion since 2009. In 2016 she completed her 500-Hour certification at the San Marcos School of Yoga. She has also specifically studied Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), biomechanics and movement science, the complex histories of the yoga tradition, Tantric philosophy, Anusara, Purna, and Vinyasa Flow styles of asana, and Ayurvedic herbal and lifestyle practices.

Molly's teaching is infused with clarity, humor, and heart. Her classes emphasize self-inquiry, somatic exploration and sustainable movement while integrating and honoring yogic philosophy. Using clear alignment instruction and inspiring stories, she creates an environment that invites her students to connect with their own curiosity and wisdom.

She offers local and online classes in addition to the Adhikara Teacher Training. She also teaches weekly classes and offers staff/faculty enrichment workshops at Hampshire and Amherst Colleges. Finally, she has been the yoga instructor for several distinct yoga research projects studying the effects of yoga on those who have experienced complex trauma.

As the founder & director of Adhikara Yoga School, she is dedicated to integrating social justice values into every aspect of the teaching curriculum in order to mentor the next generation of yoga teachers. She is also the creator of Yoga Consent Cards, a simple and profound tool to allow students to choose whether or not they'd like to receive hands-on assists from teachers. 

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Meet the Guest Faculty for the Adhikara Yoga Training

Dedicated to yoga teaching as well as activism, these faculty members provide diverse perspectives and areas of expertise.*

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Katie beane

Katie Beane (RYT 500hr) is a mama, yogini, energy worker, and Love Warrior. She loves a good belly laugh, spending time with her heart-tribe, reading great books under soft blankets, and unexpected adventures. Katie began practicing yoga and meditation while caring for her terminally ill mother and found refuge from great stress and grief on her mat. Since then, yoga has become her touchstone, guiding her into an new world of health and healing. Since beginning her practice, yoga has offered her a way to appreciate and celebrate her body and mind, stay centered—regardless of what life brings—and serve others from a grounded and grateful place.  

Katie brings a deep respect for bodies of ALL shapes, sizes, and abilities to her teaching and firmly believes that EVERY body can practice and benefit from yoga. She is committed to social justice and values the role yoga and mindfulness play in helping people see and speak the truth. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to all and to offering each student she encounters the opportunity to experience a greater sense of ease and alignment--physically, emotionally, and energetically. Katie incorporates breath, Reiki, meditation, and her sense of humor into each class.

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Jacoby ballard

Jacoby Ballard E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga for 16 years and practicing western herbalism for 12 years. He is the co-founder of Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative holistic health center in Brooklyn that opened in 2008 where he co-directed the Yoga program, Herbal Education Program, and Buddhist Studies program.

He also co-founded Bending Towards Justice, which conducts diversity trainings for yoga teachers around the country facilitated by a pair skilled yoga teachers and social justice facilitators.

Jacoby is Faculty with Off the Mat, Into the World and on the Advisory Board of the Yoga Service Council, working within the dynamic interstices of justice and mindfulness. He has taught in colleges, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit offices, gyms, homeless shelters, recovery centers, and in a maximum security prison, applying yoga and mindfulness techniques to heal trauma and create healthy communities. 

His teaching style is playful and deep, gentle and challenging.

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susanna barkataki

Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice centralizing yoga as teacher for healing personally and socially. Call on her to help you put authentic yoga into action.

Susanna has been practicing yoga for as long as she can remember. Rooted in her Indian and British background, it has helped her understand the world and how to live happily.

Susanna has an Honors degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education, is an E-RYT 500 hour Master Teacher, a 500-Hour Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.

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*As we approach the start of the training, more specific information about the guest faculty workshops will be added. Stay tuned for their exciting offerings!