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A Passion for Writing. A Love of Guru. A Pilgrim at her Core.
Susan Kiskis, known as Jyoti Ma, is an author, yoga teacher, and kirtan wallah. She has stood on the Great Wall of China, meditated on the Ganges in India, hiked through jungles in Belize, and learned the meaning of pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
Her books include Born Fire Dragon, released in 2014, and Let Me Carry You Home, released in 2018.
She is the host podcasts, Church of Love and ZenUp, as well as the co-host of web series, Soul Sessions. Her podcast, Women of the World, launches 2020.
Jyoti's vegetarian diet for more than 25 years, along with her work as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, inspires her passion for ahimsa yogic cooking. In addition to being certified in over a dozen forms of healing arts, she is an IIN Health Coach and 3 Wisdoms Tradition (Yoga, Ayurveda, Psychology) Wellness Coach, and uses these natural modalities to help people live a rich, joyous, life filled with spiritual connection.
She has studied with Swami Gurusharananda, Acharya Mangalananda, Radhanath Swami, Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Venerable Bhante Sujatha, Dr. Indu Sharma, Svami Uttamananda, Kathryn Templeton, Chitra Sukhu, Swami Shraddhananda Saraswati, James Fox, Bhante Soma, Hindustani Musician Kishan Patel, as well as many other teachers.
Jyoti travels the globe sharing her passion for yoga's roots and sharing her love of bhakti yoga. Whether she's leading kirtan in India or raising money for humanitarian efforts in Nepal, Jyoti hopes to awaken kindness and compassion in others through her actions. Her community activism has led to the creation of events celebrating Earth Day and International Women's Day. Never one to shy from life, she ran for state senate, won a seat for local council, opened several businesses, and sat on countless non-profit boards.
She is a member of the kirtan band, The Mas and The Babas. Jyoti has been performing as an indie vocalist for the past twenty years and is certified in Sound and Vibrational Therapy. She seeks to bring peace and healing through connection with art, nature, and community.
She resides in the states with her husband, Matthew, and their pack of amazing rescues.