Yoga and Social justice
with Jacoby Ballard
In this episode we talk to Jacoby Ballard (he/they), a social justice educator and yoga teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, who leads workshops and trainings around the country on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We talk to Jacoby about his new book, A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation: Buddhist-Informed Meditations, Yoga Sequences, and Tools for Liberation – and his journey to how this book came about.
As a yoga teacher with 20 years of experience, he leads workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, teaches at conferences, and runs the Resonance mentorship program for certified yoga teachers to find their niche and calling. In 2008, Jacoby co-founded Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, to work at the nexus of healing and social justice. Since 2006, Jacoby has taught Queer and Trans Yoga, a space for queer folks to unfurl and cultivate resilience and received Yoga Journal’s Game Changer Award in 2014 and Good Karma Award in 2016.
Jacoby has taught in schools, hospitals, non profit and business offices, a maximum security prison, a recovery center, a cancer center, LGBT centers, gyms, a veteran’s center, and yoga studios. He lives with his partner, child, and innumerable plant friends on unceded Goshute, Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone land, now known as Salt Lake City, Utah.