Queer Dharma & Liberation with Jacoby Ballard

 Melissa Keller, Advisory Council member, and lead therapist at University of Arizona Campus Health CAPS, is in heartfelt conversation with Jacoby Ballard, yoga and meditation teacher, and social justice educator about his path to teach queer and trans yoga, transforming pain and grief into compassionate action, and creating spaces of belonging for all. Melissa and Jacoby also talk about his recent book, A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditation for Liberation.

About Jacoby Ballard: Jacoby Ballard is a social justice educator and yoga teacher on Shoshone, Ute, Paiute and Goshute land now known as Salt Lake City, Utah. He leads workshops and trainings around the country on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a yoga teacher with 24 years of experience, he leads workshops, retreats, segments in teacher trainings, teaches at conferences, and has been an artist-in-residence on dozens of college campuses. 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. Receiving prenatal yoga training in 2021, Jacoby now offers a Queer & Trans Centered Prenatal Yoga online and LGBT inclusion workshops in prenatal yoga teacher trainings so that queer families can be anticipated and supported in their process. 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 is the author of A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditation for Liberation, released in 2022, a critical love letter to teachings and practitioners of yoga and Buddhism, and serves on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

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Visit Jacoby's website: http://jacobyballard.net