A Queer Dharma – Yoga & Meditation for LGBTQ+ Individuals – Episode Twelve

Jacoby Ballard is a social justice educator and yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the country on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 Centre 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 centre, a cancer centre, LGBT centres, gyms, a veteran’s centre, 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. More at jacobyballard.net.

Jacoby's book, A Queer Dharma, is released 23rd November 2021. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Jacoby got into yoga and meditation
  • Why did Jacoby write A Queer Dharma
  • Forgiveness - this can be so hard in the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • How we deal with anger
  • Integration of self-love
  • The queer and Buddhism link
  • Equanimity
  • Beyond the physical yoga