This is an interview with Jacoby Ballard, who began teaching yoga in 2000, and has been teaching Queer and Trans Yoga and Yoga for all Genders since 2006 at both the Third Root Community Health Center and the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (LGBT).
Rob: What originally motivated you to do this work and what continues to motivate you? How, if at all, has that motivation changed over time?
It was the tension I felt between the benefits I received from the teachings of yoga, and the homophobia, sexism, and transphobia spoken by yoga teachers or present in yoga studios. I’ve seen successful outreach programs emerge for particular communities, and I wanted a space for my community — one where gender queer, gender non-conforming, and transgender yogis are celebrated, welcomed, understood and in the yoga classroom. Continue reading >> Huff Post Impact