Jacoby Ballard

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Jacoby is a white working-class queer transperson who has been teaching yoga for 13 years and practicing western herbalism for 9 years. He is the co-founder of Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative holistic health center in Brooklyn that opened in 2008. He is also the Program Coordinator of Third Root Education Exchange, the non-profit branch of Third Root. Jacoby is a regular columnist on healing justice in make/shift magazine, and his work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Decolonizing Yoga website, in the Brown Boi Project’s book ‘Freeing Ourselves”: a Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois, and in Original Plumbing Magazine. Jacoby has been working with Off the Mat, Into the World and the Yoga Service Council around issues of diversity and skill-building for yoga teachers to be agents of social change. He has received training by Kashi Atlanta, Kripalu, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the Dinacharya School of Ayurveda, the Lineage Project, Off the Mat, Into the World, Street Yoga, and the Challenging Male Supremacy Project. Currently, primary inquiries in Jacoby’s healing justice work is around making this work both accessible to various communities and sustainable for practitioners, and in examining and experimenting with the role of healing trauma (individually and collectively) in social justice work.

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