“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Before Valentine’s Day this year, spend some time cultivating a deeper practice of unconditional self-love, love for the neutral people you intersect with daily but don’t engage with, love for the friends and family and even love for the difficult people in your life. You will learn about the benefits and obstacles to generating a loving heart through asana, breath work, self-reflection and discussion, leaving the workshop with tools and greater self awareness.
Take an afternoon in-town retreat to consider how you are showing up in your life, and learn or further your skills and practices in compassion, and forgiveness, allowing you time and space to reflect, process, and affirm your purpose, both small and grand.
Jacoby Ballard E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga for 16 years and practicing western herbalism for 12 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 where he co-directed the Yoga program, Herbal Education Program, and Buddhist Studies program. He also co-founded Bending Towards Justice, which conducts diversity trainings for yoga teachers around the country facilitated by a pair skilled yoga teachers and social justice facilitators. Jacoby is Faculty with Off the Mat, Into the World and on the Advisory Board of the Yoga Service Council, working within the dynamic interstices of justice and mindfulness. He has taught in colleges, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit offices, gyms, homeless shelters, recovery centers, and in a maximum security prison, applying yoga and mindfulness techniques to heal trauma and create healthy communities. His teaching style is playful and deep, gentle and challenging.
Jacoby received his 200-hour certification at Kashi Atlanta Ashram in 2004, and his 500-hour certification from Kripalu in 2010. In 2015 he received a “Game Changer” Award from Seane Corn and Yoga Journal, and in 2016 received a “Good Karma” award for his work within queer and trans communities. More at jacobyballard.com.
(G) Gentle—an easy, soft balancing & relaxing class
(M) Moderate—accessible, enjoyable well-balanced workout
(V) Vigorous—a satisfying workout with a faster pace
Class levels and pacing are guidelines only. We recommend that each student work at their own level at all times.