Jacoby’s style is creative, deep, and playful, drawing on his vinyasa, hatha, and Kripalu training and the influence of dance on his NYC-based practice. Both a Buddhist and a yogi, Jacoby teaches in a body-loving, heart-opening way that is intended to be accessible to all. Having been a social justice organizer for 13 years, his teaching is steeped with yoga being a tool for personal and social transformation-if we are not our mats to become better people, better parents, better neighbors, better partners, than we are just exercising. Jacoby often shares moving poems or readings from his teachers, and encourages students to deepen their understanding of their own hearts, minds, and life purpose so that students may authentically show up in their lives. He asks students to consider the profound connection between how we live our lives and how we show up on our mats; if we rush on our mats, chances are that we rush through our lives.
Jacoby has experience teaching to a wide range of speeds and abilities, from a gentle and restorative practice to an advanced vinyasa and is accustomed to teaching to a wide array of experience and capacity in the room. He believes in yoga being just one spiritual practice among many that benefits the world, and moves us into greater engagement with the world.
Jacoby has studied with and is influenced by: Lillian McMullen of Waterville, Maine; Shannon Harriman of Lyons, Colorado; Jaya Devi Bhagavati of Kashi Atlanta Ashram; Seane Corn and Hala Khouri of Off the Mat, Into the World; Sharon Salzburg of Insight Meditation Society; Larry Yang of Spirit Rock; Brian Liem of OM Yoga and Now Yoga in New York City; and Jovinna Chan, Jurian Hughes, Sudha Lundeen, Sudhir Faust, and Devarshi Hartman of Kripalu.
Trainings for Yoga Teachers
Weekly Yoga Teaching Schedule
See the weekly class schedule in the sidebar, or view the complete calendar of classes, workshops, and retreats.
Individual Class Recordings
Recorded: April 30, 2013
1 hour 15 minutes yoga class focused on Upeksha, the quality of equanimity, being able to accept things as they are. Acceptance does not mean approval of circumstances, but a letting go of control.
Annamaya Kosha, the physical body
Recorded: May 7, 2013
1 hour 15 minutes yoga class exploring the Koshas, the 5 different ‘bodies’ or layers to our being. In this class we focus on the physical body, form, tactile sensations. Pranamaya Kosha has to do with how we absorb and digest to circumstances around us, and becoming aware of the constitution of our unique bodies.
Manomaya Kosha, the mental body
Recorded: May 21, 2013
1 hour 15 minutes yoga class exploring the 3rd Kosha, the mental body. This is the body of awareness, that contains grooves of our ways of being in the world. Through this class, we examine these patterns, drawing our attention to them to see if they actually work for us, if our habits are how we want to show up every day.
Vijnanamaya Kosha, the wisdom body
Recorded: May 28, 2013
1 hour 15 minutes yoga class exploring the wise part of ourselves, that which is drawn to act in accordance with that which is life-affirming. Vijnanamaya Kosha is that deep knowing, the witness, the part of ourselves that knows what to do in any circumstance.
Anandamaya Kosha, the bliss body
Recorded: June 4, 2013
Anandamaya Kosha is the Bliss Body, an innate part of us that is content and joyful. Connect to your bliss body through this 1 hour 15 minute yoga session. Remember the ways in which you are beautiful and perfect.
Present with Our Whole Selves
Recorded: June 11, 2013
Working with how to move into discomfort with grace. In this class, we recognize our full selves, and everything that led us to this moment-all of the learning moments that have come out of difficulty, and those that have come out of moments of opening and expansion.
Cello and Compassion (with Anna Callner)
This yoga class accompanied by live music by cellist Anna Callner, is an exploration of karuna, compassion. Compassion involves the cultivation of the ways in which we can respond to pain with care, opening, acceptance, and breath. In this class you are encouraged to move into discomfort, to make room for your demons, and to witness your patterns of how you react. We trust that the only way to joy and love is through pain and suffering, enriching our experience of joy.
Asteya: Practicing Enoughness
Recorded: April 8, 2014
Asteya is the yama of non-stealing. In this practice, we learn to cultivate enoughness, a sense that who we are, what we do, is already enough, as well as gratitude for all that we have and all that we are. Grounded in enoughness, there is no reason to take anything that is not willingly given.
Recorded: April 22, 2014
Aparigraha is the yama of non-attachment or non-greed. In this practice, we learn to cultivate generosity and grace, letting go, and surrender. For those days when nothing is “going your way” or those times when we want what you want, when you want it, this is a useful practice, to help us trust and cultivate faith.
Santosha: Toward Contentment
Recorded: May 6, 2014
Santosha is the niyama of contentment, of accepting this moment. How can you accept this moment while doing everything in your power to not create harm in the next moment? This is a simple practice with familiar postures; within the simplicity is an opportunity to notice a yearning for something “different” or “more”, toward finding the light in this moment as it is.
Svadyaya: Self Study and Reflection
Recorded: May 20, 2014
The fourth niyama, Svadyaya is the practice of self-study or self-investigation. As the late BKS Iyengar said, “how can you know god if you do not know your big toe?” We work to recognize our samskaras, or patterns, and examine which serve us and which detract from our life’s energy. We also contemplate our attachments and how we answer the question, “who are you? with a greater awareness that each of us is a representation of eternal love and consciousness.
Ishwara Pranidana: Surrender and Devotion
Recorded: June 3, 2014
The last niyama, concerns letting go, or surrender of control, knowing, being “prepared”, attachments. And so we practice letting go. Ishwara Pranidana also concerns devotion to god or a higher power-we journey toward that through examining where we invest our time, money, and energy. Through this asana practice, we explore letting go and devotion as an embodied experience.
Skillfulness in Action
Recorded: June 10, 2014
The Bhagavad Gita defines yoga as “skillfulness in action”. Skillfulness in any given moment can involve patience, kindness, compassion, determination. How do we let go of anything that interferes with connection, relationship, and love and practice, on the mat so that we can show up as our fullest selves in the world?
The Practice of Yoga
Recorded: June 17, 2014
There is never a final place that we arrive in our practice, and our practice is never the same. We need to return to the mat and cushion again and again for transformation to occur. This doesn’t mean that we become something or someone different, but that we shed the patterns and obstacles that gets in the way. In this practice, we explore, how do we come come back to the same situation, relationships, work, with a sense of newness, curiosity, and openness?