Yolo Akili is an award winning author, performance artist, Iyengar toga teacher and social justice advocate. He is the founder and CEO of Akili inc, a healing arts organization dedicated to producing interactive educational experiences that enlighten, entertain and heal. His career and work emphasis has been on gender & sexuality social issues, LGBTQ rights, HIV & AIDS and spiritual wellness.
He is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he earned his B.A in Women’s & African American Studies. He is a licensed 200 level Iyengar Yoga teacher (RYT), with Yoga Alliance having studied and graduated fromYoga of India Yoga School, in Sandy Springs Georgia. He has been awarded the Creative Leadership Award by the Feminist Women’s Health Center , A ZAMI award and the “Unity In Community Award” from Unity in Christ Fellowship Church.
His writings and articles have appeared in numerous venues including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Voice Male, Left Turn, The GA Voice, David, and Aquarius magazine.
Through his gender & sexuality activism, he has been an organizer with United 4 Safety (LGBTQ Domestic Violence Organization), Spark! Reproductive Justice and the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. He worked as the Regional training coordinator for Men Stopping Violence where he organized the mentor program, taught men’s education classes (commonly called batterer’s intervention courses) trained and educated organizations and individuals on gender based violence and was the lead architect and designer of “Mercury” An online training for men on gender based violence.
Yolo currently manages the operations of Akili inc, providing provocative trainings, education, yoga classes and spiritual consultations to groups and individuals across the world.