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2018 TEDxColumbus: On The Edge

Ashton Colby

Ashton Colby, 26, is a social entrepreneur, certified yoga teacher, YouTuber and writer from Columbus, Ohio.  He began his gender transition in 2012 and has since become a spiritual bridge-builder reimagining the traditional media narratives of what it means to be transgender.

His story and YouTube channel, “Beyond the Body,” have been featured on, and many other media outlets.  Ashton speaks on not just the physical, but the mental, emotional, and spiritual changes one must undergo to not simply transition but thrive.

As a social entrepreneur, Ashton founded Gender YOUphoria, a movement that flips the script on the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, which is required for transgender people to access medical transition. Gender YOUphoria gives name to the profound peak experience of finally aligning all areas of life through gender expression. is set to launch later this year.

Ashton regularly teaches yoga and meditation to transgender youth, and teaches donation-based classes for LGBTQ+ adults. He’s on track to complete 100-hour EMBER training which equips yoga teachers to provide trauma sensitive classes.

Educator. Advocate. Entrepreneur.