• Leslie Booker
    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma + Embodied Wisdom + Activism. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, Mindfulness in America, and Omega Institute’s Mindfulness in Education conferences, along with other pioneers in the mindfulness field such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Linda Lantieri, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Booker has been a featured speaker and facilitator at the Fetzer Institute, Vassar and Pitzer Colleges, as well as with the Peace Corps and Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.

    She began sharing practice with vulnerable populations in 2005, and was a senior teacher and Director of Teacher Trainings with Lineage Project, where she worked with incarcerated and vulnerable youth for ten years. During this time, she also facilitated a mindfulness and cognitive-based therapy intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011, a partnership between New York University and the National Institute of Health.

    She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.


Southside Jamaica
Queens, New York

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Jun 27 2020


Eastern Time
4:00 pm

#BreatheForEight: Gathering for Justice

Livestream also available for those who want to join virtually

#BreatheForEight is a national collective that recognizes the importance of standing up for Black lives and the value of each individual in the racial justice movement. We wish to support and encourage effective action in our communities through supporting our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Join us as we launch this movement at our Gathering For Justice on June 27 in Southside Jamaica, Queens, NY*.

In partnership with: Urban Yogis, Congressman Tim Ryan, Congressman George Meeks, Deepak Chopra, Garrison Institute, The Well, Jeff Krasno, Rebecca Parekh, Rebecca Goldstein and yogi Eddie Stern