​Bending Towards Justice

Leslie Booker


Booker is a facilitator, trainer, public speaker, consultant and yoga teacher.  As a senior teacher and director of Teacher Trainings for the Lineage Project, she has shared the practices of yoga and meditation to incarcerated and court-involved youth since 2008.  Booker facilitated a fusion of Mindfulness and Cognitive Based Therapy intervention on Riker's Island from 2009-2011 through New York University, and has taught with the Prison Yoga Project in San Quentin Prison in Northern California.  Co-founding the Yoga Service Council in 2010, Booker has continued to find ways to support the sustainability of those on the front lines and in direct service through co- creating the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, monthly Yoga for ChangeMakers workshops and retreats, and national diversity trainings for yoga teachers created by Third Root’s Education Exchange.  In 2013, Booker completed her 500 hour in Mindful Yoga and Meditation training through Spirit Rock, and is honored to be invited back as Faculty for the 2014-2015 training.  Booker brought Mindful yoga and meditation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention through the Yoga Votes campaign convened by Off the Mat, Into the World, and is a regular presenter at mindfulness conferences around the country.  She is truly committed to collaborations that support bridging the gap between yoga, mindfulness and grass roots activism. After completing the longest application of her life, she will begin the two year Community Dharma Leaders Training through Spirit Rock in the spring of 2015.