Find Your True North

Leslie Booker


Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied wisdom, and activism. She began sharing mindfulness and yoga with system-involved populations in 2005, served as senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project from 2006-2016, and co-facilitated an intervention research project on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011 through NYU.

Booker shares her expertise nationally around the need to create culturally responsive environments, 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 Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. 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 on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, Off the Mat Into the World, Bending Towards Justice and the Yoga and Dharma Training at Spirit Rock. 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 Teacher Training in 2020.