SUMMIT SESSIONS

Leslie Booker

Embody Resilience

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What You'll Learn

  • Re-frame self-care as self preservation, and explore movement as a way of finding your truth

  • Hear advice for staying in our bodies during times of strong emotions when it might be easier to become numb

  • Follow along in a movement practice to check-in with your body and practice "embodying bodiful presence"

About Leslie Booker

Leslie is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. 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 and Off the Mat Into the World. 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. You can learn more about Booker and her work on her website.

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11 Comments

  1. Beth April 14, 2019 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this presentation. So beautifully addressed embodied presence as a means to maintain clarity. Leslie illustrated through her own sustained presence and this made all the difference.

  2. Magda April 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Dear Ms Leslie, becoming vulnerable part really resonated with me. Recently, going through communication and commitment struggles with my husband I allowed myself, for the very first time, to be completely honest and open to whatever was coming.
    I found myself saying ‘I ask this because I feel insecure’ or ‘I do not feel that you will listen hence I am not sharing my feelings’.
    This definitely helped us with overcoming some challenges- instead of focusing on his responsibilities I aimed to recognise how I can contribute to our exchanges. The journey is ahead but the road seems brighter.
    Thank you and the very best wishes,
    Magda

  3. Melissa Wilkinson April 13, 2019 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Thank you Lesley. Much of what you said resonated with me and was just what I needed to cope with big feelings tonight.

  4. Luisa Elisa Almada Wright April 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for bring a little body enpower, colores and textura to my meditación practice. Its nice to see around before seating.

  5. Marie April 12, 2019 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Strong, vulnerable and kind 🙂 this is absolutely what I felt by listening to you. I am really happy I’ve *found” you, thanks to both of you

  6. Carol Pranschke April 12, 2019 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Thank you Leslie Booker. I have not started a meditation before by scanning the room, picking out various features before going into stillness – the colors, the size, the textures. I am going to try that again and see if it helps decrease the busy mind and help me engage with stillness a bit deeper. Thank you again.

  7. Monica April 12, 2019 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Booker has a r a d i a n t presence; and this is a wonderful embodied practice, accessible in real time real life.

    Also her name is Booker Leslie, not Leslie Booker.

    • Monica April 12, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Nevermind! It’s totally Leslie Booker. XD

  8. Rhonda April 12, 2019 at 1:20 am - Reply

    She does have a lovely presence. Very calming and kind.

  9. Syd April 12, 2019 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Leslie has a lovely presence. I really enjoyed listening to her and doing her meditation. It really resonated with me. Thank you.

  10. Syd April 12, 2019 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Leslie has a lovely presence. I really enjoyed listening to her and doing her meditation. Really resonated with me. Thank you.

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