This workshop is taking place via ZOOM ONLY.
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Equanimity, or Upekkha, is a heart practice from the Buddhist teachings that keeps us still in the midst of chaos. It protects the heart from going into envy, the excitement of joy from becoming agitated, and compassion from sliding into pity. It stays present to whatever is arising without judging or reacting.
For those of us who are yoga teachers, health care providers, educators, social workers, and in other healing and caretaking roles, we are conditioned and even trained to hold the hearts and suffering of others, when they’re simply not ours to hold.
As our global community navigates this time of transition, we might be exploring how to emerge with grace as we heal from the impact of a period of collective trauma.
This workshop will be rooted in the Buddha’s teachings and will include a Dharma talk, formal meditation practice, a Yin Yoga practice, and a dialogue about how we take our practice off the cushion and into the world.
Recommended props: a few blankets (one to lay on; yoga mat optional), and two blocks for yin practice
A recording will be made available to registrants for two weeks following the workshop.
The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants automatically in the registration confirmation upon receipt of payment.
Please ensure you have the link well before the start of the workshop—check your junk/spam folder! We cannot guarantee technical help the day of the workshop.
Leslie Booker brings her heart to the intersection of Dharma, embodied wisdom, and liberation. She earned her 200-hour certification with Dr. Jeff Migdow and her 300-hour certification in mindful yoga and meditation. She shared practice with vulnerable populations for over 12 years in NYC serving as the Director of Teacher Trainings for the Lineage Project, and cofacilitated a cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness intervention on Rikers Island. She is a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council, and a contributor to several books including Yoga: The Secret of Life, Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition, Georgetown Law’s report on “Gender & Trauma,” and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. In 2020, she was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Most Influential Women in the mindfulness movement, was a Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and graduated from Spirit Rock's Mindful Yoga and Meditation Retreat Teacher Training.