Leslie Booker is the founder of Urban Sangha Project, a collective that supports
the sustainability of frontline change makers through mindful yoga, meditation, and dialogue. She is a senior teacher and the director of trainings for the Lineage Project, an organization that brings awareness-based practices like yoga and meditation to incarcerated and court-involved youth in New York City. She facilitated a mindfulness-based intervention with the adolescent population on Riker’s Island for two years through New York University, and has taught with the Prison Yoga Project in San Quentin Prison in Northern California. In 2013, she completed her 500-hour training in mindful yoga and meditation (MYM) through Spirit Rock, and will be on the faculty for the MYM training in 2014–2015. She offered Urban Sangha Project’s services at the 2012 democratic national convention, is a regular presenter at mindfulness conferences around the country, and is committed to collaborations that support bridging the gap between yoga, mindfulness, and grassroots activism. She is also a regular yoga teacher on meditation retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

This profile was last updated on October 1, 2014

Mind & Life Connections


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Pre-Conference Workshop – From Grassroots Community Building to Generating a Movement

Leslie Booker, Kristen Zimmerman

Topics: Education | Social Change